So after hearing requests for some more insight into maximizing performance/graphics I decided to make a little self-post to show everyone the settings I use and what you can change in your settings to hit 60fps consistently with high graphical settings in SWTOR. This guide is aimed at the 600 series of Nvidia GPUs, but I don’t doubt that this would help on older models. You just might have to lower the SWTOR graphic settings a little more.
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So first things first, ensure that you have the most up-to-date drivers for your video card. I am currently using the 310.90 driver version and it works great. If you do not know how to update your display drivers I highly recommended researching how to properly install new drivers. I would go into it here but there are already so many guides that it would be a waste of time, go google that shit. Once you have done that…
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Next right-click your desktop and open the Nvidia Control Panel.
Click on Manage 3D Settings
You will need to add the swtor.exe if it is not already listed in the drop down menu for programs to customize. Now I am just going to list the settings that I use for Swtor. Go down the list and set everything as you see here:
Ambient Occlusion: Off
Anisotropic filtering: Use global setting (Application-controlled)
Antialiasing – FXAA: Use global setting (Off)
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Antialiasing – Gamma Correction: Off
Antialiasing – Mode: Use global setting (Application-controlled)
Antialiasing – setting: Use global setting (Application-controlled)
Antialiasing – Transparency: Use global setting (Off)
CUDA – GPUs: Use global setting (All)
Maximum pre-rendered frames: 1
Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration: Single display performance mode
Power Management mode: Prefer maximum performance
Texture Filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization: On
Texture Filtering – Negative LOD bias: Allow
Texture Filtering – Quality: High Performance
Texture Filtering – Trilinear optimization: On
Threaded optimization: Auto
Triple Buffering: On
Vertical Sync : Use the 3D application setting
I also wanted to mention one thing, you will only be able to run in Fullscreen mode if you want Vsync to work properly. I use vsync because it gets rid of any screen tearing and everything seems to be smoother when the frames are leveled at 60fps.
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Next step: Edit your SWTOR Graphic settings. Once again I am going to list the settings just make sure they match what I put here.
Vertical Sync: ON
Full Screen Exclusive mode: Fullscreen
Graphics Quality Preset: Custom
Refresh Rate: 60
Full Screen Gamma: 100
Conversation Depth of Field: Off
Texture Quality: High
Shader Complexity: High
Anti Aliasing: Off
Character Level of Detail: High
Texture Anisotropy: High
Shadow Quality: High
Character Texture Atlasing: High
Grass Quality: 50%
Tree Quality: 50%
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Now it is granted that these are not Ultra settings but I consider them to be high and the game looks beautiful/runs great. Let me know how these settings work for you. Also download a GPU monitoring program such as EVGA Precision X or MSI Afterburner.
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I use EVGA Precision X to overclock and control my GPU fan, and then I use the K-Boost to lock the core clock at my overclock speed, this eliminates the throttling that the card does on its own and I believe it cuts down on the choppiness and stuttering certain games can have.
One last thing, the setting “Maximum pre-rendered frames:” in the Nvidia control panel is one of my favorites to tweak and see what works best. You can set it anywhere from 1-4 but I noticed the biggest improvement in SWTOR at 1. Maximum pre-rendered frames limits the number of frames the CPU can prepare before the frames are processed by the GPU. So sometimes increasing this value can result in smoother game play, I find that in SWTOR leaving it at 1 has the best results. My theory is that this is because the CPU is already working hard enough with this game to be rendering 3 extra frames for the GPU at any given time. But I could be wrong.
Well that’s all! I hope you liked my guide and it worked for you. If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask I have no problem explaining individual settings if need be.
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