Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is perhaps one of the best and largest Third-Person Shooter Game. The game is really great, you get to play plenty of modes, graphics are fantastic, the map of New York City is very detailed, the combat system is realistic and In short, The Division 2 is pretty great.
Now along with its fantastic gameplay and features. There are slight issues, like cheaters and common bugs which I don’t know for some reason are still occurring. Other than this, the performance of the game isn’t so great. Despite having a PC that is on par or above the Minimum System Requirements. Players are still experiencing some terrible stuttering, low fps, and constant crashes. The most common problem starts with DX 12 and DX 11 config, which leads to the 0.5 or 1 sec consistent stutters.
All things considered, I did a great deal of exploration on how you can get High FPS In The Division 2, and I can guarantee you that I’ve come up with the best settings. I’ve gathered these changes and settings in an in-depth guide. These settings will significantly improve your performance, fasten your PC and Improve FPS in almost all games.
Make Sure Your PC Specifications are at least on Par or above the Minimum System Requirements
Tom Clancy‘s The Division 2 System Requirements (Minimum)
- CPU: Core i5-2500k / AMD FX-6350
- CPU SPEED: Info
- RAM: 8 GB
- OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10
- VIDEO CARD: 2 GB AMD Radeon R9 270 / Nvidia Geforce GTX 670
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 2048 MB
Just to clarify, all the settings and methods I’m going to list below are completely safe. These changes are fundamental, and every one of them are inside Windows 10. This means no third party application downloads. Lastly create a restore point, because often readers mess with the wrong settings and then they aren’t able to revert the changes. System Restore is always beneficial and backup is critical.
- Open Start > Create A Restore Point. Now Click on Create a Restore Point, give it a name, and click on create.
- You are on the safe side now start with the methods below.
Windows 10 Settings for The Division 2
Update Windows 10
The first checklist is to ensure that Windows 10 is updated to the latest version. The latest version of Windows is always better than the previous one. That is to say, it brings better support for hardware, enhances the previous features, and fixes a lot of bugs from the older build that might have caused issues to your Division 2.
- Head over to search > Type and Open Check For Updates.
- Afterward, Click on Check For Updates. If new updates were available, you can download them and install them later. In my case, the updates are downloaded and the Windows is asking for my permission to install them.
Enable Game Mode
Enabling Game Mode can completely transform your experience in Division 2. I’ve seen a lot of players on Reddit complain that this feature is no good. But trust me, with recent updates the Game Mode has become better than ever before. The way Game Mode works is quite simple. Firstly, it prioritizes your game application above all others. Therefore, allowing it to squeeze the most power out of the hardware. Secondly, It also closes any other irrelevant application that is taking a huge percentage of power. In short, the game mode ensures that while Division 2 is running. You are getting the most out of your PC for the game.
- Open Start > Type and Open Game Mode.
- Drag the slider, and Game Mode is enabled.
Enable Ultimate Performance
This is another important feature that can completely transform your Division 2 Experience. The Ultimate Performance is actually a power plan, that changes the way your PC works. For example, the default settings of Windows 10 involves a lot of power-saving options that aren’t exactly helpful when playing games. With Ultimate Performance, you remove all the barriers and allow the Hardware to Run at its full potential. In plain words, you are able to get all the juice through the Ultimate Performance Plan.
The plan isn’t available by default, so we have to create its entry. Hang on with me.
- Open Start > Type Windows PowerShell.
- Under Windows PowerShell Paste This Code.
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02 -d5df -448d -aa00 -03f14749eb61
If the operation was successful, a message will appear mentioning Ultimate Performance.
Afterward, Open Start Again > Search for Edit Power Plan.
Now Click on Power Options.
Afterward, you should be able to see Ultimate Performance in your Power Options. Simply choose the plan and exit. In case, it didn’t work, you can try again by pasting the same code in Command Prompt.
When Playing Division 2. It is really important, we are making the most out of our Hardware. The game has super insane visuals and playing in such an open map. It takes more than just a few tweaks. Anyhow, the Ultimate Performance Plan will also fasten your Windows 10 Speed and get you High FPS in all other games. This is a bonus part of the guide, I guess.
Disable Hardware Acceleration
Once we are done prioritizing our game above all applications. We now must disable Hardware Acceleration. While playing games, there are certain Applications that have Hardware Acceleration enabled by default. What this does is that it impacts your performance by taking a percentage of power from CPU. That is because with Hardware Acceleration some applications run more efficiently and do fancy things like offloading resources in a different manner, which is totally unnecessary. The feature is available in a lot of applications, but we’ll disable it in the common ones.
- Open Search > Type and Click Discord.
- Proceed to Settings > Apparency > Disable Hardware Acceleration and Allow Discord To Restart.
Afterward, we’ll disable it in the browser
- Open Google Chrome > Click on the three dots on top right-hand corner > Settings.
- Disable “Use hardware acceleration when available” and you are all set.
