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Best Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC Settings For High FPS

Optimizing Assassin's Creed Valhalla For Max Performance

The recently released Assassin’s Creed Valhalla runs terribly. In our review, we tested Valhalla on a gaming pc, equipped with six-core Ryzen 3600x and the old flagship Nvidia 1080 Ti. At first, we were pretty confident that the game would run smoothly, given that our specs were more than enough for 1920×1200. However, to our surprise, it ran horribly. At the beginning of the game, Frames were extremely low. That was in particular because of Norway and it’s snowy weather. Subsequently, as the story progressed and we moved to England, it had become better. The problem we faced the majority of the time was that frames outside cities were terrific. We were getting more than 60 FPS on Ultra settings, but whenever we came close to the towns. It dropped by nearly 40%.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla High FPS
Eivor In Norway

After trembling a few hours around the settings and trying to optimize all things, I think we at exputer have come forward with the best Valhalla settings. These settings are very likely to Run Valhalla at 60+ FPS while still maintaining decent graphics. Our guide is divided into three parts. The initial segment will guide you on Valhalla in-game graphics settings. While the following will be strictly related to Nvidia settings, and the third will focus on Windows 10 optimizations.

Note: As of November 10, 2020, Nvidia has not released GeForce Game Ready drivers, but we are hopeful they will do it soon. Nonetheless, here are the best Graphics Settings for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on PC.

Optimized Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Graphics Settings For PC

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
Assassins Creed Valhalla Graphics Settings

Adaptive Quality- Off

Adaptive Quality causes inconsistency and unnecessary changes in the Graphics Settings. You can give it a shot, but sadly in our benchmarks, the frames were very inconsistent.

Resolution Scale – 100%

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100% vs 120% Scaling Comparison

This feature takes hold on changing the entire graphics preset. Starting the game, I was using 120%, but during benchmarks, I changed it to 100%. The difference was barely noticeable, while frames eventually became very consistent.

Anti-Aliasing – Medium or Low

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
Anti-Aliasing High vs Low

Anti-Aliasing reduces jagged-edged and overly sharped textures to smooth. We tried it on high as well as low. The difference was barely noticeable, and at the same time, FPS had dropped significantly.

World Details – Very High

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
World Details – Very High vs Low

World Details is perhaps the most important Graphics Feature. It defies graphics for nearly all components in Valhalla. Suppose your PC is still struggling to find its place; lowering this can improve frames. I benchmarked it with low, the Frames were better, yet the graphics were total plastic. See the second picture below for reference.

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
Very High vs Low

Clutter – Very High

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
Clutter High vs Clutter Low

Clutter’s primary responsibility is to sharpen and tweak numerous ground objects, like grass, trees, and rocks. I highly recommend keeping it at high; the ground looks more vibrant and dense.

Suppose you have a low-end PC that does not comply with the required system specifications. Keep it at medium, but not low. The difference in certain places is immense.

Shadows – High or Very High

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Shadow Comparison, Very High on Left and Low on the right

Keeping Shadows High truly changes the dynamic of Graphics. You will see sharp and fresh shadows from both long and short distanced objects. Additionally, the sunlight reflecting on the objects also looks neat.

Shadow’s impact on performance is likewise immense. However, you will have to compromise on that since the change in visuals is significant.

Volumetric Clouds – Medium

High preset on the left side

Changing Voluematric Clouds can also have a mild impact on your performance. It does not play any considerable role in graphics; all it does is that it changes the intensity and resolution of clouds. Half of the time, you won’t be looking at clouds, so it’s not worth it. We would have preferred keeping it low, but the game’s least option available is medium.

Water Quality – Medium

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Water Quality set to high

Water Quality was pretty hard to benchmark, mostly because the difference wasn’t noticeable in most places. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla graphics preset say that changing water quality can impact “levels and underwater effects.” So what does that mean? Depending on whatever settings you use. There should be additional elements inside the water and outside the shoreline.

I tested low, medium, and high, the difference isn’t that major, and performance impact is nominal. Keeping it at Medium is best for balance.

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
Water Quality – Low

Screen Space Reflections – On

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
SSR On vs Off

Understanding Screen Space Reflections is a bit complex, so hear me out. When you start Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the game begins in Norway, where the weather is snowy. Adequately, If you go to the nearby lake, and turn on Screen Space Reflections. You will find a vast difference. Take a look at his picture below.

Water reflections look drier and washed out.

Subsequently, as you progress and move to England, the weather alongside water changes dramatically. I benchmarked SSR at both places and noticed that difference in England was barely noticeable. Further, if we talk about performance, there was hardly any difference in frames. It would be best if you keep it enabled, even though there isn’t much difference.

Environment Textures – High

Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla PC
Environment Textures set to high

Much like World Details, the environment textures also play an essential role in setting the graphics meta. Anything below high changes the dynamics, and everything looks washed out. I took pictures of the same spot with World Detail set to High and Low. The distinction in all components is noticeable. Look at the two images for reference.

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
Pay attention to the texture

Depth of Field – Low

Depth of Field was another feature, where changing it from Low to High made no difference at all. My first thought on this was that it could not be possible, but after restarting PC and Valhalla twice, it was clear that the setting might be broken. Suppose this feature worked, the distant graphics should appear more sharp and clear. In our benchmarks, we saw that both were near identical.

Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla PC
Depth of Field – High vs Low

Motion Blur – Off

The cinematics, along with Synin’s vision, look fantastic with Motion Blur on. However, in most scenarios, it’s unnecessary, so turn it off for better frames.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Screen Settings

Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla PC
Assassins Creed Valhalla Best Screen Settings

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla screen settings are quite simple. Select the highest available resolution, along with the native aspect ratio. Further, set Resolution Scale to 100% and by any chance, If you have a 60 Hertz monitor with no Freesync/GSync. I’d highly recommend enabling VSync because it eliminates a lot of screen tearing. Also, turn off the FPS limit, and do not change the Field of View (FOV) from 100%.

