Best PUBG Settings

Get The Best Settings For PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG)

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Let’s cut to the mustard, you’re here because you either play PUBG or have recently bought it and noticed it runs like crap. Now you’re looking for the best settings for PUBG! As you are already aware of PC gaming the best settings for you depend on what your priorities are and what hardware you have. For example, do you want it looking great and happy with anything above 60FPS or do maybe you want it maxed out at 144FPS for that 144Hz monitor you just bought?

PUBG is notoriously bad for its CPU optimisation, if you’re experiencing low FPS and stuttering then it is likely due to a CPU bottleneck. Especially in the loading area when you have numerous other players all around you. Even with the newly released version 1.0 the game is still badly optimised. That being said, there are plenty of settings below in this guide that will increase your FPS and smooth out the gameplay a little. Be sure to let us know below in the comments if you find any other setting changes that help!

PUBG System Requirements

PlayerUnknown’s Battleground set a relatively low minimum spec needed to get going, that being said you will need to ensure all settings are on low to get this up and running. If your setup is close to this then suggestions would be a little trial and errors with everything set to low and work your way up.

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB

On the other hand, if your system is running a relatively new GPU and CPU, let’s say anything above a GTX 970 for graphics and i5 6500 or Ryzen 5 1600 for gaming CPUs then you will likely be able to hit mostly mediums and high for settings. The one setting that can be a killer, is shadows. I run on an overclocked i7 7700K with a GTX 1080 and those damn shadows still give me frame drops at times.

Best PUBG Settings

The settings screen in PUBG is fairly self-explanatory but we will go over them one by one to ensure you know the main resource hogs, the settings you REALLY need and the ones you can afford to leave a little lower. Many of you are new to PC gaming having jumped onto the bandwagon with cheaper hardware and some fairly well-known games, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground being one of them. With that in mind, we will try to cover the budget, medium and high-end builders.

The settings below are for 1080p gaming. If your gaming at 1440p or 4K then these settings will still work perfectly well but you will also want to read the suggested graphics cards from Nvidia, just below.

Anti-aliasing

This will smooth out those jagged edges around objects on the screen of PUBG. Often you will notice it more on the mesh fences, walls and even windows can have some fairly bad jaggies. If you care about how the game looks then some form of Anti-aliasing is needed. For budget machines you should be looking to go with at least low, medium can usually get away with Medium or High, and then the high-end gaming PC can usually get away with Ultra.

Note: There is very little difference between Ultra and High on PUBG for Anti-Aliasing. I would suggest dropping AA to High for those high-end gamers, simply to see if you can squeeze more FPS out of the game. 

Shadows

This setting can be a real resource hog in general but in PUBG it can make the difference between playable and unplayable. There is a small issue with this setting, especially for budget gamers, where you set the shadows to low or Very Low and you end up with a decent FPS but you don’t realise the shadows of characters are missing! Character shadows are important for gameplay to ensure you’re able to see people sneaking around corners etc. I wouldn’t suggest anything lower than Medium for this setting. On the flip side Very High and Ultra are so resource heavy that my i7 7700K with a GTX 1080 system will have its FPS cut from 125FPS avg. to 88FPS avg. for a gaming session. The overall difference between Ultra and Medium is noticeable but nowhere near as noticeable as the drop from 125FPS. So, high-end users, I would suggest Medium, or at a push High.

Foliage

This settings simple changes the quality of the grass, trees and brush that appear in the game. It does nothing to change the amount shown or when it will be viewable at distance. There is a well-known image (to the right) of an issue where gamers on a high-end build would have Foliage set to high thinking they were hidden from view, when in fact the budget gamers (and the smart gamers) were able to see them in full view. This is no longer the case and this issue doesn’t happen – we tested it!

I recommend trying it has high as possible and then lowering it as you see fit. Tests we have run show it has very little effect on FPS in game.

pubg foliage patch (meme)

View Distance

This is another setting that you should really not have low, actually, it should be maxed out regardless of your system. This will allow you to see as far as possible into the distance ensuring you can see other players when they can see you! Simply put this can make a gaming session a nightmare if it’s not maxed out – those pesky snipers!

Post Processing

This is another “make it look pretty” setting. Don’t get me wrong it certainly makes a difference when gaming but it’s not a game-breaking setting. What it actually does is add things like lighting effects when indoors and ambient occlusion from the sun and other light sources. For budget builds, I suggest low or medium and for the higher end I suggest High or Ultra just to give it a bit more in terms of look and feel.

Effects

As you can probably guess it affects the quality of explosions, gunfire and the likes. Generally speaking, this setting won’t hit performance, until you’re in the middle of a firefight or running through a field while it’s being bombed – you know, the only two times you really don’t want a performance drop in PUBG! I would suggest Medium effects and then high or ultra for machines with higher-end CPUs and graphics cards.

