EVERSPACE 2 – Performance / FPS Guide

A guide to get more FPS by switching to DX11, settings and their FPS impact.

How-To: Performance / FPS

Graphical Settings, and Their Impact

V-Sync, turn it off!

It prevents screen-tearing – Always the first thing to go in my games, if you ever want more frames. It locks your max framerate to 30,60,120+ FPS (Depending on the game tech and monitor Refresh Rate. (Usually 30 FPS, 1/2 or 2/3 of your R.R.)). No changes will make your FPS go past this limit, without first turning V-Sync off or using a V-Sync mode (like Tripple Buffering) to increase the limited FPS a bit.

Ordered by FPS impact.

  1. VolumetricsExtreme impact. Depending on location.
    Low->Medium: ~2 FPS
    Medium->High: 12 FPS
    High->Epic: 6 FPS
    Total: 20 FPS.
  2. Shadows: Very variable impact.
    Epic: Seems like high shadow areas tank the fps by as much as 10 FPS. Especially hangar.
    High: Extreme varience in FPS. As much as 7 FPS.
    Low->Medium: Stable ~3 FPS drop in most areas.
    Recomended setting: Medium.
  3. EffectsHigh impact.
    Low->Medium: 0 FPS
    Medium->High: 10 FPS
    High->Epic: ~1 FPS
    Total: 11 FPS
  4. Post ProcessingHigh impact.
    Low->Medium: ~1 FPS
    Medium->High: 4 FPS
    High->Epic: 6 FPS
    Total: 11 FPS
  5. SSGIHigh impact.
    9 FPS total.
  6. Lens FlaresMedium impact.
    4 FPS total.
  7. View DistanceLow impact. Depending on location.
    Only ~3 FPS total.
  8. Anti-AliasingVery Low impact.
    Only ~2 FPS total.
  9. ShadingVery Low impact.
    Only ~2 FPS total.
  10. TexturesVery Low impact.
    Only ~1 FPS total.

Chromatic Abberation and Morion Blur are unnoticeable on the graphs.

  • *FPS values tested on my rig. They may differ on yours.
  • **Tested in “Alcyone Station” location with MSI Afterburner, while making loops arround the map.
  • ***Values are an avarage of the peaks and bottoms on a graph. In case of almost unnoticeable/uncertain impact I put up the “~” mark.
  • ****Sorry for the bible at the start… People seem to be mad at me making a condensed statement about V-Sync, and not making a somewhat extensive explanation.

Running with Nvidia GPU and V-Sync

In the process of acquiring necessary info to complete this section. Here is what i assume was done to achieve GREAT SUCCSESS with V-sync.

  1. Toggle V-Sync to the “Low-Latency” mode in-game.
  2. Go to the Nvidia Control Panel (Not GeForce Experience).
  3. Choose if you want to apply it to all apps or only this game.

Turn on the following:

  • Low Latecy Mode – On
  • Max Framerate – On – [Desired FPS] + 1
  • Vertical Sync – Fast OR Use the 3D application Setting

Switching to DX11 for the Biggest FPS Boost

Step 1

Right click on Everspace 2 in the steam library and click on “Properties”.

Step 2

Now type “-dx11” without the quotes into the box, as shown on the immage.

That’s it! Start it up, and hopefully it humms.

Graphical Settings, and Their Impact

Ordered by FPS impact

Volumetrics: Very High impact. Depending on location.

  • Low->Medium: ~1 FPS
  • Medium->High: 5 FPS
  • High->Epic: 7 FPS
  • Total: 13 FPS.

Effects: High impact.

  • Low->Medium: 0 FPS
  • Medium->High: 6 FPS
  • High->Epic: ~1 FPS
  • Total: 7 FPS

View Distance: Very Low impact. Depending on location.

  • Only ~3 FPS total.

Textures: Very Low impact.

  • Only ~2 FPS total.

Anti-Aliasing: Very Low impact.

  • Only ~1 FPS total.

Post Processing: Very Low impact.

  • Only ~1 FPS total.

Shading: Very Low impact.

  • Only ~1 FPS total.
  • *FPS values tested on my rig. They may differ on yours.
  • **Tested in “Alcyone Station” location with MSI Afterburner, while making loops arround the map.

Testing Rig

A very modest, low-medium end PC.

  • GPU: MSI GamingX Gtx 970 – STILL waiting for 3080’s prices to be reasonable or in stock.
  • CPU: i7 9700k.
  • Game storage: WD Red SA500 2TB M.2 SSD.
  • RAM: 32GB Hyper-X Fury 2666 MHz (Although 16 GB of this I use as Ram Cache).
  • OS: 2x2TB Seagate Baracuda HDD (Raid 0).
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B365-F GAMING.
Volodymyr Azimoff
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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.

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