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World War 3 is still in EARLY ACCESS - Keep that in mind, we still working on optimization.

 

So let's start about FPS...

One of the most common benchmarks used in measuring the graphics performance of a video game is the frame rate or frames per second. The frame rate in a video game reflects how often an image you see on the screen is refreshed to produce the image and simulation movement/motion. The frame rate is most often measured in frames per second or FPS, (not to be confused with First Person Shooters). 

There are many factors that go into determining a game's frame rate, but as with many things in technology, the higher or faster something is, the better. Low frame rates in video games will result in some issues that can occur at the most inopportune times. Examples of what can occur with low frame rates include choppy or jumpy movement during action sequences that involve a lot of movement/animations; Frozen screens making it difficult to interact with the game, and a number of others.

What Determines the Frame Rate or Frames Per Second of a Video Game?

There are a number of factors that contribute to a game's frame rate or frames per second (FPS) performance. The areas that can impact game frame rate/FPS include:

  • System hardware, such as the graphics card, motherboard, CPU, and memory.
  •   Software, such as programs working in the background, and overall Windows settings.
  • Graphics and resolution settings within the game.
  • How well the game code is optimized and developed for graphics performance.
 

The largest contributing factor to a game's frame rate or FPS performance is the graphics card and CPU. In basic terms, the computer's CPU sends information or instructions from programs, applications, in this case, the game, to the graphics card. The graphics card will then, in turn, process the instructions received, render the image and send it to the monitor for display.
There is a direct relationship between the CPU and GPU, with the performance of your graphics card being dependent on the CPU and vice verse. If a CPU is underpowered, it does not make sense to upgrade to the latest and greatest graphics card if it's not going to be able to utilize all of its processing power.

 

Before we start you need a measuring tool which let you monitor your FPS, hardware usage and monitor temperatures, most common and know is MSI Afterburner. (You need to install both MSI Afterburner and RivaTuner. Otherwise, you won't be able to display parameters on screen.)
All you need to know is in the video
MSI AFTERBURNER

 

Let's start, in this guide, I will tell you what you can do to improve FPS performance. I can only provide tips for Nvidia users, but it will be similar for AMD users, also only Windows 10 correct settings.

Make sure your Graphics card drivers and Windows are updated to the newest versions.

 

Nvidia control panel settings (Right click on desktop, then click Nvidia Control Panel)

1. Adjust image settings with preview

  1. Choice, Use the advanced 3D image settings

2. Manage 3D settings - You can choose between two tabs: Global and Program settings.
Global - settings will affect on your all used programs. (Suggest use this one)
Program - settings will affect only on the choice program from the list.

  1. CUDA GPUs - All
  2. Maximum pre-rendered frames - 1
  3. Power management mode - Prefer maximum performance
  4. Preferred refresh rate - Highest available
  5. Texture filtering-quality - High Performance
  6. Threaded Optimization - On
  7. Vertical Sync - Off
  8. Texture filtering-trilinear optimization - On
  9. Texture filtering-anisotropic sample optimization - On
  10. Ambient Occlusion - Off
  11. Shader cache - On (I suggest keep it On if you have SSD, turn it Off if you have HDD, you have to check it by yourself, sometimes it's helpful for stuttering etc.)
  12. Tripple Buffering - Off (Turn it On when using Vertical Sync.)

You can leave other settings by application controlled or turned Off as you can adjust them in-game settings. (Your options may differ depends on hardware.)

3. Configure surround, Physyx

  1. Choice the processor for PhysX effects or let Nvidia decide (In some games it will affect, some don't) You have to check what's better for you. I chose a graphics card.

4. Change resolution

  1. You have to choose on which resolution you want to play and also Refresh rate for your monitor (Hz).
  2. Under “Change Resolution” make sure that you’re selected native resolution for your display and highest refresh rate, for resolutions marked (native) next to them, the maximum refresh rate can be only set up to 60Hz, scroll lower (PC tab) and find the same resolution but with higher refresh rates 120, 144 or 240Hz, depends which rate your monitor can support.
  3. Change the “Refresh Rate” to as high as it will go.
  4. (Only for G-Sync Monitors) Under “Set Up G-Sync”, simply “Enable G-Sync”.
  5. (Only for G-Sync Monitors) Make sure that under “Manage 3D Settings” you set “Vertical sync” to OFF.

5. Adjust Desktop size and position

  1. If you scaling an image to a different resolution than your native resolution of the monitor, you can manage it here.

Remember to apply all changes which you made in Nvidia control panel.

Windows power management (For PC's and which more important for laptops users)

  1. Press the [Windows Key] + R to open the Run dialog box.

  2. Type powercfg.cpl and then press Enter.

  3. In the Power Options window, under Select, a power plan, choose High Performance.

    If you do not see the High-Performance option, click the down arrow next to Show additional plans or Create a new plan and select High Performance, then follow instructions.

  4. Click Save Changes or click OK.

Disable or remove potentially unwanted programs

  • Press [Windows Key] + R
  • Type msconfig and press Enter
  • Click on the Services tab
  • Check Hide all Microsoft services, so you don't end up accidentally disabling a key process.
  • Uncheck unwanted programs.
  • Click on the Startup tab then open Task manager.
  • Turn off all unwanted programs.
  • Apply changes after each step.
  • Restart your computer.

