Best Warframe Graphics settings for Gaming and FPS

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Warframe is one of the most played free steam games out there. Although the game is free many of the gaming communities needed help setting the best performance settings for Warframe. As a fellow Warframe gamer I decided to help by making an in-depth guide on optimizing Warframe graphics settings to give the best performance without compromising on the graphics. We will also optimize steam launch options for Warframe.

So for Warframe, you can change the steam launch options and the in-game graphics settings for the best performance and gameplay experience.

Steam launch options for Warframe

  • Go to the steam library.
  • Select the game and click on properties.
  • Then select  “Set launch options”

The best steam launch settings I found for Warframe are the nod3d9ex, -novid and -high parameters.

-nod3d9ex

Disables directX9 extensions and give some performance boost. Many players reported that they had increased a framerate boost in Warframe with this option on.

-novid

This disables the in-game intro video making the game start faster. Useful for low end pcs and those who want to save time.

-high

Runs the game in high priority. Useful when you are only running a single game with no applications in the background. It can give a significant boost to Warframe performance.

These are the only steam launch settings which I found to be of any use. If you know more do let me know. I would be happy to add them to the list.

Steam launch options

steam launch options Warframe:

-high -novid -nod3d9ex

Open Warframe Graphics Options 

1)You need to select “Options” from the Warframe and go to

2)Then select the “Display” tab.

Select Display Settings under your options panel as shown

Graphics settings in Warframe for best performance

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Display Mode: Fullscreen

Fullscreen is the best for gameplay experience as well as performance

Resolution: Max resolution

Resolution plays a very important role in the game performance and gameplay experience. Set it at the max resolution first. Reduce it only as a last option. You will lose quite a lot of graphics when you lower it.

Aspect ratio: Auto

Auto is the best when it comes to performance and gameplay experience. Unless you have an ultrawide monitor you will have the aspect ratio of 16:9. Let be the default.

Vertical Sync: Disable

The problem Vertical Sync is that the second your FPS (frames per second) drops below your monitor’s refresh rate, your FPS will be directly reduced to half. I recommend disabling this for Warframe to get Maximum FPS and lag-free performance

Refresh Rate: Default or Max possible

The higher refresh rate is better for your eyes as well as you get more lag-free gaming. This is especially true if you want to

Max Framerate: No limits or same as your monitor refresh rate

Both are fine frankly speaking. No limits is the best for desktops. For laptops, no limits might cause heat issues. As long as the FPS does not drop below your refresh rate your game will not Lag.

FPP Camera FOV: (default)

This is a personal preference, but all the pro players I asked prefer to maximize the FOV.

A wider field of view (FOV) increases what you can see from the player’s view. However, lower values will improve your performance. Test and see what you comfortable with. Otherwise, leave it at default.

Screen Shake: Disable

It creates a shake effect while sprinting. Not required so disable it. It will help maximize performance in Warframe.

Effects intensity: Disable or keep it at default.

Deals with the intensity of the effects in-game. Warframe effects are kind of fun so I personally keep it at default. If you really want a lot of performance then disable it. You will get a good performance boost. For low-end systems. Disabling is the only option.

Runtime Tessellation: Disable

You can safely this as this does not help in gameplay. You get some tessellation effects but those are not required while playing Warframe.

Local reflections: Disable

Turn it off and some FPS for Warframe. This is one of the unnecessary Warframe Graphics settings which add extra effects to the game.

Volumetric Lighting: Disable

Add lighting effects. It does make the game look pretty but you need to disable it for performance.

High dynamic range (HDR): Disable

Disable to save the much-needed resources to maximize Warframe gameplay performance.

Adaptive exposure: Disable

Disable this as it adds unnecessary effects to the game

Glare: Disable

Disable this as it adds unnecessary effects to the game. Glare is not useful for gaming.

Film Grain: Disable

Add a filmy effect to the game. Personally I did not like it. Also, it does not help the gameplay in any way. So I recommend you to delete it.

Ambient Occlusion: Disable

Adds the Occlusion effect to your Warframe gameplay. Not required and hence can be safely disabled.

High Shader Quality: Disable for the low end. Enable for mid-end systems

It makes the game look good at the cost of performance. For low-end systems disable this. For mid to high end enable this to get a better gameplay experience in Warframe.

