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    Fix: Low FPS, Lag, Freezing, and Stuttering on Baldur’s Gate 3

    Fix Low FPS, Lag, Freezing, and Stuttering on Baldur’s Gate 3

    Baldur’s Gate 3 was released with a bang and has hooked the CRPG community for at least a few months.

    But not everyone can enjoy the game. I have read many complaints about lags and low FPS in the community forums.

    So, after tinkering with the game performance and interacting with users facing the issue, we at ByteSpired have created a solution guide for fixing lags and low FPS on Baldur’s Gate 3.

    Simply start from the first solution until the end, and you will see a performance boost on Baldur’s Gate 3.

    How To Fix Low FPS, Lag, Freezing, and Stuttering on Baldur’s Gate 3?

    Getting bad performance out of games can be related to many different things. Not having the recommended hardware specifications is one of them. So, make sure your PC meets the recommended requirements for the game from the Steam Store page.

    If it barely meets the minimum requirements, you need to upgrade your hardware first, and there aren’t any two ways. However, if your PC meets the recommendations, go through the following solution guide to fix the issue.

    Solution 1: Change In-Game Settings

    Most games run significantly better if the graphics settings are properly set. Many visual settings don’t provide that much difference in visual aesthetics but instead put excessive pressure on the system, causing performance issues.

    The first thing you need to do is set the in-game settings as mentioned below:

    • First, run the Baldur’s Gate 3 launcher. Here, you will see two options, Vulkan and DirectX 11.


    • If you are using an older GPU, pick DirectX 11. For a newer-gen model, select Vulkan. Now click on Play to run the game.


    • After the game launches, click on Options and select the Video tab.


    • Click on the Fullscreen Display option and select the display connected to the graphics card.


    • Next, set the resolution to the native resolution of your monitor.
    • Set Display Mode to Fullscreen and disable VSync.


    • Check the Framerate cap box and set the Framerate cap slider to 240.


    • Next, set the Overall Preset to Low or Very Low (see which works better for you).


    • Click on Apply to save the changes.

    Now, play the game, and you should notice a boost in the performance. But don’t stop here and continue with the rest of the solutions.

    Solution 2: Verify the Integrity of Game Files

    Games often have performance issues if their installer files are corrupted or missing. Running the Verity Integrity of game files tool, Steam will check for corrupted or missing game files and replace them automatically.

    Here is how you can run it:

    • Open Steam and head to the Library.


    • Right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3 and select Properties.


    • Click on the Installed Files tab and select the Verify Integrity of Game files option.


    • Wait for Steam to finish verifying, and once done, play the game.

    Solution 3: Set the Game To High Performance

    After verifying the game files, you must ensure the game is running on your dedicated graphics card.

    For users with both integrated and dedicated graphics, often, the game can run on integrated graphics instead of the dedicated graphics card.

    Doing this can cause significant performance drops and may be why Baldur’s Gate 3 lags on your PC.

    You can easily fix this by setting the game to run only on your dedicated graphics from the Windows graphics settings.

    • Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings, click on System, and then select Display.


    • Scroll down and click on Graphics.


    • Click on the Browse option and head to Baldur’s Gate 3 installation folder. Select the bg3 exe and bg3_dx11 exe and add them.


    • You will now see them here. Click on Options and select High Performance for both of them.


    To find Baldur’s Gate 3’s installation folder, open Steam and click on Library.

    Right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3 and select the Manage option.


    Click on Browse local files, and this will open the installation folder.


    Open the Bin folder, and here you will find the exe files.


    Remember the address and use it to browse in the graphics settings.

    Solution 4: Tweak Nvidia Control Panel Settings

    If you use an Nvidia Graphics card, you can tweak the settings in the Nvidia Control Panel. Doing this will boost FPS on Baldur’s Gate 3.

    Right-click on the desktop and select Show More options. Click on the Nvidia Control Panel option.

    Select Manage 3D settings from the left side and click on the Global Settings tab.


    Scroll down in the settings section and look for Shader cache Size. Once you have found it, click on it and set it to Unlimited.


