Best Settings for Apex Legends – Optimize Performance & Competitive Settings

The battle-royale genre continues to evolve, and out of the blue, we got a new king-of-the-hill type of game available. That also is absolutely free to play!

Respawn Entertainment has been developing this game for years under the radar, and finally, we are here looking for the best settings for Apex Legends, right? Look no further.

I don’t think many expected a game like Apex Legends be released without heavy promotion, but manage to reach 10 million users in just a few days, it seems it worked just all right. In the last couple of days of testing, together with looking at what the most competitive and professional players use, we have made this essential guide where we tried every single aspect on how to optimize your settings, improving FPS, and gaming gear for the best competitive settings.

Even though this is an early release of the game, they have made a pretty great job! Comparing to other ‘beta’ or ‘early releases’ this feels like a comprehensive optimized game. However, there are still things to do regarding getting a better and stable FPS (frames per seconds) count.

Without further ado, let’s dive in!

How to Optimize your Settings in Apex Legends

Apex Legends PC Graphics Settings

Best Settings for Apex Legends

Regardless if you play Apex Legends on PC or a laptop, the easiest way to boost performance is to start with the in-game settings. You’ll find the settings while in gaming pressing ESC and go to ‘settings’. Apart from actuall hardware in your computer, the graphics settings have the most impact on your FPS while gaming.

First, you have to decide if you are a competitive gamer who wants every single frame possible, or if you setup simply can’t keep up, but you still want the game to have beautiful graphics. You see, most hardcore gamers would essentially give up any graphic on high or disabling every possible effect, even though their computer can handle it easily.

Their only goal is to minimize lag, whatever it takes.

In a battle royale themed game, this can be significant for your overall performance. Think about, if you meet a player who hasn’t optimized their settings and you have. You would much easier handle the situation lag-free, and if you have a high refreshment gaming monitor, you surely want to hit these amount of frames to get full advantage of your monitor.

Important: If you are experiencing any performance issues. We would also recommend before doing any in-game settings to check your operating system and graphics drivers, that can be the source of many problems related to lousy performance issues, crashes, rubber band lag or stuttering. Make sure your Windows and drivers are up-to-date and configured correctly.

These are the best competitive graphics settings for Apex Legends and great FPS boost:

SettingsInput
Display ModeFull Screen
Aspect RatioNative
ResolutionNative
Field of View90
V-SyncDisabled
Anti-AliasingNone
Texture Streaming BudgetHigh
Texture FilteringAnisotropic 4X
Ambient Occlusion QualityDisabled
Sun Shadow CoverageLow
Sun Shadow DetailLow
Spot Shadow DetailDisable
Volumetric LightingDisable
Dynamic Spot ShadowsDisable
Model DetailLow
Effects DetailLow
Impact MarksLow
RagdollsLow

If you are looking for gaining just a little bit of performance, we’ll describe each and every setting here below and what they actually do for you in-game.

Display Mode

Some use windowed full-screen mode for faster tabbing out and in of the game. Don’t do that! Use Fullscreen only, this will greatly increase the performance as your computer will have an easier time handling the game.

Aspect Ratio

The ratio of the height and width of the screen, the default is set to (native) which will give you the aspect ratio of your monitor. Recommended to leave it like that.

Either way, this is an individual choice depending on your hardware or liking, most commonly 16:10 or 16:9. Also, it’s not that uncommon that competitive gamers prefer the nowadays old-school 4:3 ratio, black bars or stretched resolution.

Resolution

Apex Legends FPS vs resolution
Apex Legends FPS vs resolution

Depending on your graphics card and monitor, the resolution should be your native. More than half of the PC players use 1920×1080.

However, if your computer has a hard time to keep up with decent FPS rates. Lowering display resolution is probably the one setting that will improve performance the most. Reducing the resolution will result in a less sharp and more pixelated image, but you will gain more frames per second.

Field of View

Field of View, or often referred to as FOV is the horizontal view angle of the game. As you might suspect the higher FOV, the more you’ll see from left to right. We would recommend setting 90 in FOV here for competitive gamers.

Regarding performance, FOV (Field of View) also has an impact. Widening your view will make the game have to render more assets. Resulting in costing more resources of your computer.

Also, having to wide FOV can make it harder to have focus on what’s most important, your crosshair.

V-Sync

Apex Legends Vertical Sync
Apex Legends Screen Tearing

Set vertical sync to disabled as it will cap your FPS to your monitor’s refresh rate. Besides, it can also increase input lag, and you don’t want that.

If you experience screen tearing, you should instead use NVIDIA’s adaptive VSync to lock the frame rates in sync.

