How To Boost FPS in World of Warcraft – Ultimate Guide 2022

In this guide, we will talk about how you can boost and increase your FPS and the overall performance of World of Warcraft on your PC. By having the maximum FPS that you can have in World of Warcraft, you are making sure you are not missing the benefits that come with it.

It’s crucial to have an optimized PC to enjoy super smooth and responsive gameplay with the highest frames per second. That’s what I am going to show you in this guide. Rest assured that if you follow all the steps of this guide, in the end, you will feel the gameplay in World of Warcraft like you’ve never done before.

How To Boost FPS in World of Warcraft – Ultimate Guide 2022

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Step 1 – Optimize Startup apps and processes.

You may have many apps running in the background that you don’t use, consuming valuable resources such as Ram and CPU. This can cause you to have fewer resources to run World of Warcraft and decrease the overall performance and FPS. Let’s stop every app you don’t use from running in the background.

Now you should see a list of all background apps. To disable all background Windows apps, toggle off “Let Apps Run in the Background“.

Disable all background APPS to increase FPS in World of Warcraft

Next, navigate to “Startup apps”. You’ll find a list of your apps that automatically start when your computer boots up. You’ll want to get rid of most, if not all, to free up more resources for World of Warcraft.

Disable startup apps in Windows to boost fps in World of Warcraft.

Step 2 – Graphics Optimizations

This section of the guide will focus on graphics. It includes optimizing the GPU settings for NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, uninstalling and then reinstalling the driver, optimizing the GPU settings, making sure everything works as it should, and ensuring that the graphics card is on MSI Mode to ensure maximum performance and FPS in World of Warcraft.

What I want you to do is to go ahead and download Display Driver Uninstaller on your PC.

How to Download Display Driver Uninstaller

Next, go to the search bar, type System Configuration, and click on it.

The System Configuration tab should pop up; navigate to the Boot tab, and tick the option Safe boot.

How to boot into Safe Mode

After the restart, you should be in a Safe Mode environment.

Go ahead and look for the Display Driver Uninstaller folder you previously downloaded, extract it, and run the “Display Driver Uninstaller.exe” file as administrator.

Run Display Driver Uninstaller as administrator.

Once DDU is up and running, go to the top left corner and click on Options, scroll down, and tick the option “Prevent downloads of drivers from “Windows Update”……..”, click OK and Close.

Prevent download of drivers from Windows Updates on DDU.

On the right side, click on the option “Select Device Type” and choose GPU, and under that, select the GPU manufacturer (NVIDIA, AMD, INTEL).

Press “Clean and do not Restart“.

How to uninstall graphic card's driver using Display Driver Uninstaller.

Once the process is done, do the following:

Go to the search bar, type System Configuration, and click on it.

Navigate to the Boot tab, and untick the option Safe boot.

How to boot back in normal mode if you are in safe mode.

Click Apply, OK, and then Restart.

Now you should be back in a normal Windows environment. Go ahead and download the latest driver for your GPU and install it.

AMD Drivers / NVIDIA Drivers

Once the driver installation is completed, go ahead and put your GPU on MSI Mode by following the instructions below.

MSI mode for GPU

The next step is to go ahead and run the MSI mode for GPU tool as administrator. It’s a simple tool to put your graphics card driver into MSI mode. This is done by default on the newest graphics cards, and it can give you a little bit of extra performance on World of Warcraft, so it’s worth checking it.

Look for your graphics card, and once you find it ticks the MSI box, click Apply and Exit. That’s all you have to do, don’t edit any of the priorities if you don’t know what you are doing.

How to add your GPU in MSI Mode.

Best AMD Radeon Software settings for World of Warcraft

Now let’s go ahead and optimize the Radeon Software settings to achieve the best FPS possible in World of Warcraft. You can either copy the settings from the photo below, but if you want a more in-depth guide, you can go ahead and read my guide on how to optimize AMD driver settings.

