Cyberpunk 2077 - How to increase FPS on PC if you have an older video card

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ATTENTION: This guide has been updated and improved. The most complete and exhaustive version, you can find it here: Cyberpunk 2077 - Guide: how to improve fps on PC

The launch of cyberpunk 2077 It was a great success for CD Projekt, with over 8 million copies sold prior to release. For gamers, however, the game's launch was a disaster. From persistent bugs to horrible performance, Cyberpunk 2077 is plagued with serious problems. However, Cyberpunk 2077's poor optimization and slow performance can be bypassed without particularly sacrificing graphics by disabling some key settings.

This guide will show you how to increase the framerate in Cyberpunk 2077.

Update your drivers

The most important step you can take towards a higher framerate is to download and install the latest drivers. The latest published Nvidia drivers are included in the release 460.79. For AMD Radeon GPUs, you will need the version drivers 20.12.1.

Install the game on an SSD

Cyberpunk 2077 hates hard drives, as using one will undoubtedly give you more pop-ins than general textures and bugs. Your best bet is to transfer Cyberpunk 2077 to an SSD if you run into any major problems. This will also greatly increase loading times.

Settings to change

These settings have a huge impact on FPS but don't affect quality as much as you might think. Lowering them has negligible impact on the quality of the graphics, but significantly increases the framerate.

NPC density

If you have an older CPU, this setting will definitely have a positive impact on FPS. Consider changing the NPC density to medium or low.

Cascading shadow resolution

This setting has the greatest impact on the framerate than any other on this list. You can reduce this setting to improve performance at the cost of lower quality shadows.

Reflections on the screen space

Lower this value if you are not interested in a decrease in surface reflections.

Volumetric clouds and fog

These settings while apparently seem to only affect the rendering of clouds and fog in the game still test the graphics card more than you would imagine. Reduce the relevant settings for further benefit.

Settings to be disabled

All these settings work together. For most users, turning them off will provide them with a better experience.

  • Film grain
  • Motion blur
  • Shallow depth of field
  • Chromatic aberrations
  • Reference points

On a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, lowering and disabling the aforementioned settings had a major impact on the average framerate.

At the default medium settings, the game ran at around average 35-40 FPS.

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The guide

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  • The Collapse and the Fourth Corporate War - Lore Special;
  • Postwar and Reunification - Special Lore;
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