Released in September, Deathloop is a first-person shooter game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game was released on Microsoft Windows and as a timed console exclusive for the PlayStation 5. The PC version of the game has suffered from various performance issues since its September 14 release. Players have been noticing a lot of FPS drops, lag, and stuttering even on systems with decent specs. Here at eXputer, we have been testing the huge variety of graphics settings that Deathloop has to offer. For our Best Deathloop Settings Guide, we compared all of the different optimized settings side by side to see which settings offer the highest FPS while maintaining the visual fidelity of the game.
Our Deathloop Best Settings guide will be divided into three different parts. The first part will be related to the in-game PC Settings of Deathloop. The second part will contain all of the important Nvidia Control Panel Configurations. The last part would be entirely about all of the necessary Windows 10 Optimizations, these can result in a roughly 20-30% performance increase across all games and not just Deathloop.
Deathloop System Requirements
Before we jump into the Optimized Deathloop Settings Guide, make sure your System Specifications are on par or above the recommended System Requirements.
Deathloop System Requirements (Minimum)
- OS : 64 bit Windows 10 version 1909 or higher
- Processor : Intel Core i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
- Memory : 12 GB
- Graphics : Nvidia GTX 1060 (6GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
- DirectX : Version 12
- Storage : 30 GB available space (HDD)
Deathloop Ultra 4K Requirements: 4K / 60 FPS At Ultra Settings
- OS: 64 bit Windows 10 version 1909 or higher
- Processor : Intel Core i9-10900K @ 3.70GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
- Memory : 16 GB system RAM
- Graphics : Nvidia RTX 3080 (10GB) or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (16GB)
- DirectX : Version 12
- Storage : 30 GB available space (SSD)
Deathloop Recommended Requirements
- OS : 64 bit Windows 10 version 1909 or higher
- Processor : Intel Core i7-9700K @ 3.60GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
- Memory : 16 GB
- Graphics : Nvidia RTX 2060 (6GB) or AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8GB)
- DirectX : Version 12
- Storage : 30 GB available space (SSD)
Best Deathloop PC Graphics Settings
In this section of our Deathloop Optimization Guide, We will be looking at all of the different graphics and best Deathloop settings – comparing each setting to see which ones provide the most FPS without sacrificing the visual quality of the game. We will also share comparison screenshots for each setting so you can know how much of a difference they make in terms of image quality and FPS performance.
Texture Details – High
This setting lets you adjust the quality and clarity of all the textures in the game. The higher this setting is, the sharper surfaces will look. Higher settings will impact the performance a lot on graphic cards with low VRAM.
Deathloop has 3 different modes for the Texture Details setting(Low, High, and Very High). Low textures look noticeably more washed out than the High and Very High settings. There wasn’t a huge difference between High and Very High. High gave us a 4% performance boost and similar visuals as the Very High setting, so High setting is a nice balance for both performance and visual quality.
Model Details – Ultra
This setting adjusts the geometric detail of character and weapon models based on their distance from the player. The higher the Model Details setting, the farther away models must be before they are simplified. During our testing, we didn’t notice any noticeable difference between the Low and Ultra settings In Deathloop. Don’t expect to get a lot of frames by turning setting down. We recommend keeping this setting on Ultra because it doesn’t impact the performance or the visual quality of the game.
Shadow Details – Low or Medium
This setting adjusts the draw distance and shapes accuracy of shadows. The higher the setting, the more accurate the shadows will look. This setting has 6 different modes(Very Low, Low, Medium, High, Very High, Ultra). This setting has the biggest impact on performance in Deathloop. So changing this setting from Ultra to Low will give you a huge performance boost.
Shadows on lower settings appear to be more smooth and realistic compared to the sharp shadows on Ultra and High settings. Keeping this setting on Low gave us a 12% FPS boost while maintaining decent shadow quality. If you want shadows to be sharper then you can change this setting to Medium as it looks pretty similar to High and Ultra settings.
Water Details – Low or Medium
This setting adjusts the water shader settings In Deathloop. The higher this setting is, the more realistic water will look. Changing this setting doesn’t impact the performance in most areas of the game. You will only notice the difference in FPS in areas where water is present.