Here is a quick sum-up of what matters:

  • Turn animations and effects off.
  • Turn overlays off.
  • Freesync is mostly a personal preference, but turn it off if you aim for the lowest input lag and latency. Freesync adds a tiny bit of input lag, and it’s useless if you are playing over your refresh rate. For example, if you got a 144hz monitor and are playing World of Warcraft on 200+ fps constantly, Freesync is useless for you. Still, on the other hand, if you got a 240hz monitor and you are playing World of Warcraft on 140-200fps, then it can make your whole experience smoother with the only disadvantage of adding a little bit(sometimes not even noticeable) input lag.
  • Almost all settings are turned off and set to performance where applicable.
  • Do some tests with the Anti-Lag option. I’ve found out that you shouldn’t be using it on high-end GPU, but on older ones, it helps. So take like few minutes and do some tests with it.
  • Set your resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
  • Set the refresh rate to the highest possible.
Best AMD Radeon Settings for World of Warcraft.(1)
Best AMD Radeon Settings for World of Warcraft.(2)
Best AMD Radeon Settings for World of Warcraft.(3)

Best NVidia Control Panel settings for World of Warcraft

Now, let’s go ahead and optimize the NVidia Control Panel settings to achieve the best FPS possible in World of Warcraft. You can either copy the settings from the photo below, or if you want a more in-depth guide, you can go ahead and read my guide on how to optimize NVidia driver settings.

Here is a quick sum-up of what matters:

  • Almost all settings are turned off and set to performance where applicable.
  • Set the refresh rate to the highest possible.
  • Set your resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
  • Choose No Scaling unless you play on stretched resolutions.
  • G-Sync is mostly a personal preference, but if you aim for the lowest input lag and latency, turn it off. G-Sync adds a tiny bit of input lag, and it’s useless if you are playing over your refresh rate. For example, if you got a 144hz monitor and are playing World of Warcraft on 200+ fps constantly, then G-Sync is useless. Still, on the other hand, if you got a 240hz monitor and you are playing World of Warcraft on 140-200fps, then it can make your whole experience smoother with the only disadvantage of adding a little bit(sometimes not even noticeable) input lag.
Best NVidia control panel settings World of Warcraft.(1)
Best NVidia control panel settings for World of Warcraft.(2)
Best NVidia control panel settings for Windows 11.(3)
Best NVidia control panel settings for World of Warcraft.(4)
Best NVidia control panel settings for World of Warcraft.(5)

Step 4 – Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU scheduling.

If you are streaming World of Warcraft on OBS or Streamlabs, then don’t enable this setting because it can cause lags and micro stutters in your stream and recording. You will lose a few FPS while playing World of Warcraft, but everything will be smooth and stable.

On the other hand, if you are not streaming, turn it on because it will give you extra performance and frames per second in World of Warcraft.

We are pretty much done with the graphics part of this guide. Let’s move on to Windows settings!

How to enable Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling to boost fps in World of Warcraft.

Step 5 – Optimize Windows Settings

Xbox Game Bar

Go to your search bar and type Xbox game bar, click on it, and turn both options OFF.

Game Mode

While you are on the Xbox game bar tab, on your left side, you should see Game Mode, click on it, and make sure to enable it. The game mode was not working as intended on previous Windows builds and versions, but that seems to be fixed on the latest versions, it’s running smoothly, and it will give you a slight FPS increase in World of Warcraft.

Advanced Scaling Options

Go to Advanced Scaling Options, look for Fix scaling for apps, and toggle it to Disabled. This option doesn’t work, so keep it off.

Step 6 – Best Power Plan for World of Warcraft

I’ve tested every single power plan available, and I can say that the one working the best, especially for World of Warcraft, is the Bitsum Highest Performance Power Plan.

I’ve created a script on my files, so you have to run it, import the power plan, and make it the active one. Also, I recommend deleting the rest of the power plans because sometimes Windows will automatically switch to another one.

Step 7 – ISLC(Intelligent Standby List Cleaner)

You’ll find many different theories about this app on the internet. It does not tremendously help your overall system performance, but it helps with system and latency and makes things just a little bit snappier. Hence, it makes it worth running on your system.