Anti-Aliasing

Apex Legends Anti-aliasing

Next to resolution, are anti-aliasing quality the one setting that impacts FPS the most.

Recommended setting to None for stable frame rates. It will give slightly edges in-game or a ‘jagged’ and sharp look, anti-aliasing will help you smooth out the graphics but can cost performance at high sample rates. Selecting none will give a boost in performance.

Texture Streaming Budget

This settings is regarding the quality of the texture and texture resolution. If you want maximum amount of performance choose None, but recommended to go for High (4GB VRAM) as spotting enemies will be easier visually. Find a sweet-spot for your setup.

Texture Filtering

This setting changes the sharpness of the textures, mostly from a distance. It has generally a low impact of performance but if you really want to squeeze out the extra frames, set this to bilinear. However, going for the highest settings will be very noticeable in less performance.

Ambient Occlusion Quality

Ambient occlusion give the game realistic ambient lighting and was quite a load for most GPU’s back in the days. Today, with new technology, the impact on performance is less noticeable, and you can easily put this setting at low-medium for a nice game experience. But for the competitive player go for Disabled.

Sun Shadow Coverage

This setting controls the coverage of the shadows from the sun in-game. Turning this down will reduce CPU and GPU load so set this at Low.

Also you want as little distractions as possible while playing these type of games, and removing additional shadows will help you focus.

Sun Shadow Detail

Same as above, but how detailed the shadows will be. Set this at Low.

Spot Shadow Detail

This settings is regarding the shadows from lights in the environments, and will also save performance of the CPU and GPU. Set this setting to Disabled.

Volumetric Lighting

This is whether you want to see sunbeams or not. Set this at Disable to save additional load and unnecessary distractions. 

Dynamic Spot Shadows

Disable this to gain more performance. It will disable whether lights in the environment can move.

Model Detail

This setting will reduce GPU load and set this to Low for best performance.

If you have relatively high video card RAM for you can go higher.

Effects Detail

Set this at Low as well to limit the effects eating up performance.

Additionally, it will give you less distractions in stressfull situations where effects like explosions will be less visual.

Impact Marks

Has very little impact on performance, set this to Low.

Ragdolls

Controls how physically accurate eliminated bodies are, set this to Low as it is totally unnecessary. 

Competitive Apex Legends Settings – Increase FPS

For enabling us to make an in-depth guide on optimizing the performance of Apex Legends, we have to look at what system requirements are for Ops 4. Having a quad-core CPU are highly recommended.

Minimum system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7700
  • HDD: 30GB of free space

Recommended system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10, 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i5 3570K or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
  • HDD: 30GB of free space

Obviously, having lower than these are not ideal and higher will significantly increase your performance in the game.

Nevertheless, there is still much more you can do except getting better hardware like mention above. Some settings require more work than others, and it’s up to you how important every increase in performance is. 

Let’s move along.

Apex Legends NVIDIA Settings Optimization

If you still want to squeeze some extra performance and you can’t do much on the hardware situation, and you have an NVIDIA graphics card, it might be an idea to optimize some additional settings. It probably won’t do a world of a difference as in-game settings, and your setup would do.

Apex Legends NVIDIA Settings Optimization

If you still want to squeeze some extra performance and you can’t do much on the hardware situation, and you have an NVIDIA graphics card, it might be an idea to optimize some additional settings. It probably won’t do a world of a difference as in-game settings, and your setup could do.

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and select Manage 3D Settings, choose Program Settings and select Apex Legends as your program to customize.
  2. Set Anisotropic filtering to Off
  3. Set Antialiasing – FXAA to Off
  4. Set Antialiasing – Gamma Correction to Off
  5. Set Antialiasing – Mode to Off
  6. Set Antialiasing – Setting to None
  7. Set Antialiasing – Transparency to Off
  8. Set Maximum Pre-rendered Frames to 1
  9. Set Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance
  10. Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest available
  11. Set Shader Cache to On
  12. Set Texture Filtering – Anisotropic Sample option to Off
  13. Set Texture Filtering – Negative LOD bias to Allow
  14. Set Texture Filtering – Quality to High performance
  15. Set Texture Filtering – Trilinear Optimization to Off
  16. Set Threaded Optimization to On
  17. Set Triple Buffering to Off
  18. Set Vertical Sync to Off

Discord Hardware Acceleration

A lot of you use Discord as preferred voice-over chat while playing games with friends and family. Optimize it by turning off the option Hardware Acceleration if you notice FPS drops in games, including Black Ops 4. It takes off some load of the application by using your GPU to make Discord smoother.

