Up For Debate - What Graphics Preset Are You Happy With?

Written by Ed SW on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 10:47 AM
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So here’s a debate that this site was effectively founded on. What graphics preset (generally speaking) is the one that you’re happy with? Are you the type of guy that has to have every game that you play running at 60fps on Ultra? Or are you happy if you can play it at medium settings at 30 fps? Or better yet, are you more happy with 60fps at medium or 30 fps at ultra? Let’s take a knee and talk this one out.

So chances are you found this site pursuing the very topic we’re debating today. What preset can your rig run a certain game on being one of the most asked questions we face here. So let’s finally find out, what are you happy with?

We can’t think of anyone that would say no to 60fps on very high settings, but are you one of those people that not getting performance that high niggles at the back of your head every time you play a game? Are you constantly chasing new hardware to get this golden prize of performance?

Or are you more of a realist? Happy to sit at medium settings as long as it doesn’t hurt your eyes. If the fps is better at medium, then why push for ultra? Heck as long as low doesn’t make your eyes bleed what's the problem with that? Is it worth buying a £300 graphics card for?

So tell us what you think. Are you the medium settings, average Joe kinda guy? Or are you the pinnacle of the PC master race, angry at anything below 60fps when running The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt on ultra? Let us know your stance in the comment section below!

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18:32 Dec-27-2016

Well, to be honest I usually use the Nvidia optimized settings. I never used to because my rig could always run at higher settings then the Nvidia software thought it could, but then they came out with the GeForce Experience 3.0 and it is MUCH better. That being said if they settings can be pushed further without sacrificing my 60 fps the I will go into the settings and manually adjust them as needed, but in my experience the GeForce software is pretty good at finding the right balance.

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18:05 Dec-27-2016

I don't usually use a preset. I might start with one, but then I customize the settings, turn down things like AA and shadows, distant object level of detail, that sort of thing. Battlefield 1 is the only game I let stay on the ultra preset, because it runs so well for me. Well that and Overwatch, but it's not as graphically complex.

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17:51 Dec-27-2016

As long as I cannot see a disturbing amount of aliasing, I target higher fps (60).

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18:34 Dec-27-2016

Yeah that is something that I will sacrifice 60 fps for. I can't deal with aliasing. It's my pet peeve of gaming I guess.

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19:32 Dec-27-2016

Yeah... and aliasing on reflection looks even more awful.

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16:31 Dec-27-2016

don't care about it... doesn't matter at all. A game with good graphical design and art style will always look amazing, no matter the settings.

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16:23 Dec-27-2016

As I mostly play RTS games, I don't really aim as much for FPS as I do for quality. I'm perfectly fine with FPS between 27 and 45ish.


When it comes down to FPS, I aim for ... well, quality, as long as it's above 30 FPS (oh, the heresy, how dare I! - Shoot me)

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16:09 Dec-27-2016

I guess I game mostly on high. I'm crazy about perfecting the settings for my own taste so there is no hard rule about what setting something shld be on. There is also no rule on what fps works. I never use presets.
It really is a lot of work especially when u come across games with a **** ton of options.

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16:17 Dec-27-2016

I have settings that usually have high and low priorities. AO I almost never settle for anything less than hbao when its available. Shadows I usually turn down to either high/med. Im usually happy with 40+ fps, but if a setting is too demanding I'll turn it down to get more -- the exception was tressfx in the 2013 TR!

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15:37 Dec-27-2016

For me i follow this procedure:


Maxing the game out at 1080p.
If it plays well enough for me (25fps and up) then i wont change a thing.
If not, i lower some settings f.e. AA, SSAO, HBAO+ etc.
Then i keep lowering the most demanding settings untill i find it playable again.
Afterwards i push up some other settings to get the finishing touch if i needed to turn down some.
This was it :)

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20:10 Dec-27-2016

HEY! i do the same thing, but i stop at the first point. :p

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22:03 Dec-27-2016

bastard :)

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22:16 Dec-27-2016

Haha! +1

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15:19 Dec-27-2016

60 fps + thats my only rule though my gtx 770 is old now and 60 fps is not happening on the most demanding titles so gonna bur a 1080 ti/amd top end so I can have a pc for more than just 2 and a half years. (Playing on 1440p)

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14:50 Dec-27-2016

It depends!! I have played game with 720p@30Hz with medium settings and it's one of the most memorable games I have ever played! I can make compromises, depending the content and the playability! So medium(or low) settings are tolerable...

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14:47 Dec-27-2016

I'm the type of guy that has to have everything set to Ultra even at cost of frames. Otherwise It makes me irritated and I'm unable to enjoy the game.

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14:44 Dec-27-2016

When possible, I play on Max settings but 60FPS isn't a must for me. If the frames stay above 45 it's enough for me. If not, then I change some graphic options.

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14:21 Dec-27-2016

For me its 60fps and Maxed setting, apart from aa, im happy with fxaa or smaa or similar, if i cant get that ingames i tend to upgrade my gpu

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14:12 Dec-27-2016

Medium-high , smooth fps is more important.

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14:07 Dec-27-2016

As long as I am running at 60FPS at 1080p, I don't mind what settings I have to run it on.

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14:15 Dec-27-2016

It's easy for you to say it with a GTX 1070. You can run any game on ultra with 60+ FPS at 1080p

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15:17 Dec-27-2016

LOL and you can't with almost the best consumer gpu from AMD? #neveramd

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18:28 Dec-27-2016

  1. It's a test rig,CPU and GPU aren't even released yet

  2. Your conclusion is,needless to say,retarded,as you don't even know that the GPU isn't even released yet,yet you concluded that un-released future flagship from AMD is unable of 1080p/60fps

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13:56 Dec-27-2016

As long as it doesn't look ugly I'm ok.
I don't care much about options like lightning,shadows,reflections... But I can't stand bad,boxy edges and that's why I usually sacrifice those other options I don't care about in order to push texture quality to it's best,and some AA sometimes.

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13:49 Dec-27-2016

For me the minimum I want to play a game at is 30 fps (rock solid), 1080p, medium settings. When new games start to go below this I know it's time for a new graphics card. I usually prioritize looks over FPS unless a game really calls for a high FPS.

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13:46 Dec-27-2016

so long as i can have solid 60fps i can deal with medium / high, do love good graphics though ;) can remember when i only had a laptop and loved it when i was getting 30fps on all low , how times have changed hahah

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13:40 Dec-27-2016

At this moment I target 1080p 30fps with highest setting I can get .

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13:34 Dec-27-2016

I used to be happy with my old laptop if it even ran the game, but after I built my PC, I started aiming at at least High/60 fps.
I guess I rather see it run smoothly than having the best visuals (but those also help ;) ).
I just hope, when the time comes, I'll have enough money for an upgrade. ^^

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13:19 Dec-27-2016

I always go for 60 fps, first I try ultra settings and if I can't achieve 60 fps, i start dropping the demanding settings until I hit 60. when the time comes and I cant hit 60 fps on med-high settings on most games, I upgrade my pc. I've been doing that for 10 years now

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13:37 Dec-27-2016

Same for me ;D. i used to have a different opinion, but cs-go changed it.

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