Best Rust Settings For High FPS And Performance [2023]

Here are the best Rust Settings for High FPS, Performance, and absolutely stunning visuals In 2023, now updated with Nvidia/AMD tweaks.

We’ll focus on an in-depth analysis of how to increase FPS In Rust, what are the Best Rust Settings, and how to get the most out of your System. The methods shared in this performance guide are perfectly safe and guaranteed to show results.

Key Highlights

  • First, confirm that your PC meets the minimum hardware requirements, with a GPU being equivalent to Nvidia GTX 670 2GB and a CPU equal to Intel Core i7-3770.
  • Windows 10 optimal settings include turning on Ultimate Performance Mode and disabling Hardware Acceleration along with Full-Screen Optimization.
  • Additionally, get rid of the Xbox Game Bar, set Rust as a High-Performance game, and enable Game Mode.
  • Use these launch options when playing Rust:
    • -window-mode exclusive 
    • -high
    • -force-feature-level-11-0
    • -malloc=system
    • -maxMem=14000
    • -cpuCount=6
    • -exThreads=12
  • For Nvidia settings, use global settings for Low Latency Mode, use maximum performance for Power Management Mode, disable Vertical Sync, and more.
  • Move to the Adjust Desktop Size and Position tab, put scaling mode as aspect ratio, use your current resolution, and pick the highest refresh rate.
  • Nvidia Ansel settings include putting Sharpen to 18%, Clarity to 22%, HDR Toning to 70%, Bloom to 26%, setting Vibrance to 42, and making the rest 0.
  • Regarding AMD settings, disable Radeon Anti-Lag, put the Anti-Aliasing Level to 8xEQ, enable Radeon FreeSync, and follow the rest of the settings in the guide.
  • In-game settings include turning off VSync, putting Graphical Quality to 4 Field of View to 90, and tweaking every other setting from the guide.
  • To check your FPS in Rust, click F1 and type perf one. Additionally, use the FPS.limit 0 command to remove any FPS limits.


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Our guide, like always, would be divided into three segments. The first one will focus on Windows Optimizations, while the second will be related to the application settings. And third, is going to highlight the Best Nvidia/AMD Graphics Settings For Rust. Besides, If you are trying to learn how to Craft Auto Turret in Rust, go through that as well.

It’s reasonable to presume that considering it’s a 2013 game, your PC already has modern hardware that could play the game. However, just to let you know, Rust has gotten significant graphical improvement over the years, which ultimately fueled newer system requirements. These are attached below, and make sure to comply with your system requirements with them.


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-9590 or better
  • Memory: 10 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 20 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended or expect longer than average load times.


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 20 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended.

Let’s now briefly overview the in-game settings tweaks you need to make for Rust:

SettingWhat to Set it to
Screen ResolutionNative
ModeExclusive (Fullscreen)
Graphical Quality4
Shadow Quality1
Shadow CascadesFour Cascades
Max Shadow Lights0
Water Quality1
Water Reflections0
World Reflections1
Anisotropic Filtering1
Parallax Mapping0
Grass DisplacementOff
Particle Quality0
Object Quality150
Tree Quality145
Max Tree Meshes100
Terrain Quality10
Grass Quality50
Decor Quality0
Anti-AliasingTSSAA (or SMAA)
Depth of FieldOff
Ambient OcclusionOff
High-Quality BloomOff
Lens DirtEnable (Subjective)
Motion BlurOff
Sun ShaftsOff
Occlusion CullingEnabled
Field of View (FOV)90 (Subjective)
Compass VisibilityOn
Streamer ModeOff

Windows 10 Optimizations

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Windows 10 Optimizations For Rust.

As suggested above, before jumping to the main Best Rust Settings, the first segment would contain all the necessary Windows 10 Optimizations, which will guarantee significant performance improvements. These methods aren’t done through a third party; you wouldn’t need any additional software. Instead, we will configure the default settings that are aimed towards balance power plans and not for gaming. Once changed, you are bound to see a dramatic increase in not just Rust but across all games.

Don’t forget to create a System Restore Point so that you can roll back in case of any misunderstanding.

Maximize Your CPU While Playing Rust

The title might sound a bit confusing, but it’s true that your CPU is not always being utilized 100% while playing Rust. Often, Windows 10 sets a balanced Power Plan that limits the power through various thresholds, resulting in a very limited amount of FPS. This can be specifically changed through Ultimate Performance, which involves a code that unlocks all the barriers while you play Overwatch. This method has, time and time again, proven to be effective. Laptop users are generally the ones who benefit the most.