Go to Preferences > Appearance > Turn off Hardware Acceleration.

Google Chrome Hardware Acceleration

Just like Discord, many gamers use Google Chrome as their primary web-browser. Also, similar it has an option for turning off Hardware Acceleration.

It might be worth doing if you often find yourself having a browser active while playing games, like on a secondary monitor.

Go to Settings > Advanced > Turn off Use Hardware Acceleration When Available.

Don’t Run Unnecessary Programs in the Background

This might be quite obvious, but if don’t have a high-end computer this can greatly help dedicate its resources. Of course, if you enjoy gaming with a Twitch stream, music or VoIP applications, do so.

Just try to minimize the currently active programs, and you might want to give your PC a fresh restart before gaming.

Gaming Gear

After you have optimized every aspect of the game, there is still more you can do regarding your actual gaming peripherals to improve your skill and reactions.

If you enjoy competitive gaming you are at a big disadvantage if you don’t have a monitor that can deliver high FPS counts or a gaming mouse with a good and accurate sensor. Even sound will surprise you on how much it will help you in pinpointing your enemies before you see them, especially in a battle royale themed game where survivability is everything.

Does a 144Hz Monitor actually give you an advantage?

High refreshment gaming has grown immensely in the last couple of years, and you literally can’t find a professional player today who has under 144hz of a refresh rate. Most standard PC monitors today has around 60-70hz and most of us don’t even have knowledge about it or what it does. 

So the question is, can you see a difference from let’s say a 60hz monitor compared to a 144hz? Let’s talk about that.

Now, we have to first understand that refresh rate and frame rate is not the same thing. FPS, or frames per second, is what most gamers chase as they want to optimize their games and performances. Frame rate is how many frames your GPU or graphics card can render in one second, and all these frames get sent to the monitor to be displayed.

And here is where refresh rate of your monitor comes in, it’s quite straightforward. Let’s say your computer delivers 200 FPS while playing Apex Legends, but on the other hand, your monitor has a 60hz refresh rate. It refreshing the frames 60 times per second, but you have 200 frames available to be displayed. Do you see where this is going?

No matter how great of a computer or how optimized settings you have, your monitor will be the bottleneck if you will. In conclusion, you will not get the best possible experience by being limited by a low refresh rate monitor.

So can you see a difference? Yes! You might experience ‘blurriness’ as your brain is trying to put together the frames in a sequence, with more data you have an easier time tracing a target or reacting faster to fast movements as the screen gets updated more frequently. You could also experience input lag, for example as you press your mouse button, it takes longer before you actually see it physically on your monitor due to lower refresh rate. 

Gaming Mice

To be able to do accurate and consistent mouse movements you have to have a reliable mouse. A responsive mouse can significantly improve your performance in games, and just like the monitor, it has an update rate. Called polling rate, meaning how often the mouse is communicating its position to the computer. Similar also measured in Hz, most gaming mice today has a polling rate of 1000 Hz and you should too!

That means it reports its position an incredible 1000 times per second, so you can without a doubt know that your mouse is being registered frequently.

Sure, even at 300-500 Hz and upwards you as a human, probably can’t notice a difference. However, as this is pretty much standard today in the gaming community, and not a hard to get feature it worth having in mind when choosing a gaming mouse.

The other important aspect of mouse dedicated for gaming is DPI or dots per inch. Essentially, it is how fast your mouse cursor will travel. Almost like the mouse speed option in Windows, but many times more advanced. Today many game mice go all up to 16.000 DPI, which in a way is getting pretty ridiculous. You can read more about the polling rate and DPI in our guide, and why it matter for gaming.

So is it worth getting a gaming mouse? Definitely! Apart from superior technical features, they offer comfort for long sessions and gaming in mind. And RGB lightning customization for those who want a refreshing looking setup. 

Last Words

After many hours of testing back and forth, we’re confident that you’ll increase your FPS in Apex Legends and overall performance. As soon as new updates are released or new information gathered, we’ll update this article with new tips & tricks of optimizing the settings.

In general, you could say that there are two types of gamers; those who want a nice looking and enjoyable experience and these competitive gamers who want the best possible performance with the highest FPS, no matter how the game actually looks.

Either way, you can find information and valuable tips for both here in our competitive guide on Apex Legends. Thanks for reading and let us know if you have any suggestions in the comment sections below.

Alex West

Alex is a gaming enthusiast with over 15 years of experience, especially enjoying competitive video games. When he's not gaming or watching e-sports he likes to write about gaming and hardware.