How to Increase FPS in Lost Ark

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Defeating both Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 on Steam as one of the most played games is not an easy feat, but Lost Ark was able to easily do this a day after it was released.

How could it not? Its expansive world with brilliant graphics, gameplay, and accommodating free-to-play nature has really sparked the interest of tens of millions of players around the world.

Now, unlike CSGO and Dota 2, Lost Ark requires a little bit more when it comes to system requirements. There are also some pretty specific things that you have to look out for depending on the resolution and graphics that you want to achieve. Additionally, there have also been discussions and reports from players about the game having random framerate drops or unstable framerate with 8 GB RAM.

How do you prevent these things to ensure better and uninterrupted gameplay?

Without further ado, here’s a list of what you can do to make sure your Lost Ark experience is at its peak. We’ve compiled ways how to increase fps in Lost Ark so you wouldn’t have to.

Verify Game Files

What we love about massively multiplayer online role-playing games, affectionately called MMORPG, is how it transforms every time you play. More so when an update or an event happens.

Normally, the game files should automatically be able to fix themselves but if it doesn’t, there would be a lot of issues that could potentially happen; from the game having a bad framerate to the game not working properly at all.

According to one user, they had as many as 117 missing files! Some of these could be as small as random pixels and images, but believe us when we say that missing files can have a big and quick negative impact on the game. For example, unverified files during a new event can result in screen tearing or random blue squares on the screen which could also bring down your framerate.

To verify Lost Ark game files, simply go to your Steam library and look for Lost Ark. Right-click on the game, and in the pop-up menu, go to “Properties”. On the left option, click on “Local Files”. Click on the third button called “Verify integrity of game files”.

Keep a Portion of Your SSD Free

When the RAM is being used 100%, what your computer does is paging the memory to a secondary memory. It’s not just for this reason, your system does it as a memory management technique to control the resources that are being eaten up.

This is why it’s important to have a solid-state drive. It may be more expensive than a hard disk drive, but it’s also way faster especially when running games.

When Lost Ark is eating up all your RAM, it will reallocate the needed memory towards your C-drive which should be your SSD, should you have one.

The best practice is to always leave space in your C-Drive. While the amount of space that could potentially be eaten up may be small, a number of players have noted that upon doing this, they have not seen any issues while playing Lost Ark.

Disable High Dynamic Range Display

High dynamic range, commonly known as HDR, is basically a visual improvement on your screen. This display mode has been really popular on televisions and 4k computer displays, but you could also get it on your standard monitor if it has that feature.

What HDR does is enhances the range, contrast, and color of the display. It basically brightens up the picture, and not just in an eye-blinding way, but it really enhances the details of the display where the viewer will be able to see deeper blacks, more vivid colors, and an overall likeness to what we see in real life.

Since the latest games have been made for HDR, there theoretically shouldn’t be any performance issues while on HDR. What could potentially be affected is the latency since HDR processing involves tone mapping twice.

Nevertheless, disabling HDR can positively affect your framerate especially if you pair it with the other things on this list.

To disable HDR, go to your Windows Settings, then click on System. Under “Windows HD Color”, there should be an option to turn off the use of HDR.

Use Fullscreen Mode

Just like our recommendation on how to increase FPS in Valorant, we also recommend playing Lost Ark in fullscreen mode to maximize the framerate.

We won’t explain it too much since we’ve already done that in the Valorant article. The gist is that in fullscreen mode, the game is in full control of the screen. There is no tendency for any other application to overtake the game. Unless you have multiple screens, we always recommend playing on fullscreen.

Power Mode or High Performance

Did you know that Windows actually has three power plans that you could choose from? Balanced, Power Saver, and High performance.

Balanced, the most recommended setting by Microsoft, is named as such because it “automatically balances performance with energy consumption on capable hardware”. Meanwhile, Power Saver is also pretty self-explanatory because it “saves energy by reducing your computer’s performance where possible.”

Lastly, there is the High-Performance mode which Microsoft describes as a mode that “favors performance, but may use more energy”. When using High-Performance, your PC will try its hardest to run at its peak. This could make for better graphics and higher framerate.

To enable this mode, search for the “Power & Sleep Settings” on the Windows search bar. On the right-hand side, there is a “Related settings” area with a link “Additional power settings”. Click on that link. You will then be led to power options, where High Performance is on the “Show additional plans” concealed option.


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