  1. Search and Open “Windows PowerShell” With Administrator Privileges
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    Windows PowerShell
  2. Paste this code shown below, and you will see a message indicating that Ultimate Performance was successfully initiated. Suppose it didn’t, and you had to face some sort of error. Replicate the same steps inside the Command Prompt.
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  3. powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02 -d5df -448d -aa00 -03f14749eb6
  4. After you are done adding the code, head over to Edit Power Plan and Power Options.Best Rust Settings
  5. Checkmark Ultimate Performance, and you are done.
  6. From now on, always expect your CPU to push the limits and give you all it has while playing Rust.

Disable Unnecessary Animations

While using Windows 10, you might have noticed the fancy animations while clicking on anything. These illustrious animations might look good, but they come with the price of performance, which we aren’t going to compromise on.  Windows 10 allows you to disable these fancy animations and speed up the entire process. Likewise, you will also save lots of performance and reduce the significant burden on CPU/Memory, which can then be utilized by the game instead.

  1. Open View Advanced System Settings > Performance > Settings > Enable Custom and Only Checkmark the options shown below.
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  2. After the changes are made, click on Apply and Ok to save the settings.

Get Rid Of Hardware Acceleration

The term hardware acceleration might sound good, indicating higher performance boosts and so forth. However, that’s not the case in reality. Hardware Acceleration runs your program through a new meta that it describes as efficient because of how resources are unpacked. This isn’t generally beneficial for common apps like Discord, Google Chrome, and Steam because the core purpose of these apps remains the same.

Consequently, on the other hand, Hardware Acceleration uses many resources to run the apps through the new meta. This ultimately results in low FPS while you play Rust, and the CPU is always being utilized without your information. Thankfully, these resources can be saved through a couple of steps, and you will see a tremendous FPS boost across all games.

We will only highlight the general way to disable this across the three common applications. We expect you to disable them across any third-party application that has this option.

  1. Under Discord Settings > Appearance > Disable Hardware Acceleration.
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    Disable Hardware Acceleration.
  2. Proceed To Google Chrome Settings > Advanced > System > Uncheck “Use Hardware Acceleration When Available”
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  3. Go to Steam Settings > Interface > Disable the following four options
    “Enable smooth scrolling in web views (requires restart)
    “Enable GPU accelerated rendering in web views.”
    “Enable Hardware Video Decoding”
    “Enable DirectWrite For Improved Font Smoothing and Kerning”
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Make Sure No Extra Applications Are Running In The Background

While Playing Rust, you should be perfectly aware that no extra application besides the Anti-Cheat is running in the background. You wouldn’t normally give this a lot of attention, but If I were to tell you that while playing Rust, you should check your Task Manager. You would find insane amounts of unnecessary applications and services that are nearly squeezing 40% of your CPU and Memory Usage.

Likewise, you can wonder how much performance would improve If you disable these unnecessary applications and services. Follow the steps below and see the results for yourself!

  1. Open Run > type and enter MSConfig
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  2. Head over to the services tab and checkmark “Hide All Microsoft Services” – This would hide the important services that are compulsory for your Windows 10 to operate.
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    Hide All Microsoft Services
  3. Now from the new list, disable all the unnecessary third-party services, that could burden your PC while playing Rust.
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  4. After making the suitable changes, click on Apply and head over to the Startup Tab. There will be a new list with similar applications, and your job is to disable the one’s with high priority.
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Making the changes suggested above will not only increase your FPS in Rust, but it’ll also significantly change the boot times.

Perform a Disk Cleanup

A Hard Drive excessively filled with useless files, potentially crash reports, leftovers, and more can temporarily slow down its speed, ultimately resulting in lower FPS while playing Rust. This will further benefit you while playing Rust, and then again, things like these often are the fix for stuttering, crashes, and all sorts of FPS Drop-related problems. Keep in mind, alongside our Best Rust Settings and these tweaks, you will see massive improvement.

  1. Right Click on the Drive where Rust Is Installed Go To Properties
  2. Checkmark all the unnecessary files and avoid the important ones because they will be completely deleted.
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    Disk Cleanup
  3. With that done, finally, click on “Clean Up System Files.”

