Escape from Tarkov

I am attempting to compile all possible reasons for EFT stutters; let’s work together!

TL;DR – Send computer stats, settings tweaked, and solutions found (if any)

I found this game a few wipes ago and fell in love with its complexity, depth, and mechanics. The only issue is, at the time, I had no SSD and an old HP Envy "gaming" PC. After some time, I was able to get a solid SSD and a really good PC, but stutters still constantly plague my game at the worst times. It's infuriating when a game that punishes poor performance seems to punish you when the errors are out of your control. I want to help compile a list of all settings that people have found that work/help fix their games. I saw an older post made by /u/trainfender a couple years ago, but the post is archived and the game still struggles for a lot of people. I don't believe that the conversation is over.

PC SPECS:CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core Processor @ 3.7GHzRAM – 16 GBGPU – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPERSSD – AMD-RAID PNY CS900 960GB SCSI Disk Drive

When I talk about a stutter in my game, I'm referring to what appears to be the game freezing for very short amounts of time, sometimes in bursts, sometimes over a second long, sometimes just a few frames. I don't think I've ever witnessed a character sliding around or acting obviously unusual. This only seems to be an issue with Tarkov. No other game that I play has this issue currently, but also it's most egregiously obvious in this game.

Some last caveats before I list what I've tried: I am not a very computer-technically adept person. I've been trying to learn and I have been steadily, but like I said: learning. Finally, all because these settings haven't fixed MY personal stuttering does NOT mean that they can't fix YOURS. Players may experience stutters for different reasons, so trying as many options as you can is the safest bet. Now, here is a list of everything I have tried with mixed results (regardless of all of these changes, I still have stuttering):

  • In-Game Settings
    • Graphics
      • Screen Resolution/Aspect Ratio: All Native (16:9, 1920×1080)
      • Screen Mode: FULLSCREEN
      • V-Sync: OFF
      • Graphics: MEDIUM/LOW
      • Shadows Quality: LOW
      • Object LOD Quality: 2 (Lowest as of writing)
      • Overall Visibility: 2000 (have tried 1000 and lower)
      • Shadow Visibility: 40 (Lowest as of writing)
      • Anti-Aliasing: OFF (HAVE tried FXAA and TAA, not much of an apparent difference)
      • Resampling: 1x OFF
      • HBAO: OFF
      • SSR: OFF
      • Anisotropic Filtering: OFF
      • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: OFF
      • Sharpness: 1.2 (Have tried 0.9, 1.1, and 1.3)
      • Lobby/Game FPS Limits: 60/144 respectively (Highest as of writing)
      • HighQualityColor: OFF
      • Z-Blur: OFF
      • Chrom. aberrations: OFF
      • Noise: OFF
      • Grass shadows: OFF
      • Mip Streaming: ON (to my understanding, this moves pressure from the VRAM to the CPU. My CPU rarely ever peaks above 50% so I turn this on)
      • Flash Indicator: OFF
    • Game
      • Automatic RAM Cleaner: ON
      • Only use physical cores: OFF
      • FOV: 71
      • Head bobbing: 0.2 (Lowest as of writing)
    • Post FX
      • ENABLED
      • Brightness: 29
      • Saturation: 58
      • Clarity: 70
      • Colorfulness: 83
      • Luma sharpen: 84
      • Adaptive sharpen: 84
      • Color grading: Olive, 0
      • Colorblind mode: None, 0
    • Sound
      • Binarual audio: OFF (this made a small difference in some situations)
  • Client Settings
    • When I launch the Game: EXIT THE LAUNCHER COMPLETELY
    • Game directory: Set properly into SSD
    • Temp directory: Set properly into SSD and is cleaned often
    • Updates: Nothing is checked ON and all number values are set to 0 (unlimited)
  • NVIDIA Graphics Settings (3D Settings for escapefromtarkov.exe specifically)
    • Image Sharpening: OFF
    • Ambient Occlusion: Unavailable
    • Anisotropic Filtering: OFF
    • Antialiasing – FXAA: OFF
    • Antialiasing – Gamma Correction: OFF
    • Antialiasing – Mode: OVERRIDE ANY APPLICATION SETTING
    • Antialiasing – Setting: 4x
    • Antialiasing – Transparency: OFF
    • Background Application Max Frame Rate: OFF
    • CUDA – GPUs: ALL
    • Low Latency Mode: OFF
    • Max Frame Rate: OFF
    • Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA): OFF
    • OpenGL rendering GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (was set to auto-select but this was the only option)
    • Power management mode: PREFER MAXIMUM PERFORANCE
    • Shader Cache: ON
    • Texture filtering: Anisotropic sample optimization: OFF
    • Texture filtering: Negative LOD bias: ALLOW
    • Texture filtering: Quality: HIGH PERFORMANCE
    • Texture filtering: Trilinear optimization: ON
    • Threaded optimization: ON
    • Triple buffering: OFF
    • Vertical Sync: OFF
    • Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames: 1
    • Virtual Reality – Variable Rate Super Sampling: Unavailable
  • NVIDIA Graphics Settings (3D Settings for escapefromtarkov.exe specifically)
    • PhysX settings: Processor: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (turned on as of writing to test)
  • Computer Settings
    • Power Settings
      • High Performance (with CPU power thresholds set to 95%-100%
    • Game Mode: OFF
    • Captures: OFF
  • EscapeFromTarkov.exe Settings:
    • Compatibility
      • Disable fullscreen optimizations is checked ON
      • Program is set to run as administrator (and does so)
  • Hardware changes:
    • Upgraded Cat5e ethernet cord to Cat6, improving DL speeds by about 15% (Note: during the cord installation I had to use WIFI for a day, and while I was being booted out of games sometimes, I wasn't getting as many stutters if I recall. Because of this:)
    • Network Specs:
      • Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller with Cat6 cord
      • WIFI: Killer(R) Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
      • Note: When viewing escapefromtarkov.exe's network usage via Task Manage, it would rarely go over 5.6Mbps, at most up to 7Mbps
  • Applications used to monitor/control PC
    • Process Lasso: Allows for program priority class manipulation (Tarkov and Tarkov_BE are usually High or Real-Time) and a nice real-time graph of %CPU, %RAM, computer responsiveness, etc.
    • Intelligent standby list cleaner: recommended by another EFT player, this allows for more RAM control with settings such as purging the RAM's standby list (inactive, cached RAM data) and process exclusion from this wiping (Tarkov and Tarkov_BE are put into the exclusion list). I have

And that's all I can think of that I've tried. I would love to hear anymore options, suggestions, and input from anyone and everyone who is or has struggled with Tarkov's stuttering. Let's work together as a community and make the game that we love more enjoyable for everyone!TL;DR – Send computer stats, settings tweaked, and solutions found (if any)

-MaximusAX

Edit1: I have no idea if this would matter at all, but I'm US East Coast. More details the better IMO.
Edit2: Someone made a good point by mentioning that I didn't exactly describe what I meant by a stutter. This was added after the PC specs. Loving the input so far everyone, hopefully this is able to help more than just me!

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