Battlefield 1: How to Improve PC Performance | FPS Stuttering Fixes

Avoid annoying FPS drops and improve your gameplay performance with these community-sourced PC tips to help stop stuttering.

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If you’re experiencing issues with Battlefield 1 on PC such as sudden FPS drops, stuttering, or other performance-related issues, check out our collection of tips and fixes that might help improve your experience. Many players are struggling to cope with the high requirements, but getting this game to run smoothly might only require a few simple changes that won’t significantly alter the visual fidelity you’re looking for.

Check out all the community-sourced suggestions in the full article below, and drop us a comment if you’ve found your own solutions to the problem. If you’re also running into situations similar described here, or running headlong into new problems, please let us know and we’ll help look for solutions. You can also drop by the official Battlefield 1 Bugs & Issues forum to report problems directly.


PC Performance, FPS & Stuttering Fixes

[The full release hasn’t landed yet, so there may be fixes incoming before on on Oct. 21.]

Many players are reporting steep drops in performance compared to the Beta, along with losing FPS under a variety of factors; while wearing a Gasmask, in the St. Quentin’s Scar map, or when entering town areas. Here are some simple solutions and tests to help improve performance.


Disable GPU Memory Restriction in Settings

Before attempting anything else, go to the in-game settings to find this default option and turn it off.

  • Video Settings -> Advanced
  • Disable GPU Memory Restriction

This automatically-enabled option limits the amount of GPU allocated to Battlefield 1, and can easily eat away at your FPS. If this doesn’t work, there are more solutions you can try in the following section.


FPS Stuttering – General Fixes

This is an important first test — lower your settings, and see if there is any improvement in performance. Many players aren’t getting any improvements from changes to the settings; FPS drops occur whether the settings are low or ultra.

Often, the CPU is not the issue. It may be poorly optimized Nvidia or AMD drivers, or experimental graphics improvements that have not yet been fully tested.

If that’s the case for you, it may be due to the latest video card releases — Nvidia 1070/1080 are the worst offenders, as they should have no trouble running Battlefield 1. Here are some things you can do to help:

Note: Try each of these suggestions independently. Don’t expect all suggestions to work for you — try them one at a time.

  • If you are overclocking, make sure you are running at a steady .ghz — if not, disable overclocking.
  • Disable the Origin Overlay
  • If you have an SSD (solid state drive) — install to SSD rather than the standard HD.
  • Switch from DX12 to DX11.
  • Download Beta drivers for your video card.

Find the latest drivers / beta drivers here:

Keep scrolling to find more specific steps to take.


Set to High Priority in Task Manager

This shouldn’t be required, but if your CPU isn’t allocating enough processing power to BF1, you can manually adjust.

  • Hold [CTRL-ALT-DEL] and select “Start Task Manager”
  • Select the “Processes” Tab and find the Battlefield 1 .exe
  • Right-Click the B1 process -> Set Priority -> High

This may help improve performance, but there are still more methods you can try.


Disable Windows 10 Programs

Windows 10 is bloated with unnecessary features that come pre-loaded on your PC. Here are some programs / apps you’ll want to disable, remove, or leave off.

  • Disable Xbox GameDVR
  • Disable Nvidia Shadowplay
    • Disable / Remove Nvidia GeForce Experience
  • Use Anti-Spyware Programs (Spybot Anti-Beacon)
    • To remove telemetry / tracking services.

Also make sure to set Power Mode to “MAX” or highest equivalent if you’re playing an a laptop PC.

 

 


Minimum PC Requirements

Double-check the requirements below, and always update your graphics card with the latest drivers.

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard-drive space: 10Gb
Note: The full game will require more space on your hard drive.

Do any of these suggestions help? Sound off in the comments!


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