Hogwarts Legacy: Fix Stuttering & FPS Drops

Last Updated on February 13, 2023

Hogwarts Legacy Stuttering: Stuttering and Freezing are among the most irritating problems in gaming. While fighting with the enemies, I kept getting micro stutters, which ruined my whole mood. This gets even worse when you reach Hogwarts.

I decided to quit the game and figure out a fix for this; here are a few things I did to fix the stuttering problem in Hogwarts Legacy.

If you are also facing the same problem, do not worry. AAA game releases have been broken for years. Hogwarts Legacy is no different; users are already reporting issues such as lagging and crashing.

My guide today will help you until the devs acknowledge and fix the issues.

How To Fix Stuttering & FPS Drops in Hogwarts Legacy

Here are a few traditional tweaks for solving issues like stuttering and freezing in games.

Change Graphics and Display Options

Let’s start with changing the game graphic settings to improve things slightly.

There are two menus to make visual changes to the game:

  • Display Options
  • Graphic Options

Both of them are represented with a Monitor Icon, as shown in the image below:

Display Options

You can choose upscaling type as FSR or DLSS and check which provides better performance. This will vary depending on each computer and hardware; if you are confused, you can comment on this post, and I will help you.

Graphic Options

I am working on a detailed guide for this; until then, it’s best to play around with the pre-sets. Start from the Ultra setting, move to low, and check what works best for you. 60 FPS at all times should be good enough since this is a story game.

Read: Fix Slow Download in Hogwarts Legacy

Disable Control Flow Guard in Windows

This is one of the community fixes that was posted on Reddit. I am not sure how common this problem might be, but this fixed my issue instantly.

To disable Control Flow Guard:

  • Click on Start Button and search for “Windows Security.
  • Select Windows Security from the section on the left.
  • Now, select “App & browser Control,” and scroll down until you find the setting for “Exploit Protection Settings.”
  • Select “Control Flow Guard,” click on the menu and select “Off by default.”

You can also set it to override it for each application, but I like to keep this off. You can do it for each application by following these steps:

Use Custom 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 “Hogwarts Legacy” 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: Ultra (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

Move the game to SSD or faster HDD

A Reddit user reported constant stuttering in Hogwarts Legacy; someone asked him for his specs, and it turns out the guy had an SSD for C Drive, but the game was installed on the 5400 RPM drive. The user moved his game to the SSD, and the issue was fixed.

You can use the Storage Manager in Steam to migrate games from one drive to another.

As technology continues to evolve, so does the need for better storage. Although hard drives have been around for a while, they are quickly replaced by solid-state drives due to their increased speed and decreased energy consumption. SSDs are more expensive than hard disks but offer many more benefits. On top of the high speed, they also consume less power. This is a critical reason SSDs are used in many new devices, from smartphones to computers.

Read: How To Fix Hogwarts Legacy Looking Blurry

Close any memory-hogging applications.

Chrome with 40 tabs while Hogwarts Legacy is running.

Open up the task manager and check your memory and disk usage. Close all applications (non-windows) that are eating your memory and using a disk drive. If you are still stuttering with everything looking fine, you should probably wait for the hotfix update, which should be pushed out shortly.

Several memory-hungry apps can cause high RAM usage in Windows. One of the most notorious offenders is Chrome. Even when minimized, Chrome can take up a lot of system resources. Firefox and Opera also tend to use more RAM than Edge. If you’re experiencing regular crashes or slowdowns, it might be time to check your app’s resource usage and see if any of your favorites are guilty parties.

Use Process Lasso to limit CPU usage.

Process Lasso is software that helps you limit the CPU usage of a particular app. Download the software and use it accordingly. I dropped my CPU usage by almost 20% after using the software. Also, try switching between hyperthreading on/off; this dramatically decreases the frequency of Micro-stutters.

These few traditional tweaks have helped me solve game stuttering issues. This also helped me when Hogwarts Legacy came out; I hope this helps you too. Comment below if you have any troubles, and head here for more Hogwarts Legacy guides.

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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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