Maximize GPU Usage While Playing Rust

Similar to many other Windows 10 features we introduced above. There is also another feature called Graphics Profile, which essentially allows you to change the priority of your Graphics Card for a specific game. This results in a tremendous FPS Boost and furthermore ensures that the Hardware is running at its maximum potential. The process is entirely safe and can also work with other games. Just keep in mind that If you add an unnecessary program to the graphics profile, your PC could crash. Besides, this feature is only available in Windows 10.

  1. Here is how you can add Rust to the Graphics Profile.
  2. Open Graphics Settings through Search
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    Graphics Settings
  3. Add Rust to the profiles > checkmark High Performance and click on save
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Delete Temp Files

Usually, one would think that after uninstalling various harmful programs, the virus would be gone. Sadly, this isn’t the case, and Windows always seems to have a soft spot for uninstalled programs. These programs that are deleted or uninstalled have some files that go to the temp folder. A lot of them have leftovers that are mostly virus-infected and can cause serious trouble to your drive. This ultimately results in SSD/HDD being slower, and you see that impact in Rust.

  1. In order to get rid of these, you have to open Run
  2. Now enter %Temp%
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    Temp Files
  3. Delete all the files by ALT + A > Right Click and Delete.
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Disable Full-Screen Optimization

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Full-Screen Optimization

Full-screen optimization is another important setting that should always be disabled. There are lots of reasons as to why this should be disabled. However, the most important one is to avoid the borderless hybrid mode. By default, Windows 10 forces the applications to run in an irregular mode, which does not allow the hardware to run the game properly. This often results in stuttering, crashes, and more problems, which are further regulated through the slow ALT Tabbing. You can fix this by locating the Rust.exe file and disabling full-screen optimization.

Disable the Xbox Game Bar

How many times have you tried to figure out why the FPS in Rust are struggling to reach their average level? I have, too, and as per my experience after playing the game for nearly 2,000 hours. I can assure you that sometimes, it’s Xbox Game Bar with the annoying notifications at the bottom right of the window, asking you to begin a record, and so forth. Usually, these aren’t taken seriously by gamers, and suppose you dig deep. You will find out there are several Keybinds that can automatically trigger live streams and screen recordings.

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Xbox Game Bar

To Disable, Xbox Game Bar > Head over to the settings tab > Disable everything in these three sections.

Enable Game Mode

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Game Mode

Besides Xbox Game Bar, Microsoft does well in the Game Mode Department, which has consistently proven to be a top-tier setting. Subsequently, If you don’t know much about it, Game Mode is a built-in feature within Windows 10, which is oriented towards gamers, providing improved FPS across all games. This can also be beneficial in games like Rust, and describing Game Mode for itself would require an article on its own, but rest assured, this isn’t something you would want to miss on.

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Game Mode

In order to Enable Game Mode, simply head over to the same Xbox Game Bar Settings and turn this slider to the right.

Update Windows 10 To The Latest Version

Updating your Windows is essential as new updates bring stronger support for drivers, therefore allowing Hardware to run better. All these factors result in a tremendous FPS Boost, and this was the case while playing Rust.

  1. Click on Start Button > Search for Check For UpdatesBest Rust Graphics Settings
  2. Search for Updates, and as you can see In my case, new updates are available to downloadBest Rust Graphics Settings








So these were all the necessary Windows 10 Optimizations that you had to make. Obviously, there will be instant FPS Boost after all these configurations. However, we recommend not jumping directly into Rust; instead, we work on those that are suggested below, too, and then make conclusions. This is, after all, a long process, and the core purpose of these Windows Optimizations was to make sure that extra applications weren’t burdening the hardware.

Now that you are done let’s dive right into the best in-game Rust Settings.

Best Launch Options For Rust

Launch Options play a vital role in improving our Best Rust Settings. Usually, lots of players debate over the use of launch options in Rust, as most suggest they do not work anymore, and compatibility is a serious problem. We acknowledged this but still went above and beyond to test the game.

As per our benchmarks, only some launch options worked, and these are listed below.