    Click on Apply to save the changes. Now select the Manage 3D settings again and click on the Program settings tab.


    Click on Add and select Browse.


    Head to Baldur’s Gate 3 installation folder and add the exe file.


    After the game is added, find Open GL rendering GPU and set it to your graphics card.


    Now, find the Power Management mode and set it to maximum performance.


    Next, find Vsync and set it as adaptive.


    Solution 5: Configure Windows Game Settings

    After optimizing the Nvidia Control Panel, you must configure the Windows game settings. Doing this will easily give you a 3 to 4-percent performance boost on Baldur’s Gate 3.

    • Type Game Mode in the Windows search bar and open the top result. Make sure the Game Mode toggle is turned on.


    • Now go back and click on the Xbox Game Bar option. Turn off the Xbox Game Bar toggle.


    • Next, click on the Captures tab.
    • Disable Record what happened and Capture audio when recording a game toggles.

    Solution 6: Set Power Settings To High Performance

    Setting the power settings to High Performance is a nice trick to boost game performance. This especially works for laptops.

    • Type Control Panel on the search bar and select it.
    • Look for Power Options and select it.


    • Expand the Show Additional Plans if you don’t see the High-Performance plan listed.
    • Check the High-performance plan and save the changes.


    Solution 7: Update Graphics Driver

    With new games released, new updates for graphics drivers are also made available by graphics card manufacturers. The graphics driver updates often fix bugs and performance issues for new games. If you haven’t yet updated your graphics driver, here is how to do it.

    For Nvidia graphics card users, use the GeForce Experience to update the graphics driver. 

    If you don’t have it installed, download and install it from Nvidia’s website and then run it and update it to the latest available graphics driver.

    Similarly, for AMD graphics card users, there is the AMD Radeon software, which does the same thing as GeForce Experience. Run the app and check for any available drivers. Download and install the latest drivers. After you have installed the updates, restart your PC. 

    Now, Baldur’s Gate 3 should be running a lot more smoothly.

    Solution 8: Reinstall the Graphics Driver

    Often, updating the graphics driver doesn’t fix the performance issue. When this happens, try reinstalling the driver.

    Right-click on the Start menu and select Device Manager.

    Expand Display Adapters and right-click on the Graphics driver.

    Select Uninstall Device and follow the on-screen instructions.


    After the driver gets uninstalled, you will have to install it.

    For AMD graphics driver, use the Radeon app, and for Nvidia graphics driver, use GeForce Experience.

    Simply run these apps, and they will automatically detect that the graphics drivers are missing and download and install them.

    Restart your PC after the drivers are installed.

    Then, run the apps again to check for any updates. If any update is available, download and install them.

    Solution 9: Close Unnecessary Apps

    Another solid way to boost FPS in games is closing resource-hogging apps running in the background. Windows has to allocate resources to run the different processes simultaneously. The more processes running in the background, the more Windows will have to allocate away from Baldur’s Gate 3.

    • Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
    • In the Processes tab, check for any unnecessary processes. Right-click on them and select End task to close them.


    Apps like Discord, GeForce Experience, Google Chrome, and Nvidia Shadow Play are some that you should close before playing games. Doing this will easily increase 5 to 6 percent of performance and might increase more depending on the processes you close.

    Wrapping Up

    So, that’s it. It’s terrible that we gamers must deal with bugs and performance issues for most of the AAA newly released games.

    The good thing is that Baldur’s Gate 3 doesn’t have that many inherent issues, and with this guide, you can easily get the performance you were missing.

    Tell us in the comment section about the solutions we have provided here, and 0mention anything new that might have worked for you. Keep reading ByteSpired for more helpful guides.

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    Sanmay Chakrabarti
    Sanmay Chakrabarti
    Sanmay is a veteran troubleshooter, specializing in hardware and software-related issues. He is also an avid gamer and loves playing a wide range of games, from CRPGS to First Person Shooters. On his off days, he loves tinkering with new gadgets, reviewing new software and playing the latest games.


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