Another year, Another un-optimized Ubisoft game. Far Cry 6 is the latest installment in Ubisoft’s Far Cry franchise. Even on a lot of High-end PCs, Far Cry 6 runs terribly. Hardly achieving 60 FPS on Ultra settings even on PCs with RTX 3070s and 3080s at 1440p. Although Ubisoft has improved the graphics in a few areas, the visual upgrade is not enough to justify the game’s terrible performance.
Before we move on, make sure your System Specifications are on par or above the recommended System Requirements.
Far Cry 6 System Requirements (Minimum)
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz or Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
- RAM: 8 GB
- OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- FREE DISK SPACE: 60 GB
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4 GB
Far Cry 6 Recommended Requirements
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X / Intel Core i7-9700
- RAM: 16 GB
- OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- FREE DISK SPACE: 60 GB
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 8192 MB
Best Far Cry 6 Graphics Settings
|Shadows||Low or Medium|
|Geometry and Vegetation||Medium|
|Water||Medium or High|
|Poisoned and Drunk Effects||Optional|
|DXR Reflections (Ray-Tracing)||Off|
|DXR Shadows (Ray-Tracing)||Off|
In this section of our Far Cry 6 Optimization Guide. We will be looking at all of the different graphics and best Far Cry 6 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 Filtering – Ultra
The Texture Filtering setting allows you to tweak the sharpness of textures. We tested this setting in many different areas of the game and saw little to no improvements at all on the surfaces of different objects in the world. This setting also had no impact on performance or the overall VRAM consumption.
As you can see, changing this setting did not affect the visual quality of these wooden planks and they appear to be the same on the lowest and the highest setting. Since this setting doesn’t have any impact on performance or the visual quality, we recommend keeping Texture Filtering on Ultra.
Shadows – Low or Medium
Shadows appeared very sharp when set to Low. Increasing this setting from Low to Medium increased the smoothness of the outlines of the shadows. However, we did not see much of a difference between the game’s Medium, High, and Ultra settings.
We saw an increase of 7-8 FPS when changing this setting from Ultra to Low. You can easily turn this setting to Low or Medium and have the same experience, and gain 5-8 more FPS without sacrificing the overall visual quality of the game.
Geometry & Vegetation – Medium
This setting changes the render distance of different types of vegetation like grass, trees, bushes, and the geometry of different buildings and structures. By far, this setting has the most impact on the performance of the game. We saw a 30% increase in FPS when going from Low to Ultra.
Here is a comparison screenshot of the different far cry 6 settings in the game.
We recommend keeping this setting on Medium because the overall visual quality of the vegetation is very similar to the Ultra setting. The Medium setting has a decent render distance for vegetation and it will also give you a huge increase in FPS over the Ultra setting.
Environment – Medium
Turning up the Environment setting increases the render distance of different types of lights, most noticeably the street lights and it also adds reflections to the water puddles on the streets that form after heavy rain. On low settings, the puddles would not reflect anything at all. Aside from that, we didn’t notice any big changes to the environment.
We recommend keeping this setting on Medium as it will give you a 5-8% of performance boost over Ultra. There isn’t a lot of difference in terms of visual quality between Medium, High, and Ultra. The low setting is not recommended as it completely removes any type of reflection from the water puddles on the streets, as seen in a screenshot below.
Water – Medium or High
We tested all the Far Cry 6 Water settings in many different areas in the game and could not find any noticeable difference between the Medium, High, and Ultra settings of the game. Low looks noticeably worse than all the other settings but it gave us a 9% increase in performance.
Medium looks very identical to High and Ultra and it will give you 6% more performance than Ultra. We recommend turning this setting to Medium since it is a nice balance between visual quality and performance.
Terrain – Ultra
Higher settings did improve the ground textures to some degree but it isn’t very noticeable when you’re playing the game. Changing this setting from Low to Ultra had no impact on the performance whatsoever. We recommend you crank this setting to Ultra as it doesn’t hurt the performance of the game and there is some improvement to the textures of the terrain.
Volumetric Fog – High
We tested the Volumetric Fog settings in various places of the game and could not find any noticeable difference to the visual quality of the game. The only time it became noticeable was when sunbeams shined through the branches of the trees onto the volumetric fog. Low and Medium quality fog appeared to be very inconsistent and pixelated compared to High and Ultra. We didn’t notice a big increase in performance when turning this setting to Low from Ultra. We recommend changing Volumetric Fog to High because it looks a lot better than Low and Medium, and it will give you 2-3 more FPS than Ultra.
HD Textures – Off
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test this setting on my RTX 3070 to its full potential as the HD Textures pack requires 11GB of VRAM to properly function. Still, I turned this option on to see if I notice any difference in the visual quality. The biggest difference I noticed was on the player’s hand model. The textures of the dirt and the tattoos looked a lot more detailed in comparison. If you are following Best Settings For Far Cry 6, this isn’t very necessary.