  1. -window-mode exclusive – Rust has serious full-screen problems that are further expanded by the weird hybrid mode in which the game mostly runs in borderless mode. This can be fixed through two options: the first is -window-mode exclusive, which will guarantee the full-screen option, and the second is -high, which runs the application on priority.
  2. -high – This expands on window mode exclusive and also provides an additional benefit by running Rust in high priority mode. This ultimately results in more FPS, as the PC focuses on deriving all resources for the game.
  3. -forcee-feature-level-11-0 – Many argue this isn’t needed as, by default, the Force feature level works fine. Nonetheless, it’s better than anything, and insurance is always worth it.
  4. -malloc=system – The malloc system command line varies and would not benefit in all cases. In case you don’t know about this class code, it simply enhances or configures what memory allocator is being used by the game.
  5. -maxMem=14000 – The MaxMem command has proven to be the most beneficial of all. We noticed that Rust wasn’t utilizing all the RAM available. Therefore, Assets wouldn’t load faster, and there were terrible frame drops. This was later fixed through the maxMem command that utilizes a certain value associated. You can check your Memory through the Task Manager and utilize 20% for Windows while the remaining for the game. In this picture, 14000 refers to 14 GB.
  6. -cpuCount=6 – Similar to maxMem, you can also change the cpuCount for the game. Once again, this can be checked through the Task Manager. In my case, I’m using the Ryzen 3600x, so the core count would be 6.
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  7. -exThreads=12 – The last enhancement would be through the exThreads amount. You can make sure that Rust is utilizing all the cores through this command line. We have 12 threads in our Ryzen 3600x, so the value would be 12.
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    exThreads amount
  8. All in all, these command lines sum up to this. You can enter them in the Steam Launch Options.
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-MaxMem=14000 -high -malloc=system -force-feature-level-11-0 -cpuCount=6 -exThreads=12 -window-mode exclusive

Nvidia Settings For Rust

Before we jump to the in-game Rust settings, it’s highly imperative that we first set up Nvidia and AMD Control Panel for further optimization. These configurations will result in a tremendous FPS Boost and Sync well with the in-game settings we have shown below. The goal while benchmarking Rust was to find the correct combination that would result in High FPS while still showing excellent visuals and fidelity.

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If you miss these Nvidia Settings, you are likely to see a 20% performance loss, which translates into lots of FPS.

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Nvidia Control Panel

Open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Add Rust.exe

Afterward, make the following tweaks.

  1. Image Sharpening: Use Global Settings (Off)
  2. Anisotropic Filtering: 16x
  3. Antialiasing – FXAA: Use Global Settings (Off)
  4. Enable Antialiasing – Gamma Correction
  5. Ovverdie Any Application Setting under Antialiasing Mode
  6. Depending on your system, select either 4x or 8x under Antialiasing – Setting
  7. Use Global Setting (Off) Under Antialiasing – Transparency
  8. Once Again, Use Global Setting (Off) Under Background Application Max Frame Rate
  9. Select Your Primary Graphics Card Under CUDA – GPus
  10. Low Latency Mode: Use Global Settings (Off)
  11. Max Frame Rate: Although many suggest turning it to the max. However, we encountered many bugs while doing this.
  12. Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) – Off
  13. OpenGL Rendering GPU: Select Your Primary Graphics Card
  14. Checkmark “Prefer Maximum Performance” Under Power Management Mode
  15. Shader Cache: On
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  16. Texture Filtering – Anisotropic Sample Optimization – Off
  17. Select Clamp under Texture Filtering – Negative LOD bias
  18. Texture Filtering Quality – Quality
  19. Texture Filtering – Trilinear Optimization – On
  20. Threaded Optimization – OIn
  21. Triple Buffering – Off
  22. Vertical Sync – Off
  23. Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames – Use Global Setting
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Don’t forget to select the primary monitor while configuring these changes.

After making changes, proceed to Adjust the Desktop Size and Position. Under there, Select Full-Screen Under Scaling and GPU in the Perform Scaling Tab. Also, make sure that the Resolution entered is Native and you are selecting the max refresh rate.

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In the Change Change Resolution Tab, Select your Native Resolution plus Refresh Rate. Also, under the color settings, checkmark the Nvidia Color Settings and proceed with the configurations shown below.

Nvidia Ansel Settings For Rust

Initially, you might be thinking, why Nvidia? Do I need configurations for AMD FreeStyle? Well, we aren’t able to provide accurate metrics for AMD. But that isn’t hard; all you have to do is see whatever settings fit your liking. Our Rust Setting Guide was played out through Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti; therefore, finding a good Reshade Combination was easy.

Make notes that this subject of the guide isn’t mandatory. All it does is that it enhances the image quality without any performance compromisation. Rest assured, it’s imperative first to enable Nvidia Game Mode and then find out how the configuration works.