This setting also has 6 different modes to choose from. Changing the setting to Very Low will remove all reflections from the water, reduce the quality of the foam, and remove accurate specular highlights. Changing this setting to Low or Medium will give you a 6-11% performance boost in areas where a lot of water is present.
Terrain Details – Ultra
We tweaked this setting to see if it makes any difference in the performance or the details of the terrain textures. There was no noticeable difference in the terrain quality and the performance also remained the same. We recommend keeping this setting on Ultra as this setting has no impact on FPS and graphics quality. See the images below for a comparison between Low and Ultra Deathloop settings.
Decal Details – Ultra
Decals are formed when characters bleed and when bullets strike surfaces. The higher this setting is, the more decals can be rendered at the same time and they will stay for a longer duration before fading away. It’s almost impossible to test this setting in-game, we also didn’t notice a huge difference in the performance of the game by turning this setting to Ultra. We recommend leaving this setting on Ultra.
Ambient Occlusion – Nvidia HBAO+ or FidelityFX CACAO
Ambient Occlusion adds contact shadows where two surfaces or objects meet and where an object blocks light from reaching another nearby game element. This setting has 3 different modes in Deathloop. AMD’s FidelityFX CACAO, Nvidia HBAO+, Ray-Tracing Ambient Occlusion. In the comparison screenshots below, we can see that Nvidia’s HBAO+ and FidelityFX CACAO look almost identical. While Ray-Tracing Ambient Occlusion made the area very dark in comparison to other ambient occlusion types. In terms of performance, RTAO had the most impact on performance giving us 30% less FPS than the other Ambient Occlusion modes. Both Nvidia HBAO+ and FidelityFX CAS gave us the same performance. The best option here is either the Nvidia HBAO+ and FidelityFX CACAO.
Sun Shadows – Simple
This setting adjusts the quality of shadows formed by sunlight, these shadows are different from the Shadow Details setting above. This setting has 2 modes, Simple and Ray-Tracing. Sun Shadows on Simple setting look fine. But if you have a high-end GPU you can turn on the Ray-Tracing option for a more realistic look. RT Sun Shadows will cost you a 12% performance drop. We recommend keeping this setting on Simple for a more optimized experience.
Post Process Anti-Aliasing – TAA or AA-High
Anti-Aliasing is used to remove jagged edges from surfaces. This setting has 4 different modes in Deathloop. Anti-Aliasing can be completely disabled, or it can be changed to AA Low, High, or Temporal Anti-Aliasing(TAA). We recommend using the TAA setting as it does not impact the performance and it greatly improves the image quality. Below are the comparison screenshots for all 3 Anti-Aliasing modes.
Sharpness Post Process – FidelityFX CAS
This setting applies a sharpening filter that reduces the blurriness that can be caused by Anti-Aliasing. Changing this setting to FidelityFX CAS will give you a small FPS boost while maintaining good visuals.
TXAA Sharpness – 5-10%
This setting is only enabled if you select Temporal Anti-Aliasing(TAA) in the Post-Process Anti-Aliasing Setting. You can change the intensity of the smoothing effect of TAA on a scale of 1-20. The higher the number you set, the more it will impact the performance.
Camera Motion Blur – Optional
You can change the motion blur setting based on your personal preference. We recommend keeping this setting OFF because it results in cleaner image quality and slightly increases FPS performance.
Lens Flare – Optional
This setting lets you disable or enable the lens flare effect on the camera in-game. Turning this setting off will only slightly increase the FPS.
Light Shafts – Optional
This setting lets you enable or disable rays of light falling from the sky when your view of the moon or sun is partially obscured, it has a very small impact on performance.
Nvidia Graphics Optimization For Deathloop
Now that we are done with the most important Graphics settings for Deathloop, you can squeeze some extra performance out of your Nvidia Graphics Card by making some changes in the Nvidia Control Panel and updating your GPU drivers to the latest version. Follow the steps below to optimize Deathloop for your Nvidia Graphics Card.
