Need for Speed Heat – Tips to Lower CPU Usage and Stuttering

In this guide, I will show you the things I found on how to lower cpu usage and stuttering and also slow texture loading.

Useful Tips 

All credit goes to Monika!

Stuttering/Slow Texture Loading

The only way I found on how to fix this is to install the game on SSD. I mean its 2020, why would someone install AAA game on HDD?

Use Custom user.cfg

Go to your NFS Heat installation folder (default is C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonNeed for Speed Heat).

Create a new cfg file using notepad.

Add this:

  • Thread.ProcessorCount 4
  • Thread.MaxProcessorCount 4
  • Thread.MinFreeProcessorCount 0
  • Thread.JobThreadPriority 0
  • GstRender.Thread.MaxProcessorCount 4

  • First line is number of your cores.
  • Second line is number of your cores.
  • Third line must be set to 0.
  • Fourth line must be set to 0.
  • Fifth line is number of your threads.

So, for example im using an i7 7700HQ (4c/8t), the number from top to bottom would go like 4,4,0,0,8.

  • Save it as .cfg
  • Done

Lowering CPU Usage

1. Use Borderless mode

While ingame, go to graphic settings and choose borderless.

Note: I dont know why but borderless made my cpu runnning on 50% usage (on fullscreen it was around 90%).

2. Disable Steam Overlay

  • Go to Steam library.
  • Right-click on Need For Speed Heat.
  • In general tab, uncheck “enable steam overlay while in-game”.
  • Using steam overlay made my cpu run around 70% usage and 50% without overlay.

3. Messing up with .exe properties

  • Go to your Need For Speed Heat installation folder.
    Default is C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonNeed for Speed Heat.
  • Right-click on NeedForSpeedHeat.exe.
  • Click on properties.
  • Click on compability tab.
  • Click on check settings for all users.
  • From there, use windows 7 compability.
  • Check the disable fullscreen optimisation.
  • Click on change high dpi setting.
  • Check the override high dpi scaling behavior and set it to application.
  • Done.

You can also choose between using windows 7 compability mode or not.

Volodymyr Azimoff
About Volodymyr Azimoff 13981 Articles
I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

1 Comment

  1. Question: “I mean its 2020, why would someone install AAA game on HDD?” Answer: Not everyone has the money for an SSD, or even a new PC. This is a stupid point and please edit that.

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