Nvidia Graphics Settings For Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

After you are done with the In-Game settings, now, it’s time that we further optimize Valhalla by configuring the Nvidia Control Panel. Before we jump to the tweaks, you should be aware of a few more things. The FPS and Graphics after Nvidia configuration are only likely to get better. Further, at the time of writing this article, Nvidia hasn’t released its Game Ready Drivers for Valhalla. Consequently, we couldn’t do the Ansel calibration. Anyhow, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla PC
    Manage 3D Settings
  2. Click on Program Settings and Add Assassins Creed Valhalla application.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla PC
    Add Assassin’s Creed Valhalla application.
  3. Once Valhalla is added, make the following changes.
  4. Image Sharpening – Sharpen 0.50
  5. Anisotropic Filtering – Application Controlled
  6. Antialiasing – Gamma correction – Use global setting (On)
  7. Antialiasing Transparency – Use Global setting (off)
  8. Select whatever Graphics card you are using under CUDA – GPUs
  9. Enable Low Latency Mode
  10. Disable Max Frame Rate
  11. Again, Select your Graphics Card under OpenGL Rendering GPU
  12. Prefer maximum performance under Power Management mode
  13. Turn on Shader Cache
  14. Enable Texture Filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization
  15. Allow Texture Filtering – Negative LOD Bias
  16. Select High Performance under Texture Filtering – Quality optimization
  17. Enable Texture Filtering – Trilinear optimization
  18. Select Auto under Threaded Optimization

Now that you are done with Graphics optimizations, make two more changes.

  1. Go to the change resolution tab, select native resolution, and the highest available refresh rate.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla PC
    Changing Resolution and Refresh Rate
  2. Afterward, checkmark Nvidia color settings and make changes just like shown in the picture below.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla PC
    Configuring Colors

Further Optimizing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

As described in the first section of our guide, we’ll go through three major parts. The first is in-game graphics settings, the second is Nvidia settings, and the third is Windows 10 Optimizations. These optimizations are vital because all together, they can also result in a near 10-20 FPS Increase. Apart from frames, they will also heavily speed your Windows 10, and everything will feel better.

Enable Ultimate Performance

By default, Windows 10 is aimed towards a very balanced and optimal plan. If you want to get the highest available FPS in any game, you will have to enable ultimate performance. The ultimate performance plan overrides tons of power efficiency modes, that usually stops your CPU from max performance.

Here is how you can enable the ultimate performance plan

  1. Under Start > Search and Open Windows PowerShell.
    Windows PowerShell
  2. Copy and paste this code inside PowerShell.
  3. powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02 -d5df -448d -aa00 -03f14749eb61
  4. Afterward, go to start again > Open Edit Power Plan > Power Options.
    Power Options
  5. Checkmark’ ultimate performance and you are done.
    Enable Ultimate Performance

Set Graphics Card Priority To High For Valhalla

Ultimate Performance mainly sets the high tone for CPU. On the off chance that you need to do same for Graphics Card, and specifically do it for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Windows 10 has a feature called “Graphics Settings” that permits a user to set custom priority for applications. The method is relatively short and effective.

  1. Under Search > Type and Open Graphics Profile.
    Search Graphics Settings
  2. Afterward, click on browse and add ACValhalla.exe.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla
    Browse and Add Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Application
  3. Once added, select High Performance under Options for ACValhalla.exe.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla
    Make sure to click on save

Disable all unnecessary applications running in the background

Suppose you are noticing inconsistent and low frames in Assassins Creed Valhalla. It’s best to check if any irrelevant application is running in the background. In the majority of cases, applications launch along with startup, so you never notice them. They continuously run in the background, squeezing a chunk of memory and CPU usage. Here is how you can disable both services and irrelevant applications running in the background.

  1. Under Start > Open run and type “msconfig”
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla
    search MSConfig.
  2. Go to the services tab and checkmark “hide all Microsoft Services.” This will remove the important ones from the list. Afterward, uncheck all services you feel are irrelevant.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla
    hit apply as you do that
  3. After you are done with services, click on startup, and disable all irrelevant applications as well.
    Optimizing Assassins Creed Valhalla
    Make sure the ones with High Priority are disabled.

Takeaways and Tips

Assassins Creed Valhalla PC Settings
Assassins Creed Valhalla

The changes we made above should improve performance with additional perks. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla isn’t the most optimized title. Still, I think it’s always been the case with Assassin’s Creed and Ubisoft games in particular. I’m hopeful that some patches and Nvidia Game Ready Drivers will bring further stability. Right now, it’s a total mess, but given the settings and optimization above, there shouldn’t be a lot of problems. One more thing I wanted to highlight was that, during our benchmarks. We noticed that some settings weren’t making any difference at all. It seemed as if they were broken or something. If you are not following this detailed guide, I’ll highly recommend to try and test each setting. To warn you, It’s an absolute nightmare.

By all means, if you are still struggling to get decent FPS in Valhalla, here are some key tips.

  • Reinstall and make sure you are using the latest Nvidia/AMD Drivers.
  • Ensure Windows 10 is updated to the latest version.
  • Compare your specifications with the required ones, and see if you are missing any piece of the puzzle.
  • In case of random crashes, I would recommend checking your hardware temperatures.
  • Disable Xbox Game Bar, Hardware Acceleration, and Enhance Pointer Precision across all places.

 


Moiz Banoori.

Business Student | Video Games Writer | ESports Fan. Still Playing Tetris and Pepsiman In my ancestor's basement, do not disturb!
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