Armored Core 6: How To Fix Lag & FPS Drops

Last Updated on August 26, 2023

Armored Core 6 Lag & FPS Drops: As a lifelong Armored Core fanatic, I’ve eagerly awaited the launch of AC6 for years. Now that it’s finally here, I’m encountering frustrating performance issues like lag, FPS drops, and stuttering during hectic mech battles. If you’re dealing with lackluster optimization, too, these tweaks helped smooth things out for me.

AC6 is an amazing game, but the optimization needs some work. Thankfully, you can smooth things out on your end with some adjustments. Here’s what fixed the lag for me:

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Boost FPS and Fix Lag in Armored Core 6

I’ll admit – the optimization of Armored Core 6 at launch leaves a lot to be desired. The frame rate tanks frequently, and lag results in a choppy, unsatisfying experience. But with some trial and error, you can drastically improve your performance. Here are the steps I took to fix lag and FPS issues in AC6:

Change Graphic Control Panel Settings

For Nvidia Users:

  • Open up Nvidia’s Control Panel. Right-click on desktop > click Nvidia control panel
  • Click Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings
  • Find “Armored Core 6” you can manually add the game if it’s not on the list
  • Now, make the following changes:

Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
Threaded optimization: On
Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
Texture Filtering – Quality:  Performance
Low Lateny Mode: Off (High or Ultra makes sense only for PvP Games)*

Nvidia Low Latency Mode is a feature found in Nvidia’s Control Panel. It is designed to help reduce input latency on Nvidia graphics card systems. Low Latency Mode can be used in games or any other application where you need to reduce the time it takes for your inputs to be registered.

For AMD Users

  • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method: Multisampling
  • Morphological Filtering: Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use application settings
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: On
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Tesselation Mode: Override application settings
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

Turn Down Graphic Settings For Higher FPS

The first thing I tried was lowering my graphics settings. Reducing demanding options like shadows, lighting, texture quality, and more took the pressure off my GPU and instantly boosted the frame rate. I tweaked each setting incrementally to find the ideal balance of visual fidelity and high FPS for my setup.

Update Drivers For Compatibility

Making sure my Nvidia drivers, chipset drivers, and Windows were fully updated ensured the best compatibility and stability with a new release like AC6. Driver updates often include enhancements tailored to major game launches. Head to Nvidia’s site or Windows Update to snag the latest.

Enable High-Performance Power Plan

I switched my Windows 11 power plan to High Performance, which forces your CPU and GPU to run at peak clock speeds. This prevented downclocking and throttling, which can tank game performance when hardware thinks it can take a break. Keeping my components at full throttle made a noticeable difference.

Turn On Game Mode for Further Optimization

Windows 11 has a built-in Game Mode that tweaks your system to optimize game performance. It allocates more resources to games and streamlines processes. Enabling it provided a nice little optimization boost for AC6.

Use Windows 10 Compatibility If Unstable

Clearly Armored Core 6 still needs some work to run smoothly on Windows 11. Setting compatibility mode to Windows 10 in the game’s properties helped improve stability and framerates.

After trying these tweaks, AC6 runs great for me now, with stable FPS, and a few drops here and there. While the game definitely needs further patching from FromSoftware, you can smooth out issues on your end using these tips. Let me know which ones worked for you! I’ll see you on the multiplayer battlefields once that releases.

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Written by Vikas

Hey, I am Vikas. I've had a longstanding passion for computing and gaming for over a decade now. With a computer science degree under my belt sparking my initial interest in the industry from a young age, you'll often find me immersed for hours in the latest PC titles, especially enjoying multiplayer online games, while also enjoying sharing my insights and reviews. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN and Forbes to name a few. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats. You can read more about me here. My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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