Seemingly out of nowhere, Apex Legends (a Battle Royale game) has been released and it’s off to a great start. It is made by the Titanfall developers, Respawn Entertainment and published by EA on Origin for PC. The game has been fully released and is free-to-play on PC, PS4 and XBOX.

It’s also built on a modified version of the Source engine, so the game is very optimized and you’ll feel it right away. But if you’re experiencing problems, then here’s our take on the best settings for Apex Legends. We also included some other optimizations that we usually include with our game optimization guides.

Ensure that you meet the minimum and preferably the recommended system requirements for Apex Legends as shown below. Otherwise, you’re bound to experience issues but these tips may help you a bit.

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    Minimum System Requirements For Apex Legends

    CPUIntel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
    GPUNVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7700
    OSWindows 10, 64-bit
    HDD30GB available space required

    Recommended System Requirements For Apex Legends

    CPUIntel i5 3570K or equivalent
    GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
    OSWindows 10, 64-bit
    HDD30GB available space required

    PC Settings

    Will you be playing Apex Legends on a laptop? Then make sure that the battery mode is set on “High Performance”. Furthermore, check that all your drivers are up-to-date, especially your GPU drivers as NVIDIA and AMD usually release new drivers ahead of game releases that will optimize your system greatly.

    If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, we recommend that you also perform the following optimizations. Note that not all these settings may be available to you.

    1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to Manage 3D Settings
    2. Select the tab Program Settings and find Apex Legends. If you can not find it, click on Add and try to find it here. (try running the game first and close it down again if you can not find it)
    3. Under the dropdown called Select the preferred graphics processor for this program, select High-performance NVIDIA processor. This ensures that the game does not use your integrated GPU, which many people were reporting issues with.
    4. Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1
    5. Set Monitor Technology to G-SYNC (if applicable)
    6. Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode
    7. Set Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance
    8. Set Texture filtering – Quality to Performance
    9. Disable Vertical Sync
    10. Enable Threaded Optimization
    11. Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest available
    12. Apply the changes and navigate to Adjust desktop size and position
    13. Check the checkbox Override the scaling mode set by games and programs and click on Apply.

    Optimize Your Apex Legends Settings

    Apex Legends

    Let’s start optimizing the Apex Legends game now. These are our settings so you should probably tweak them to your liking a bit.

    1. Launch Apex Legends.
    2. Open the settings page via the gear icon on the bottom right corner.
    3. Click on the Video tab.
    4. Set Display Mode to Full Screen.
    5. Set Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
    6. Set V-Sync to Disabled.
    7. Set Anti-aliasing to TSAA. Having this setting at Disabled is not worth the FPS increase (about 2-3%)
    8. Set Texture Streaming Budget to High.
    9. Set Texture Filtering to Anisotropic 4X.
    10. Set Ambient Occlusion Quality to Low. This setting has a very high impact on performance.
    11. Set Sun Shadow Coverage to Low.
    12. Set Sun Shadow Detail to Low.
    13. Set Spot Shadow Detail to Low.
    14. Set Volumetric Lighting to Disabled.
    15. Set Dynamic Spot Shadows to Disabled.
    16. Set Model Detail to Medium.
    17. Set Effects Detail to Medium.
    18. Set Impact Marks to Low.
    19. Set Ragdolls to Medium.

    Apex Legends Best Settingsd

    Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization

    Let us disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization now. Simply follow these instructions:

    1. Open the Windows Start Menu and enter Windows Update settings and click on the search result for it.
    2. Click on Advanced Options
    3. Click on Delivery Optimization
    4. Ensure that the Allow downloads from other PCs setting is off.

    Disable OneDrive

    We recommend that you disable OneDrive if you’re not using it. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar and click on Exit.

    Optimizing Discord

    If you happen to use Discord, then ensure that you optimize it as well to boost your FPS in all your games, including Apex Legends, while Discord is running.

    1. Open up Discord and go to the User Settings page
    2. Click on the Appearance tab and uncheck the Hardware Acceleration setting

    Optimizing Google Chrome

    You can also turn off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome so that background applications executed by Chrome do not consume too many resources when you’re playing Apex Legends.

    1. Open up Google Chrome and go to the Settings page
    2. Scroll all the way down and click on the Advanced tab
    3. Again, scroll all the way down and make sure that the setting Use hardware acceleration when available is switched off
    4. Relaunch Google Chrome and close it again

    Clean Your Temporary Files

    1. Press the Start button and search after %localappdata% and press Enter
    2. Open up the Temp folder
    3. Now press CTRL + A to select all files in the folder
    4. Press the Delete button on your keyboard to delete these temporary files. Skip the ones it can not delete.
    5. Finally, empty your recycle bin

    You can also use CCleaner – the free version will do the trick just fine.

    Now restart your PC and enjoy Apex Legends fully optimized!

    We also highly recommend that you invest some money in a better gaming monitor, gaming mouse and a good gaming headset.

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