How to fix GreedFall lags and to improve FPS?

November 25, 2019 |

greater than 15 minutes

If you can’t play Greedfall due to annoying performance issues such as FPS drops, lagging, and stuttering, among others, you’re not alone. Many gamers have reported these issues. The good thing is, this article has all the information you need to get rid of the problem and resume playing with a steady FPS.

Is Your PC Good Enough?

First of all, you have to confirm that your computer has the goods to run the game smoothly. Checking your PC’s current specifications against the game’s system requirements should be the first thing you do before deciding to play it. Despite that,  we found out that many gamers overlook this prerequisite. If you’re not sure about your computer’s specs, keep reading to find Greedfall’s system requirements. We’ll also share a guide on how to check if your computer satisfies them or not.

Minimum Requirements

Operating System: 64-bit Windows 7; 64-bit Windows 8; 64-bit Windows 10

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 @ 3.1 GHz;AMD FX-6300 X6 @ 3.5 GHz

System Memory (RAM): 8 GB

Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 7870; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 25 GB available space

Recommended Requirements

Operating System: 64-bit Windows 7 SP1; 64-bit Windows 10

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 @ 3.5 GHz; AMD FX-8300 @ 3.3 GHz

System Memory (RAM): 16 GB

GPU: AMD Radeon RX 590; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 25 GB available space

How to Check Your PC’s Specifications

  1. Launch the Settings application, using the Windows + I hotkey.
  2. Once the Settings app opens, click on the System icon.
  3. After the System interface appears, switch to the left side of the screen, scroll to the bottom, then click on About.
  4. Go to the right pane and check your PC’s info under the Device Specifications section.
  5. After checking the basic info about your computer, go back to the left pane, scroll up, then click on Display.
  6. Under Display (in the right pane), scroll down and click on Advanced Display Settings.
  7. Once the Advanced Display Settings screen shows up, click on the “Display Adapter Properties for Display 1” link.
  8. A Properties dialog will now pop up, and you’ll find all the details about your graphics card under the Adapter tab.

Reinstall Your Graphics Card Driver

Your graphics card driver is one piece of software that determines whether you can enjoy your gameplay or not. Even if your GPU meets or surpasses Greedfall’s requirements, your current driver can still mess things up for you. One of the issues that can cause Greedfall to stutter and lag badly is a faulty or corrupted graphics card driver.

Try reinstalling your driver to make sure it’s not corrupt or doesn’t lack certain critical components. If you need guidance on how to reinstall your driver, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows and X keys simultaneously to open the Win+X menu on top of the Start button.
  2. Once the quick menu shows up, locate Device Manager, and click on it.
  3. When the Device Manager window appears, click on the arrow beside Display Adapters to expand that menu.
  4. Now, right-click your video card and select Uninstall Device from the context menu.
  5. Once you see the Uninstall Device confirmation dialog box, click on the Uninstall button again.
  6. Allow Windows to remove the driver, then reboot your computer.

Once your PC restarts, Windows will install a generic driver for your display card, and you might notice some changes. The OS will also attempt to reinstall the driver automatically. If it doesn’t, follow the steps in the next method to install the updated driver for your card.

Update Your Graphics Card Driver

Updating your graphics card driver is a gaming tradition that you cannot avoid. If you fail to perform an update regularly, especially when new versions of your driver are released, you’re bound to experience different gaming issues, including FPS drops and unbearable lags.

If reinstalling your driver proves ineffective, your next step will be to update it. There are different methods involved in installing the latest version of the graphics card driver, and we’ll be explaining each method below.

Update Windows

If you have pending Windows 10 updates, try installing them. Most of your device drivers are usually updated via Windows Update. Device vendors and manufacturers normally submit updated drivers to Microsoft, which will go on to be verified for compatibility and then released later on.

Driver updates may take time to become available via Windows Update. However, whenever you use the utility, you’ll be sure that you are getting a compatible driver for your graphics card. Also, Windows Update installs many software features that would improve your gaming performance, such as updated .NET frameworks and Visual C++ redistributable packages. The following steps will show you how to update Windows if you’ve forgotten the procedure:

  1. Launch the Settings app: You can do this by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Settings. You can also click on the Start button and click the cogwheel icon to access the app. The other method is pressing the Windows and I keys simultaneously.
  2. Once the Settings app opens, click on the Update & Security label.
  3. The first screen that you’ll see is the Windows Update screen once the Update & Security interface shows up.
  4. Click on the Check for Updates button.
  5. Allow Windows to download every available update.
  6. Once the updates are downloaded, click on the Restart Now option to let the setup to install the updates.
  7. Depending on the type of update being installed, your PC will reboot on multiple occasions during the installation process.
  8. After your PC finally restarts, check for the lagging issue in your game.

