How to Fix Anthem When You Have Low FPS Rates
Anthem is a multiplayer online game created by BioWare and distributed by Electronic Arts. The game contains high-level graphics, which can be demanding of computer resources. Ultimately, you may experience repeated video stutter and low FPS rates by default when using typical system settings.
FPS (frame rate per second) is a measure of how quickly your screen is being refreshed. Higher FPS is associated with smoother gameplay and low FPS can be choppy and unplayable. You can usually get Anthem running at a higher frame rate by adjusting your Windows or Anthem settings. It is important to first check that minimum system requirements are met.
You will be hard pressed to get a good frame rate if you are not meeting the minimum system requirements.
|Anthem Minimum System Requirements|
|OS||Windows 10 64-bit|
|CPU||Multi-Core CPU (Intel Core i5 or equivalent)|
|GPU||NVIDIA GTX 760 or higher // AMD Radeon 7970 or higher|
Higher frame rates will require more CPU processing powers.
Anthem has a series of filters and options to help optimize the speed of your gameplay. Most of the in-game features will affect the way polygons are rendered. Polygons are the shapes used to construct the characters, environment, and objects.
- Texture Filtering – Anthem has high, medium and low texture filtering. The difference between high and medium is low enough that reducing your texture settings can dramatically increase the smoothness of your gameplay (without much loss to graphics quality).
- Effects Quality – Impacts all moving elements such as explosions, plants swaying, and weapons fire. Effects will go heavy on your frame rate when there are multiple enemies on the screen. If you set the effects too low, it might be difficult to determine what is going on. A medium effects quality tends to be the best balance for frame rate and quality.
- Terrain Quality – impacts the rendering of terrain textures available at a low and high-quality setting. There is almost no noticeable difference between low and high. It is best to leave the feature off for frame rate gains.
- Anti-aliasing – This feature will drain your system of 5-8 FPS depending on the speed of your CPU and GPU. Anti-aliasing makes gameplay graphics smooth by rounding jagged polygon edges.
- Vegetation Quality – Draws the grass, trees, and in-game foliage. The feature can be set to ultra, high, low or medium. Medium to high will cost you 5 FPS and high to ultra will drop your FPS rate significantly. Medium tends to be the best for fast FPS.
- Mesh Quality – Determines the quality of the in-game models. With a high mesh setting, more polygons will be used to draw in-game models, which can put a strain on your GPU and CPU processing routines. Ultimately, a low mesh setting is similar looking to a high mesh. A low setting is best for a high frame rate.
Note: You can also use the Graphics Presets of ultra, high, low and medium. Higher graphics settings will improve the picture quality but decrease your frame rate.
Graphics Card settings can be adjusted much like Anthem’s in-game settings. The particulars of the card settings will vary by manufacturer. Settings are easy to adjust:
- Go to the Start menu and search for your graphics card
- Click the Gaming tab (check your card’s manufacturer for specific instructions)
- Select Global Settings and adjust your settings:
- Morphological Filtering – Reduces jagged edges at a lower FPS rating. Best to leave the feature turned off.
- Texture Filtering Quality – Affects the quality of the in-game textures. Change to standard for higher FPS.
- Motion Blur – Creates a distortion effect that may negatively decrease your FPS by a few frames. Leave the feature off for higher performance.
- Surface Format Optimization – allows the graphics card to change rendering formats to improve performance at reduced memory loads. Best to keep the feature on for a higher FPS rating.
- Shader Cache – Greatly increases the games FPS rating. The graphics card will store shades used frequently and reduce the CPU load. Leave this feature on.
- Tessellation Mode – draws more polygons to render smoother graphics at the cost of a lower FPS rating. Set the feature to Override application settings and turn the feature off to increase the frame rate.
- Open GL Triple Buffering & Wait for Vertical Refresh – Both features should be turned on. Provides superior buffering and will drastically increase your FPS rate.
- Anti-aliasing Mode & Anisotropic Filtering Mode – both can be set to use application settings, the in-game settings will be used to determine the behavior of the filter.
All other features have little to no impact on the frame rate and can be left to their defaults.
In any application, outdated drivers can cause graphics card issues to include the dreaded lower frame rate. We recommend automatic driver updates, which will keep your drivers updated at all times. You can upgrade your drivers manually as well, but it will be more difficult to keep track of new driver releases. Here’s how to update your drivers:
- From the Start menu, search for Device Manager, then click Device Manager
- In the menu items, select Display adapters, then select your audio device.
- Right-click tab and select Update Driver.
- Click Search automatically for updated driver software and follow the prompts
Note: Windows cannot always see the newest driver updates. It’s advised that you use an automatic driver update or check the manufacturer’s website for updates.
Windows settings should be adjusted to improve the quality of your frame rate. Optimizing game settings such as Windows Game Mode and turning off other programs are simple steps that almost always increase the frames per second.
You don’t want other programs interfering with the gameplay. Anthem is CPU and GPU intensive and its best to prevent such programs from startup. Here is how:
- From the Start menu, search for Task Manager or press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to pull it up
- In the Task Manager, navigate to the Startup tab
- From the Startup tab, disable all unneeded programs (if you’re not sure then leave it active).
- Restart your computer or go to Processes and close out the unneeded programs.
Windows has a specialty mode called Game Mode, which turns off updates and creates a more stable gaming experience resulting in a faster frame rate. Here is how to activate it:
- From the Start menu, click the Settings Gear Icon
- Select Gaming
- Navigate to Game Mode
- Turn Game Mode On
Note: Game mode is usually turned on by default.
In-game graphics settings, video card settings, and your Windows operating system, when adjusted correctly, will greatly increase your frame rates. Don’t forget to close out programs that could be trying to use your hardware resources while gaming. Your hardware must be kept up to date, which includes keeping your drivers updated.
For faster gameplay and higher frame rates, we recommend Driver Support for all your Anthem gaming needs. Driver Support automatic updates will keep your video drivers up to date, so you can keep playing Anthem the smoothest possible frame rate.