You can download ISLC here: ISLC Download Page

  • Set Wanted Timer Resolution to 0.5
  • Tick Enable Custom Resolution
  • Tick Start ISLC minimized and auto-Start monitoring.
  • Tick Launch ISLC on user logon
  • Change the “Free memory is lower than” option from 1024 to any of the values below(depending on your RAM)
    • Take half of your RAM and multiply by 1024. Put the number you got on the “Free memory is lower than” option.
    • For example, if you have 16 GB of RAM installed on your computer, the number should be 8192. ( 16/2*1024). You can check the table below with all the values.
  • Once you’ve done that, click on Start, and that’s it.
  • ISLC will start running automatically every time your PC boots up, so you don’t have to worry again.
YOUR RAMVALUE TO ADD
2GB1024
4 GB.2048
8GB4096
16GB8192
32GB16384
64GB32768
ISLC: Free memory is lower than values
How to configure intelligent standby list cleaner for Windows 11 depending on your RAM size.

If, after restarting your PC, you notice that “Current timer resolution” is not 0.5ms exactly, and it’s a number like 0.4988, do the following:

Run CMD as Administrator and type the following commands one by one:

  • bcdedit /set useplatformtick yes
  • bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes
  • bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock

If the last one gives back an error that the value doesn’t exist, that’s fine. If the value doesn’t exist, it’s already off.

Step 8 – Best Registry tweaks to boost FPS in World of Warcraft

These are the most basic stuff you may have seen before, but believe me, it’s like the 95% that matters and will make a performance and fps difference in World of Warcraft.

Download Best Registry Tweaks for World of Warcraft:

Step 9 – Optimize BIOS to Boost FPS in World of Warcraft

BIOS settings are really crucial when it comes to boosting and increasing your FPS in World of Warcraft. You will have to make sure your RAM speed is set correctly, CPU power saving features are disabled, apply any overclocks to your CPU, enable Resize bar and customize your fans speed to keep temperatures down to ensure stability and overall performance of your system.

Below you can find the most critical BIOS settings to increase your FPS in World of Warcraft and the overall performance of your system.

Optimize AMD system BIOS Settings

  • Make sure XMP or D.O.C.P is set to Profile 1 / Enabled.
  • Precision Boost Overdrive: Enabled
  • Re-size BAR support: Enabled
  • Find the options for FAN controls, and if you have a water cooler, make sure to set it to 100% at all times and optimize the rest of the coolers to work on higher speeds to keep temperatures as low as possible.
How to enable XMP / D.O.C.P in BIOS
How to enable XMP in BIOS to boost FPS in World of Warcraft.
How to enable Precision boost overdrive in BIOS to increase FPS in World of Warcraft.
How to enable Resize bar support in Bios to increase performance in World of Warcraft.

Optimize Intel system BIOS settings

The Intel settings below can be found under your BIOS’s CPU features/CPU configuration/Overclocking/Ai Tweaker tabs. If it’s your first time entering BIOS, it may take you some time, but I am pretty sure you will find them easily.

  • Core Ratio: Set a stable clock ratio for your CPU. (If you don’t know what to do here, do some research on Reddit or forums)
  • Ring Ratio: Set a stable ring ratio for your CPU. (If you don’t know what to do here, do some research on Reddit or forums)
  • Make sure XMP or D.O.C.P is set to Profile 1 / Enabled.
  • Intel SpeedStep: Disabled
  • Intel Speed Shift Technology: Disabled
  • Intel C-state: disabled
  • Turbo Mode: Enabled
  • CPU Ratio Offset when running AVX: 0
  • Re-Size BAR support: Enabled
  • Find the options for FAN controls, and if you have a water cooler, make sure to set it to 100% at all times and optimize the rest of the coolers to work on higher speeds to keep temperatures as low as possible.
Best BIOS settings for Intel systems.

Once you are done with all the settings, you can go ahead and save these settings as a profile and then find the option to Save & Exit BIOS.

Step 10 – Cleanup and Protect your System

If there is no explanation on why your FPS is low or generally your computer feels sluggish and slow, there is a chance that it’s infected with some kind of virus or malware. While no antivirus can guarantee 100% cleanup of your PC from malware and viruses, Vipre has a very high detection rate and will do a pretty good job.

Now, go ahead and download Vipre Antivirus. You can get the Free Trial on their website by navigating to the menu -> Products -> Download/Update.

Vipre antivirus

Download and install Vipre and then run it. Make sure to perform a full scan and let it finish up. It might take some time, but it’s worth it.

Once the scan is completed, quarantine everything and restart your PC.

If you get the full version after the trial, you won’t have to worry again about viruses, malware, etc., infecting your PC.

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