Halo Infinite most important graphics options - every video setting benchmarked

Written by Chad Norton on Mon, Dec 13, 2021 5:47 PM
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The official single-player campaign for the latest installment in the Halo series has been out for almost a week now, and as we've seen in our Halo Infinite PC performance benchmarks, is a little more demanding than the free-to-play multiplayer. So what are the most optimized graphics settings this time round for best performance? We take a look at the most demanding graphics options in Halo Infinite campaign.

In this article we will take a look at which Halo Infinite 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 Halo Infinite 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 Halo Infinite. 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 Halo Infinite.

If you want to look at some more graphics benchmarks with various gaming graphics cards running Halo Infinite, then you can check out our Halo Infinite PC Performance Benchmarks article instead.

Halo Infinite PC system requirements

Halo Infinite Multiplayer PC performance report and graphics card benchmarks

Halo Infinite Multiplayer best graphics settings

For the performance cost result baseline we used the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card - which is close the recommended GPU for Halo Infinite - an Intel Core i7-10700K processor, and 16GB of DDR4 memory.

To standardize the benchmark tests we ran around parts of the open world before finding an enemy encampment and then shooting some bad guys. In our tests we found that this run is pretty representative of your overall gameplay experience in Halo Infinite when comparing each graphics option relative to each other.

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 is a lot of graphics settings available in Halo Infinite, so we went through the 26 graphics options 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.

Halo Infinite baseline FPS

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

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7

Halo Infinite 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 Halo Infinite?

As you can see in the FPS performance graph above, there are quite a lot of graphics settings available in Halo Infinite, all ranging from different performance impacts. However, there are some more significant than others, and some that will barely have any impact on your FPS.

The most demanding graphics option in Halo Infinite is Geometry Quality at a 23.91% FPS performance cost, followed by Texture Quality at a 15.75% FPS cost. Next is Shadow Quality at 12.33%, followed closely behind by Volumetric Fog Quality at 10.82% FPS cost.

After that is Reflections at 9.11%, then Effects Quality at 8.16%, Dynamic Wind at 7.78%, Cloud Quality at 7.4%, Terrain Quality at 7.21%, Ambient Occlusion at 5.69%, Ground Cover Quality at 4.93%, then both Depth of Field and Lighting Quality at 4.74%, and then Texture Filtering at 4.55%.

These last settings have very minimal impact on FPS performance, like Animation Quality (3.8%), Anti-Aliasing (3.61%), Decal Quality (3.42%), Simulation Quality (2.47%), Flocking Quality (2.09%), Blur (1.90%), Screen Shake (1.52%), Speed Lines (0.95%), Full Screen Effects (0.76%), Sharpening (0.76%), Exposure (0.38%), and finally Async Compute which actually improves FPS by around 5.12%.

Halo Infinite All Graphics Settings Benchmark Guide

Best Video Settings in Halo Infinite

There are a lot of graphics settings available in Halo Infinite 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 Halo Infinite graphics settings are. But for now, let's jump in...

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Anti-Aliasing

Anti-Aliasing High setting performance impact

Anti-Aliasing graphics option Low compared to High

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Anti-Aliasing 50.8

Anti-Aliasing option range: Low/High

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Anti-Aliasing setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of temporal anti-aliasing to reduced jagged artifacts. Higher quality uses more samples for a crisper image.

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Texture Filtering

Texture Filtering Ultra setting performance impact

Texture Filtering graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Texture Filtering

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Texture Filtering 50.3

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

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Texture Filtering setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of anisotropic filtering.

Higher quality improves textures on geometry that are parallel to your line of sight.

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Ambient Occlusion

Ambient Occlusion Ultra setting performance impact

Ambient Occlusion graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Ambient Occlusion

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Ambient Occlusion 49.7

Ambient Occlusion option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Ambient Occlusion setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of ambient occlusion.

Higher quality increases sampling, which improves the accuracy of screen space ambient occlusion.

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Texture Quality

Texture Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Texture Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Texture Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Texture Quality 44.4

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

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 5/5

What does the Texture Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of textures.

