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A Total War Saga Troy FPS boost guide - How to improve performance

The new Total War game, A Total War Saga: Troy is a strategy game that you will want to play smoothly. For those who have performance issues in the game, I can say that playing this game at low fps for hours can be extremely tiring on your eyes.

You are here because you want your Total War Saga Troy experience to run as amazingly as it possibly can. Do not worry, thanks to this guide, it is possible to solve your problems such as stuttering , freezing, fps drop, lagging, low frame rates.

A Total War Saga Troy FPS boost guide

Can I run Total War Saga Troy on my PC?

Minimum System RequirementsRecommended System Requirements
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz/Intel i7 8550U 1.80GHzIntel i5-6600 / Ryzen 5 2600X
GPUNvidia GTX 460 1GB/AMD Radeon HD 5770 1 GB/Intel UHD Graphics 620Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 270X 2 GB
DirectXDirectX 11DirectX 11
Storage26 GB available space26 GB available space
OSWindows 7/8.1/10 64 BitWindows 7/8.1/10 64 Bit

Here are some tweaks I can recommend to improve performance in Total War Saga Troy.

1) Update Your GPU Drivers

Make sure you are using the latest graphics drivers available for your GPU.

Intel: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/80939/Graphics

2) NVIDIA Control Panel & AMD Radeon Settings

Nvidia users:

  • Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Go to the Adjust image settings with preview tab.
  • Click the “Use my preference emphasizing
  • Put the bar in Performance mode.
  • Apply
  • Click the Manage 3D settings
  • Click the Program Settings
  • Click the Add
  • Select the A Total War Saga: Troy from the list, then click on the “Add Selected Program” button.
  • After that, apply the settings below
    Power management mode: Prefer maximum performance
    Vertical sync: Off
  • 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.

AMD users:

With a simple change in AMD Radeon Adrenaline software, you can increase performance in Total War Saga Troy.

Just follow these: AMD Radeon Adrenaline Software > Gaming > Graphics > Advanced > Texture Filtering Quality > Performance

3) Fullscreen Optimizations & High DPI

Windows 10 users should disable the full screen optimization that is enabled by default for Total War Saga TROY.

Windows 10 fullscreen optimizations
  • Go to the folder where the game is installed
  • Then right click on Troy.exe
  • Select Properties
  • Tick “Disable fullscreen 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

4) Memory Leak Fix

The “Intelligent standby list cleaner” application will monitor and clear the memory standby list. It will help players to fix stutters in PC games. You can fix the memory leak problem in the game using this app.

Intelligent Standby List Cleaner
  • 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.
  • Tick the “Start ISLC minimized and auto-Start monitoring”
  • Also, tick the “Launch ISLC on user logon”
  • Now, click on the Start button
  • Minimize

5) Game Mode & Game Bar

The game mode and game bar in Windows 10 cause performance issues in many PC games. So disable them to avoid frame rate drops or stuttering issues.

  • Select the Windows Start button, then select Settings
  • Go to Gaming
  • On the Xbox Game Bar tab, turn the Game Bar off.
  • On the Captures tab, turn the “Record in the background while I’m playing a game” off.
  • On the Game Mode tab, turn the Game Mode off.

6) Power Options

It is possible to improve performance in PC games by changing the power plan in Windows.

power plan
  • Type Power into the Windows search box
  • Select the Power & sleep settings
  • Click the Additional power settings
  • Select the High performance (or Ultimate Performance if you have) on the Preferred plans section.
  • Click on the OK

7) Windows Performance Options

If your PC is barely enough to play Total War Saga: TROY, I suggest you try this method.

  • Type performance into the Windows search box
  • Click on the 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

8) 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.

9) CPU Core Unparking – Reducing Stutter

Let me briefly summarize: Quick CPU (CPU core parking manager) is a program that allows the CPU to run at its best performance. Unparking the CPU cores allows Total War Saga: TROY or any PC game has full access to your processor.

I’ve never heard of this program causing any problems. Nevertheless, you have all the responsibility!

  • Download the Quick CPU
  • Unzip and install it (x64 folder)
  • Run the Quick CPU
  • Set “System power plan” to High performance (or Ultimate)
  • Set “Core parking index” to 100%
  • Set “Turbo boost index” to 100%
  • Set “Frequency scaling index” to 100%
  • Apply.
quick cpu

10) High CPU Usage Fix

If the CPU usage is around 100% while playing Total War Saga: TROY and you experience freezing/stuttering issues, it is possible to fix that by limiting your CPU.

  • Download and install the Process Lasso
  • Run the Process Lasso application.
  • Launch the game.
  • Go to the Process Lasso app and find the Troy.exe in “All processes” list, then right-click on it.
  • Select the CPU Limiter
CPU Limiter
  • Set the “When CPU use is” to 98
  • Set the “Reduce by this many CPU cores” to 1
  • Below the “Reduce by this many CPU cores”, set the “For a period of” to 1
  • Click on the Add Rule button.
  • Finally click OK button and play the game.
CPU limit

11) Best Graphics Settings for Performance

These are the graphics settings I can recommend for now. I will update the settings after testing the game a little more.

Options > Graphics > Advanced

Minimum SystemPerformanceMy Settings
Run in windowDisable (Untick)DisableDisable
Texture filteringTrilinearAnisotropic 4xAnisotropic 8x
Texture qualityLowUltraUltra
Shadow detailLowMediumHigh
Water detailLowLowHigh
Fog qualityLowLowHigh
Screen space reflectionsOffOffOn
God raysOffOffMedium
Depth of fieldOffOffOff
Terrain detailLowMedium or HighHigh
Building detailLowMediumHigh
Unit detailLowMedium or HighHigh
Tree detailLowMediumHigh
Grass detailOffLowHigh
VFX detailLowLowHigh
Interactive waterOffOffMedium
Porthole quality2D2D3D
Unit sizeSmallMediumLarge
Hide dead bodies1 second1 secondNever
Unlimited video memoryDisableDisableEnable
Proximity fadingDisableDisableEnable
Clouds shadowsDisableDisableEnable
Interactive grassDisableDisableEnable
Low FPS notificationEnable
Resolution scale80-100%100%100%

My rig: GTX 1070, i7 4790k, 16 GB RAM, 2K resolution