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[TUTORIAL] How to Increase your FPS in DAYZ Standalone

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Moxy    19

MASSIVE W.I.P!

- This guide is not finished; Collecting info and testing and writing it to make it as easy to understand and as similar to my other guide as possible. Give me a few days to polish this up -

B.L.U.F : Bottom Line Up Front

How to have better FPS If this thread is Tl;Dr for you.

1. Objects - Low (Normal with good GPU)
2. Terrain - Very Low
3. Clouds - Very Low / Disabled
4. Shadows -Very Low (High or Very High with good GPU)
Textures:
5. Video Memory - Auto
6. Texture Detail - Normal
7. Texture Filtering - High
Rendering:
8. Anti Aliasing - Very Low / Disabled
9. Alpha to Coverage - Disabled
11. Edge Smoothing - FXAA Low
12. HDR Quality - Low
13. Ambient Occlusion - Disabled
14. Post-process Quality - Disabled
15.Go to your documents folder, in there you find the DayZ folder  (you can also go via start -> run and then type "%userprofile%\Documents\DayZ\" without quotes in windows 7 or vista). In that folder are DayZ.cfg and (yourname)DayZprofile.cfg, edit those files and change the 2 corresponding lines to this:
GPU_MaxFramesAhead=1;
GPU_DetectedFramesAhead=1;
10. If you have nvidia use: http://www.geforce.com/geforce-experience
11. Set everthing else to high or whatever you want.

For those of you who don't have ADD, here's WHY this will work.

Video Settings

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  • Overall Quality
    This is just a collection of presets for the settings in the lower half.
  • Rendering Resolution
    This one depends on your monitor resolution. If you are trying to gain FPS but you are playing on a large monitor (EG 1920 x 1080) you may want to try set this anywhere from 100% to 83%. Going lower than this severely affects the quality of the display in the game, as a last resort after trying all the other options, you could try setting this as low as 50%. The lower you go, the worse your game will look but should get more FPS.
  • Brightness
    Brightness is what affects how bright things are that emit light. At night I turn this up a good deal to show a contrast between thaedark ( I lower my gamma drastically) and Having things brighter compared to the dark help to find Heli Cashes at night, as well as see any lights, flares ect.
    No impact on FPS
  • Gamma
    This affects overall lightning and contrast. Increasing this during nighttime will greatly enhance your vision but will cause your colors to almost go away completely.
    No impact on FPS
  • Rendering Resolution
    This is your actual screen resolution. This should match your desktop resolution.
  • Vsync
    This causes your FPS to match your refresh rate on your monitor. Disabling this will probably increase your FPS if it is constantly at 60. (Most screens have a refresh rate of 60hz)
    TURN THIS OFF

    Quality Settings


  • Objects Detail
    Objects – Object Quality is intensive in DayZ. Setting this ‘Very Low‘ can gain you a few frames but again, it makes models look terrible
    Normal
  • Terrain Detail
    Massive FPS gains. Set this to ‘Very Low‘ to remove almost all of the foliage on the ground and gain you some frames.
    Disabled / Very Low / Low
  • Clouds
    Clouds in DayZ are extremely detailed and move with the weather. Set this to ‘disabled’ to gain FPS.Disabled

    With clouds on:
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    With clouds off:
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  • Shadows
    This controls if shadows will be a black blob or an actual shadow of a person/object. This takes quite alot of power from your gfx. A normal or low setting will help you alot if you have FPS issues.
    DISABLE THIS TO GREATLY INCREASE YOUR FPS
    *Another aspect is to go into you DayzProfile under documents and change this variable shadowZDistance=100; – This is the distance at which shadows are drawn. that way you can shadows just near you. Warnining, please read at the bottom the warning before doing advanced changes.
    No shadows at all can feel a little unrealistic so I would say keep to Very Low first then go disabled if low FPS persists.
    Example:
    Shadows very low:
    [None]
    Shadows Very High:
    [None]

    Texture Settings


  • Video Memory
    Set to 'Auto'
  • Texture Detail
    This effects how everything looks.
    This can often be set quite high without too much of a performance hit.
    Example:
    Texture Detail very low:
    [None]
    Texture Detail Very High:
    [None]
  • Texture Filtering
    This texture setting only affects display at certain angles. Did not notice much difference in performance. Turn off; or leave on to see if it makes a difference.
    Disabled
    Example:
    Texture Filtering very low:
    [None]
    Texture Filtering Very High:
    [None]

