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Escape from Tarkov - FPS Boost Guide (2022 Tips)

Escape from Tarkov fps boost

Escape from Tarkov is a hardcore tactical and realistic online first-person shooter video game. So frame rates (FPS) are very important in EFT. If you want to play the Escape from Tarkov smoothly, I listed a few tips for you. This guide will fix the performance issues in Escape from Tarkov, such as low FPS, stutteringlaggingfreezingfps dropspikes.

There are 16 ways to increase your frame rates in Escape from Tarkov.

System Requirements for Running Escape from Tarkov

Minimum System RequirementsRecommended System Requirements
CPUDual-core processor 2.4 GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo, i3), 2.6 GHz (AMD Athlon, Phenom II)Quad-core processor 3.2 GHz (Intel i5, i7), от 3.6 GHz (AMD FX, Athlon)
GPUDX11 compatible graphics card with 1 GB VRAMDX11 compatible graphics card with 2 GB or more VRAM
Storage21 GB available space21 GB available space
OSWindows 7/8/10/11 (64 Bit)Windows 7/8/10/11 (64 Bit)

1) Best Graphics Settings for Escape from Tarkov

You can skip this step if you don’t want to change graphics settings. These High-Performance graphics settings are for PCs which close to the minimum system requirements.

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If you have a good PC, you can increase the settings slightly.

Go to in-game video options and make sure the settings are as follows.


High PerformancePerformance
Fullscreen modeFullscreenFullscreen
VSyncUncheck (Disable)Uncheck
Texture qualitylowmedium
Shadows qualitylowlow
Object LOD quality22
Overall visibility4001000
Resampling1x off1x off
Anisotropic filteringoffoff
NVIDIA Reflex Low Latencyon and booston and boost
Lobby FPS Limit6060
Game FPS Limit
Chrom. aberrationsUncheckUncheck
Grass ShadowsUncheckUncheck
Mip StreamingUncheckUncheck
Flash IndicatorUncheckUncheck

After adjusting them, go to the gameplay settings and turn on the auto ram cleaner.

Save changes and Exit the game.

2) Update Your Graphics Drivers

You should keep your computer’s graphics drivers updated.

People who have an NVIDIA graphics card can download and install their new drivers here.

People who have an AMD graphics card can download and install their new drivers here.

3) NVIDIA Control Panel Settings

  • Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Go to the Adjust image settings with preview tab.
  • Click the “Use my preference emphasising“ (If you have a mid&high end pc, Let the 3D application decide)
  • Put the bar in Performance mode.
  • Apply
  • Click the Manage 3D settings
  • Click the Program Settings
  • Click the Add
  • Select the EscapeFromTarkov.exe from the list, then click on the “Add Selected Program” button.
  • After, make the following settings
    Power management mode: Prefer maximum performance
    Shader Cache: On
    Triple buffering: Off
    Vertical sync: Off
    Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames: 1
  • If you have a notebook, make sure you have selected the “High-performance NVIDIA processor” on preferred graphics processor.
  • Apply and close the NVIDIA Control Panel.

The effect of the "Power management mode" setting differs between GPUs. If these settings made your FPS worse, just set the "Power management mode" to "Optimal power". After that, see if your frame rates increase. You can test it.

4) AMD Radeon Settings

  • Open the AMD Radeon Settings window.
  • Click on the Gaming tab.
  • Then click on Global Settings.
  • Click on the Texture Filtering Quality and select the Performance.

5) Intelligent Standby List Cleaner

I recommend using ISLC to fix the high RAM usage issue. The “Intelligent standby list cleaner” application will monitor and clear the memory standby list when it is > 1000mb (1gb). It will help players to fix stutters in games.

  • Download the Intelligent standby list cleaner
  • Run the 7-zip file.
  • Extract to a folder.
  • Go to the that folder.
  • Run the “Intelligent standby list cleaner ISLC” application.
  • Check the “Start ISLC minimized and auto-Start monitoring”
  • Also, check the “Launch ISLC on user logon”
  • Now, click on the Start button
  • Minimize
Intelligent Standby List Cleaner

6) Full-screen Optimizations & High DPI in Windows 10

full-screen optimisations
  • Go to the folder where the game is installed.
  • Right-click on the EscapeFromTarkov.exe application
  • Hit the Properties
  • Tick "Disable full-screen optimizations" on the Compatibility tab.
  • After that, click on the "Change high DPI settings" button.
  • Under the "High DPI scaling override" section, tick the "Override high DPI scaling behavior"
  • Use the "Scaling performed by:" drop-down menu and select the "Application"
  • Click on the OK and again OK.
High DPI

7) Power Options

If the CPU cooler is not enough, you can skip this setting. Processor temperature may increase by 5-6 degrees.

power plan
  • Right-click the Windows icon on the bottom left.
  • Click the Power Options
  • Click the Additional power settings
  • Select the High performance on the Preferred plans tab.
  • After, click the Change plan settings link next to High performance.
  • Tap on the Change advanced power settings
  • Find Processor power management in the incoming list, click the + icon on the left side.
  • Set Minimum processor state and Maximum processor state to 100%
  • Click on the OK

8) Game Mode

  • To turn off Windows 10 game mode, click the Start icon to bring up the Start menu. Then open the Settings.
  • Click the Gaming
  • On the Game Bar tab, set the “Record game clips, screenshots and broadcast using Game bar” to Off.
  • On the Captures tab, set the “Record in the background while I’m playing a game” to Off.
  • On the Game Mode tab, set the “Game Mode” to Off.

If you are using an older version of Windows 10, you may not see the Game Mode settings. In this case, you can configure the settings directly in the Registry.