I tested this setting in many other areas of the game and couldn’t notice any difference to the textures whatsoever. The textures on some objects were even worse with the setting turned on, as seen in the screenshot below. This happens due to streaming issues when texture details wouldn’t load completely when the VRAM hits the 6GB mark. Keeping this setting OFF gave us a 5% performance increase.
Anti-Aliasing – TAA
This setting has 3 different modes in Far Cry 6. Anti-Aliasing can be completely disabled, or it can be set to use SMAA or TAA. We recommend using the TAA setting as it will only cost you 2 to 3 more frames per second than the SMAA and it greatly improves the image quality. SMAA isn’t recommended because the image quality starts to look very noisy as you move around. Below are the comparison screenshots for all 3 Anti-Aliasing modes.
Notice how the edges of the wire look a lot more jagged on AA off and SMAA compared to TAA.
Motion Blur – Off
Far Cry 6 Motion Blur settings control various effects in the game that are related to motion. Changing these settings will not have any impact on the performance of the game. You can change these settings based on your personal preference. Turning these settings off could help in reducing motion sickness for some people.
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.
Camera Shakes – Minimal
Too much camera shake can be annoying and it could also induce motion sickness. If it doesn’t bother you much, you can leave this setting on Full.
Poisoned and Drunk Effects – Optional
As the name suggests, this setting lets you adjust the effects when you’re under the influence of alcohol or the red poison gas in the game. You can change this setting based on your personal preference.
These settings include the Nvidia Ray-Tracing Technology and FidelityFX CAS. These features have been newly added to the Far Cry franchise for the first time.
DXR Reflections (Ray-Tracing) – Off
Part of Extended Features – These settings include the Nvidia Ray-Tracing Technology and FidelityFX CAS. These features have been newly added to the Far Cry franchise for the first time.
The current implementation of the Ray-Traced Reflections technology in Far Cry 6 leaves much to be desired. The Ray-Traced reflections take a hybrid approach that includes screen space reflections on a lot of surfaces. The default Screen Space Reflections appear almost identical to the Ray-Traced Reflections. We recommend keeping this setting OFF because it will give you a 10% performance increase. The game does not have a lot of reflective surfaces and your gameplay experience would be the same.
To enable this feature, your PC must comply with the minimum system requirements and have up-to-date drivers.
The only time reflections become really noticeable is when it rains in-game and the streets become wet. Even then, The default Screen Space Reflections do a good enough job of reflecting the nearby objects and the difference between the SSR and DXR Reflections is nominal.
DXR Shadows (Ray-Tracing) – Off
Similar to the DXR Reflections, The implementation of Ray-Traced Shadows in Far Cry 6 is also quite underwhelming. You wouldn’t notice a huge difference between the game’s default shadows and DXR Shadows. Turning on DXR Shadows will cost you a 10% in performance drop without greatly improving the visual quality. Keeping this setting OFF is the ideal option.
To enable this feature, your PC must comply with the minimum system requirements and have up-to-date drivers.
It is highly recommended that you turn on FidelityFX CAS and FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0 regardless of what graphics card you are running, this setting works on both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. CAS stands for contrast adaptive sharpening, this feature provides a mixed ability to sharpen and optionally scale and image. FidelityFX CAS aids your anti-aliasing by cleaning up shimmering outlines.
Far Cry 6 – Advanced Settings
While we move to the higher part of Best Far Cry 6 Settings, The Advanced Settings menu lets you adjust different features related to the framerate of the game. It also lets you adjust the FOV Scaling, FidelityFX Super Resolution, and Resolution Scaling.
|Enable Framerate Lock||Off|
|Field of View Scaling||90|
|FidelityFX Super Resolution||ON|
V-Sync – Off
Vertical Sync synchronizes the frame rate of a game with a gaming monitor’s refresh rate. This feature greatly reduces screen tearing, which is when your screen displays portions of multiple frames in one go. If your GPU is rendering more frames than your monitor is capable of displaying, it’s smart to have VSync enabled. However, if your game’s frame rate is lower than your monitor’s maximum refresh rate, there is no particular need to have VSync on. In my case, I’m running Far Cry 6 on a 165Hz Monitor and the framerate is nowhere near my monitor’s Refresh Rate, so I turned this setting off.
Enable Framerate Lock – Off
If you are bothered with an inconsistent framerate and want to lock the FPS to a specific number, this setting is for you. I personally don’t recommend locking the framerate and i kept this setting off for benchmarking purposes.
Field of View Scaling – 90
Field of View Scaling comes down to personal preference. In most games I keep the FOV scaling on 90, but you can crank it up to 120 if you want to.
Adaptive Resolution – Off
The Adaptive Resolution setting adapts the resolution to meet the target FPS. If you set the target to 60 FPS and the FPS dips below 60, the resolution will decrease to meet the target FPS. if you’re getting more than 60 FPS, it will increase the resolution. It’s usually not a good idea to enable this setting as it can make the game look terrible during FPS drops.
