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How to Max FPS and Visibility in Atomic Heart | Best PC Settings

Get the best performance and visibility on your PC with the right settings.




How to Max FPS and Visibility in Atomic Heart Best PC Settings

Atomic Heart is finally here. PC gamers might be pleased to know that it’s a fairly good PC port when it comes to performance. While it lacks some features such as FOV options, the performance is solid.

If you want to get the best FPS and visibility possible in the game, we’ll show you the settings you want to use in this guide.

How to Max FPS and Visibility

Before we dive into the game’s settings itself, there are a couple of things you should check on your PC.

First off, make sure you have the latest GPU drivers. You can update your GPU drivers by checking the websites of your manufacturer.

How to Max FPS and Visibility

Additionally, you can check for updates from within the control panel for your GPU. The picture above shows an example using AMD’s Radeon Software.

You should also check your power settings. Type “Power Plan” into the search on your taskbar. Click on “Choose a power plan”. In the new window ensure your PC is set to High Performance or similar.

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Choosing the proper power plan is especially important for laptops.

High Performance power plans will ensure that the laptop uses the dedicated GPU if there’s one available. It might generate more heat and drain the battery faster, however.

With everything properly set on your PC, let’s move on to the options within the game itself.

Best Display Settings for Atomic Heart

Best Display Settings for Atomic Heart

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As soon as you open up the Settings menu in-game, you’ll be on the Display tab.

In the display tab, set the FPS Cap to its maximum of 300 FPS and disable VSync. These two options will uncap your framerate.

However, you might notice screen-tearing artifacts with VSync disabled. If this happens, you can turn it back on, but it will limit your FPS based on your display’s refresh rate.

You should also make sure that your resolution is set properly. Generally speaking, you’ll want a minimum of 1920×1080 which is the standard 1080p resolution. Anything below that might look blurry.

When you’re done with the display settings, move on to the Quality tab of the settings.

Best Quality Settings for Visibility in Atomic Heart

Best Quality Settings for Visibility in Atomic Heart

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The Quality tab governs all graphics settings in Atomic Heart.

The first thing you should do in this tab is to disable Motion Blur and Depth of Field. Not only will this provide a performance boost, but it will also make the image crisper by removing added blur.

Next, you’ll want to enable an upscaling solution. If you have an Nvidia RTX GPU, enable DLSS Super Resolution and set it to Quality for a good performance boost without sacrificing visibility.

Best Quality Settings for Visibility in Atomic Heart 1

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If you don’t own a modern Nvidia card, the DLSS option will be disabled. Instead, you should opt for Fidelity FX Super Resolution. It doesn’t provide as much of a performance boost, but it’s still great.

You should also disable Anti-Aliasing as it might cause some jagged edges around objects, but the AA in this game is pretty strong and makes the image very blurry.

All the settings below the Upscaling options only affect performance and not the clarity of the image.

Best Quality Settings for Performance in Atomic Heart

Best Quality Settings for Performance in Atomic Heart

Moving on to the performance settings, set Animation Quality to Medium. While it doesn’t have a huge visual impact coming down from High, it has a good performance increase in Medium.

Here are the other recommended settings you should make:

  • Set Shadows to Low – This setting has a massive impact on your FPS, so Low provides the highest FPS possible.
  • Ambient Occlusion should be set to Medium – Low will make everything look flat, but High and above have a dramatic performance impact. Medium is a great balanced option.
  • Set Visual FX to Medium – It doesn’t have much impact on either performance or visuals.
  • Materials is recommended to be set to Medium – Low doesn’t provide much of a performance increase, so Medium is a good balance.
  • Volumetric Fog should be set to Low – This setting has a huge impact on performance, but turning it Off makes the game look really bad. Set it to off only if you’re struggling with performance.

Similarly, you should set Postprocessing to Low.

Best Quality Settings for Performance in Atomic Heart 1

For Textures and Anisotropic Filtering, set them depending on your GPU’s VRAM. Use these as your guide:

  • 8GB+ GPUs: Max Textures, Anisotropic x8
  • 6GB GPUs: Ultra Textures, Anisotropic x8
  • 4GB GPUs: High Textures, Anisotropic x4
  • 3GB GPUs: Medium Textures, Anisotropic x2
  • 2GB GPUs: Low Textures, Anisotropic Off

3D Model Quality should be set to High unless you have a very old or weak PC. You can try lowering it later, but it doesn’t usually have much of an impact.

After that, set Vegetation Density to Medium. High and Ultra have a huge performance impact, but Low doesn’t increase FPS much compared to Medium.

Hard Drive Speed is going to depend on which type of drive you have the game installed on. Choose either HDD or SSD depending on your hardware. And finally, turn Shader Cache on.

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