    Rendering Settings


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  • Antialiasing
    Turn This off For best FPS. Recommended, Very low.
    Anti aliasing – This graphical feature basically makes jagged lines smoother.
  • Alpha to Coverage
    Affects anti-aliasing on trees and grass. This setting doesn't do major changes but affects photo-realism of trees and the like. If you use anti-aliasing you will have the best results if you set this to "All trees + grass", otherwise leave it at disabled for best FPS gains.
  • Edge Smoothing
    This is post processing anti aliasing. Different variations of what it does to the textures edges. There are a few different options here. ‘Disabled‘ gives the best FPS boost. Recommended is ‘FXAA Normal‘. MXAA gives better results but is more intensive. FXAA is very similar to MXAA quality but is less intensive.
  • HDR Quality
    This is affecting lightning quality and bloom effects. Setting this to high will give you better lightning effects but can cause a FPS drop. HDR on high can greatly enhance your visibility during nighttime.
  • Ambient Occlusion
    Disabled.

  • Post-process Quality
    This is the setting causing the world to "blur" when you run and move. I recommend setting this to Disabled.

  • Bloom
    Set the slider to 0
  • Rotation Blur
    Set the slider to 0

    Technical Settings


  • Balancing between CPU and GPU
    Any setting lower than high will use your CPU instead of GPU (graphics-card) and this can be very useful if you don't have a powerful GPU. Sometimes, setting values to high can actually improve fps since a GPU is a lot faster on some types of calculations compared to a CPU.
  • SSD -Solid State Drive
    Tremendous performance boost, not in terms of FPS but in loading times of both the game and its assets. Dean “Rocket” Hall has specifically spoke about this on Reddit that the biggest performance boost you can achieve in DayZ would be through installing DayZ on a SSD.
    How to Move DayZ On to my Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Open Steam, navigate to ‘steam’ -> ‘settings’.
    Click the ‘Downloads’ tab in the middle-left.
    Under ‘Content Libraries’ click ‘Steam Library Folders’.
    Use the drop-down menu to select your SSD. On my own system my SSD is ‘C:/’ while steam is installed on my ‘D:/’ Drive.
    Under your SSD Drive, make a new folder and name it ‘Steam’ or something similar.
    Now that Steam has a drive on both your normal HDD and your speedy SSD,when you download / install DayZ through Steam you’ll be given the option to install it to your SSD.
    Don’t want to uninstall DayZ? Use a program called SteamMover which will move games to your SSD and back again very easily.
  • Advanced Settings
    I just found this out and it can GREATLY increase your FPS.
    Go to your documents folder, in there you find an Arma 2 folder (you can also go via start -> run and then type "%userprofile%\Documents\Dayz\" without quotes in windows 7 or vista). In that folder are DayZ.cfg and (yourname).DayZProfile, edit those files and change the 2 corresponding lines to this:
    
    GPU_MaxFramesAhead=1;
    GPU_DetectedFramesAhead=1;


    USE THESE AT YOUR OWN RISK. I SUGGEST MAKING A BACKUP IN CASE SOMETHING GOES HORRIBLY WRONG.


    These are more advanced ways of gaining FPS but all of these have not been extensively tested. For this reason PLEASE MAKE A BACK UP SAVE of each of the original files before editing.


    C:UsersyournameDocumentsDayZyour_dayz_profileyour_dayz_profile.DayZProfile
    Set the following options :
    mouseSmoothing=0; – Optimal. This should help sort out mouse acceleration problems
    sceneComplexity=150000; – This number affects your object details.
    shadowZDistance=100; – This is the distance at which shadows are drawn.
    viewDistance=1600; – This number affects the distance view (trees, grass etc…).
    preferredObjectViewDistance=1000; – This will affect the distance that the objects will be drawn.
    The Notepadfile named DayZ
    Under refresh=60; just alter it to 144 or 120 depending on what monitor you use.

Also if you use an Nvidia card, Check this out. It helped all of my games reach maximum performance and graphics, you can also use this to solely boost performance which may be more important to you.

http://www.geforce.com/geforce-experience

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Mikachu    26

best guide evar

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Grihm    16

Does anyone in here has a 144HZ monitor? Would especially be helpful if you are certain of how to alter ini files as well. Need a second opinion.