Disable Enhance Pointer Precision
Not only does Enhance Pointer Precision Impact your gameplay by consistently changing DPI. It also has a negative impact on your performance, because it is always making use of the CPU and Memory to help change mouse sensitivity. This feature shouldn’t be in any gamer’s dictionary, and you must disable it.
- Open Search > Mouse Settings > Additional Mouse Options.
- Head over to Pointer Options Tab > Disable Enhance Pointer Precision.
If you have been playing The Division 2 with this feature enabled. I’ve to say once you disable it, you will get better and consistent at the game. On top of that, you will also see FPS Increase which is our priority in this guide.
Clean Temp Files And Perform Disk Cleanup
Above all, we have to make sure there are no Temp Files and any leftover material in our Drive where The Division 2 is installed. These temp files aren’t any good and they can slow down your drive. Most of these files are bug reports, crash logs, and sometimes they also happen to have virus-infected files.
Here is you can wipe out the Temp Files and perform a Disk Cleanup.
- Open Start > Search and Open Run
- In Run, Enter %temp% and click ok
- Once the folder is opened. Press Control + A on your keyboard to select all. Right-click any file and delete them altogether.
- Afterward, go to my Computer and Right Click The Drive where Your Division 2 Is Installed
Disable Focus Assist And Game Bar
While Playing The Division 2. You’ll notice that there are all sorts of notifications and sounds popping up. Well, these notifications are from Xbox Game Bar, which usually tells you that recording or screenshot has been taken. These features appear because of some weird keybind that was set from default. Consequently, all sorts of notifications are harmful and can impact your performance in The Division 2. Now in order to get High FPS and Best Performance In Division 2. We must disable Focus Assist and Game Bar Notifications.
- Open Start > Search For Game Bar Settings > Open It
- Now Disable Everything In-Game Bar And Captures Tab. Do not mess with game mode, because we want it to stay enabled.
- Go Back to Start Once Again and Search for Focus Assist
- Chose whatever sounds best for you. I’d recommend turning it completely off. Although it’s up to you.
Like Game Bar Notifications. There is the Uplay Overlay that has a similar impact. We can also disable this for further optimization.
- Open Uplay > Settings
- Under General, Disable in-game overlay, Cloud Save, and Game Invites. Display FPS Counter won’t make a huge difference, but you can certainly disable it as well.
Now that you are done with these tweaks. You won’t get any more of those notifications while playing Division 2. Secondly, you won’t be having dozens of notifications piling up in your task center and your PC will run flawlessly.
Remove Unncesary Services and Applications
Now other than making sure that there are no overlays and notifications while playing games. We also have to ensure that there are no Applications running in the background while playing The Divison 2. Although Game Mode will help us do that, in certain cases it won’t. Most of these services start along with your PC, so you’ll never notice them.
- Go To Start > Search and Open Run.
- Under Run > Write msconfig and click ok.
- Further, head to the services tab. Checkmark Hide All Microsoft Services, because we don’t want to disable Important ones.
- Now from the new list, disable all the third-party services that you feel are unnecessary.
- Afterward, Hit Apply and Click on Startup. Under Startup, Disable all the applications that have medium to high priority.
After making the changes. You will now see a massive FPS increase In The Divsion 2. Moreover, Performance will be more consistent, and unnecessary applications won’t impact your gameplay.
Disable Full-Screen Optimization
With Full-Screen Optimization enabled, your Game runs at this weird Hybrid Mode that isn’t known to give you good performance. Although, Microsoft says games run better when full-screen optimization is enabled. Almost everyone who has done benchmarks found out that the game runs pretty terrible with full-screen optimization. Disabling this will increase FPS, disable pop-ups, and allow you to minimize the game instantaneously.
- Go To My Computer > Find your Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Folder. By default, it is in Program Files (x86) > Ubisoft > Ubisoft Game Launcher > Games > Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
- Now, Right Click on TheDivision2.exe > Compatibility > Disable fullscreen optimization.
- Hit Apply and Now Click on Change high DPI settings. Afterward, checkmark Override high DPI scaling behavior. Further select Application in Scaling Performed by.
Set High Graphics Card Priority For Division 2
Like Game Mode, which sets high CPU prioritizes for the game’s application. The Graphics Profile is no different, and it actually sets high graphics priority for that specific application. Once you have added The Division 2 profile in the settings. You will get Maximum performance from your GPU while playing the game. Here is how you can set it on maximum performance
- Open Start > Search and Open Graphics Settings.
- Add The Division 2 In the List and while adding select High Performance.
Disable Unnecessary Animations
The last method in our Windows 10 checklist is the enhancement of Animations. While you use Windows 10, you will notice the very fluent and fantastic animations. These animations do look good, but at the end of the day they are just exotics and you don’t really them. In order to get High FPS in The Division 2. We must ensure that all sorts of exotic features are disabled. Here is how you can disable unnecessary animations to increase FPS in The Division 2.