  • Press the Windows logo key and R key simultaneously on your keyboard.
  • Type regedit
  • Press the Enter key.
  • The Registry Editor will open. In the left panel, Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\GameBar
  • Right-click inside the panel and select New
  • Click on the DWORD (32-bit) Value
registry new
  • Rename the New Key to AllowAutoGameMode
  • Right-click on the AllowAutoGameMode
  • Select the Modify…
  • Set the “Value data” to 0
auto game mode
  • Click on the OK button.
  • Close the Registry Editor.
  • Restart your PC.

9) Windows Performance Options

  • Type performance in the search section of Windows, click to Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows from the results.
  • Select the Adjust for best performance from the options in the Performance Options window that opens.
  • Click OK

10) Cleaning Temporary Files

  • Simultaneously press the Windows logo and R keys.
  • Type %temp%
  • Press Enter key.
  • Delete everything in the Temp folder that opens. You can skip undeleted.
  • Again, Simultaneously press the Windows logo and R keys.
  • Type temp
  • Press Enter key.
  • Delete everything in the folder that opens.
  • Again, Simultaneously press the Windows logo and R keys.
  • Type prefetch
  • Press Enter key.
  • Delete everything in the Prefetch folder that opens.

Finally, empty the Recycle Bin

11) SSD

If you have a Solid-State Drive, I recommend that you install the game on the SSD or move the game files to the SSD.

12) Optimize the Discord

If you are using Discord, disable the Hardware Acceleration and in-game overlay.

  • Open Discord
  • Go to the User Settings
  • Then, go to the Appearance tab.
  • Uncheck the Hardware Acceleration.
Optimize Discord
  • Go to the Overlay on App Settings tab.
  • Make sure unchecked the “Enable in-game overlay”
discord overlay

13) Optimize the Google Chrome

If you’re using Google Chrome, you’ll need to make this setting.

chrome setting
  • Go to settings page in Chrome
  • Click the Advanced
  • Go to the System tab
  • Finally, uncheck the “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”

14) Background Processes

You should close all unnecessary apps, such as Chrome, OneDrive, Spotify, Citrix Workspace. Also, if the Discord is idle, you should quit Discord.

Also, you can use the CCleaner to go through your startup & scheduled tasks and disable everything that you consider unnecessary.

15) Increase The Priority

You need to adjust this setting every time you enter the game.

  • Launch the game.
  • Simultaneously press the ALT and TAB keys to minimize the game.
  • Open the Task Manager
  • Click on Details Tab
  • In the list, find the EscapeFromTarkov.exe application.
  • Right-click on the EscapeFromTarkov.exe application and Set priority to High.

After doing this, if you are facing a stuttering issue in the game, don’t do the High priority setting. Set it to Normal.

16) Reduce Ping and Fix Lag

  • Go to the ExitLag page
  • Click on the “FREE 3 DAYS TRIAL” button.
  • Create an account.
  • Verify the Email
  • Download and install the ExitLag.
  • Launch the ExitLag.
  • Search the Escape from Tarkov in the ExitLag app.
  • Select the Escape from Tarkov
  • Select a game region
  • Click on the APPLY ROUTES button.

Also, I recommend you to try this fix shared by redditor lowsisback: https://www.reddit.com/r/EscapefromTarkov/comments/fztkou/how_to_fix_escape_from_tarkov_the_dev_way/

I hope this fps boost guide helps you. If you have a problem, leave a comment below with your PC specs.

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  • Hi Ghostarrow.

    Just got a new Desktop (was on Laptop) in the hopes of getting better performance. My Specs are:
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core Processor
    31.93 GM RAM

    I’m now getting 10FPS in Raid and it is unplayable. Have done all the steps above and loaded on both HDD and SSD (same result). Any help you can provide?

  • Been playing fine for a while but now my fps has dropped to 10-13! its horrible and I don’t know what happened. I am running the game on my laptop as my desktop is out of commission at the moment but havent had issues with my laptop as its new and pretty decent. Here are my specs:

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q Design
    RAM: 16GB
    SSD: 1TB

  • Thank God after a year of dropping about 40 FPS every time I scope in, I can finally play the game. I followed the whole guide I don’t know what did it but I’m over 90 FPS constantly now.

    • If you have applied method 6, restore settings.

      Right-click on the EscapeFromTarkov.exe application
      Hit the Properties
      Uncheck “Disable full-screen optimizations” on the Compatibility tab.
      After that, click on the “Change high DPI settings” button.
      Under the “High DPI scaling override” section, uncheck the “Override high DPI scaling behavior“

      Try to launch game. If it is still the same, navigate to C:\Users\*YourUserName*\Documents\Escape from Tarkov

      Delete the local.ini file.

      By the way, sometimes we encounter a black screen as there is a problem with the server. Unluckily, you might have tried to enter the game at that time.

  • I tested this optimization and found it
    My FPS has improved by about 10~30. Very useful.
    My computer is equipped with:
    CPU | i5-4590 3.3 Ghz (1- 3.7 GHz) 4/4
    RAM | DDR3 1600Mhz – 16GB (8GBx2)
    GPU | MSI GTX1060 Gaming X 6G
    MB | MSI H97 Gaming3
    Game in [SSD 128GB]

    我測試過這個優化 用完之後發現
    我的FPS提高了約10~30 非常有用
    CPU | i5-4590 3.3 Ghz (1- 3.7 GHz) 4/4
    RAM | DDR3 1600Mhz – 16GB (8GBx2)
    GPU | MSI GTX1060 Gaming X 6G
    MB | MSI H97 Gaming3
    Game in [SSD 128GB]

    Thanks you , ghostarrow website ! : )