New world was Amazon’s first foray into the world of video game publishing — and it made headlines when its beta started melting the graphics cards. That’s not a problem anymore, fortunately, but that doesn’t mean it will run smoothly on any PC hardware setup either.
After testing the game at launch, we got together New world A PC performance guide to help you get the best out of your system while gaming. We’ll cover the optimal settings to boost your frame rate, how the game runs on graphics cards and resolutions, and some unique options located in the settings menu.
As is the case with other MMOs, your performance in New world depending on your internet speed. Your connection won’t change anything about your frame rate, but it can make the game feel like it’s performing worse than it really is.
The best settings for New World
Unfortunately, there’s not much room for optimization in New world. There are four presets available and we recommend sticking with them. Individual settings don’t provide much extra performance on their own, so you can’t optimize New world as you can Control or Cyberpunk 2077.
After testing each setting individually, we found the three that made the most difference: Effect Detail, Terrain Detail, and texture details. Most other settings provide a frame rate increase of around 3%, while some provide no performance benefit at all.
We’ve built a list of optimized settings based on the Medium preset that balances image fidelity with performance:
- Effect details – Medium
- Light Detail – High
- Object details – Vehicles
- Post-processing – High
- Gloss detail – High
- Terrain Details – High
- Texture detail – Medium
- Water detail – Medium
There is almost no difference between the above setting and the Medium preset. At maximum, we noticed a difference of only 3%, and that was only with the RTX 2060 Super at 1440p. Otherwise, our optimized settings are either in the frame of the Media preset or are identical.
In a game like New world, You should not consider our list of settings the law. Think of it as a starting point or a reference point. As mentioned, Effect Detail, Terrain Detail, and Texture details affect performance the most. We decided to set Terrain Details to High, in spite of. You will look at the ground a lot in New world, and there is a noticeable difference in image quality between Medium and High.
Outside of settings, there are three main things that affect internal performance New world: Resolution, number of players on screen and dense foliage. If you are experiencing frame rate issues, we recommend that you drop to a lower resolution before manually adjusting the settings. New world there are also multiple resolution options, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
If not, stick to the presets and adjust your settings from there. New world’The frame rate actually changes when you reduce the settings all at once, but you can get a little more performance boost by tweaking the individual settings.
New World Performance
We took New world out to shoot with a few of best graphics card to give you an idea of how it works. We chose the RTX 3090 for 4K, the RTX 2060 Super for 1440p, and the RX 580 for 1080p, and all three cards score as expected. All cards are paired with an Intel Core i9-10900K and 32GB of RAM.
Before diving into our results, let’s review the recommended and minimum system requirements:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD quad-core GPU at 3GHz
- RAM: 8GB
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280
- Capacity: 50GB
- CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
- RAM: 16GB
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD R9 390X
- Capacity: 50GB
New world does not require powerful hardware. However, as we will see, the game can fully take advantage of it. If you’re getting into the game on the bare minimum, you’ll need to scale down your settings a lot and potentially switch to resolutions lower than 1080p.
|1080p Very High||Optimized 1080p||1440p Very High||1440p optimized||4K Very High||Optimized 4K|
|RTX 3090||168 fps||174 fps||135 fps||149 fps||85 fps||111 fps|
|RTX 2060 Super||98 fps||136 fps||65 fps||90 fps||32 fps||45 fps|
|RX 580||57 fps||75 fps||38 fps||51 fps||19 fps||26 fps|
As you can see from our results, the biggest performance difference is in the resolution. It’s hard to get consistent results from an MMO like New world as the number of players on the screen plays an important role in the frame rate. However, we can see a consistent trend with the lower end cards. Both the RX 580 and the RTX 2060 Super improve by about 50% when going from 4K to 1440p.
If you were hoping to play New world at 4K you’ll need a giant device. The RTX 3090 can do that, but not as much as its price tag would suggest. For 4K over 60 fps (fps), you’ll need an RTX 3070 or an RTX 3070 Ti.
Fortunately, 1440p is a lot more forgiving. The last-gen RTX 2060 Super still works above 60fps with all the sliders turned on, and even higher with our optimized settings. On the AMD side, you can expect similar performance from the RX 5700 XT or RX 6600 XT.
While the RX 580 hit almost 60 fps at 1080p Very High, it still falls short. GTX 1060 – is the most popular graphics card according to Steam’s Most Recent Hardware Survey – slightly better, so you can expect 60fps at 1080p on Very High with that card. Optimizing the settings a bit can also get you some performance back.
System requirements don’t tell the whole story. If you base your device on the minimum requirements, you’ll need to use the Low preset and possibly drop the resolution below 1080p. It looks like the recommended system requirements are targeting 1080p with the Very High preset, although you may need to lower some settings to hit 60 fps.
Dynamic resolution scale and nameplate
Outside of the main settings, there are two unique options in New world. You can change how many nameplates – the letters above – show on the screen at once, and the game includes dynamic resolution scaling. Despite the caveat that the nameplate can seriously affect frame rates, we didn’t notice much difference with either setting.
We ran around the first hub you visit – where there’s a lot of players – to test the nameplate settings. The results are the same between the minimum (two) and maximum (100) number of nameplates. The bigger impact on performance is the number of players. Running this test, we noticed lower overall frame rates than our tests above.
That doesn’t mean the nameplate installation is all hot air. It’s hard to find 100 people on the screen at the same time. We recommend that you stick to the default setting of 15 on-screen nameplates. Going down doesn’t change anything and there’s no big reason to go up.
Dynamic resolution scaling is interesting. We tested each card at 4K on Very High to see how it would handle upscaling. It seems that the algorithm is not so powerful, as the RTX 2060 Super and RX 580 make almost no difference when the setting is turned on. The RTX 3090, on the other hand, shows an improvement of almost 18%.
Basically, you should enable dynamic resolution scaling after you have dialed your settings and resolution. It can help, but dynamic resolution won’t save your framerate in the same way as Nvidia Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) will. Unfortunately, DLSS is not included in New world, at least not at launch.