God of War PC performance guide: The best settings for high FPS

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God of war That might have come out in 2018, but it’s back in 2022 with a vengeance and a high-end PC port in tow. Based on the enhanced PS5 version, God of war Promises higher frame rates and resolutions on PC. But to squeeze the most performance, you need the best settings for God of war on PC.

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I tested every setting, upscaling mode, and resolution to find the optimal settings for God of war on PC, and in this guide, I’m going to walk you through the performance you can expect. Although there are still a few issues with the PC port—key keyboard and mouse controls are among them—the performance is solid.

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best settings for god of war pc

Kratos in God of War on PC.

I Tested Individual Graphics Options God of war To find the best settings. My test was originally done at 4K, focusing only on the graphics card. However, I referenced the presets several times during testing at various resolutions to make sure the performance would scale.

Thankfully, there aren’t too many options to tweak. Here are the best settings for God of war:

  • Texture Quality: High
  • Model Quality: High
  • Anisotropic Filtering: High
  • shade: high
  • Reflection: Original
  • Atmospheric: Original
  • Ambient Occlusion: Basic

I relied heavily on the basic presets to gauge performance. This preset sounds great, and the combination of options with higher settings is the key to higher frame rates. The differences in image quality are greatest between the original and the High. The Ultra settings don’t look much better than the High settings, and many of the basic options still look great.

Shadow delivered a huge performance increase—about 9% compared to baseline—but it also looked the worst. Shadows wash into a hazy mess, and it’s distracting. I recommend keeping this setting on high for the best balance of image quality and performance, but consider hitting the original if you’re running into problems.

Outside of the shadows, the quality of the atmosphere gave me the most performance increase. When the lowest setting was turned down, it increased my average frame rate by 11%. Even better, this setting doesn’t damage image quality so badly. The Minimum setting looks rough—like individual plumes of smoke—but the Basic setting is excellent.

You can see the difference (or lack thereof) in the comparison screenshot below. There are differences in image quality, but you’ll rarely notice them while playing the game.

Image quality comparison in God of War on PC.

Overall, my recommended settings improved performance by 33%. It’s not worth running the game at ultra settings across the board. I saw very little difference in image quality with reflections, model quality, and anisotropic filtering. God of war Is a great looking game, and although the Ultra preset looks the best, the combination of High and Basic settings is pretty close.

god of war pc system requirements

System requirements for God of War PC.

Keeping in mind the trend of recent PC games like back 4 blood, PlayStation offers a range of system requirements depending on the performance and image quality you’re looking for. There are five levels, from 720p at 30 frames per second (fps) to 4K at 60 fps, but I’m going to focus on the top four levels. Only 0.29% of Steam Player Base There is a 720p monitor, after all.

God of war With the GTX 1060 getting the game’s native frame rate at 1080p, not much is needed. Based on my testing, the recommended specs are a lot more than you really need, at least in the graphics department. I managed about 60 fps with the weak RX 580 with the recommended settings. With the basic presets on, the RX 580 sat at a comfortable 65 fps.

It’s probably behind CPU performance. You don’t need a good graphics card to run God of war at 1080p, but an old CPU and limited RAM will make the experience sluggish. I’d recommend sticking with the 8GB recommended by PlayStation and the processor for the last few generations.

The chart above is surprisingly accurate, over recommended specifications. not you need For example, the RTX 3080 for 4K at 60 fps. But it holds that frame rate much better than the RTX 3070. Likewise, the RTX 2070 is your best bet for 1440p, but the RTX 2060 can surpass the 60 fps mark with a few settings.

God of War PC Performance, Tested

Kratos in God of War on PC.

Like our other performance guides, I tested God of war Targets three resolutions on PCs with three graphics cards: RTX 3070 for 4K, RTX 2060 Super for 1440p, and RX 580 for 1080p. These cards actually fall short of the recommended specification, but they still managed around 60 fps at their respective resolutions.

I paired the card with a Ryzen 9 5950X and 32GB of DDR4-3200 memory to focus on GPU performance, and all my tests ran on Windows 10. Here are my results:

RTX 3070 rtx 2060 super RX 580
1080p ultra 120 fps 72 fps 42 fps
1080p Recommended 154 fps 97 fps 56 fps
1440p ultra 94 fps 55 fps 32 fps
1440p Recommended 121 fps 70 fps 40 fps
4K Ultra 57 fps 34 fps 19 fps
4K Recommended 72 fps 39 fps 23 fps

Neither card reached 60 fps at their respective resolutions, though they came close. The RTX 3070 shouldn’t have a problem playing with a few settings tweaks at 4K, and with upscaling turned on, it’s…

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