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Need for Speed: Heat - FPS Boost Guide

Need for Speed: Heat increase fps

Need for Speed: Heat is a racing video game and it is fun to play smoothly with high frame rates. In this guide, I listed a few tweaks and tips to fix the performance issues in Need for Speed Heat video game, such as freezing, spikeslow FPSstutteringlaggingfps drop.

There are 16 ways to improve your frame rates in Need for Speed: Heat video game.

The next 11 methods are here.

System Requirements for Running Need for Speed: Heat on PC

Minimum System RequirementsRecommended System Requirements
CPUIntel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX-6350Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon 7970/Radeon R9 280xNvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480
DirectXDirectX 11DirectX 11
Storage50 GB available space50 GB available space
OSWindows 10Windows 10

1) Best Graphics Settings for NFS Heat

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.

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

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

High PerformancePerformance
Full ScreenFullscreenFullscreen
Vertical SyncOffOff
HDR ModeOffOff
Resolution Scale100.0%100.0%
Motion BlurOffOff
Graphics QualityCustomCustom
Texture QualityLowHigh
Shadow QualityLowLow
Texture FilteringLowMedium
Ambient OcclusionOffOff
Effects DetailLowLow
Geometry DetailLowLow
Terrain QualityLowLow
Vegetation DetailLowLow
Post Process QualityLowLow
Reflection QualityLowLow
Depth Of FieldLowLow
Lighting QualityLowLow

Apply changes and Exit the game.

If you encounter screen tearing problem during the gameplay, you should enable the VSync. If you have a monitor with G-SYNC or FreeSync, you can activate them instead of Vsync.

By the way, if you set the Resolution Scale to a lower value allows to increase your FPS but the graphics may be blurry in the game.

2) Origin Launch Options

  • Go to the My Game Library in the Origin.
  • Right click the Need for Speed: Heat
  • Click on the Game Properties
  • Uncheck the Enable Origin In Game for Need for Speed™ Heat
  • Paste the following commands into the “Command line arguments” box, then click on the Save.


3) NVIDIA and AMD Radeon Settings

  • Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Go to the Adjust image settings with preview tab.
  • Click the “Use my preference emphasizing“ (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 Need for Speed Heat from the list, then click on the “Add Selected Program” button.
  • After, make the following settings
    Power management mode: Prefer maximum performance
    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.

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, it will increase. You can test it.

AMD Radeon Settings for Need for Speed Heat

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

full-screen optimisations
  • Go to the folder where the game is installed.
  • Right-click on the needforspeedheat.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

5) 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 needforspeedheat.exe application.
  • Right-click on the needforspeedheat.exe application and Set priority to High.

If you facing stuttering issue in the game after doing this, don’t do the High priority setting. Set it to Normal.

6) Update Your Graphics Drivers
7) AMD Radeon Settings
8) Intelligent Standby List Cleaner
9) Power Options
10) Windows 10 Game Mode
11) Windows Performance Options
12) Cleaning Temporary Files
13) SSD
14) Optimize Your Discord
15) Optimize Your Google Chrome
16) Background Processes


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  • I’m playing NFS heat on a GTX 950M laptop and able to achieve 40 FPS. And don’t get me wrong, the game looks beautiful.
    What you need to do is lower the rendering resolution to 1280×720 and activate TAA (Temporal Anti Aliasing). What it does is that it up scales the jagged edges and lower resolution objects to restore finer details, similar to what happens in DLSS.
    So basically you’re playing at a low resolution with higher fps but the game still looks crisp and smooth.

    • it seams to be just a 32 Bit Aplication, i have 32 gigs of ram, nfs heat dont use more than 3gb! (taskmgr) and in the moment i move on the map, my HDD is CRYING like a pig bevore it gets killed.
      So with 32Bit programmed, don't able use over 4GB (including GPU-Ram) this is imo the REAL Performace problem. What else? Code 32bits. (EA wanted monney for this) code 20 Years old, but Textures enough for 4K, mutch fun. Maybe on SSD you dont notice this hard, but i dont wana see or pay the fade of hw.

    • I Ty to make Windows use 24 GB IO Cache, (regedit System)HkeyLocMmach...Syste...currentcontrolset/control/SessionManager/MemoryMannageMent [32d-word IoPageLockLimit 603979776 /^10 ) maybe my HDD gets feelable de-stressed.