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[Sticky] How to Optimize your ATLAS Play.  


Alphynen (Nenyhpla)
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09/07/2019 5:55 am  


press the ~ (tilde key) IN-GAME which will open the Console and type in: 

stat fps
or stat fps 1
or stat fps 0

Enables/Disables the fps overlay. 

Other useful commands:
stat Unit Overall frame time as well as the game thread, rendering thread, and GPU times.

Steam Library Atlas Launch Properties 

This is a very simple thing that will solve a good chunk of your performance issues if the game is for some reason not utilizing all of your cores. 

Go to your Steam Library, right click atlas, properties, set launch options and paste this code in:

For low end PC's also add this too:
-lowmemory -window

Window can be used or not to your preference. I use it along with the Alt tab instructions to be able to alt tab out of the game.

Atlas Steam Launch Properties

The following is a List of all useful launch options with descriptions:

-USEALLAVAILABLECORES (the game will use all your CPU cores)
-sm4 and -d3d10 (runs game with DirectX 10)
-nomansky (removes clouds and some sky effects)
-lowmemory (the game will use only 4gb of your RAM)
-w 640 -h 480 (runs game in 640x480 resolution)
-full (fullscreen mode)
-window (windowed mode with borders)
-noborder (windowed mode without borders)
-low (runs GAME as a low-priority process)
-high (runs Game as a high-priority process)
-noaafonts (removes fonts anitalising)
-autoconfig (return default settings)
-novid (turns off some cinematics)

Optimizing Atlas In-game Settings for Max FPS

Please note that these options will not be the most optimal setup for all computers, but about 80% of them will see a huge increase in FPS from changing these settings.

Resolution – change this depending on your device and CPU/GPU, desktop computers should not have any problems running 1920×1080 but on a Laptop it’s recommended to use the 1280×768 resolution. 

Window Mode– ALWAYS have this in full screen, Windowed or WindowedFullscreen will decrease your FPS and cause lag and/or frame tearing. Note full window is NOT compatible with alt tabbing.

Resolution Scale – lowering it down will decrease resolution but increase FPS, only lower this as a last resort if you have lag even with other settings optimized.

World Tile Buffers, View Distance, Anti-Aliasing and Post Processing – set these to medium or low depending on your computer.

General Shadows, Terrain Shadows, Ambient Lightning – configuring these to the lowest setting will provide you with a nice increase to FPS and overall performance.

Sky Quality, Ground Clutter Density, Ground Clutter Distance and Mesh Level of Detail – set these between lowest-middle, these will most certainly lower your overall FPS if you have them on max. 

Uncheck all the row 2 settings except Color Grading and Low Quality Animations. See the Image included in the post. After altering all of these settings, remember to save them!

Atlas Config File Setting Optimizations
In order to get to the Atlas config file you will have to find your Steam folder.
The path to the Steam games folder is

Steam Library/Atlas (right click)/Properties/Local files tab/Browse Local files/ATLAS 

When you’re there, go into ShooterGame folder, -> Saved folder -> Config folder -> WindowsNoEditor folder.                                                                                                 

When you successfully navigated into the WindowsNoEditor folder
open the GameUserSettings Atlas configuration file -> Right click it ->
open with -> Notepad (or any other text editor). 

Scroll down to the

[Scalability Groups] 

and edit these three lines to 0 as shown below.


IMPORTANT – after editing EffectsQuality, TrueSkyQuality and GroundClutterQuality to 0, 

save the config file (CTRL+S) or file->save. 

Exit the file, right click on the GameUserSettings config file, press properties and set it to READ-ONLY, press apply and ok. 

This part is important because with every game update or patch these settings might get reset to the ones prior to your edits.


In your taskbar, find the NVIDIA GeForce Experience icon. Right click and then left click NVIDIA Control Panel. On the Left side of the window that opens find Manage 3D settings.
In the 3D Settings Panel Scroll down till you find ARK:Survival Evolved.

Input the Following Settings.
Maximum pre-rendered frames = 1
Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration = Single display performance
Power management mode = Prefer maximum performance
Texture Filtering - Anisotropic Sample optimization = ON
Texture Filtering - Quality = Performance
Texture Filtering - Trilinear optimization = ON
Triple buffering = Off


Below is the Global profile which will provide the best performance/quality ratio across most titles. Yet, there may be times that you will still be searching for even greater performance (i.e higher frames). When this situation presents itself, there is a primary setting that should always be tested first to see if performance is increased when adjusted via Radeon settings. Everything else would remain the same.

Tessellation Mode: Override Application Settings/ None 

To access these options, open AMD Radeon Settings by right clicking on your desktop, and select AMD Radeon Settings.

Anti-aliasing Mode: -Use application settings (Off in game) 
Anti-aliasing Method: -Multisampling (Off in game)
Morphological Filtering: -Off
Anisotropic Filtering Mode: -Use application settings (Off in game)
Texture Filtering Quality: -Performance
Surface Format Optimization: -On
Wait for Vertical Refresh: -Off, unless application specifies
(Off in game, unless your frames are able to be maintained,
never dropping below your monitors refresh rate)
OpenGL Triple Buffering -Off
Shader Cache: -AMD optimized
Tessellation Mode: -AMD optimized
Frame Rate Target Control: -On
[Set to your monitors maximum refresh rate - EX: 60 is using 60Hz,
75 is using 75Hz etc..]

Long Load Time / Fatal Errors on load 

Anytime you experience either Exceptional long loading times or Fatal errors on loading. 

EXIT GAME, EXIT STEAM, and then re-enter the game lobby and try again. If it repeatedly loads slowly or errors, try doing a Re-Verify of your game files. 

(Steam>game>right click go down to properties>on properties box click "browse local files" tab>go to Re-Verify files button>Re-Verify.).

This topic was modified 4 months ago 6 times by Alphynen (Nenyhpla)


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