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

Written by Monika   /   Jul 7, 2020    


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 



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)\Steam\steamapps\common\Need 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)\Steam\steamapps\common\Need 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.

Written by Monika.