Escape from Tarkov has been in Early Access since August 2016 and is still in beta right now. So as you can expect, the game has its performance flaws and issues, but hopefully, we can help you out with that in this guide.

Let’s start optimizing your Escape from Tarkov settings so you can enjoy smoother gameplay and get those drops.

By following this guide, you can expect to Escape from Tarkov performance issues such as lagging, freezing, low FPS, stuttering, lag spikes and FPS drops.

The first thing you have to do is to ensure that you meet the recommended system requirements below. If you don’t meet the recommended system requirements at least, then you can expect some issues. We recommend that you upgrade your PC if that’s the case.

The game is CPU-intensive so you can expect to get some nice performance gains by freeing up CPU resources or upgrading your processor.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo/Intel Core i3 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon/Phenom 11 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • GPU: DX9-compatible graphics card (1 GB VRAM)
  • HDD: 20 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5/Intel Core i7 3.2 GHz, AMD FX/AMD Athlon 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: DX11-compatible graphics card (2 GB VRAM)
  • HDD: 20 GB

GPU requirements usually list one or multiple GPUs, but not in this case. To check if your GPU is DX9-compatible or DX-11 compatible, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows start menu
  2. Type dxdiag and press Enter
  3. If it asks permission to check whether your drivers are digitally signed, we recommend that you press Yes

You should now be able to see your DirectX version – refer to the image below:

dxdiag directx version

There are many methods for increasing your performance in Escape from Tarkov (EFT). Let’s start with the most obvious one:

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    Update Your GPU drivers

    This may sound generic but updating your drivers is the first thing you must check because AMD or NVIDIA usually releases new drivers that can increase FPS drastically. It’s as easy as updating a piece of software on your PC.

    Open up AMD Radeon Software (For AMD GPUs) or NVIDIA GeForce Experience (for NVIDIA GPUs)and check for updates. If there is an update available, download and install it.

    Best Graphics Settings For Escape From Tarkov

    Moving on to the next step is to optimize your settings in the game itself. This is probably what you came here for anyway so let’s get started.

    Note that these settings prioritize High Performance. If you have a PC that barely meets the minimum or recommended system requirements so you can skip this step if you have a powerful PC and don’t want to sacrifice your visual settings for extra performance.

    So without any further ado, let’s get started:

    1. Open up Escape from Tarkov
    2. Go to Settings and then click on the Graphics tab
    3. Set Screen resolution to your monitor’s native resolution
    4. Set Screen mode to Fullscreen
    5. Make sure VSync is unchecked
    6. Set Texture quality to medium
    7. Set Shadows quality to low
    8. Set Object LOD quality to 3.5
    9. Set Overall visibility to 3000
    10. Set Shadow visibility to 75
    11. Set Antialiasing to TAA
    12. Set Resampling to 1x off
    13. Set HBAO to off
    14. Set SSR to off
    15. Set Anisotropic Filtering to per texture
    16. Set Sharpness to 1.3
    17. Set Lobby FPS Limit to 60
    18. Set Game FPS Limit to 120
    19. Make sure Z-Blur is unchecked
    20. Make sure Chrom. aberrations is unchecked
    21. Make sure Noise is unchecked
    22. Make sure Grass Shadows is unchecked

    Best Game Settings For Escape From Tarkov

    You can do some additional adjustments to make sure you perform better in Escape from Tarkov. Simply follow these steps:

    1. While still in the Settings view, click on the Game tab
    2. If you are having performance issues and you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you should uncheck Enable NVidia Highlights
    3. Make sure Auto RAM Cleaner is checked
    4. Make sure the setting Use only the physical cores is checked if you have a processor with hyper-threading or SMT
    5. Set FOV to 75 (or higher if you prefer it and have the option to do so)
    6. Set Head Bopping to 0.2

    Optimize NVIDIA Control Panel Settings

    If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can optimize the NVIDIA Control Panel by following these steps:

    1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel
    2. Click on Adjust Image Settings with Preview on the left side under 3D Settings
    3. Click on Use my preference emphasizing and move the slider to Performance if it is not there already
    4. Click on Apply
    Escape from Tarkov optimize settings

    All good! Let’s now manage some settings specific to Escape from Tarkov:

    1. Click on Manage 3D Settings
    2. Click on Program Settings
    3. Select Escape from Tarkov in the dropdown. If you can not find it, click on Add and find EscapeFromTarkov.exe.
    4. Set Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance. You may want to split test this and the Optimal power as this setting’s effect depends on your GPU.
    5. Set Preferred refresh rate to Highest available
    6. Set Shader Cache to On
    7. Set Texture filtering – Quality to High performance
    8. Set Triple buffering to Off
    9. Set Vertical sync to Off
    10. Set Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames to 1

    If you have a laptop, then make sure you have selected High-performance NVIDIA processor as the preferred graphics processor.

    Optimize AMD Radeon Settings

    If you have an AMD graphics card, then follow these steps to optimize your AMD Radeon settings.

    1. Open up AMD Radeon Settings
    2. Click on the Gaming tab
    3. Click on Global Settings
    4. Set Anti-aliasing Mode to Override application settings
    5. Set Anti-aliasing Level to 2X
    6. Set Anisotropic Filtering Mode to On
    7. Set Anisotropic Filtering Level to 2X
    8. Set Texture Filtering Quality to Performance
    9. Set Wait for Vertical Refresh to Always Off
    10. Set Tessellation Mode to Override application settings
    11. Set Maximum Tessellation Level to 32x or lower

    Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization

    Moving on, we can do a simple thing that can free up some resources:

    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. Make sure that the Allow downloads from other PCs setting is off

    Disable OneDrive

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

    Optimize Discord

    If you’re playing Escape from Tarkov, you’re probably using Discord for communication. Or just running it while you’re playing solo.

    Let’s optimize Discord quickly:

    1. Open up Discord and go to the User Settings page
      Discord User Settings
    2. Click on the Appearance tab and uncheck the Hardware Acceleration setting
      Discord Hardware Acceleration
    3. Click on the Overlay tab
    4. Make sure that Enable in-game overlay is unchecked
      Discord Enable in game overlay

    Optimizing Google Chrome

    If you use Google Chrome, you can turn off hardware acceleration as well. We recommend doing this and here is how:

    1. Open Google Chrome and go to the Settings page
    2. Scroll down to the end and click on the Advanced tab
    3. Scroll down to the end and make sure that the setting Use hardware acceleration when available is switched off
    4. Make sure that the setting Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed is switched off
    5. Relaunch Google Chrome

    High-Performance Power Plan

    You can boost performance by enabling the high-performance power plan on your PC. Just follow these simple steps:

    1. Open the Windows start menu
    2. Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter
    3. Select the High performance option
    High performance power plan

    Enable Game Mode

    Windows 10 has a setting called Game Mode that we recommend you turn on. Here’s how you do it:

    1. Open the Windows start menu
    2. Type Game mode settings and press Enter
    3. Make sure that the Game Mode option is turned on.


    If you have Escape from Tarkov installed on your HDD (which we don’t recommend), you can get much faster loading times by moving the game to an SSD if you have one.

    Final Thoughts

    That’s it! Hopefully, you should get much higher frame rates now.

    If you receive network lag or high ping, then we recommend that you check this guide on how to reduce ping in all games.

    And since Escape from Tarkov is very CPU-intensive, you can look into investing in a new processor. Or perhaps a new graphics card or more RAM if you have the budget for it.

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