Textures

Probably the easiest setting in the game to guess. Basically the quality of the Textures. I suggest anything Medium and above because below that looks bloody terrible! You will want to test this setting on your GPU though as it will have a direct impact on Graphics RAM and GPU resources. Relatively modern graphics cards should be fine for Medium though.

Screen Scale

Simply put, don’t touch it.

If the setting is above 100 then the game will generate a resolution higher than the one shown and supersample it down to your native resolution. It will do the exact opposite if its set below 100, so it will generate the game lower than 1080p and stretch it to 1080p using supersampling. It can make a game look better but it is more hassle than it is worth to get set up and tested properly.

Motion Blur

One of the more common settings and likely the one that is 100% down to personal preference. It will do very little in terms of FPS performance so if you like motion blur, go for it. If not then just turn it off.

Best PUBG Settings For Specific Hardware

It is very difficult to give you all settings that will just work straight away but below we have some example systems and the settings we would start off with. From there you can amend the settings as you see fit, so if you want higher FPS or better visuals then edit the settings.

The settings below are what we would start with for a budget build:

System Similar to, or higher:

  • CPU: i5 2500K / AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: GTX 660

PUBG Settings for a Budget build

  • Anti-aliasing: Medium
  • Post-processing: Low
  • Shadows: Medium
  • Texture: Medium
  • Effects: Medium
  • Foliage: Medium
  • View Distance: Ultra

The settings below are what we would start with for a budget build:

System Similar to, or higher:

  • CPU: i5 6500K or Ryzen 1600
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: GTX 970

PUBG Settings for a Medium or modern Gaming PC

  • Anti-aliasing: High
  • Post-processing: Low
  • Shadows: Medium
  • Texture: High
  • Effects: Medium
  • Foliage: High
  • View Distance: Ultra

The settings below are what we would start with for a budget build:

System Similar to, or higher:

  • CPU: i7 7700K
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: GTX 1080

Best PUBG Settings for High-End Gaming PCs

  • Anti-aliasing: Ultra
  • Post-processing: Ultra
  • Shadows: Medium
  • Texture: Ultra
  • Effects: Ultra
  • Foliage: Ultra
  • View Distance: Ultra

Advanced Settings For PlayerUnknown’s Battleground

There are some settings that you can use which may help with things like screen tearing, crashing and FPS drops. These settings are called Launch Options and can be utilized through the “Set Launch Options…” in Steam.

If you right click on “PlayerUnknown’s Battleground” in your Steam library and then click “Properties” you will see a screen like the one below. On this screen just click the “Set Launch Options…” button.

Advanced PUBG settings for fps stuttering

In the text input field you can add the below:

-refresh 144-maxMem=13000-malloc=system-USEALLAVAILABLECORES-sm4

PUBG launch settings

-Refresh 144

This setting will set the game’s maximum FPS. This is useful for those with a monitor a little below or a little above 144Hz – which is the default for PUBG in general. For example, if you own a 165Hz gaming monitor then you will want to set that to 165.

-maxMem=13000

This will allow you to set the maximum amount of RAM the game can use. This is useful for those of us that have a PC which is multi-tasking and needs to keep some RAM for other programmes. For a PC with 16GB, I would recommend setting this to either 14000 or 13000 which means the game can use up to 14GB or 13GB.

If your on a budget build and only have 8GB, then firstly what the hell are you doing? It’s 2018, get the sucker upgraded to 16GB! You can also use the -lowmemory setting which will help keep the game within your system spec.

-malloc=system

This will force the game to start with as much RAM as it can get.

-USEALLAVAILABLECORES

This is a nice little setting that will tell PUBG to use all of the cores available on your CPU. There are reports that this works great for Ryzen users although we haven’t tested this setting on Ryzen specifically.

-sm4

This is optional. Personally, I don’t use it. When used it will force the game to use DirectX10 instead of DirectX11, the differences are some of the nice visuals with reflections, lighting etc. are removed. This can help budget builds to get a few more FPS if needed.

Gaming at 4K in PUBG

As we have already talked about above PUBG can be a resource hog and it suffers from some really bad CPU optimisation issues. That being said 4K is achievable when using a GTX 1080 on lower settings or a GTX 1080Ti on a mix of Medium to High settings. Nvidia has actually listed there 10 series graphics cards in order of the best settings and resolutions, so if you’re on a GTX 1080 you might want to test a 1440p screen before jumping straight to

Recommended Graphics Cards for 4K PUBG

Let Us Know

Let us know in the comments what system you have, the PUBG settings you use and what FPS or stuttering problems you have while in game. We will do our best to help everyone!

Last modified: August 24, 2018

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