Dynamic resolution: Disable

Disable. It keeps changing the resolution which impacts FPS. Also, the max resolution is always the best when it comes to gameplay and Warframe performance settings.

warframe graphics settings

Geometry detail: Low or Medium

It deals with the quality of shapes. You can set it to Medium for High and Mid end systems. for low-end systems set it to low. You need all the FPS you can get for Warframe.

Particle system quality: Low

Turn this to low. It does not impact the graphics a lot. Disabling this gives a big FPS Boost.

GPU Particles: Low

Only set it Medium if you have a good graphics card. Low is best for everyone else. It directly impacts GPU performance and hence is recommended for those with good GPU.

Shadow Quality: Low

Shadows have the highest impact on Warframe Fps. SO the best option is to set it to low regardless of whether you have a good system.

Texture memory: Medium or High

Set it to High preferably. It has to do with graphics memory. If you have 4Gb or more the go with the Max settings. If you have 2GB or more then High is better.

Set it to medium if you have a very low-end system. Going below medium makes the game look bad so I don’t recommend it.

Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Off

This option forces texture render using specific methods for filtering. Bilinear filters it 2x whereas you can go up to 16x in the setting. Set it to off for the best performance.

Trilinear Filtering: Off

Disable this. It will help save resources. It does not impact Warframe graphics a lot but does boost FPS when disabled.

Antialiasing: none

Set it to none for the best performance. It will save you a lot of FPS in-game. Does not have a high impact on graphics

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Depth of Field: Disable

Unnecessary effects you can safely disable it

Motion Blur: Disable

Adds a blur effect in the game. Disable it and get amazing lag-free performance in Warframe

Distortions: Disable

Unnecessary effects you can safely disable it. The name itself shows that it is unnecessary.

Bloom: Disable

Hampers vision and gives a blinding effect to players. Disable it. No matter what.

Color correction: Disable

Unnecessary effects you can safely disable it

Dynamic lighting: Disable

Unnecessary light effects you can safely disable it to get an FPS boost in Warframe.

Character shadows: Disable

Unnecessary effects you can safely disable it

Weapon Elemental FX: Disable

This enables weapon special effects you can safely disable it to boost performance and get the best settings for Warframe.

Optimized Flip Model: Disable

If your game is still lagging than try the performance settings guide for windows. Hopefully, you will now get the performance

I hope this guide has been informative for you and I thank you for reading. If you have any more suggestions or questions regarding Warframe Graphics settings for best Performance then do ask them in the comment section below.

Happy gaming. See you in-game

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8 Comments

  • sorry to tell you but these settings do not change the performance of the game at all because warframe is having trouble playing with high FPS rates I have already done several tests and has not changed at all, changing resolution and graphics quality the FPS will be the same

    Douglas
    Posted April 28, 2020
    • Kindly check if your system is good enough to run the game. When graphics quality and resolution are changed there will always be a difference in FPS regardless of the game. That’s just how games are designed. If your system has limited resources then you will feel that the game lags no matter what the settings you use are.
      Check the same settings on another system with a better processor and graphics card. I am sure you will have better results. Also by high framerate it should 60 fps or 144fps depending on your screen refresh rate. Provide more info regarding the same if you want to discuss more

      Posted April 28, 2020
  • I have AMD Ryzen 5 3550H 2.10 GHz turbo to 3.70 GHz , 12 GB ram, GTX 1050 3GB and windows 10 pro. Can i run this game stable with default settings or i have to disable everything you say ?

    Amin Iqmal
    Posted May 21, 2020
    • You can run it at default settings. These settings are for systems that are having low FPS and lag issues. I doubt you would face this issue

      Posted May 21, 2020
  • Thanks for the guid, it helped a lot, keep it up. Mainly the guide to optimize windows

    Isaac
    Posted August 1, 2020
    • Always welcome. Do share the guides to show your support

      Posted August 1, 2020
  • I followed everything here and it gave me 80 extra FPS, from 150ish – 230 and spiking up. Nicely done, about time someone showed me what the hell these settings all mean and to turn it off or not. Thank alot

    N4bb3
    Posted September 10, 2020
    • Glad it helped you.If you want even more FPS then you check the guide for optimizing windows for gaming. You will probably get around 30-50 FPS more. Maybe even higher. Make sure to check it out.

      Posted September 10, 2020

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