  1. Open GeForce Experience And Proceed To Settings
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    GeForce Experience
  2. Now Click on In-Game Overlay Settings
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    Overlay Settings
  3. Proceed to Photo Mode / Game Filter from the menu and checkmark the Capture / Enhance Tab.
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  4. Launch Rust and Open the Nvidia Ansel Overlay By ALT + F9 on the Keyboard, and Add Details and Color Tab.
  5. Now make the following changes under both sections
  6. Sharpen 18%
  7. Clarity 22%
  8. HDR Toning 70%
  9. Bloom 26%
  10. Tint Color 0%
  11. Tint Intensity 0%
  12. Temperature 0
  13. Vibrance 42

Having said that, Nvidia Ansel and AMD FreeStyle could do wonders for your Rust Image Quality. You might be wondering what are the differences. To illustrate, there is a notable difference in the Sharpness and Vibrance of Images and brightness collaboration across all graphical elements. This transcends the gameplay and takes it to a whole new level, both in Graphics and Performance. Here are some screenshots that are heavily de-compressed but still show the stunning difference between default and reshade.

Default Settings

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Default Settings


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Although, these photos are highly de-compressed and won’t show you the results that we are trying to portray. We still recommend trying it out and seeing the difference for yourself.

The Best AMD Settings For Rust

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AMD Settings For Rust

Similar to the Nvidia Tweaks we have shared above. AMD users can also access their own Control Panel and arrange further enhancements. The difference in result between both GPUs isn’t huge, and you will likely get the same result. Besides, these configurations are mostly dependent on the in-game settings. Therefore, make adequate changes so you can get the correct combination for High FPS and Best Rust Settings.

  1. Add Rust to the AMD Control Panel > Edit Profile
  2. Make the following changes.
  3. Graphics Profile: Custom – This will allow you to make custom changes.
  4. Radeon Anti-Lag: Disabled
  5. Radeon Chill: Disabled
  6. Radeon Image Sharpening: Disabled
  7. Radeon Enhanced Sync: Enabled
  8. Anti-Aliasing: Override Application Settings
  9. Anti-Aliasing LEvel: 8xEQ
  10. Anti-Aliasing Method: Supersampling
  11. Morphological Anti-Aliasing: Disabled
  12. Anisotropic Filtering: Enabled
  13. Anisotropic Filtering Level: 16x
  14. Texture Filtering Quality: Standard
  15. Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
  16. Tesselation Mode: AMD Optimized
  17. Triple Buffering: Disabled
  18. Radeon FreeSync: The Radeon FreeSync is a great feature that does not make you realize the drop in frames due to the constant refresh-rate cap. However, most players debate over its input lag, and competitive players aren’t big fans of it. We don’t find Rust any more insanely competitive than CS: GO, where every second matters. Thus, it’s recommended to keep it enabled.
  19. Scaling Mode: Center
  20. Integer Scaling: Disable
  21. Custom Color: Disabled

Lastly, don’t forget to update your drivers to the latest version.

Best Rust Settings

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Best Rust Graphics Settings

Hopefully, now that you have finally made all the configurations suggested above. It’s time to dive into the final piece and optimize the in-game Best Rust settings, which are the most crucial part of this guide.

Our settings, as always, are focused on High FPS and Sharp Visuals, so the goal is to find the right balance. In addition, we benchmarked the game several times and avoided focusing on settings that had a huge performance impact while showing little to no improvement in the Graphical Sector.

This also seems to be a pretty common problem in Rust, and you would also notice that the majority of settings, including Max Shadows Lights, Water Reflections, and Parallax Mapping, have zero to no effect on fidelity. Here are the best rust settings for high fps and sharp visuals.

Here are all the Rust best settings summarized: 

SettingWhat to Set it to
Screen ResolutionNative
ModeExclusive (Fullscreen)
Graphical Quality4
Shadow Quality1
Shadow CascadesFour Cascades
Max Shadow Lights0
Water Quality1
Water Reflections0
World Reflections1
Anisotropic Filtering1
Parallax Mapping0
Grass DisplacementOff
Particle Quality0
Object Quality150
Tree Quality145
Max Tree Meshes100
Terrain Quality10
Grass Quality50
Decor Quality0
Anti-AliasingTSSAA (or SMAA)
Depth of FieldOff
Ambient OcclusionOff
High-Quality BloomOff
Lens DirtEnable (Subjective)
Motion BlurOff
Sun ShaftsOff
Occlusion CullingEnabled
Field of View (FOV)90 (Subjective)
Compass VisibilityOn
Streamer ModeOff

Screen Resolution: Select Native

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Screen Resolution

Mode: Exclusive

This is another word used for full-screen, which is necessary for maximum refresh rate and high performance. Some people also prefer Borderless due to the quick Alt Tabbing. However, we noticed several crashes with that.

