Far Cry 6 graphics optimization guide - most important graphics settings benchmarked

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 1:33 PM

Welcome, fellow Guerillas, it's time to liberate and take back the island of Yara from the tyrannical rule of Anton Castillo. The entire island is certainly very pretty, 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 Far Cry 6 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 Far Cry 6 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 Far Cry 6. 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 Far Cry 6.

If you want to look at some more graphics benchmarks with various gaming graphics cards running Far Cry 6 then you can check out our Far Cry 6 PC Performance Benchmarks article instead, or you can have a look at the various Far Cry 6 PC Graphics Settings that we'll be discussing here in this article.

Far Cry 6 PC system requirements

Far Cry 6 PC performance report and graphics card benchmarks

For the performance cost result baseline we used the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card which is in between the minimum required and recommended GPU for Far Cry 6, an Intel Core i7-3770K processor, and 8GB of memory. We also ran the tests at 1440p in order to minimize the CPU bottleneck we were seeing during the GPU benchmarks.

To standardize the benchmark tests they were all carried out using the in-game Far Cry 6 benchmarking tool. This moves through a small village with lots of NPC characters before ending with a little bit of action. 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.

If you see any significant discrepancy/difference between the benchmark tool FPS and actual FPS returned then please do share your findings in the comments below.

There's quite a few graphics settings available in Far Cry 6, so we went through the 12 graphics options listed - along with the two options for ray tracing as well as FidelityFX Super Resolution - 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.

Far Cry 6 baseline FPS

To give us a comparable FPS baseline for Far Cry 6 Frame Rates achieved when all Far Cry 6's graphics settings are on lowest or OFF.

Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2

Far Cry 6 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 Far Cry 6?

As you can see in the FPS performance cost graph above, there are quite a few demanding settings in Far Cry 6 that you should look at first when you want to improve your frame rate. The first should be Geometry and Vegetation with an 11.19% FPS performance cost, followed closely behind by the Environment setting at 10.84% FPS cost.

Following those two you should then take a look at the Volumetric Fog setting which has a 5.94% FPS cost, then Shadows at 5.77% and Water at 5.59%. The remaining settings aren't too demanding, but are still worth pointing out like Anti-Aliasing at 3.67% FPS cost, and Terrain at 1.22%.

The last few settings are very minimal in terms of their FPS performance impact in Far Cry, like Texture Filtering at 0.7%, Camera Shakes at 0.52%, Motion Blur as well as Poisoned and Drunk Effects at 0.35% each, and FidelityFX CAS at 0.17%.

Apart from that though there's only ray tracing left, which is included at the bottom of this article in order to properly see their impact independent from the other graphics options as they are only available for certain hardware. Additionally, FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) can improve FPS significantly, which is also explored at the bottom of this article.

Far Cry 6 All Graphics Settings Benchmark Guide

Best Video Settings in Far Cry 6

Lucky for us there are quite a few graphics settings available in Far Cry 6 in order for us to customize our FPS and get the right balance of FPS performance and visual quality.

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 Far Cry 6 graphics settings are. But for now, let's jump in...

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Texture Filtering

Texture Filtering Ultra setting performance impact

Texture Filtering graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Far Cry 6 Texture Filtering

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Texture Filtering 56.8

Texture Filtering option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Texture Filtering setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust level of filtering for textures. Changing this option to Low will also decrease texture resolution. To have an immediate effect, quit to the Main Menu and proceed to the game.

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Shadows

Shadows Ultra setting performance impact

Shadows graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Far Cry 6 Shadows

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Shadows 53.9

Shadows option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Shadows setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust the graphical details of the shadows.

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Geometry and Vegetation

Geometry and Vegetation Ultra setting performance impact

Geometry and Vegetation graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Far Cry 6 Geometry and Vegetation

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Geometry and Vegetation 50.8

Geometry and Vegetation option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 5/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Geometry and Vegetation setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust the graphical complexity of the world geometry and vegetation.

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Environment

Environment Ultra setting performance impact

Environment graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Far Cry 6 Environment

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Environment 51

Environment option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 5/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Environment setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust the graphical details of the environment.

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Water

Water Ultra setting performance impact

Water graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Far Cry 6 Water

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Water 54

Water option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Water setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust the graphical details of the water.

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Terrain

Terrain Ultra setting performance impact

Terrain graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Far Cry 6 Terrain

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Terrain 56.5

Terrain option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Terrain setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust the graphical details of the terrain.

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Volumetric Fog

Volumetric Fog Ultra setting performance impact

Volumetric Fog graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Far Cry 6 Volumetric Fog

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Volumetric Fog 53.8

Volumetric Fog option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Volumetric Fog setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust the quality of the volumetric fog.