Download the Latest Game Ready Drivers For Deathloop
It is highly recommended that you update your graphics card drivers to newly released Game Ready Drivers By Nvidia. You can do that through the GeForce Experience or manually download them through the Nvidia website.
- Open GeForce Experience > Click on Check For Updates > Make Sure Version 472.12 or higher is installed
Nvidia Control Panel Settings For Deathloop
- First, Open the Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > Add Deathloop.exe
- Go to Add > Browse
- Now add Deathloop from the Installation directory of the game.
- Make the following changes.
- Set Image Sharpening – Sharpen 0.50
- Select Application Controlled for Anisotropic Filtering.
- Turn on Antialiasing Gamma correction.
- Turn on Low Latency Mode.
- Set Power Management Mode to Prefer Maximum Performance.
- Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest Available.
- Enable Shader Cache.
- Turn on Texture Filtering – Anisotropic Sample Optimization.
- Allow Texture Filtering – Negative LOD Bias.
- Set Texture Filtering Quality to High Performance.
- Turn on Texture Filtering Trilinear Optimization.
- Select Auto Under Threaded Optimization.
- After making these changes, head over to the Change Resolution Tab, and to the following steps.
- Select the native resolution and the max refresh rate that your monitor has to offer.
- Under step 3 on the page, Enable the “Use NVIDIA color settings” option. Then match the settings with the picture below.
After this, head over to Adjust Desktop Size and Position, make the following changes.
- Scaling Mode: Aspect Ratio.
- Perform Scaling on Desktop.
- Resolution: Current.
- Refresh Rate: Highest available.
Windows 10 Optimizations For Deathloop
Now that we are done with the most important Deathloop settings, your FPS should have already increased by a big margin. If you are running on a low-end PC and want to make sure that your PC is running the game to its full potential, here are some Windows 10 Optimizations that will make sure that your PC is performing at its absolute best in Deathloop. After you are done with these optimizations, you should expect a huge performance boost in-game. These settings will help you turn off unnecessary background applications, allow the game to utilize your GPU properly, disable unwanted overlays, and more.
Enable Ultimate Performance
Normally, Windows 10 runs at a very balanced and optimal power plan that sets a power limit on your PC, by default. You can fix this by changing your PC’s power plan from Balanced to Ultimate Performance. This will make your CPU run at a higher frequency and utilize 100% of your CPU. This will greatly improve the performance of your PC. To enable Ultimate Performance mode, follow these steps:
- Open Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell With Administrator Privileges and paste the code given below.
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02 -d5df -448d-aa00 -03f14749eb61
- Once done, you will be able to see the Ultimate Performance mentioned in the code.
- Afterward, go to start > Edit Power Plan > Power Options.
- Then checkmark Ultimate Performance, and you are done.
Set Graphics Card Priority To High For Deathloop
In Windows 10, There is a Graphics Settings menu that allows you to change the GPU priority for different applications. You can choose to add Deathloop to the list of applications and set its graphics preference to high. This will make sure that the game utilizes 100% of your GPU and give you an incredible performance boost. To do this, follow these steps:
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- Under Start type and open Graphics Settings.
- Then, click on Browse and add Deathloop.exe
- Then set its graphics preference to High Performance.
- Click on save once you are finished.
Disable Hardware Acceleration And Enhance Pointer Precision
This is another helpful method that will greatly improve the performance of your PC by disabling Hardware Acceleration for different applications in the background. Basically, this setting helps to improve the performance of the applications by offloading certain computing tasks of the application onto specialized hardware components within the system like the GPU and RAM. This could greatly impact the performance of your PC in-game while these applications are running in the background.
Hardware Acceleration isn’t a Windows feature, it is used in a lot of common third-party applications like Discord, Google Chrome, Opera, etc. Disabling this wouldn’t change the applications’ core purpose and will only help you save resources. The Enhance Pointer precision is a similar feature, but unlike Hardware Acceleration, which is mostly featured within third-party applications, this is a Windows 10 feature that requires disabling.
- Open Discord > Settings > Advanced > Disable “Hardware Acceleration.”