VSync: Off

Enabling this would ultimately mean that you are going to experience high input lag and also cap your framerates to 60. This isn’t helpful, especially if you are playing at a High Refresh Rate Monitor, because the frames wouldn’t reach the desired cap.

Graphical Quality: 4

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Graphical Quality

The Graphical Quality setting maintains an overall meta for the entire preset in the game. We noticed heavy lag on anything above 4 during our benchmarks while testing it on 1,2, and 3. We were briefly disappointed with the poor graphics. The main difference between higher Graphical Quality and lower is only related to the quality of shadows, which makes a huge difference, especially in Rust because of the open maps.

Shadow Quality: 1

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Shadow Quality

No Major difference in all other presets. One seems to be the most optimized setting.

Shadow Cascades: Four Cascades

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Shadow Cascades

Although in the majority of climates, you aren’t going to see much of this setting because of what it does. However, in bright light maps, there is an immense difference due to the shadow quality. Moreover, there is also a slight change in the dimensions of shadow, which does signify to the overall quality. If you go with lower Shadow Cascades quality, make note, that the Shadow Distance quality will also be limited.

Max Shadow Lights: 0

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Max Shadow Lights

Similar to Shadow Quality and Cascades. The Max Shadow Light also shows impressive results in the overall graphics. But that seems really limited because, unlike cascades and Shadow Quality, which play an essential role 24/7. The Max Shadow Lights only seem to have a purpose when there is a reflection from objects. Subsequently, If you look at the performance, this setting does seem to be a problem to sum it up. It is not worth it.

Water Quality: 1

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Water Quality

Another performance hogg was the Water Quality, which does seem like a big problem, but unfortunately it needs to be kept down. The essential difference between Water Quality 1-3 boils down to the texture, blurriness, and reflections. It isn’t noticeable across all places and therefore, we must keep it at one.

Water Reflections: 0

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Water Reflections

It is imperative to keep water reflections at 0 due to two reasons. The first is that we have already kept Water Quality at one, which will play a significant role in setting the overall meta. And the second is due to a performance problem, which is huge in water reflections.

World Reflections: 1

The Water Reflection setting maintains an astounding clarity and adds exceptional fidelity to the overall world of rust. Likewise, it also has its drawbacks, but luckily, at one, we were only able to find a roughly 2% performance loss, which isn’t a big deal, considering the massive improvements.

Anisotropic Filtering: 1

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Anisotropic Filtering

Subsequent to finishing our test bench, we were heavily bugged with Anisotropic Filtering because it provided very grainy graphics. In case you don’t know much, grainy graphics in the PC World refer to extremely sharp textures that can sometimes give you a headache. In addition, the gripping textures also have a huge impact on performance, and all in all, it’s not worth it to be kept above 1.

Despite what is explained above, If you still feel like the textures aren’t sharp enough. We still don’t recommend tuning up Anisotropic Filtering, and instead take the benefit of Nvidia Ansel and AMD’s FreeStyle, which is explained in the last section of this guide.

Parallax Mapping: 0

Keeping Parallax Mapping at Zero is the best thing you can do in Rust. That is to say, the impact on performance was roughly 30%, and on the dark side, it has zero to no benefits except showing slight illusions that are merely rare, depending on the weather.

Grass Displacement: Off

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Grass Displacement

The Grass Displacement feature seems to be another unnecessary setting that impacts performance while having no meaningful purpose.

Particle Quality: 0

While showing little to no improvement across the Graphical Sector. It’s reasonable to presume that Particle Quality Should be kept at 0. The difference in performance is vast, and unlike many other games, where Particle Quality sets the base framework for all graphics. It wasn’t the case in Rust, and all we noticed was added elements that weren’t always noticeable.

Object Quality: 150

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Object Quality

Have you ever come across numerous objects that aren’t rendered, and you are able to see through walls? Well, that is definitely due to Object Quality, which pre-renders all graphical elements to an extent depending on the quality. Similarly, the performance problem isn’t that serious here, but the core purpose of this setting is important as it changes the overall experience. We recommend keeping it at 150 for the best FPS and realistic fidelity.

