Last Updated on 1st February 2023
Every modern PC can handle Path of Exile with ease on relatably high fps. The main focus of players looking for the best Path of Exile settings is to achieve the highest FPS possible, lowest input lag and latency, and have the smoothest possible gameplay.
Apart from those settings, it’s also important to optimize your mouse, control, and sensitivity settings. I am not the most experienced Path of Exile player, so I will suggest you settings from Pro Path of Exile players.
Below I will go over everything you need to know about Path of Exile camera settings, controller settings, binds, graphics settings, and even sound settings. If you’ve played Path of Exile for any time, you should have released that the default settings don’t allow you to play at your best potential.
Sticking to the default settings will disadvantage you no matter how good you are. So we will improve all the settings to get you the most benefits.
Best Path of Exile settings
When it comes to the best Path of Exile settings, whatever you may be looking for, you will probably find it in this guide.
I will go in-depth in every important setting and give you some suggestions from my experience or from my research on the best Path of Exile Pro player’s settings.
Best POE(Path of Exile) Graphics settings
This is a crucial part of the POE settings regarding performance and fps.
Many of the POE graphics settings depend heavily on your hardware, and you will have to choose independently. I will do my best, though, to explain to you how all the graphics settings work and give you suggestions for choosing the optimal graphics settings for POE for your specific hardware.
- Display: Choose your main GPU.
- Mode: Fullscreen if you don’t need to alt-tab frequently.
- Resolution: Your monitor’s native resolution.
- Rendered: Test in a crowded area and see which one gives you better and more consistent fps.
- Vsync: Always off since it adds input lag to your game.
- Foreground FPS Cap: Don’t cap this.
- Background FPS Cap: 60
- Antialiasing Quality: Off
- Lighting: Shadows
- Shadow Quality: Low
- Sun Shadow Quality: Low-Medium
- Number of Lights: Low
- Bloom: Normal
- Incursion Effect: Disabled
- Water Detail Level: Low
- Texture Quality: Medium-High depending on your hardware.
- Texture Filtering: 2x Anisotropic Filtering
- This part really depends on your hardware. If you got a low-end pc, then try the settings below. If not, then you can disable the dynamic resolution and keep Multithreading enabled.
- Dynamic Culling: Enabled
- Dynamic Resolution: Enabled
- Target FrameRate: 60
- Engine Multithreading: Enabled
Best POE(Path of Exile) Sound settings
There have been many issues with the sound effects of POE, especially regarding stuttering and fps drops. If you have good hardware and are experiencing dramatic fps drops that make your game unplayable, it might be because of the sounds.
I know it doesn’t sound real but think about it. All the different sounds are produced by different mobs in the game at the same exact time. I got two solutions for that but first, let’s optimize our POE sound settings.
- Device: Choose your Speakers, Headphones, Monitor, or whatever you use to output sound.
- Channel Count: Medium. If you are on a really low-end PC, try setting it to Low.
- Master Volume: 100
- Sound Effects Volume: 0
- Music Volume: 0
- Ambient Sound Volume: 0
- Dialogue Volume: 50
- Chat Alerts Volume: 0
As I said above, if you are experiencing crazy fps drops and stuttering for no actual reason, it might be the in-game sounds.
Below you can find a quick fix for that:
- Go to your Sound settings -> Device Properties -> Additional Device Properties.
- Click on the Enhancements tab, Tick Disable all enhancements, and press apply.
- Then go to the Advanced tab and change the Default Format, and set it to 16 bit 32000hz or 16 bit 44000hz
- Now you should have the same sound quality, but the fps drops and stuttering should be gone.
Best POE(Path of Exile) User Interface(UI) settings
Below you’ll find a good starting setup for your “User Interface” settings on Path of Exile, which will provide you with a lot of useful information while playing and show you crucial stats of your character that will help you survive and get better at the game.
- Language: Choose the language you prefer.
- Chat Language: Same as language.
- Networking Mode: Read below
- If you have a consistent low ping in Path of Exile, then set this to Lockstep. If your ping goes up and down, then set it to Auto.
- Screen Shake: Disabled
- Enable Quest Tracking: Enabled
- Show Corner Map: Enabled
- Auto-Center Map: Enabled
- Landscape Transparency: Personal preference
- Map Transparency: Personal preference
- Map Zoom: Personal preference
- Always Highlight: If you don’t like this option, then you can set a keybind to do the same thing.
- Always show sockets: Enabled
- Key pickup: Use highlight key.
- Show Full Descriptions: Enabled
- Show Life/Mana Levels: Enabled
- Show Flask Buffs: Disabled
- Show Aura Icons: Disabled
- Corpse Targeting: When Key Held
- Show Global Chat: Personal Preference
- Show Trade Chat: Personal Preference
- Show Guild Chat: Personal Preference
- Show Timestamps in Chat: Enabled
- Show Mini Life Bars on Allies: Depends
- Show Mini Life Bars on Enemies: Enable
- Show Mini Life Bars Above you: Enable
- Show Ally Names on Your Map: Enable
- Show Clock: Enable
- Output Dialogue to Chat: Enable
- Advanced Mod Descriptions: Enable
- Auto-Equip: Disable
- Mousewheel Zoom: Enable
- Confine Mouse To Window: Disable
- Support Gem Utility Popup: Disable
- Default Loot Allocation: Short Allocation
- Level DownScaling: Enabled
Best POE(Path of Exile) Config settings
Here you’ll find two suggestions to optimize your POE Config file. One is about increasing your FPS, and the other one is about the stuttering because of the sound effects in-game that we spoke about previously.
To find the config file navigate to “Documents” -> “Path of Exile” and look for the “production_Config” file.
Right-click and Edit.
Press CTRL + F on your keyboard, and type “shadow” in the search box. Look for the value “shadow_type=” , once you find it change the value to -> “shadow_type=no_shadows“. Remember that this will boost your FPS, but there will be no shadows in-game.
Now, look for the “SOUND” settings in the config file, and replace the “zeros” with “false” on the settings you want to disable.
Once you’ve completed the edits, save the file, and make sure to mark it as “Read Only“.(Watch the photo below)
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
Enhance your gaming experience
If, after following this guide, you still can’t optimize POE or you feel like your PC is underperforming, you can book a PC Optimization appointment with me, and I will be more than happy to help you out and solve all your problems and dramatically improve your pc performance.
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These were the best settings for POE that should give you a good starting point to enjoy the game. Many of these settings really depend on your hardware and playstyle, so do a little bit of testing and tweaking, and I am 100% sure that you will get to the point where you have the optimal settings exactly for you.