In this post, I will be covering all the best settings for Escape From Tarkov, aka EFT, as well as some tips and tricks to help you out with your fps, sensitivities, graphics, and gameplay overall. It is crucial to optimize your settings, especially in competitive games like EFT, where every second matter. There is no worst thing than experiencing stuttering or fps drops and make you die during a match.
Apart from the game’s performance, like the FPS and the stutters, another big part of the settings you should pay close attention to. You want your enemies to be visible as much as possible, your sensitivity to match your gameplay, so your shots are more accurate, as well as post fx settings.
Escape from Tarkov hardware demands is around the middle tier. To play on 120hz on high settings, you must have a high-end computer, but if that’s not the case, you can enjoy it even on a mid-tier pc. EFT goes hard on hardware, especially on RAM, so you’ll need around 16 gigs of RAM to avoid problems while playing it.
Best Escape From Tarkov Game Settings
In the game settings tab on EFT, most settings will be based on your personal preference except a few of them. Below you can find what each setting does, and on the most important settings, you’ll also find my recommendations. The settings you should be focusing on here are the FOV, Use only physical cores and the Auto Ram Cleaner. FOV has to do a lot with your gameplay and possibly accuracy, so you’ll have to do some tests to find the sweet spot. In contrast, the Use only physical cores and Auto Ram Cleaner settings have to do with the performance and fps of your game. Both parts are important, so choose and optimize wisely.
- Interface Language: Choose the language that you prefer.
- Main menu Background: Random
- Quick slots: Personal Preference
- It’s the bar on the bottom of your screen where you have your number keys.
- Stamina and stance: Personal Preference
- It shows your stamina and stance.
- Health condition: Personal Preference
- Shows your health.
- Health color scheme: Colored
- Highlight available operations: Everything
- Notification channel type: Default
- Auto Ram Cleaner: If you are using ISLC, then you don’t have to enable this. If you don’t use ISLC, I recommend enabling the Auto Ram Cleaner because it can help you.
- Use Only physical cores: Bizarre setting highly dependant on your specific CPU. My recommendation is to follow everything in this guide, and once you are done, get into a game and try enabling and disabling this setting to see which options give you the highest and most consistent frames per second. You’ll get better performance most of the time by enabling it on Intel CPUs and disabling it on AMD CPUs.But again, I highly recommend you test it out.
- FOV: You’ll see many different opinions on the internet about this particular setting. My recommendation is to start with 75 and start lowering the value until you get the perfect balance for yourself.
- Head bobbing: Turn it as low as possible.
Best Escape From Tarkov Graphics Settings
One of the most crucial settings tabs of EFT is the graphics settings tab. These settings will determine a big percentage of your overall frames per second you are getting in EFT and the in-game visibility. These settings are the optimal graphics settings for EFT, but if your pc can’t handle these, try lowering a few of them to achieve the performance you are looking for.
- Screen Resolution: Native Resolution
- Screen Mode: Fullscreen unless you must alt-tab a lot of times, so prefer borderless.
- The full screen will give you the best fps possible and the lowest input lag and latency.
- Aspect Ratio: Based on your monitor but you can change it if you want.
- Vsync: Off
- It adds too much input lag, so it’s not worth it at all.
- Texture Quality: High Quality (If your pc can handle it)
- The frames per second you’ll lose from turning this from low to high are well deserved.
- Shadows Quality: Low
- Low shadow quality, apart from saving you frames per second, also gives you an advantage because it makes it easier for you to spot enemies.
- Object LOD quality: 2
- Please set it to a low value for the maximum visibility of enemies.
- Overall Visibility: 2000
- Details on the background. Doesn’t affect enemies.
- Shadow Visibility: 40
- Antialiasing: TAA or disabled.
- If your pc can handle it, go with TAA. If not, disable it.
- Resampling: 1x
- It really depends on your PC. Try testing this setting and find the balance between quality and performance. If your game is running just fine, then leave it at 1x.
- HBAO: Off
- Adds more details and information from particles at a distance. However, it can make some parts of the map a little darker than usual and decrease your FPS.
- SSR: Off
- Water and Sun reflections. It makes everything that has a reflection look more beautiful, but it decreases performance, so turn it off.
- Anisotropic Filtering: Off
- Sharpness: 1.0 – 3.0
- Lobby FPS Limit: 60
- Game FPS Limit: 120
I don’t think any of the settings on the bottom of the graphics tab are worth enabling because they really hit your FPS and the differences are minimal on the quality part.
- HighQualityColor: Off
- Z-Blur: Off
- Chrom. aberrations: Off
- Noise: Off
- Grass Shadows: Off
Best Escape From Tarkov Postfx Settings
Moving into the PostFX settings of EFT. Here you’ll have to find a combination that works nicely for you. Get into a game and read my tips and recommendations below to start optimizing your PostFX settings. Click on the VISUALIZE button under the PostFX settings, and there you can start tweaking them and see the effects in real-time.
You can copy my settings as well, but I highly recommend you get my settings as a starting point and tweak them to find the sweet spot for yourself.
- Brightness: 15-20
- Saturation: 35-40
- Clarity: 70-80
- Colorfulness: 20-30
- Luma sharpen: 0
- Adaptive sharpen: 70-85
- Color grading: None
- Intensity: 0
- Colorblind mode: None
- Intensity: 0
Best Escape From Tarkov Sound Settings
On the sound settings, there is one tip I can give you. That is, to have the game as loud as you can stand without damaging your ears because every single little noise that you hear in-game can give you a huge advantage and spot enemies before you even see them.
- Overall Sound: 100
- Interface Sound: 30
- Chat Volume: 0
- Music Volume: 0
- Hideout Volume: 0
- Music on Raid end: Disabled.
- Binaural Sound: Enabled.
Best Escape From Tarkov Controls Settings
If you are playing other competitive shooter games like CS: GO, for example, then you want to set the sensitivity slightly lower than you’ve been used to. Sensitivity on Escape From Tarkov, like in any other games, is a personal preference and how you like it. Other external factors have a role in this: your mouse, mousepad, the position of your hands, etc.
The best way to find the perfect sensitivity in Escape From Tarkov(EFT) is to just test and mix up the values until you find the one combination you feel comfortable playing with. Below you can find settings from Pro EFT players that can give you a good starting point.
lvndmark Escape from Tarkov(EFT) settings
Below you can find the settings that lvndmark is using on Escape from Tarkov and his pc build and peripherals to match these settings.
Guides to Optimize your PC
Below you can find some posts from me that will help you optimize your PC even more and possibly increase your FPS.
- Windows 11 Ultimate Optimization Guide
- Best NVIDIA Control Panel Settings
- Best AMD Radeon Settings
- Debloat Windows 10
- Reduce & Stabilize your Ping
- Unpark your CPU cores
- Create a custom Power plan to unlock performance
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