Resolution Scale – 1.0
Resolution Scaling lets you set a target resolution within the game window. You have the option to go below minimum or above maximum window resolution. Lowering the Resolution Scale will improve performance and increasing it will give you extra anti-aliasing effects. To enable this option, both FidelityFX Super Resolution and Adaptive Resolution need to be turned off.
FidelityFX Super Resolution – ON
It is absolutely worth switching this option on because it will give you a performance boost. When enabled, images are rendered in lower resolution and then upscaled with technique to provide results very close to the original resolution. When turned on, Adaptive Resolution is turned off, Resolution Scale is set to a default value, and antialiasing is set to TAA. This setting has 4 modes, Ultra Quality, Quality, Balanced, and Performance. While it works at 1080p, you’ll benefit most at 1440p and 4K resolution. If you need to get more performance out of this setting, you can swap ultra quality out for balanced, which comes with a small visual downgrade.
Nvidia Graphics Optimization For Far Cry 6
You can further improve performance with a few tweaks that we will do in the Nvidia Control Panel and by updating your GPU drivers to the latest version. This will provide additional improvement across the visual sector and help stabilize performance.
Download the Latest Game Ready Drivers For Far Cry 6
Although we have configured the Far Cry 6 Settings above, It is highly recommended that you update your graphics card drivers to the newly released Far Cry 6 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 Far Cry 6
- First, Open the Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > Add Far Cry 6.exe
- Go to Add > Browse
- Now add Far Cry 6
- 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 Far Cry 6
Now that we are done with the most important and Best Far Cry 6 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 Far Cry 6. After you are done with these optimizations, you can expect a performance boost of 10-20%. 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
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.
if you disable the overlay in Uplay and Ubisoft Club application settings, you can achieve a good increase in frame rate. To disable the overlay, go to the Ubisoft Connect settings menu and select the “General” tab.
- Type Ubisoft Connect in the Start Menu.
- Head over to Settings > General.
- Uncheck Enable in-game overlay for supported games.
Set Graphics Card Priority To High For Far Cry 6
In Windows 10, you can change the GPU priority for all your applications through the Graphics Settings menu. Hence, it is best to add Far Cry 6 to this list and crank its graphic 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:
- Under Start type and open Graphics Settings.
- Then, click on Browse and add Far Cry 6.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 noticing low or inconsistent frames and stuttering in Far Cry 6. 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 Far Cry 6, make sure that you always close all the unwanted background applications from the System Tray and the Task Manager.
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
Many of the needless animations in Windows 10 could significantly degrade your PC’s overall performance. For High-end PCs, the difference might not be very evident, but it might matter while working with a Low-end PC. We’ll demonstrate how to remove these pointless animations so that your PC runs a little bit faster.
- 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
Programs often store temporary files on your hard drive. Over time, these files can start to take up a lot of space. If you are running low on hard drive space, clearing temporary files is a good way to reclaim additional 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
The final part of our Windows 10 Optimizations is 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. It may also begin screen recording if you press the incorrect button. We’re going to show you how to turn off the Xbox Game Bar and task center notifications that can have a small negative effect on the performance of your PC. Follow the procedures below to accomplish this.
- 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.
Far Cry 6 Benchmarks On Optimized Settings
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 could hardly tell the difference between the two and were able to achieve a performance boost of up to 30% more than the Ultra settings. After spending a lot of time figuring out the optimized Best Far Cry 6 settings for the most optimal experience – we are very satisfied with the end results.
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.
- Far Cry 6 was Installed on HDD.
Here is a 3-minute in-game benchmark video that shows the difference between our Far Cry 6 optimized settings and the game’s Ultra Settings.
After applying all of the Optimizations and Graphics Settings that are shown above, you should be noticing a huge increase in the overall performance of the game. Far Cry 6 is not a very optimized game, which isn’t very unusual from Ubisoft. For our Far Cry 6 Best Settings Guide, we spent a lot of time testing every individual setting to find the best settings that gave us maximum performance while maintaining decent visuals at the same time. If you have a High-end PC, you can push these settings even further if you are willing to sacrifice some performance for a slight gain in visual quality.
Here are some important recommendations if you are still having trouble with Far Cry 6 getting a good frame rate.
- Verify that Windows 10 is running the most recent update.
- Compare the required specifications and your PC.
- I advise you to examine your hardware temps if you have sporadic crashes.
- If possible, carefully overclock your hardware components.
- To obtain a tiny FPS bump, enable Game Mode in Windows Settings.
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Title Update 6 Patch Notes (29th November 2022):
Far Cry 6 Latest Patch:
- Fixed an issue caused by starting a Co-Op session from a single player which causes Aoraki and Snowshoe errors.
- Fixed issue which causes low FPS under certain circumstances when you start a new game.
- Fixed misalignment of minimap when switching between font scaling and UI.
- Fixed the issue which caused the game to crash upon starting it.
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