Use a Third-Party Program

Most of the built-in Windows tools will not offer you as much ease and speed as third-party programs such as Auslogics Driver Updater when it comes to updating your graphics card driver or any driver on your computer.

Auslogics Driver Updater is particularly an impressive driver-updating program. It works by scanning your entire machine for problematic device drivers, and once it finds them, it’ll automatically install their latest versions.

If your graphics card driver has any fault, the program will pick it up and allow you to update it in just a few clicks. What’s more, you’ll get notifications about new driver updates in the future when they become available. The following steps will show you how to use Auslogics Driver Updater:

  1. Open this link in a new tab on your computer’s browser to open the download page of Auslogics Driver Updater.
  2. Click on the Download button and allow your browser to fetch the file. The setup file isn’t more than 15 megabytes, so the download should complete in seconds, depending on your network connection.
  3. Once your browser saves the installer, run it.
  4. Click on the Yes button once the User Account Control dialog opens.
  5. On the first page of the Setup, select your preferred language, and choose where to install the program. Still on the first page, use the checkboxes to choose whether to create a desktop icon and if you want the program to start when Windows comes up. You can also choose whether you want the program to send anonymous reports to the developers.
  6. Once you’ve entered your preferences, click on the large button that says, “click to install,” then allow the installation wizard to complete the process.
  7. Normally, the program is meant to start and automatically scan your PC for problematic device drivers. If this fails to happen, however, open the Start menu, search for it, and then launch it. Once the program opens, click on the Start Scan button to initiate the scanning process.
  8. You’ll find a list of problematic device drivers when the scan is complete. If your graphics card driver is faulty in any way, it will be part of that list.
  9. Click on the Update button to prompt the tool to download and install the updated version of the driver.
  10. Restart your computer once the update is complete.

Use Device Manager

Using Device Manager also provides you a means to get a compatible driver version for your computer. That said, Windows doesn’t always find the most recent driver version via this method. If you still want to give the Device Manager a run, follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows and X keys simultaneously to open the Win+X menu on top of the Start button.
  2. Once the quick menu shows up, locate Device Manager, and click on it.
  3. Wait for the Device Manager to open and list out all your devices.
  4. Once the Device Manager window appears, click on the arrow beside Display Adapters to expand that menu.
  5. Now, right-click your video card and select Update Driver from the context menu.
  6. After the Update Driver window shows up, click on the option that reads “Search automatically for updated driver software.”
  7. Allow Windows to search for the updated driver online, and then download and install it.
  8. After the process completes, restart your PC and check for the issue.

Update Your Driver Manually

Going through the stress of manually updating your graphics card driver is not worth it since there are programs like Auslogics Driver Updater. You’ll have to make sure you get the exact driver from the website of your card’s manufacturer, noting that if you download the wrong piece of software, you’ll face other issues.

Use Your Dedicated Graphics Card

If you are running Greedfall on a laptop that uses an integrated GPU chipset and a dedicated one, the problem you’re facing might be because the game is running on the integrated video card. As you know, integrated chipsets are not really the best graphics processing units for games.

You can use your GPU’s dedicated program to change the GPU that runs the game. For NVIDIA card users, you can open the NVIDIA Control Panel, go to Manage 3D Settings, and select “High-performance NVIDIA processor” under Preferred Graphics Processor in the Global Settings tab or go to the Programs Settings tab, select Greedfall under “Select which program to customize, then choose “High performance NVIDIA processor” in the drop-down for Preferred Graphics Processore for this Program.

If you use an AMD card, go to AMD Radeon Settings and change the game’s setting to High Performance in the Switchable Graphics interface of the app’s System section.

While using graphics card programs worked for many users, the story isn’t the same for others. If you’re one of those players who can’t get the game to run on their graphics card after using the proprietary program, open a File Explorer window and navigate to C:\Users\YourAccountName\Documents\GreedFall. Once you get to the folder, open the “Graphicconfig.txt” file with Notepad and choose the graphics card that the game should run on.

Set Greedfall’s Priority to High

You can tell your CPU how to handle any program on your computer by setting hierarchies in the Task Manager. If an app’s priority is set to Low or Medium, you’re telling the processor that the application doesn’t require much resources and attention. This could be the reason for the performance challenges you’re experiencing in Greedfall. You can get rid of the problem and improve your gameplay experience by changing the game’s priority to High in Task Manager. The steps below will guide you if you don’t know what to do:

  1. Launch the Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Task Manager or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. Once Task Manager comes up, click on More Details if you see the minimal view.
  3. Navigate to Greedfall, right-click it, then click on Go to Details in the context menu.
  4. The Details tab will now open, and the game’s entry will be highlighted.
  5. Right-click Greedfall’s process, place your mouse pointer over Set Priority in the context menu, and then choose High.
  6. Relaunch the game and check if it now runs without lagging.