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Anti-Aliasing

Anti-Aliasing TAA setting performance impact

Anti-Aliasing graphics option Off compared to TAA

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Far Cry 6 Anti-Aliasing

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Anti-Aliasing 55.1

Anti-Aliasing option range: Off/SMAA/TAA

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Anti-Aliasing setting do in Far Cry 6? Select the post-process ant-aliasing technique used to apply:

TAA: Improves image quality by merging accumulated frames.

TAA isn't supported for multi-GPU.

If FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0 is turned on, antialiasing mode is forced to TAA.

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Motion Blur

Motion Blur On setting performance impact

Motion Blur graphics option Off compared to On

Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Motion Blur 57

Motion Blur option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Motion Blur setting do in Far Cry 6? Enable blur effects on rapidly moving objects. This setting is also changed when enabling or disabling the following accessibility preset: Motion.

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Camera Shakes

Camera Shakes Full setting performance impact

Camera Shakes graphics option Minimal compared to Full

Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Camera Shakes 56.9

Camera Shakes option range: Minimal/Full

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Camera Shakes setting do in Far Cry 6? Adjust camera shake intensity during action moments to help reduce motion sickness. This setting is also changed when enabling or disabling the following accessibility presets: Vision, Cognitive, Motor, Motion.

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Poisoned and Drunk Effects

Poisoned and Drunk Effects On setting performance impact

Poisoned and Drunk Effects graphics option Off compared to On

Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
Poisoned and Drunk Effects 57

Poisoned and Drunk Effects option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Poisoned and Drunk Effects setting do in Far Cry 6? Enable to set the poisoned and drunk effects on the screen. Please be aware that enabling these effects can cause motion sickness! This setting is also changed when enabling or disabling the following accessibility presets: Vision, Motion.

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FidelityFX CAS

FidelityFX CAS On setting performance impact

FidelityFX CAS graphics option Off compared to On

Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 57.2
FidelityFX CAS 57.1

FidelityFX CAS option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the FidelityFX CAS setting do in Far Cry 6? Enable to turn on the FidelityFX Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS).

This feature provides a mixed ability to sharpen and optionally scale an image. The adaptive sharpening provided by CAS is ideal to restore detail in images produced after TAA.

To enable this feature, your PC must comply with the minimal system requirements or higher and have up-to-date drivers.

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Far Cry 6 ray tracing and FidelityFX Super Resolution benchmarks

Far Cry 6 includes support for both Ray Traced Reflections and Ray Traced Shadows, as well as support for AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution. Ray tracing is only available on certain hardware capable of supporting it, whilst AMD FSR is supported on a much wider range of hardware including the GTX 10 series like the GTX 1060.

For these results below we used the same setup as above, however with an RTX 2060 for the ray tracing settings to see how demanding each one is and whether their performance cost is worth the visual gain. We did not use FSR for ray tracing at all, but that would certainly help improve FPS after enabling ray tracing.

During our testing we found lots of conflicting results for ray tracing, but based on reports we've seen you're looking at around a 20% FPS performance cost when both DXR Reflections and DXR Shadows are enabled. To some the performance cost of ray tracing also seems to be quite low, but this is because it seems Far Cry 6 uses quarter resolution ray tracing for both shadows and reflections, resulting in much less of a performance hit on your frame rate.

Overall, ray tracing certainly makes the game look better overall, but in all honesty they won't be extremely recognizable in-game. Therefore if you really want some extra FPS in Far Cry 6 and don't want to use FSR, then turn off ray tracing first before any of the other settings.

For AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution we ran the game again at 1440p resolution, but this time turning up all the graphics settings to Ultra to see how much FPS we gain when enabling FSR. Usually we see newer hardware that supports DLSS like the RTX 20 or RTX 30 series perform better than a GTX 10 series GPU when using AMD FSR, so we tested out both the GTX 1060 and RTX 2060 to see how much of a difference there is and what kind of hardware will gain the biggest benefit.

Unfortunately in our testing, the RTX 2060 didn't seem to work properly with FSR. We even tested on different quality and resolution but it seemed to just not work properly (as you can see in the results below). We've heard similar reports of the Adaptive Resolution setting in FC6 in that it simply doesn't work on certain hardware configurations.

This means it is either a bug in the game or more likely a driver issue, so hopefully it will be fixed soon. For the moment though, we recommend testing FSR yourself to see what kind of performance gain you're getting, and then please let us know down below so we can see what hardware is working and what isn't!

So with all that said, let's take a look at the PC performance breakdown of ray tracing and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution in Far Cry 6...

