The best settings for the New World

Reports are coming from New world causing new problems with some PCs. In the New World beta, there was specific issues for EVGA RTX 3090 cards, and while things don’t look so bad with the game released, it’s something we’ll be keeping an eye out for. Keeping an eye on your GPU temperature isn’t a bad idea either.

New World is the newest MMO on the market, and having the best grinding experience possible will largely depend on how well it performs on your system. The good news is that it should achieve decent frame rates on a lot of reasonable, i.e. not cutting edge, hardware.

After surveying the team using a range of hardware configurations and our own PC suite, smooth frame rates are possible with a few tweaks, although as always the resolution you use will be. the biggest factor affecting performance. If you can lower the resolution, then that’s a good idea.

Note that there is no FSR or DLSS here, so if you have to ditch the resolution, it won’t look great.

  • Texture, shadow and lighting details have the greatest impact on frame rates
  • Post-processing is worth giving up next
  • Reduce the number of nameplates displayed for another performance improvement
  • Turn off dynamic resolution scaling for consistent visuals
  • Scan reports should be disabled to improve latency


Best New World settings

You don’t need competitive rates of fire, but you still need to be able to react well in combat. (Image credit: Amazon)

Best New World Graphics Settings – Performance

Performance in the New World varies enormously depending on where you are and what you are doing. Running along the shore, sending undead teammates, we saw an average frame rate of 48 fps at 4K on a GeForce RTX 2080 using the high settings. Felling trees outside a major settlement dropped to 32 frames per second, while the average colony duration was 24 frames per second, with a minimum of 99% at 6 frames per second. pretty hideous second. And yes, these different areas are all recorded using the same settings.

This is pretty normal for an MMO, and you either have to put up with a drop in performance or change settings as needed. World of Warcraft allows you to have different graphics settings for raids, where there are a lot more people, than when you just explored Azeroth on your own. New World doesn’t support that, at least not yet, so you’re going to want to strike a good balance between visuals and performance as you make your way towards the end of the game.

New World has a frame rate counter (you’ll find it on the visual settings page), but it doesn’t have a built-in benchmark. To compare the performance of various settings and setups, I used Frameview while following a route that included settlement, tree cutting, cliff jumping, shore jogging, combat, and herb picking. . Not quite the full range of MMO activities, but enough to get a good feel for the performance metric.

These results were recorded using the very high settings with V-Sync disabled and no frame rate limit in place.

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Landmarks for the New World

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Landmarks for the New World

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Landmarks for the New World

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Landmarks for the New World

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A word about our sponsor

As a partner for these detailed performance reviews, MSI provided the hardware we needed to test New World on different PC gaming hardware.

As you can see from these charts, the performance is quite good on all three systems. Even the budget-friendly platform, powered by the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X, provides a playable 1080p starting point. Keep in mind that these numbers are captured using the highest settings, and with the adjustments below, you should be able to enjoy an even smoother experience.

Likewise, the mid-range MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2x system is ideal for 1440p gaming, and with a few tweaks, even 4K isn’t out of the question. If you’re focusing on 4K, the high-end system, with its MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio, is a great setup.

Best New World settings

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The pair of MSI laptops have also shown they have what it takes to deliver New World entertainment, the more affordable of the two, with the MSI GF65 Thin averaging 63 frames per second. The 99% minimum of 28fps is a little less impressive, and some parameter tweaking is a good idea, but again, it’s a great place to start.

The base performance of the MSI GE76 Raider is impressive, with the GeForce RTX 3070 handling over 100 frames per second on the machine’s native 1080p resolution. You should be able to play New World at the super high settings on this machine without any tuning, at least until the demands of the end game come out.

Use presets

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Gaming presets are, as always, a great place to start, although they’re rather crude, in that the preset is applied to all of the settings below. Selecting the medium preset puts everything in medium, not a clever mix of bass, midrange and treble to achieve the best possible performance. Still, you can see from the graph above that they provide a decent performance boost.

Ideally, you’ll be able to play using the Very High settings, but if you’re at a snail’s pace in a major colony, try switching to High and failing, then Medium. Low doesn’t sound too great, and I would recommend dropping the resolution before going.

It’s worth tapping on the Show FPS option in the lower half of the setting screen, as that will put a hard number on what you see. It only captures what you see at a given point in time (if you want more detail, install FrameView and use it instead), but it’s better than nothing. You’ll probably also want to turn off V-Sync and uncap the Max FPS.

Textures, shadows and lighting

Best New World settings

Frame rates may drop when you are near colonies. (Image credit: Amazon)

When it comes to the main settings, the usual suspects are texture details, shadow details, and lighting details. These three things tend to have the biggest impact on your frame rates, so dropping them on their own instead of spilling everything with presets is a good idea.

If you’re using a high level, but the frame rates drop a bit, try setting these three settings to Medium and see if that makes enough of a difference before you hit the Medium preset, which will set each setting to Medium.

Post-processing can impact your frame rates as well, but as always, you’ll need to figure out what’s right for you.

Nameplates be damned

Best New World settings

You can have up to 100 nameplates on screen at a time, but don’t do it to yourself or your frame rate. (Image credit: Amazon)

You wouldn’t think the number of nameplates on the screen would have a huge impact on performance, but it can – going from the default amount of 15 to 100 reduced my frame rate from 35 fps to 30 fps , and it was in an area that wasn’t too loaded with names.

Reducing that number to a minimum of 2 should ensure that your screen isn’t unnecessarily filled with nonsense and that your frame rate stays high.

Other settings

Best New World settings

The effect of water is a bit of a stretch, but New World can look pretty sometimes. (Image credit: Amazon)

If you care about the graphics fidelity of the game, there’s an option at the bottom of the screen for visual settings that you’ll want to turn off, and that’s dynamic resolution scaling. By default it is on and will suppress the resolution to maintain a smooth frame rate.

There is also another setting worth changing – you will find the option to turn off scan reports in the Preferences section, which may resolve latency issues.

New World works pretty well when you’re out in the open, and since this is where you’ll be spending most of your time, you shouldn’t have much of a problem getting the game to run smoothly. Well, gently enough to kill at least 30 boars.

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