Set Greedfall’s Processor Affinity

Processor Affinity, also called CPU pining, is an option in Task Manager that allows you to dedicate a number of CPU cores to a program. You can use this option to improve the performance of select apps on your PC, and it can also be an effective way to boost FPS and reduce lags in Greedfall. If you don’t know how to apply this fix, the steps below will guide you:

  1. Launch Greedfall.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to summon the Task Manager or right-click on the empty surface of the taskbar and click on Task Manager in the quick menu that pops up.
  3. If the Task Manager mini-window opens, click on More Details.
  4. Navigate to Greedfall, right-click it, then click on Go to Details in the context menu.
  5. The Details tab will now open, and the game’s entry will be highlighted.
  6. Right-click Greedfall’s process, then click on Set Affinity.
  7. Once the Processor Affinity dialog box appears, check the boxes for all the cores, then click on the OK button.
  8. Finally, quit Task Manager and relaunch the game to check for the performance issue.

Another way to ensure that the game runs on all your processor cores is by adjusting its launch options in Steam. Carefully follow the guide below to change its launch options:

  1. Open the Steam client by double-clicking its shortcut on your desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu.
  2. Once the application shows up, navigate to the top of the window, click on Library, then select Games from the menu that drops down.
  3. When the list of games on your system appears, locate Greedfall, right-click it, then select Properties in the context menu.
  4. Switch to the right pane of the window, and click on the Launch Options button under the General tab.
  5. Type the text below into the Launch Options text field:

-high -USEALLAVAILABLECORES

If there are other launch parameters in the text box, make sure you add a comma and space after the last one before you type this parameter.

  1. Save your changes and relaunch Greedfall to check for the issue.

Adjust Your Graphics Card Settings

Major graphics card manufacturers such as NVIDIA and AMD provide dedicated software that you can use to tweak your GPU to improve gaming performance. For NVIDIA cards, you can use the classic NVIDIA Control Panel, while you’ll have to use AMD Radeon Settings if you use an AMD card. We’ll be showing you how to use each program.

Take note that the performance tweaks outlined below are designed to boost performance in PCs with specs that are close to Greedfall’s minimum requirements. However, they can also help mid to high-end PCs.

Adjusting NVIDIA Control Panel Settings

  1. Go to the far-right area of your taskbar and click on the Show Hidden Icons arrow.
  2. Once the system tray slides up, click on the NVIDIA icon, and then click on NVIDIA Control Panel.

You can also right-click on your Desktop and click on NVIDIA Control Panel to summon the app.

  1. Once the program comes up, switch to its sidebar and click “Adjust image settings with preview” under 3D Settings.
  2. After that, navigate to the right pane of the window, choose the “Use my preference emphasizing” radio button, then move the slider to Performance. If you use a system with high specifications, you can leave the “Let the 3D application decide” radio button selected.
  3. Go back to the left pane of the window, make sure the 3D Settings drop-down is expanded, then click on Manage 3D Settings.
  4. Navigate to the right pane and stay in the General tab.
  5. Now, click on the Preferred Graphics Processor drop-down menu and select “High-performance NVIDIA processor.”
  6. Move over to the Program Settings tab.
  7. Go to the drop-down menu for “Choose a program to customize,” and then select Greedfall.
  8. If you don’t see the game on the program list, click on the Add button, go to its installation folder in the dialog window that opens, and then select its EXE file.
  9. Next, adjust the following settings under 3D Settings:
  • Set Maximum Prerendered Frames to 1.
  • Choose “Prefer maximum performance” for Power Management Mode.
  • Turn off the “Texture filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization” feature.
  • Choose High Performance for “Texture filtering – Quality.”
  • Turn on Texture filtering – Trilinear optimization.
  • Turn on Threaded optimization.
  • Set Vertical Sync to Fast.
  1. Save your changes by clicking on the Apply button.