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Tree Quality: 145

Similar to Object Quality, the Tree Quality preset also focuses on rendering the bushes, trees, and more. This gets further expanded through the Tree Quality and enhancing the overall object. If you keep it at 50-100, the Trees Look something out of a 2D Game, and performance isn’t very noticeable. The best results come in at 150 with accurate greenery elements and detailed graphics.

Max Tree Meshes: 100

Terrain Quality: 10

Although many Rust Players Across Steam, YouTube, and Forums conclude that apart from the quality itself, the Terrain Quality feature also improves the rendering distance, which isn’t actually true. We couldn’t find this feature, and apart from that. The Terrain Quality slider that goes up to 100 didn’t marginally improve the graphics by a lot. The most optimized and best setting seems to be at 10, which gets further compensated by Anti-Aliasing.

Grass Quality: 50

The Grass Quality setting doesn’t really require an explanation. All it does is change the textures and quantity of all grass across Rust. This setting does have a reasonable impact on performance, but at the same time. Its results are really noticeable, and as you would already know. The grass is all over the place in Rust. We found 50 to be very optimized, and it resulted in a 4% FPS Drop, which is perfectly fine.

Decor Quality: 0

As the title sub-heading suggests, Decor Quality only works around extra-added decor elements that include things like Flowers and numerous other leaves you wouldn’t normally notice. Furthermore, experienced Rust players would know that Decor Quality needs to be turned off because once enabled, the Grass Density increases significantly, and it becomes harder to find items. We tested Decor Quality across numerous green belts and weren’t able to find any performance differences. The takeaways are that If you are a competitive player, keep it enabled, and likewise disable it If you are playing Rust Casually.

Anti-Aliasing: TSSAA

Under the Forest Portion of the Image Effects Settings Tab, you will find numerous entries, including the Anti-Aliasing, which is considered the core feature of all graphics. We were really adamant about the setting and decided to go with TSSAA for two reasons. Firstly, the texture quality in TSAA was really smooth, and it bent properly with the environment. Besides, looking at long distances also didn’t hurt the eyes; the textures weren’t too noisy. This was also our main problem with SMAA and FXAA, where the textures became incredibly sharp and started to hurt the eyes after a while. You can certainly go with SMAA, which is also a decent choice, but remember that sharpness can also be figured through Nvidia Ansel, which doesn’t come with the consequence of performance.

Depth of Field: Off

Keep Depth of Field disabled because it has added layers that increase the blurriness in long-distance objects. The game does look fabulous, but it’s more of a cinematic feature and not good for gameplay.

Ambient Occlusion: Off

Many rust players complain about the graphics being too washed out. The Ambient Occlusion feature could be a decent fix because not only does it provide added shadows, but it also improves their depth. The setting is handy in situations like these, but since we have already enabled Four Cascaded Shadows, you can turn it off to save performance.

High-Quality Bloom: Off

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Enabling this would improve the brightness and lighting across rare places, and apart from that, this setting doesn’t seem to have lots of value. We recommend keeping it disabled, and you will find more about this in the Nvidia Ansel section.

Lens Dirt: Enable

The Lens Dirt feature is subjective and can be both enabled or disabled, depending on the performance. We couldn’t find a noticeable difference in performance, and that goes the same for fidelity. According to Rust, this adds dirt effect in extremely bright places, which ultimately means a new layer that is similar to a glass pane.

Motion Blur: Off

We have always recommended turning off Motion Blur because it’s an unnecessary feature that has a huge impact on performance.

Sun Shafts: Off

We tested Sun Shafts for a few hours and weren’t able to find any noticeable difference. The only place where we found any noticeable difference was also in bright sunlight, and rays seemed to have an extra layer of features. Moreover, the impact on performance is also barely noticeable.

Sharpen: Off

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Initially, we enabled Sharpen for better texture quality. However, in the later phases of our tests, it was disabled due to two reasons. If Anti-Aliasing is disabled, there is no point in adding an extra depth of sharpness. Secondly, Sharpen seemed to have a notable impact on performance, and we achieved the exact same results with Nvidia Ansel without compromising on performance.

Vignetting: Off

No noticeable difference in fidelity and performance

Occlusion Culling: Enabled

Under the Experimental Settings, Only Enable Occlusion Culling and disable the rest.

Field of View: 90

The Field of View, commonly known as FOV, changed the dynamics of the camera, allowing you to show more pixels at a time with a higher FOV. This setting usually accounts for 30% of performance in numerous games. However, that was not the case in Rust. We only figured a roughly 8% FPS Loss on Max FOV; similarly, the difference in gameplay was very meaningful. Other than this, FOV also depends on your monitor size and your distance to the desk, so I’d say this setting is subjective.

