Back 4 Blood Stutter fps drops lag – This guide will show you how to optimize Back 4 Blood on PC and get rid of performance issues like stuttering, fps drops and lag.
Back 4 Blood Optimization Guide: Fix Stuttering, FPS Drops, and Lag
(Note: the fixes or methods mentioned in this article are for Back 4 Blood Beta and may change when the full version of the game is released.)
Recommended system requirements for Back 4 Blood
At the moment, the developers have not revealed any information about the minimum system requirements for the game. Their official website only has the recommended specs listed. Check them out and compare them to your hardware specs:
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||TBD|
|GPU||GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon RX 590||TBD|
|SW||WINDOWS 10 64-bit||TBD|
The recommended requirements are pretty good if you ask me. I mean, we are in 2021 and the games are starting to get demanding. An i3 8100 and a GTX 1050 ti may not be enough. That being said, if Back 4 Blood really does run smoothly, with no fps drops or stuttering, on the aforementioned hardware. I’d say the game is well optimized, for the most part.
Graphics Drivers for Back 4 Blood
GPU drivers, specifically optimized for Back 4 Blood, are not yet available.
Disable Nvidia Instant Playback or Windows Background Recording
If you don’t have a powerful processor, I suggest that you disable features like Nvidia Instant Replay or Windows Background Recording. They both do the same job and can cause unnecessary stuttering in demanding titles.
To disable Nvidia Instant Replay:
- Press Alt + Z (obviously you have in-game overlay enabled from Nvidia if you’re using instant replay)
- Click on the instant play block
- Turn it off from there
To disable background recording:
- Go to your Windows 10 settings menu
- Select game
- Select Screenshots from the left
- Disable background recording from there
Terminate useless heavy apps running in the background
If you have heavy applications running in the background, there is a chance that these stutters will occur because some applications are resource intensive. Just open your Task Manager, select the Processes tab, and click CPU. Make sure the arrow next to you is looking down.
Doing this will bring resource-hungry apps to the top. Look for processes that are useless and yet consume a large chunk of CPU. Right click on them and click “End Task”.
This is the first thing you should do as soon as you start the game and have access to the Settings menu. This is something I do personally and I highly recommend that all PC games do it. I know a lot of people still don’t pay attention to game settings. But trust me, they should. This is the easiest method to squeeze some extra FPS and performance out of any gaming title.
There is a good chance that there is no problem with your game. And the delay is caused by the game settings, too high.
- Window mode: full screen
- Screen resolution: 1920 × 1080
- Anti-Aliasing: TAA
- Motion blur: off
- Chromatic aberration: off
- Adaptive Effects Quality: On
- Field of view: 100
- VSync: disabled
- FPS limit: off
- Post-Processing Quality: High
- Texture quality: medium
- Effects quality: Medium
- Shadow quality: medium
- Foliage quality: high
- HDR: off
- Graphics API: DirectX 12
- Sharpening: FidelityFX
If you want an extremely detailed guide on this setup, I suggest you follow my Setup Guide . You will definitely find what you are looking for.
Tip for Gaming Laptop Users
If you are using a laptop that has a dedicated Nvidia GPU, make sure your laptop is using the dedicated GPU and not the integrated one.
To do that, simply open the Nvidia Control Panel, click on Manage 3D Settings and set ‘ Preferred Graphics Processor ‘ to ‘ High Performance Nvidia Processor ‘. Restart your system.
Limit your FPS
Back 4 Blood is apparently causing high GPU usage for many people. As a result, GPUs overheat for many users. If your GPU overheats, it will start to slow down. As a result, you will experience intense stuttering. If you look at my video, where I am running Back 4 Blood on a Ryzen 5 5600x and RTX 2060, you will notice that GPU usage consistently hovers around 99%:
Although the developers have recommended only a GTX 970 for the game, it is actually making the RTX 2060 perform quite well. I went ahead and capped my fps to 100 later and the usage dropped to 70%, causing my GPU temperature to drop to 70 degrees.
Just use any application to track your GPU temperature. You can use Nvidia Performance Overlay, if you use GeForce Experience. Play for 30 minutes with “Limit FPS” set to “Off” and see what temperature your GPU is running at. If it’s too hot then it’s best to limit the FPS to 60 (maybe a little higher on a 144hz monitor). Prevention is better than cure.
Nvidia and AMD Control Panel Settings
Nvidia GPU users, please modify the following settings:
- Image sharpness: Off
- Threading optimization: In
- Power management: I prefer maximum performance
- Low latency mode: Off
- Vertical sync: Off
- Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance
AMD users can also do something similar in their control panels:
- Disable Radeon Anti-Lag, Boost, Anisotropic Filtering, and Frame Rate Target Control
- Disable image sharpening, morphological filtering, V-sync, maximum tessellation, OpenGL triple buffering, and Radeon Chill.
- Set the tessellation mode and shading cache to “AMD optimized” and the anti-aliasing mode and anti-aliasing method to “Use application settings” and “Multisampling” respectively.
- Set Texture Filtering Quality to “Performance” and “Graphics” GPU Workload
- Finally, enable the Surface Format Optimization.
Disable overlays, please
Disable any overlays you have at this time. Overlays from apps like Discord, Nvidia GeForce Experience, Steam, etc. have been known to cause problems in games. So disable them all.
I’m going to write another separate article, specifically highlighting the lag that is present in the game. Now when I say “lag”, I mean connection lag and not fps lag. Until then, follow the steps below:
- Take a quick internet speed test and make sure everything is fine from your point of view
- To make sure you don’t leak, press Windows + Ron your keyboard, paste this into the box: ping google.com -t
- Press Enter and see if you get any ‘ Timeout‘ or not. If so, then your connection is definitely not stable
- Also, make sure your latency is not too high (the number after “time =”)
- Close any background browsers or applications that could be using a lot of bandwidth. (If you want to know how to find them, let me know in the comment section)
If you are using Discord and while playing this game. Do this:
- Discord launch
- Go to User Settings
- Click on Voice and Video on the left sidebar
- Scroll down to the Advanced section
- Disable “Enable packet high priority QoS”
- Restart Discord
Give them a try for now and let me know in the comment section below whether or not your issues were fixed.
If you think this guide has helped you, please let us know in the comment section below. And for more Back 4 Blood guides, keep an eye on dlprivateserver. We will cover each and every technical issue in the game on launch day. Good luck!