New World graphics optimization guide - most important graphics settings benchmarked

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Oct 1, 2021 1:06 PM
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Amazon's highly anticipated MMO finally launched this week to major popularity, but has been seeing extremely long queue times due to the large amounts of players trying to get in, and to those who did manage to get in we've seen that it's a relatively demanding game. But what about each individual graphics setting? Which ones have the biggest performance impact? And which ones can we turn on or off with little to no FPS or quality loss?

In this article we will take a look at which New World graphics settings are the best to turn all the way up to Ultra and which ones can get us a little FPS boost for no real visual loss when we turn them off or down. We've compiled a list below of the most demanding graphics options in the game, so you can get a handle on what to expect when you adjust different graphics settings in New World to get the perfect balance of visual fidelity and FPS performance in game.

Below you will see every graphics option listed and benchmarked against a minimum graphics setting used as our baseline benchmark for New World. From there we see which graphics options have the highest performance impact on our hardware for the least visual improvement, and then we will see which options can be turned up to max and deliver the best visual improvement in New World.

If you want to look at some more graphics benchmarks with various gaming graphics cards running New World then you can check out our New World PC Performance Benchmarks article instead, or you can have a look at the various New World PC Graphics Settings that we'll be discussing here in this article.

New World PC system requirements

New World PC performance report and graphics card benchmarks

For the performance cost result baseline we used the recommended GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, an Intel Core i7-3770K processor, and 8GB of memory. To standardize the benchmark tests they were all carried out in one of the opening areas of the game, where we moved around the area and killed a few enemies. We found this run to be pretty representative of the experience in-game, when considering graphics options compared to other graphics options and their relative performance impact.

There's not that many graphics settings available in New World, so we went through the 8 graphics options (including the 2 ray tracing settings) listed and tested each one in turn, recording the average frame rates for each and then comparing them to a baseline FPS that was recorded with all the graphics options either turned off or to their lowest settings.

New World baseline FPS

To give us a comparable FPS baseline for New World Frame Rates achieved when all New World's graphics settings are on lowest or OFF.

New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81

New World Graphics Options Performance Breakdown

The further to the right the bar goes, the more demanding the graphics option is.

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What are the most demanding graphics options in New World?

As you can see in the FPS performance cost above, there aren't a whole lot of very demanding graphics settings in New World, but there are a few worth mentioning like Terrain Details at an 8.64% FPS performance cost, followed by Texture Details at a 7.28% FPS performance cost, and then Shadow Details at a 6.79% FPS performance cost.

If you want to squeeze out some more FPS in New World then those 3 settings should be your first priority in turning down as they are the most demanding graphics options in New World. The rest of the settings are very low in FPS performance cost, but are still worth noting:

The next most demanding graphics option is Objects Details at 2.84%, Post Processing Details at 2.35%, Effects Details at 2.1%, then Water Details at 1.23% and Lighting Details at 0.86%. These settings you will be able to turn up High or even Max without seeing much of a performance cost in FPS.

Other than that though, there really aren't that many graphics settings in New World and not a whole lot which are very demanding. Hopefully this graph will help you to prioritize which ones to turn down first to get some more FPS without much visual quality loss, and which ones you can turn all the way up with little to no impact on FPS performance.

New World All Graphics Settings Benchmark Guide

Best Video Settings in New World

There are not that many graphics settings to adjust in New World, but will still give us a decent amount of options to customize our experience and get the perfect balance of visual quality and FPS performance.

Below we've provided both a score for the performance impact as well as a priority score designed to recommend which graphics settings you should prioritize turning up (the higher the number, the better).

Obviously, these scores are subjective and we really do encourage you to share your own thoughts in the discussion area below on what you think are the best New World graphics settings are. But for now, let's jump in...

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Effects Details

Effects Details Very High setting performance impact

Effects Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Effects Details 79.3

Effects Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Effects Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of effects, particles, and volumetric effects in the game.

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Lighting Details

Lighting Details Very High setting performance impact

Lighting Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Lighting Details 80.3

Lighting Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Lighting Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of lighting in the game.

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Object Details

Object Details Very High setting performance impact

Object Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

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New World Object Details

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New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Object Details 78.7

Object Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Object Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of objects in the game.

Improves overall object quality by adding more geometric detail.

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Post Processing Details

Post Processing Details Very High setting performance impact

Post Processing Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Post Processing Details 79.1

Post Processing Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Post Processing Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of postprocessing in the game

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Shadows Details

Shadows Details Very High setting performance impact

Shadows Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

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New World Shadow Details

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New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Shadows Details 75.5

Shadows Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Shadows Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of shadows in the game.

Increases the resolution of shadows as well as the distance shadows are displayed.

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Terrain Details

Terrain Details Very High setting performance impact

Terrain Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

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New World Terrain Details

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New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Terrain Details 74

Terrain Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 5/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Terrain Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of terrain in the game.

Adds more geometric detail to terrain as well as increasing the distance that foliage renders.

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Texture Details 

Texture Details Very High setting performance impact

Texture Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

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New World Texture Details

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New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Texture Details 75.1

Texture Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Texture Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of textures in the game.

The higher the setting, the higher the resolution and sharper the textures are.

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Water Details 

Water Details Very High setting performance impact

Water Details graphics option Low compared to Very High

New World Avg FPS
Baseline 81
Water Details 80

Water Details option range: Low/Medium/High/Very High

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Water Details setting do in New World? Pre-set quality of water in the game.

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Conclusion

New World graphics settings performance results and conclusion - Overall, looking at the results above, New World does not have a lot of graphics settings to choose from, but there is at least a decent range of quality options so that we can still get the perfect balance of image quality and FPS performance.

There's only a few graphics settings in New World that really stand out as the most demanding, like Terrain Details at an 8.64% FPS performance cost, followed closely by Texture Details at a 7.28% FPS performance cost, and then finally Shadow Details at a 6.79% FPS performance cost. These specific settings should be your first priority to turn down if you want to get some extra frames.

The rest of the graphics options are very minimal in their FPS performance cost, but are still worth mentioning: Objects Details at 2.84%, Post Processing Details at 2.35%, Effects Details at 2.1%, then Water Details at 1.23%, and Lighting Details at 0.86%. These settings you should be able to turn all the way up with little to no impact on FPS performance.

If you are struggling to get some extra FPS though in New World, consider turning down the Player Nameplate Amount setting as this can cause significant FPS loss depending on your CPU. Additionally, performance tends to drop significantly in areas with high player density like towns, and so you may have to turn down some settings/resolution in order to get playable performance in these areas.

Finally, New World also includes support for Dynamic Resolution Scaling, so if you are playing on higher resolutions like 1440p or even 4K, consider turning this setting on if you are experiencing issues with performance as it will dynamically adjust the game's resolution scale to get the best performance.

Apart from that though, there isn't really much else worth mentioning when it comes to the New World graphics settings and their various FPS performance costs. It's a surprisingly demanding game when all settings are used together, but individually there's not a whole lot under the hood which can help to improve frame rates significantly without losing much image quality.

And that's it for the most important graphics options in New World! As always we're now passing it onto you guys! We would love to hear your thoughts on what graphics settings you turn all the way up in New World for little to no performance impact, and which options you turn down to get some extra frames so we can all benefit from better performance and image quality in this good looking and very popular game!

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for a nice FPS increase in heavily populated towns turn the name banners down from 15 to 3. does nothing outside of towns but inside its about a 10fps diff for me

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