Compass Visibility: On

It’s literally impossible to play Rust without Compass Visibility.

Streamer Mode: Off

Are you a streamer? If so, Enable this in Rust. Likewise, keep it disabled if you aren’t.

Nudity: Uncensored

With Censored, there is roughly a 4% reduction in performance. Therefore, see If you would like to trade that for the change.

How To Check Your Current FPS In Rust 

 To see if you have the best settings for maximum FPS in Rust or not, you should check your current FPS by following the method below. 

  •  First, open up the Rust client and click on F1. 
  •  Doing so will lead you to the Console Screen. 
  •  In the console screen, type perf one and click the enter key. 

When you connect to any server, you will be able to see your FPS in the bottom left corner of your screen. The FPS will be shown in a large, wide font, and this method will only work for Rust and not for any other game. 

Also, if you want to see the memory usage as well as the accurate FPS in the game, type perf 2 in the Console Menu. You can also use the FPS.limit 0 command if you want to remove any unintentional FPS limits. 

Poor FPS Causes 

There are several reasons why your FPS might not be the best when it comes to rust settings. Most of the time, your hardware is the number one reason for your low FPS. 

However, it can be overcome by upgrading your CPU or your graphics processor. You can also upgrade your memory size, as it can have a huge impact on your overall gameplay and your FPS as well. If you can afford to upgrade your PC, then go for it. If not,, you can try out different Rust settings for Max FPS and best performance. 

Tips And Tricks For Best FPS Settings In Rust 

It is important to have some of the best rest settings so that you can perform well in combat and the PvP mode. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get the maximum FPS for Rust. 

  • First, make sure to update your driver as well as Windows. 
  • You should use a new version of Windows 7 while playing Rust. A good option is the 64-bit version of Windows 7. 
  • Furthermore, your GPU in usage must be your dedicated GPU. Many players make the mistake of using an integrated GPU for rust, which makes their FPS performance quite low. 
  • Before playing Rust or any other game, always check your temperature. Thermal throttling may occur if a high temperature is kept for a long time. Also, check your temperature midway while playing the game. 
  • Also, always manually update your drivers instead of relying on an automatic system. 
  • Make sure that the background apps that you are not using are always closed. 
  • The window power settings should always be set to high performance, even if you’re using a desktop. 
  •  Instead of the dropdown menu, change your graphics settings in the game. Doing so will give you many more options, and this is the best way to get Max FPS settings in Rust. 
  • Always try running with a lower resolution when you are using the drop-down menu. 
  • Also, make sure that your animation quality is turned down.  
  • In case you are stuck or the items on your character are glitched out, ask an admin or your friend to kill your sleeper to fix the problem. 
  • For a network lag issue. Always check that you are not populating any server list in the background. 
  • We don’t recommend using the game under 8GB of RAM. 

Rust Optimization Takeaways

We weren’t really impressed with the quality of guides on the Best Rust settings out there, and therefore, it was really hard to find the purpose of all settings and explain it, so they were readable. Apart from that, It also seemed that the problem was with Rust, too, because unlike Modern Games, which have Low to Ultra High Tweaks, Rust has sliders that are hard to figure out. Moreover, we were also frustrated over numerous settings that didn’t show any difference and were performance hogg. This gets topped off by the poor interface of the game… that is to say, a lot of settings do not have descriptions, and their purpose remains anonymous.

Apart from Rust Settings, we have also configured numerous Windows 10 Optimizations that will be fruitful for you across all games. Besides, all these were safe, and as always, our guide has never forced users to download external software, which often leads to malware.

Let us know in the comments below If you have any suggestions or complaints.

Patch Notes For Eye In The Sky Patch [March 2, 2023]

Eye In The Sky Latest Patch:

  • The minimum gap between pipe points was reduced.
  • The maximum and minimum filter behaviors have been reworked, and a buffer mode was added.
  • Pipe generation performance was improved, and pipes being regenerated too often were fixed.
  • Storage adaptor performance and electric furnace performance gained improvements.
  • The transfers of buffers will now be canceled if a conveyor gets turned off or runs out of the item mid-transfer.
  • A UI visualization was added to show what buffer transfers are in process.
  • The volume of industrial sounds was reduced.
  • Multiple server garbage collection received improvements.
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