- In Opera > Open Settings > Advanced > Browser > Under System > Disable “Use hardware acceleration when available.
- Search for Mouse Settings > Additional Mouse Options > Pointer Options > Uncheck Enhance Pointer Precision.
Disable All Unnecessary Applications Running In The Background
If you’re experiencing low frame rates and annoying stutter issues in Deathloop. It could be due to unnecessary applications and Windows Services running in the background that squeeze a big chunk of your memory. To get rid of these background applications and get high performance in Deathloop, make sure that you always close all the unwanted background applications from the System Tray and the Task Manager.
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Aside from the background application, You should also disable any unnecessary Windows Services that consume a lot of your PC’s memory. In order to do this, do the following steps.
- In the Start Menu, Search for Windows Run Application.
- Type and Enter “msconfig”.
- 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.
- After you are done with services, Head to the Startup tab in Task Manager, and disable all the irrelevant applications.
Turn Off Unnecessary Animations
Windows 10 has a lot of unnecessary animations that could potentially hurt the overall performance of your PC. The difference might not be that noticeable on High-end PCs, but it could certainly make a difference when you’re working with a Low-end PC. We will show you how to disable these unnecessary animations and get a little bit of a performance boost on your PC.
- In the Start Menu > Type and Open View Advanced System Settings.
- Head over to the Advanced tab > Settings > Checkmark Custom and only select the options shown in the screenshot below. Once done, don’t forget to hit apply, and ok.
Clear Temp Folder
Sometimes when you delete a program from your computer. It doesn’t entirely remove everything related to the software and leaves a lot of temporary files and folders in your Windows drive. With the passage of time, these files take a lot of space in your computer and slow down your computer. Follow these steps to clean any temporary files to reclaim disk storage space and also boost PC performance.
- Under Start > Type Run > write and enter %temp%
- Inside the folder, Press CTRL + A on keyboard > Press Shift + Delete on your keyboard.
Xbox Game Bar
Lastly, we are going to do some Windows 10 Optimizations related to the Xbox Game Bar and other Windows notifications that you can disable to boost PC performance. Xbox Game Bar is enabled by default in Windows 10, and it squeezes quite a lot of performance from your PC by constantly running in the background. If you hit the wrong button, it could also start recording the screen. We’re going to teach you how to disable the Xbox Game Bar and notifications that pile up in the task center which could slightly impact your PC’s performance. To do this, follow the steps below.
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- In the Start Menu, type and open Game bar shortcuts.
- Disable everything in the Game Bar Tab and Captures Tab.
- Afterward, open Focus Assist Settings and Disable them accordingly.
Deathloop Benchmarks On Optimized Settings
After applying all of the best Deathloop graphics settings and other optimizations in the Article above, We ran a final benchmark (Video Attached Below) to see how much of a performance and FPS boost we gained and compared the visual quality of the game’s Ultra setting and our optimized settings. We noticed a 15-20% FPS boost without sacrificing any visual quality of the game.
The final benchmarks were done on the following specifications.
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor.
- 16.0GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 Memory.
- MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX.
- GEFORCE RTX 3070 8GB.
- Deathloop was Installed on HDD.
Here is a 2-minutes benchmark video that shows the difference between our Deathloop optimized settings and the game’s Ultra Settings.
Deathloop Optimization Takeaways
After following our Deathloop Best Settings guide and applying all the necessary Windows 10 and Nvidia Optimizations, you should be noticing a huge increase in FPS performance. Deathloop is a demanding game. A lot of people are facing FPS issues and also stuttering while playing this game. We spent quite some time testing each individual setting to see which ones gave us maximum performance while maintaining decent visuals at the same time. Hopefully, this guide will help you fix some of these issues and improve your overall gameplay experience.
If you are still struggling to get decent FPS in Deathloop, here are some key tips.
- Ensure Windows 10 is updated to the latest version.
- Compare your PC specifications with the required ones.
- In case of random crashes, I would recommend checking your hardware temperatures.
- Carefully overclock your hardware components if possible.
- Enable Game Mode in Windows Settings to get a slight FPS boost.
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