New World: How to Fix Lag & Stuttering

Here is a guide on how to fix lag and stuttering in New World.


How to Fix Lag & Stuttering

Let’s start with the system requirements of the game:

Minimum Requirements:

OS: Windows® 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2400 / AMD CPU with 4 physical cores @ 3Ghz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 or better


OS: Windows® 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 390X or better

This is something I won’t agree with. Lirik (streamer) was playing this game a few hours back, he probably has the best gaming rig that one can build. Even he was facing some performance-related issues. I believe there are still a few things that amazon needs to take care of. These system requirements make no sense to me, anyway (official data).

Your PC configuration should fall in between the minimum or recommended requirements to run the game smoothly. If that is not the case, you will have to compromise with graphics and FPS.

Enough about the game, let’s move on and fix these issues:

Change Graphic Card Settings

Below are the settings for AMD and Nvidia graphics card users, apply these settings for the best performance.

For Nvidia Users

Open up Nvidia’s Control Panel. Right-click on desktop > click Nvidia control panel
Click Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings
Find “New World”, you can manually add the game if it’s not in the list
Now, make the following changes:

Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
Threaded optimization: On
Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance

For AMD Users

Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
Anti-aliasing Method: Multisampling
Morphological Filtering: Off
Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use application settings
Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
Surface Format Optimization: On
Wait for V-sync: Off
OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
Shader Cache: AMD optimized
Tesselation Mode: Override application settings
Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
GPU Workload: Graphics
Chill: Off
Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

These settings should be good enough for you. Try tweaking a bit with the priority of the application, this also tends to give a little FPS boost.

Update Device Drivers

Whenever a new game makes its arrival, especially when it’s a AAA title, Nvidia is known for pushing their optimized updates for the best performance with their graphic cards. I am not sure about AMD because I’ve never used an AMD card. Below are the links for downloading the latest drivers.

Tone Down Game Settings

The general rule of thumb for every game is if you are lagging it is always recommended to tone down the settings. Play around a little bit with the settings, turn down shadows and textures, this should help.
Disable Discord in-game overlay

If you are using Discord like me, then I’d recommend you change a few things. One such thing is, discord overlay, it’s not really something you need at all times. I use a two-monitor setup, so the overlay is useless for me. It is known for causing FPS-related issues.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Discord

Open Discord
Click on User Settings > Appearance
Click on the Hardware Acceleration radio, this will turn it off.

Disable Discord in-game Overlay

Open Discord
Go to Overlay under App Settings
Click on the “Enable in-game overlay”, this will turn it off.

Turn off Game Mode

Windows says that the Game mode helps in optimizing all-around windows processes, windows updates and other windows related stuff while running games if you have the game mode enabled. But this isn’t factually true, game bar has been known for causing issues related to FPS. So it’s better to turn it off if you are not using it, Nvidia’s Shadowplay is better for capturing game clips.

Click Start > Settings > Gaming
On the Game Bar, set “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar” to off.
Now head to the Captures tab set the “Record the background while I’m playing a game” to Off.
Lastly, click on the Game Mode tab, and turn it off.

How To Fix Stuttering in New World

Now that we are done with the lagging-related fixes, let’s find out how to fix stuttering in New World.

Change Visible Name-Plate Number to 5

The default setting is 10, I don’t think you need to look at 10 nameplates at once, especially when you’re facing troubles. Go to settings > visuals > set Player Nameplate amount to 5.
Close any memory-hogging applications

Open up the task manager and check your memory and disk usage. Close all applications (non-windows) that are eating your memory and using a disk drive. If you are still stuttering with everything looking fine then you should probably wait for the hotfix update, which should be pushed out shortly.

I’d recommend you shut down all memory-hogging applications such as Chrome.
Use Process Lasso to limit CPU usage

Process Lasso is software that helps you in limiting the CPU usage of a particular app. Download the software and use it accordingly, I was able to drop my CPU usage by almost 20% after using the software. Also, try switching between hyperthreading on/off, this also has a considerable improvement.

Move the game to SSD or faster HDD

A Reddit user reported constant stuttering in New World, someone asked him for his specs, and turns out the guy had an SSD for C Driver but was running an old 5400RPM HDD. The game was installed on the 5400 RPM drive. The user moved his game to the SSD and the issue was fixed.

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