Set Windows to best performance

  • Press [Windows Key] + R
  • Type sysdm.cpl and press Enter
  • Click on the Advanced tab
  • In Performance click on settings
  • In Visual Effects, select Adjust for best performance (It will disable all your icon animations, shadows, windows animations etc. you can also select Custom, and choose what you want to see. Personally, I have selected Custom and only a couple of ticked boxes, rest is useless.)
  • Apply and exit.

Clean your system registry

Each time you install a program, it makes modifications to the system registry, which is a database that stores configuration settings and options for your Operating System and other software. Over time, the system registry can become quite bloated and adversely affect your system's performance.
You can use known program which is
CCleaner

Defragment your Hard Drive (No needed for SSD's)

Hard drives work a bit like filing cabinets. As you constantly add and remove files from them, they tend to get disorganized, and it becomes more difficult for your computer to locate the correct file. Files are sometimes split into small pieces and scattered on the drive. To resolve this problem, you need to defragment your main hard disk.

Check how to do it here: Defragmentation

Close background processes and resources consuming programs

It can happen to have processes which consume a lot of resources, and you don’t need to run at this moment ( for example chat applications, browsers, etc.)

  • Right click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • From the Processes tab close any process you don’t need except the system processes.

task_manager

You can also take a look in Add/Remove Programs to uninstall software you don’t use any more of it was installed with another software.

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Select Uninstall a Program or Programs and Features
  • Look for the unwanted software and click on “Uninstall“ You can also use CCleaner.
  • Clean system registry.

Scan for Malware

Malware installs on your computer without your permission with the purpose of stealing data and damaging your system. You can find on the internet many malware removal free programs like Malwarebytes.
You can also remove real-time protection software like Microsoft Security Essentials or Spybot Search and Destroy because they slow down your system.

Check your disk for errors

  • Press [Windows Key] + S
  • Type cmd
  • Right click and run as administrator
  • Type 
    chkdsk C: /f
    command followed by Enter. Replace C with the letter of your hard drive partition.

Check-PC-disk.jpg

As a quick reminder, if you do not use the /f parameter, chkdsk displays a message that the file needs to be fixed, but it does not fix any errors.

The

chkdsk C: /f

command detects and repairs logical issues affecting your drive. To repair physical issues, run the /r parameter as well.

repair-physical-disk-errors.jpg

Disable Xbox recording

  • Press [Windows Key] + I
  • Go to the Gaming menu
  • Select the Game DVR tab
  • On the right pane, toggle the switch of Record in the background while I'm playing a game to OFF.
  • You can also disable all other features in the Gaming menu if you don't use it.

Optimize Discord

If you happen to use Discord, then ensure that you optimize it as well to boost your FPS in all games while Discord is running.

  1. Open Discord and go to the User Settings page.
  2. Open the Appearance tab and uncheck Hardware Acceleration.

Clean your temporary Windows and Programs files (CCleaner do the trick as well)

  • [Windows key] + R
  • Type %localappdata% and press Enter
  • Find and Open the Temp folder.
  • Press CTRL + A to select all files in the folder.
  • Press the Delete button on your keyboard to delete these temporary files. Skip the ones it can not delete.
  • Now empty your recycle bin.

Disable Windows update delivery Optimization

  • [Windows key] + S
  • Type Windows Update settings
  • Click on Advanced Options
  • Click on Delivery Optimization
  • Make sure that Allow downloads from other PCs are off.

Give the game and Steam files administrative Access

Follow the path to the "exe" files of the game (exe files marked in blue color below) 

  • WW3-Win64-Shipping.exe        C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\World War 3\WW3\Binaries\Win64
  • WW3_launcher.exe                    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\World War 3
  • Steam.exe                                    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

Right click on each file, select Properties, go to the Compatibility tab, and checkbox "Run this program as Administrator"
Apply changes and click OK.

You can also try to tick the box with Disable fullscreen optimization (sometimes it help for some users)

Repeat the steps for each exe file.

Temperatures

Clean any vents or fans with compressed air. Computers often get their fans clogged with dust, dirt, and hair. Cleaning your computer's vents and fans will improve airflow and should keep your machine at a lower temperature.

Also, good idea is to change your thermal paste on CPU and GPU, as mostly after 2-3 years it's losing thermal conductivity, you can do it yourself or in PC Service, won't be expensive. Thermal Grizzly it's the best paste at this moment in my opinion (Could drop temperatures even to ~15 degrees)

If you are playing in the game on a laptop, you might want to consider buying a laptop cooler. They are external fans that can be plugged into a wall outlet or USB drive depending on the model. They are very effective at keeping laptops cool. Also, consider going with a laptop to service for cleaning and exchange thermal paste, you can do it yourself, plenty of tutorials for each model on youtube.

Everything above 90 degrees will cause throttling and your FPS start dropping/lagging as components like CPU/GPU lower their clocks for optimal working temperature.

Game settings

These settings may vary depending on hardware, so I'm not going to tell you which are the best, but you can check other players opinion on
these topics below.
Obviously, lower settings will make your GPU/CPU less demanding, but no one wants to play in the game which looks outdated, you have to find the right balance between appearance and performance.

To change any Video settings in the config file instead in-game menu, follow the patch and open file in Notepad/Notepad++

  • [Windows key] + R
  • Type appdata  press Enter
  • Follow Local\WW3\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor/GameUserSettings

 

That's all, I hope it will help some of you ?

 

 

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