Tweaking AMD Radeon Settings

  1. Launch the Search box beside the Start button by pressing the Windows and S keys simultaneously, then type “Radeon settings” (without the quotes) and launch the app once it comes up in the results. You can also open the app by right-clicking your Desktop and choosing AMD Radeon Settings from the context menu.
  2. Once the application comes up, click on Gaming in the top-left corner of the window.
  3. Click on the Global Settings button once the Gaming interface opens.
  4. Go to “Anti-aliasing mode” and choose “Override application settings.” Entering this choice will hand Radeon Settings control over Anti-Aliasing.
  5. Set the “Anti-aliasing level” to 2X.
  6. Turn on “Anisotropic Filtering Mode” and set “Anisotropic Filtering Level” to 2x.
  7. Go to the Texture Filtering Quality drop-down and select Performance.
  8. Set “Wait for Vertical Refresh” to Always Turned Off.
  9. Click on the arrow beside Tessellation Mode and select “Override application settings” from the drop-down, then set Maximum Tessellation Level to 32X and below.
  10. Once you’ve entered these preferences, exit AMD Radeon Settings, and then relaunch Greedfall to check if there’s any improvement in performance.

Change Greedfall’s In-Game Settings

Sometimes, your video settings are the reason for the performance problems you’re facing. If you’re using a high-end system, try lowering your graphics settings a bit. If you’re using a low-end PC, however, apply the settings below:

Display mode – Fullscreen

Vsync – Enabled

Shadows – Low

Draw distance – Low

Cloths physic – Disabled

SSAO – Disabled

Anti-aliasing – Disabled

Particles – Normal

Texture quality – Medium

Anisotropy – Deactivated

Save your changes and relaunch the game.

Disable Full-Screen Optimizations and Run the Game as an Administrator

Windows normally enables the Full-Screen Optimizations feature by default for every application. It helps improve graphics quality, especially in media players, games, and other video-related applications. That said, the feature often interferes with games and causes annoying performance problems. This could be the case with Greedfall. Some gamers disabled the feature and found that they could run the game without issues.

The game might also be running slow because it doesn’t have full access to your computer’s resources. This problem usually happens due to a lack of advanced permissions. You have to grant Greedfall the required access by running it as an administrator if you want it to operate properly.

The following guide will show you how to disable the Full-Screen Optimizations option for Greedfall and how to run it as an administrator:

  1. Open a File Explorer window and go to Greedfall’s installation folder.
  2. If you don’t know where the folder is located, the steps below will take you there:
  • Launch the Steam client from the Start menu or double-click its shortcut on your Desktop.
  • Once the program opens, click on Library at the top of the window, and then select Games from the drop-down menu.
  • When your list of games appears, navigate to the entry for Greedfall, right-click it, then choose Properties from the context menu.
  • Switch to the right pane, click on the Local Files tab, then click on the Browse Local Files button.
  • The game’s folder will now appear.
  1. Once you reach the folder, locate Greedfall’s EXE file, right-click it, then click on Properties. Right-clicking the game’s shortcut on your Desktop and selecting Properties also works.
  2. Once the Properties dialog window opens, head over to the Compatibility tab.
  3. Now, tick the checkboxes for “Disable full-screen optimizations” and “Run this program as an administrator,” then click on the OK button to save your changes.
  4. Next, relaunch Greedfall and check for the problem.

Change Your Performance Options

You can use the Performance Options dialog to change how your system’s resources, such as your CPU and GPU, will be used.  Windows 10 comes with many graphics features that take their fair share of GPU and CPU processing power. You can repurpose these resources for performance to optimize your gaming experience. The guide below will show you how to utilize the Performance Options dialog for this tweak:

  1. Launch a File Explorer window.
  2. Go to the left side of the File Explorer window, right-click This PC, then select Properties.
  3. Go to the sidebar of the System window and click on Advanced System Settings.
  4. After the Advanced tab of the System Properties dialog appears, click on the Settings button under Performance.
  5. The Performance Options dialog will now show up.
  6. Click on the Adjust for Best Performance radio button and click on OK.

Clear Your Temporary Files

Some system programs and third-party apps create temporary files and save them in certain folders. These files have very short windows of usability and end up occupying space unnecessarily because the applications that created them fail to discard them once they’re no longer needed. These files can become corrupt, affect your system’s performance and programs like Greedfall. Try getting rid of them and check if you can play the game without issues. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows and R keys simultaneously or by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Run from the menu that shows up.
  2. Once Run appears, type “%temp%” (no quotes) into the text field and hit the Enter key.
  3. After the Temp folder opens, press Ctrl + A to select all of the folder’s contents, then press the Delete and Shift keys together to remove them permanently.
  4. Open the Run dialog box again, type “prefetch” (without the quotes) and punch the Enter key, then delete the contents of the folder that opens.

Conclusion

You should now play Greedfall with a steady FPS, without the annoying lags that you once experienced. If you have any thoughts on Greedfall, let us know in the comments section below. You can also let us know if you’re experiencing any other difficulty.

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