- Open Start > Search and Open “Type Advanced System Settings”
- Click on Settings Under Performance > Visuals Effects. Select Custom and only enable “Show Thumbnails Instead of Icons and Smooth Edges of Screen Fonts”.
- Afterward, Click Apply and Ok.
Best Nvidia Settings For The Division 2
In this section of the guide, we’ll work with Graphic Card and In-Game Settings. These settings are really important and they can completely change the dynamic of your FPS and Performance. The Nvidia Settings in the Control Panel are more advanced settings than the ones you see in-game. Configuring them to the right balance is really important. Therefore, pay close attention to all settings and check them twice while you are at it.
Make Sure Nvidia Drivers are Updated
New Drivers always feature the best support for the hardware. Likewise, you are guaranteed to get High FPS with the latest ones.
You can update drivers to the latest version by going to the GeForce Experience and Clicking on Check For Updates. New Updates automatically start to download, else it would tell you, that the latest drivers are already installed.
If you were unable to do update them from here. You can go to the Nvidia site, and download them from there.
- Once done, open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings.
- In Program Settings, click on add and find wherever The Division 2 is installed. By default, it is located under Disk C > Program Files (x86) > Ubisoft > Ubisoft Game Launcher > Games > Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 > Private Beta > The Division2.exe
- You can also change the global settings, but then it would apply to all the games you have.
- Anisotropic Filtering – Use Global Settings (Application-Controlled)
- Antialiasing FXAA – Off
- Antialiasing Gamma Correction – Use Global Settings (On)
- Select Global Settings once again under Anti-Aliasing Mode
- Transparency Antialiasing – Use Global Settings (Off)
- CUDA GPUs – All
- Maximum Pre-rendered frames – 1
- Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) – Off
- OpenGL Rendering GPU – Use Global Setting
- Power Management Mode – Prefer Maximum Performance
- Shader Cache – On
- Enable Texture Filtering Anisotropic Sample Optimization
- Allow Texture Filtering Negative LOD Bias
- Select High Performance Under Set Texture Filtering Quality to High Performance
- Enable Texture Filtering Trilinear Optimization
- Threaded Optimization – On
- Triple Buffering – Off
- Vertical Sync – Off
- Virtual Reality pre-rendered Frames – 1
Best Division 2 Settings
The final and the most important step is optimization the Division 2 In-Game Graphics. Now a lot of you would be following all kinds of settings that technically might look good. But on paper, they get you weak performance and the game is unplayable at times. I know how it feels, but don’t worry. I’ve got the perfect settings that are going to guaranty High FPS, Stable Performance, Clear Visuals, and Smooth Gameplay. These settings are optimized for all tiers of PC’s. So you can follow it eyes closed.
- Open The Division 2 > Settings > Graphics > Video
- Video: Fullscreen
- Resolution: Max (Some People Tend to Use Custom Resolution’s that are wide. You can go with that too, even better and High FPS)
- Refresh Rate: Select Max Available Value
- Monitor : 0
- Enable Reduced Latency: Yes
- Enable DX12 Renderer. So this is a very hot topic across all Division 2 Settings. In my personnel experience, the DX12 Renderer has gotten very good, and there are zero to no crashes or stability issues. Other than this, we all would agree that DX12 provides better frames and graphics. In case, things didn’t work out for you and Crashes started to happen. You can always switch back to DX11, but right now select DX12.
- After Video, proceed to the Graphics Section and make the following changes.
- Graphics Quality: Custom
- Brightness: Personel Preference
- Contrast: 15
- V-Sync Mode: Off
- Frame Rate Limit: Off
- Shadow Quality: Low
- Spot Shadows: Low
- Spot Shadow Resolution: Low
- Contract Shadows: Off
- Resolution Scale: 100%
- Sharpening: 10
- Particle Detail: Ultra
- Volumetric Fog: Low
- Reflection Quality: Medium
- Local Reflection Quality: Off
- Vegetation Quality: Medium
- Sub-Surface Scattering: On
- Set Anisotropic Filtering to 8x
- Parallax Mapping: Yes
- Ambient Occlusion: Low
- Depth of Field: On
- Object Detail: 62% or 062
- Extra Streaming Distance: 05
- Lens Flare: On
- Vignette Effect: On
- Water Quality: High
- Chromatic Aberration: Off
- Projected Texture Resolution: 512
- High-Resolution Sky Textures: No
- Terrain Quality: Medium
I know the rundown of settings is long and should have been simpler. But, As I said in the first paragraph of our in-depth guide. The game has fantastic visuals and Ubisoft has given us tons of options to optimize it. Obviously, it is difficult for any gamer to arrange every one of these settings and comprehend them to get High FPS. Nonetheless, if you have followed all the methods and settings I’ve listed above. I’m very confident that you will be seeing tremendous FPS Increase, Ultimate Performance, Smooth Gameplay, and Sharp Visuals. Along with that, you will also get the bonus features that include Fastening and Increasing Responsiveness of Windows 10.
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