How to Fix Lag and Low Performance in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

If you're running at 15 FPS, you need to adjust your video settings.
Fix Lag and Low FPS in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

If you’ve enjoyed playing the pre-order beta of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide but have a less-than-ideal experience because you’re on older hardware, there are a few settings you can tweak to help your performance in the game. Darktide is a dark and graphically-intense game, so older-generation video cards and hardware might stutter or lag while playing. 

Luckily, fixing your lag and low FPS is a matter of tweaking a few settings. There are a lot of different settings, however–and it can feel confusing, but if you follow the guide below, you should increase your frames in Darktide. One thing to note, some of the settings in Darktide work better on some GPUs than others, but we will explain what to choose depending on your equipment.

Fixing Lag and Low FPS in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

To increase FPS in Warhammer 40K: Darktide, users should reduce their basic video settings in the game’s launcher. Then, users should change Performance Options in Video Settings to reflect the video card on their computer. Once that’s done, reducing all Ray Tracing and Advanced Settings should increase performance. 

Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough on which settings to change to increase FPS in Darktide. 

Adjusting Basic Video Settings in the Launcher

If you’re having trouble getting the game even to load, you will want to adjust your settings before launching the actual game. In the launcher, select Settings to access the Video options for Darktide. 

Fix Lag and Low FPS in Warhammer 40K: Darktide
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Here are the best video settings you can use to reduce lag: 

  • Resolution: Set your Resolution to your monitor’s resolution. To find your monitor’s resolution, right-click your desktop and select Display Settings, then look under Display Resolution
  • Screen Mode: Full Screen 
  • VSync: Off

Adjusting Performance Options

Performance options will depend on your video hardware, specifically your video card. To view what video card you have: 

  1. Hit CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open Task Manager
  2. Click the Performance Tab
  3. Look under GPU

Most gamers will have either an Nvidia or AMD video card. What you have will determine the best performance settings for your Performance Options. 

Performance Options for Nvidia Video Card

If you have an Nvidia RTX 20 or above series, the ideal performance options for you are: 

  • Nvidia DLSS: On
  • Super Resolution: Ultra Performance
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Framerate Cap: Unlimited
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution 2: Off
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0: Off
  • Sharpen: On
  • Anti Aliasing: Off

Performance Options for AMD Video Cards

  • Nvidia DLSS: Off
  • Super Resolution: Off
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: Disabled
  • Framerate Cap: 30/60
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution 2: On
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0: Off
  • Sharpen: On
  • Anti Aliasing: Off

You can also experiment with FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0, but make sure both Nvidia DLSS and FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 are set to Off if you plan on using it. Turn off Nvidia DLSS and FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 and 1.0 if you use an onboard video or another video card.

Ray Tracing & Advanced Graphics

Here are the best performance settings you can use for Ray Tracing and Advanced Graphics in Darktide:

  • Ray Tracing: Off
  • Ray Traced Reflections: Off
  • RTX Global Illumination: Off
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Low
  • Light Quality: Low
  • Volumetric Fog Quality: Low
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • Global Illumination: Low
  • Bloom: On
  • Skin Sub-Surface Scattering: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Screen Space Reflections: Off
  • Lens Quality: Off
  • Lens Flares: Off
  • Scatter Density: 0
  • Max Ragdolls: 0
  • Max Weapon Impact Decals: 5
  • Max Blood Decals: 5
  • Decal Lifetime: 10

Turn off all the settings under Gore Settings for an additional FPS boost. 

Taking these actions above should significantly increase your overall FPS, especially if you were playing on High or Medium settings before. If your game looks incredibly ugly–well, that’s what you trade for performance. Fixing lag and low FPS in Darktide is typically a matter of adjusting a few settings, and it includes making your graphics worse.

If you’re getting a constant framerate and it isn’t dipping or dropping while you play, consider raising some of these settings to see what works best for you. Ultimately, it’s up to you how much graphic fidelity you want to trade for a smooth gameplay performance. 

Did our solutions help raise your FPS? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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