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Red    239

Additionally Moxy, i should point out that there is also in the cfg an option to lower your draw distance.. by default its somewhere around 3000+ which is an FPS eater. If you lower it to the normal (dayz mod) 1600 you will get a huge FPS boost as well.

It's explained here:

mouseSmoothing=0; – Optimal. This should help sort out mouse acceleration problems

sceneComplexity=150000; – This number affects your object details.

shadowZDistance=100; – This is the distance at which shadows are drawn.

viewDistance=1600; – This number affects the distance view (trees, grass etc…).

preferredObjectViewDistance=1000; – This willaffects the distance that the objects will be drawn.

Highly recommend the settings above. I get 70+ fps now.

(as always, back up your file, just in case.)

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Grihm    16

Also, you can edit refreshrate as well. I changed mine to match my monitor. Adding 144 from 60 made for me a huge difference.

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Moxy    19

Additionally Moxy, i should point out that there is also in the cfg an option to lower your draw distance.. by default its somewhere around 3000+ which is an FPS eater. If you lower it to the normal (dayz mod) 1600 you will get a huge FPS boost as well.

It's explained here:

mouseSmoothing=0; – Optimal. This should help sort out mouse acceleration problems

sceneComplexity=150000; – This number affects your object details.

shadowZDistance=100; – This is the distance at which shadows are drawn.

viewDistance=1600; – This number affects the distance view (trees, grass etc…).

preferredObjectViewDistance=1000; – This willaffects the distance that the objects will be drawn.

Highly recommend the settings above. I get 70+ fps now.

(as always, back up your file, just in case.)

I'm not finding drawdistance in the Cfg. Is it under another name?

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SatansNightOut    105

You rock, Moxy, as always.

I've known about a few of these tweaks, but there are some you listed here that I missed. Thanks!

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Moxy    19

Also, you can edit refreshrate as well. I changed mine to match my monitor. Adding 144 from 60 made for me a huge difference.

where did you find this?

Also guise I'm struggling to make this neat and organized. If you have any suggestions, or want to post how you think it should look please feel free to add to this. I will gladly include you in the credits.

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Grihm    16

Also, you can edit refreshrate as well. I changed mine to match my monitor. Adding 144 from 60 made for me a huge difference.

where did you find this?

Also guise I'm struggling to make this neat and organized. If you have any suggestions, or want to post how you think it should look please feel free to add to this. I will gladly include you in the credits.

No problem. I´l try to edit it a bit and see what i can do.

I went into my documents

DayZ folder

The Notepadfile named DayZ

Under refresh=60; just alter it to 144 or 120 depending on what monitor you use.

Done.

Let me know if it worked for you as well =)

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Grihm    16

Mines only 60 :/

Damn thats a shame. But i still think with dissable mousesmooting you will have a much more fluid controll, so at least it´s something =)

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FPS went from under 20 in cities to 35. I love you.

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Franklin    8

How do you make it go on your SSD. I tried and didn't work. Help??

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Moxy    19

Open Steam, navigate to ‘steam’ -> ‘settings’.

Click the ‘Downloads’ tab in the middle-left.

Under ‘Content Libraries’ click ‘Steam Library Folders’.

Use the drop-down menu to select your SSD. On my own system my SSD is ‘C:/’ while steam is installed on my ‘D:/’ Drive.

Under your SSD Drive, make a new folder and name it ‘Steam’ or something similar.

Now that Steam has a drive on both your normal HDD and your speedy SSD,when you download / install DayZ through Steam you’ll be given the option to install it to your SSD.

Don’t want to uninstall DayZ? Use a program called SteamMover which will move games to your SSD and back again very easily.

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Grihm    16

Just don´t forget to make sure your SSD is not being defragged by default. Never defrag an SSD. IT´s not the end of the world, but it cancause smaller issues down the line.


Also one area one could alter if you feel secure enough is

-maxVRAM= 128-*2047mb+

128mb is hard-coded minimum; 2047mb is soft-coded maximum, any value over 2GB may help or hurt performance or "result into unforseen consequences!"

This is for the launch parameters.

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