Best Gray Zone Warfare Settings to Fix Performance Issues

A first-person screenshot of the player looking at a wooden house with a weapon at the ready.
Credit: MADFINGER Games. Screenshot taken by Stealth Optional.

A first-person screenshot of the player looking at a wooden house with a weapon at the ready.
Credit: MADFINGER Games. Screenshot taken by Stealth Optional.

During its Early Access launch, we’ve all been having performance issues with Gray Zone Warfare. There are significant server and technical issues that are getting in the way of what is otherwise a very strong extraction shooter. It’s not all doom and gloom though. With the best Gray Zone Warfare settings you can squeeze out some extra performance to get it running at a higher FPS on PC.

Having spent countless hours in Gray Zone Warfare already, I’ve delved into its graphics settings menu numerous times now to tweak all the options to see what works and what doesn’t. If your patience is running low, then changing these settings should get you back into the action better than ever. Once it’s running smoothly for you, it would be wise to check out the Gray Zone Warfare meta and full weapons list so that you can start making a name for yourself in Lamang.

Best Gray Zone Warfare Settings

The best Gray Zone Warfare settings to improve your FPS on PC are:

  • Window Mode: Fullscreen
  • VSync: On
  • Frame Rate: Unlimited or match monitor refresh rate
  • Global Illumination: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Effects Quality: Low
  • Reflections Quality: Low
  • Foliage Quality: Low
  • Post Processing: Low
  • Motion Blur: None
  • Sharpening: 0
  • Anti-Aliasing/Upscaling Method: FSR
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution: Quality
  • FidelityFX Frame Generation: On

If these settings improve your performance by enough, you could increase a number of them to improve the visual quality. However, given Gray Zone Warfare is suffering from poor optimization across the board right now, I certainly recommend playing on low or medium at best.

A first-person image of a player eating canned food in Gray Zone Warfare while crouched behind a garden wall.
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Credit: MADFINGER Games. Screenshot taken by Stealth Optional.
Hopefully switching to the best settings in Gray Zone Warfare will have you looking as happy as this tofu can.

On lower-end graphics cards, FSR goes a long way in improving your FPS in Gray Zone Warfare for both AMD and NVidia cards. While DLSS is better for RTX 40 Series cards (more on this in a minute), switching to FSR will give you a noticeable FPS improvement - much more than changing the individual graphics settings. FSR will reduce your graphics quality, but it’s a worthwhile sacrifice so long as you have FSR set to Quality. For me, switching to FSR boosted my FPS by around 30, which is a big deal.

If you have a GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics card, then we recommend you use DLSS instead, with NVidia DLSS Super Resolution set to ‘balanced’, Reflex Low Latency switched on, and DLSS Frame Generation turned on as well. If you’re not on an RTX 40 Series card, then use FSR instead. If you use DLSS, then you can also head into your system’s graphics settings and turn on hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling. If you use this method, make sure you mark Gray Zone Warfare for ‘high performance’ in the preference settings below the hardware-accelerated GPU options. Do note that, if this was turned off and you switch it on, you’ll have to restart your device.

Gray Zone Warfare System Requirements

The Gray Zone Warfare system requirements are:

Windows 10 or later
Windows 10 or later
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 AMD Radeon RX 5700 Intel Arc A770
NVidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMD Radeon RX 6800
Intel Core i5 8600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Intel Core i7 9700K AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
16 GB
32 GB
40 GB
40 GB

How to Fix Gray Zone Warfare Performance Issues

If you’re having performance issues with Gray Zone Warfare and using the best settings hasn’t quite fixed it, then there are a few more things you can do to improve your FPS. Most notably, make sure your graphics drivers are up to date. With the release of Gray Zone into Early Access, a new wave of graphics drivers was released that will help it run better on your machine.

Another tweak you can make is to reduce your Vertical FOV setting. This will give you a very small FPS boost that I personally wouldn’t recommend sacrificing if you prefer having a higher FOV, but it’s an option if you’re looking to eke out every bit of performance you can get.

You could also reduce your display resolution. If you’re playing in 2K or even 4K, then reducing your display resolution down a tier, or even down to standard 1080p will dramatically improve your FPS performance. However, your visuals will take a hit in return.

Unfortunately, a lot of the Gray Zone Warfare performance issues are out of your control. From poor optimization to rampant server issues resulting in rubberbanding, you can only do so much to solve the problems on your end. Nevertheless, the best Gray Zone Warfare settings above certainly help. Once you’re in, join one of the Gray Zone Warfare factions and get going.

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