NBA 2K23 BEST Graphics Settings [Explained]

In this guide we will discuss the best graphics settings for maximum performance.

NBA 2K23 is definitely not the most graphically demanding game on the market, but there is certainly a fan following for it. Whether you are a casual fan or someone who wants to run the game for a fun co-op time, worry not, because, in today’s guide, we will walk you through the best graphics settings for NBA 2k23.

I’ve tested NBA 2K23 on a PC with the following specs:

  • OS: Windows 11 Pro 23H2
  • System: Lenovo Legion 7i Laptop
  • CPU: Intel i7-11800H
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3070 8GB
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Storage: Samsung 1TB SSD Gen 4
Key Takeaways

You’ll at least need an Intel i3-2100 or AMD FX-4100 CPU, Nvidia GT 450 or AMD Radeon HD 7770 GPU, and 4 GB RAM to run NBA 2K23.


The following settings are the most demanding in NBA 2K23:

  • Shader Detail Level
  • Texture Detail
  • Crowd Detail
  • Media People Detail Level.
  • Volumetric Lighting
  • Mirror Reflection

NBA 2K23 is an immensely optimized game that can run smoothly on even entry-level PCs. I was able to get up to 100 FPS on these optimized settings at 1600p resolution. 

Graphics Settings Summarized

Let’s discuss the best graphics settings for the game that will help you strike the right balance between performance and visuals. You can find the Video Settings in the Feature tab. Once there, you will find the following options:

Setting NameWhat to Set it to
Display Resolution1080p (or higher if supported, but adjust other settings accordingly)
Window ModeFull Screen
Anti Aliasing4 (or 8 for crisper image)
Refresh RateYour monitor's supported refresh rate (e.g., 60Hz or 144Hz)
Vertical SyncOn (only if experiencing severe screen tearing)
Overall QualityCustom
Shader Detail LevelLow (for low-end GPU)
Texture Detail LevelMedium (adjust based on GPU's VRAM)
Player Level DetailMax
Crowd Detail LowLow (for performance boost, affects crowd density)
Media People Detail LevelMedium
Hair Detail LevelMax
Ambient OcclusionOff
Volumetric LightningOn
Temporal Anti-AliasingOff
Depth of FieldOff (personal preference)
Motion BlurOff (personal preference)
BloomOn
Floor ReflectionOn
Mirror ReflectionOff
Buffer Count3
Max Anisotropy16
Allow Compute ShadersOn
Shader PreloadOn

Once you’re done optimizing your in-game settings, you’ll see a clear boost in performance while maintaining the visual quality to make all those hoops.

Wrapping Up NBA 2K23 Performance Guide

As I’ve discussed before, NBA 2K23 performance is amazing and you’ll be able to easily run it on your PC. However, if your goal is to break that 100 FPS ceiling, then my suggested graphics settings will definitely help you achieve that goal.

However, despite the game’s outstanding performance, it’s still prone to crashes and other bugs. Even our NBA 2K23’s reviewer Usama Mehmood also faced crashes and frame dips during his time with the game. Hopefully, these issues will get patched with future updates soon.

But all that aside, I hope this guide helped you in boosting your framerate, and as always, feedback is appreciated in the comments below.

NBA 2K23 is currently available for Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Microsoft Windows.

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Haider Khan is our error guides writer who loves to tinker around with operating systems and game files to find practical solutions to video game issues. He then crafts easy-to-follow error fix guides based on his findings. He’s also a Battlefield veteran who likes to rack up some Ws in his spare time. Learn some more about his gaming journey on his Steam profile. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Successfully Troubleshot Over 200 Games || Mainly Covers Error Fix & Game Settings 

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