Finally, the long wait is over. But even with all the delays and the time the game spent in post-production, Cyberpunk 2077 still has some significant optimization issues. This guide will provide various Graphics Settings Tweaks to Improve FPS in Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 Graphics Settings Tweaks
This guide is for many of the players who got Cyberpunk 2077 day 1 and are experiencing varying levels of performance issues, FPS drops and those having trouble finding the right Graphical Settings that work for them.
First things first, make sure your PC meets the requirements to run the game properly.
Maybe the problem is on your hardware; below we will mention the minimum PC requirements to run Cyberpunk 2077:
- Processor: Intel i5-3570K / AMD FX-8310
- RAM: 8GB
- Video: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB / AMD RX 570
- OS: Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
- Hard Drive: 70GB HDD
While the recommended Pc build to run Cyberpunk 2077 smoothly is:
- Processor: Intel i7-4790 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
- RAM: 16GB
- Video: Nvidia RTX 2080 / AMD RX 6800 XT
- OS: Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
- Hard Drive: 70GB SSD
You can switch through the base High, Medium and Low graphics settings in the game for better optimization. If that doesn’t work out, you can tweak around the 20 different Graphics settings available for players to tinker around with.
Here are a few things that may help with you playing and enjoying the game.
The first solution that might help is going into Cyberpunk 2077 settings, the Graphics tab, and finding “Cascaded Shadows Resolution” settings. Turn it off or change it to Medium/Low; if it is set to High, you may find your FPS drops.
Furthermore, Turning Screen Space reflections to the low setting does not compromise on Cyberpunk 2077s visual fidelity much, so consider keeping that low for a nice FPS boost.
Also, keep Ambient Occlusion (AO) to medium or low, although we recommend you keep it at medium for better aesthetics.
For Nvidia GPU users, if they have it available, they must definitely use the DLSS feature as it really helps with intensive games like these. Installing Nvidia’s latest game ready driver for Cyberpunk 2077 will also help out.
Below are some recommended graphics settings we would suggest as a good starting point if your PC meets the recommended requirements for Cyberpunk 2077.
Make sure to change them before loading into Night City. Using these settings in Cyberpunk 2077 should ensure smooth FPS while making sure the game doesn’t look too bad.
- Texture Quality: Medium
- Crowd Density: Low
- Cascaded Shadows Resolution: Medium
- Max Dynamic Decals: High
- Volumetric Fog Resolution: Medium
- Volumetric Cloud Quality: Medium
- Screen Space Reflections: Off
For people playing on an AMD Ryzen processor, Cyberpunk 2077 seems to have some other caveats as well that limits their CPU usage. This issue can be bypassed as well.
Cyberpunk 2077 has problems utilizing the full potential of the AMD Ryzen CPUs, in particular the SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) technology.
The issue can easily be observed in Windows Task Manager, where the game is locked to the CPU’s physical cores, rather than logical.
This problem is not present on the Intel processors, indicating that the code might have not been optimized for AMD CPUs.
A quick guide has been provided by a Redditor chaosxk. We do not recommend tinkering with the executable files unless you are absolutely certain of what you are doing.
Step by Step:
- Download HxD hex editor
- Find your Cyberpunk2077.exe, in the Cyberpunk 2077\bin\x64
- Make a backup copy of Cyberpunk2077.exe just in case
- Drag Cuberpunk2077.exe to HxD, and a bunch of hex numbers should appear (like 01 FF 0D, etc.)
- Press CTRL+F, change column to Hex-Values
- Put in “75 30 33 C9 B8 01 00 00 00 0F A2 8B C8 C1 F9 08” in the search string without quotes, those values should be highlighted
- Copy “EB 30 33 C9 B8 01 00 00 00 0F A2 8B C8 C1 F9 08” without quotes
- Back in HxD right-click the highlighted values and select “paste insert”
- Now go to the top bar and click the save icon logo.
Now that you have applied this fix, your game should start utilizing more of your CPU’s power resulting in an overall smoother experience.
Cyberpunk 2077 Mods
In addition to all the tweaks that we have suggested, there are also a few mods made available recently online that also address the performance issues.
One of them is the Config Overhaul for Cyberpunk 2077.
It allows you to configure hidden settings of the game to get the best FPS out of it. It works by generating configuration files and does not modify the game executables meaning any future patches will work just fine.
It lets you choose from four different presets and even lets you create your own custom settings to suit your particular console.
The other one is Cyberpunk 2077 Performance Patch RAM-Pool-Optimizer.
This works by increasing both the CPU and GPU pools to values that are better suited to modern PCs or your particular one.
Since the game normally use console value on computer as well, this mod will tailor the Ram Optimization to fit your PC.