Elden Ring – Best Settings to Increase FPS for Low End PCs

Last Updated on March 15, 2022

Elden Ring, the most anticipated title of the decade is now available. The game launch hasn’t been smooth for FromSoftware, users are reporting multiple issues across all platforms. We’ve already covered crashing and performance fixes on the website.

AAA titles are known for their problems, not even a single title last year was free from problems. Performance issues in a title like this are not something new, a game that has system requirements this high. On top of that, it’s hard for the devs to optimize the game for computers, given the vast difference in hardware. However, this is not a problem that cannot be fixed. The devs have promised that there will be updates on Day 1 to take care of most problems.

Elden Ring – Best Settings to Increase FPS for Low End PCs

For Low-End PCs, it’s obvious that we will have to compromise with the game quality so that we are able to get maximum playable FPS. Having great graphics and the game running at 20-30 FPS is something no one is going to enjoy.

Note: While these settings should work for everyone, you should know that there are no best settings that are going to work for everyone. You have to find what works best for you by tweaking everything one by one.

Let’s find out what the best settings are:

Texture QualityMedium/High (Lowest setting has minimal impact)
Antialiasing QualityOff
Depth of FieldMedium
Motion BlurOff
Shadow QualityMedium (this should have impacted the performance a lot. But it doesn’t, dropping it to low only increases FPS by 1 or 2)
Lightning QualityMedium
Effects QualityMedium
Volumetric QualityMedium
Reflection QualityMedium (Test both Medium and High)
Water Surface QualityMedium
Shader QualityMedium
Global Illumination QualityMedium
Grass QualityMedium

The general rule of thumb for every game is if you are lagging it is always recommended to tone down the settings. Playing around a bit with all the settings and finding the best configuration is what works best.

Elden Ring has a very low number of settings for a title that is releasing in 2022 after so many delays. The game is locked at 60 FPS, and there’s no Ray Tracing or FSR available at launch. This is what the settings screen looks like:

There’s not much you can do to increase your FPS other than lowering down your settings. I still feel like the game needs a lot more optimization to run well on low-end computers. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given the high system requirements of Elden Ring. If you don’t know about them, here they are:

OSWindows® 7Windows® 10
ProcessorIntel i5 8400/Ryzen 3 3300XIntel i7 8700K or Ryzen 5 3600X
GraphicsGeforce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 580Geforce GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8 GB
Storage60 GB60 GB

These settings and optimizations were tested on PCs with the following configuration:

i5 8500 with GTX 1060 @1080p
i3 10300 with RTX 2060 @1080p
i7 8700 with GTX 1650 @1080p
AMD Ryzen 5600x with RTX 3080 @2k

The GTX 1060 PC couldn’t churn out more than 45 FPS at the lowest settings. The 3080 PC still had troubles maintaining 60 FPS at 1440p resolution. We still need fixes from the devs for the horrendous optimization this game is launched with.

I hope this article gave you an idea of what the settings look like and what’s best for you, as of now. Do comment below with hardware configuration if you face any problems and we’ll do our best to fix it.

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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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