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Far Cry 6 Ray Tracing Performance Breakdown

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

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DXR Reflections

DXR Reflections On setting performance impact

DXR Reflections graphics option Off compared to On

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Far Cry 6 DXR Reflections

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 63.6
DXR Reflections 57.8

DXR Reflections option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the DXR Reflections setting do in Far Cry 6? Enable to run on the DXR Reflections feature.

To enable this feature, your PC must comply with the minimal system requirements or higher and have up-to-date drivers.

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DXR Shadows

DXR Shadows On setting performance impact

DXR Shadows graphics option Off compared to On

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Far Cry 6 DXR Shadows

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Far Cry 6 Avg FPS
Baseline 63.6
DXR Shadows 55.3

DXR Shadows option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the DXR Shadows setting do in Far Cry 6? Enable to run on the DXR Shadows feature.

To enable this feature, your PC must comply with the minimal system requirements or higher and have up-to-date drivers.

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Far Cry 6 FidelityFX Super Resolution Performance Breakdown

The further to the right the bar goes, the more FPS is gained.

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FidelityFX Super Resolution

FidelityFX Super Resolution Ultra Quality setting performance impact

FidelityFX Super Resolution graphics option Off compared to Ultra Quality

Far Cry 6 Avg FPS (GTX 1060) Avg FPS (RTX 2060)
Off 36.4 49.3
Ultra Quality 44.8 50.5
Quality 47.1 50.4
Balanced 47.5 49.9
Performance 47.6 50.4

FidelityFX Super Resolution option range: Off/Ultra Quality/Quality/Balanced/Performance

What does the FidelityFX Super Resolution setting do in Far Cry 6? asdf

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Conclusion

Far Cry 6 graphics settings performance results and conclusion - Looking at all the results above we can see that Far Cry 6 has a decent amount of graphics to choose from and customize to our liking in order to get the best balance of FPS performance and visual quality.

There's a few settings in Far Cry 6 that should be your first priority in turning down when you want to increase your frame rate. These include: Geometry and Vegetation as well as the Environment setting, with an 11.19% and 10.84% performance cost to FPS, respectively.

Following those two options are Volumetric Fog at 5.94%, Shadows at 5.77%, Water at 5.59%, and Anti-Aliasing at 3.67%. The rest of the settings provide minimal impact to FPS like Terrain at 1.22%, Texture Filtering at 0.7%,Camera Shakes at 0.52%, both Motion Blur and Poisoned and Drunk Effects at 0.35%, and finally FidelityFX CAS at 0.17%.

Far Cry also supports ray tracing though, with DXR Shadows being the most demanding at a 13.05% FPS cost and DXR Reflections followed closely behind at 9.12%. Since these options are kind of demanding and don't provide too much of a graphical improvement, these two settings should be your absolute first priority to turn off in order to increase your frame rate.

But FC6 also includes AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution support, which can improve FPS considerably on your hardware, which is very handy if you;re struggling to reach a certain frame rate but you also want ray tracing enabled as well. Unfortunately the settings seems to not work on certain hardware configurations, so you may need to test FSR yourself in order to see if it really does improve performance for you.

Apart from that though there isn't much else to mention about the graphics settings available in Far Cry 6 and their relative performance costs. At the moment it seems like some settings aren't working as they should, so hopefully a game or driver update will be out soon to correct those problems.

And that's it for the most important graphics options in Far Cry 6! 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 Far Cry 6 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 gorgeous looking and highly anticipated game!

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01:01 Oct-13-2021

What does the FidelityFX Super Resolution setting do in Far Cry 6? asdf


lol


Also I feel like the 2060 had a CPU bottleneck, since the fps did not change at all again.

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19:52 Oct-12-2021

Ok so I got everything set to Ultra 1440p, and the FPS never dips below 75 even in the worst case, average is like between 90-100, max fps is 120-130.


No RayTracing enabled because there's no DLSS and AMD's FSR is miles behind DLSS, makes the game look significantly worse.

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01:04 Oct-13-2021

Did you not even try raytracing out of curiosity? Some titles work very well on 30-series cards even without DLSS.

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18:55 Oct-12-2021

The performance test benchmark link listed in the above mentioned article is inaccurate and not a great benchmark for reference as testing methodolgy didn't account for bottlenecks because a 3070 will not give just 5 more FPS than a 1060 at 1080p. The game can go up to 100 or 120 FPS as tested by Hardware Unboxed.


Also why is a 1060 being used to establish baseline FPS if it can barely run the game at a decent setting. Every puiblisher lists 1060 as recommended as they want their game to sell and 1060 is the most common card but that doesn't make it true. Increasing to 1440p may reduce CPU bottleneck but it still doesn't provide a holistic performance analysis for regular gamers.


Most 1060 users will compare benchmarks at 1080p. And what's up with this rig of 3770K and 8GB RAM? Are all the other rigs occupied currently in game testing?

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