Higher quality enables the streaming of higher resolution textures, which results in a sharper, more detailed image.

Requires restart to see changes take effect.

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Geometry Quality

Geometry Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Geometry Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Geometry Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Geometry Quality 40.1

Geometry Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 5/5

Priority: 5/5

What does the Geometry Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of detail for geometry.

Higher quality enables greater geometry detail with increased quality at further distances and reduced pop-in.

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Reflections

Reflections Ultra setting performance impact

Reflections graphics option Off compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Reflections

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Reflections 47.9

Reflections option range: Off/Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Reflections setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of reflections.

Higher quality enables higher resolution and more accurate reflections.

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Depth of Field

Depth of Field High setting performance impact

Depth of Field graphics option Low compared to High

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Depth of Field 50.2

Depth of Field option range: Low/Medium/High

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Depth of Field setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of depth of field effects, which simulates blurring areas that are out of focus.

Higher quality improves bokeh in these areas.

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Shadow Quality

Shadow Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Shadow Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Shadow Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Shadow Quality 46.2

Shadow Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Shadow Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the resolution and filtering quality of sun shadows, the distance at which objects cast shadows, and the number of shadow cascades.

This setting also controls the quality of screen space shadows.

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Lighting Quality

Lighting Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Lighting Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Lighting Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Lighting Quality 50.2

Lighting Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Lighting Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of light fixtures and their shadows.

Higher quality increases the distance at which lights render, the maximum number of shadows rendered, and the quality of those shadows.

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Volumetric Fog Quality

Volumetric Fog Quality High setting performance impact

Volumetric Fog Quality graphics option Off compared to High

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Halo Infinite Volumetric Fog Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Volumetric Fog Quality 47

Volumetric Fog Quality option range: Off/Low/Medium/High

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Volumetric Fog Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the resolution and definition of midrange volumetric fog.

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Cloud Quality

Cloud Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Cloud Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Cloud Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Cloud Quality 48.8

Cloud Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Cloud Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the resolution of the volumetric clouds, which affects their shape and lighting.

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Dynamic Wind

Dynamic Wind Ultra setting performance impact

Dynamic Wind graphics option Off compared to Ultra

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Dynamic Wind 48.6

Dynamic Wind option range: Off/Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Dynamic Wind setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of the wind effects.

Higher quality increases the area of effect and the complexity of the wind effects.

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Ground Cover Quality

Ground Cover Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Ground Cover Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Ground Cover Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Ground Cover Quality 50.1

Ground Cover Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Ground Cover Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the density and distance for rendering foliage, rocks, and other small objects.

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Effects Quality

Effects Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Effects Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Effects Quality 48.4

Effects Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Effects Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality and complexity of effects such as explosions and dynamic lights.

Lower quality may disable non-essential effects to maintain performance.

Requires a restart to see changes take effect.

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Decal Quality

Decal Quality High setting performance impact

Decal Quality graphics option Low compared to High

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Decal Quality 50.9

Decal Quality option range: Low/Medium/High

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Decal Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of decals, such as bullet holes, explosion scorches, tire tracks, and footprints.

Higher quality increases how many decals persist.

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Animation Quality

Animation Quality Max setting performance impact

Animation Quality graphics option Auto compared to Max

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Animation Quality 50.7

Animation Quality option range: Auto/Max

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Animation Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality and smoothness of character animations. Does not affect animations for your character.

When set to Auto, quality is based on your CPU. When set to Max, it forces maximum quality regardless of hardware,

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Terrain Quality

Terrain Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Terrain Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

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Halo Infinite Terrain Quality

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Terrain Quality 48.9

Terrain Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Terrain Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of the terrain.

Higher quality enables higher detailed terrain geometry, increases quality at further distances, and reduces pop-in.

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Simulation Quality

Simulation Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Simulation Quality graphics option Low compared to Ultra

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Simulation Quality 51.4

Simulation Quality option range: Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Simulation Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality of miscellaneous sandbox operations, such as vehicle suspension systems and vehicle audio.

Higher quality consumes more CPU to reduce gameplay artifacts.

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Flocking Quality

Flocking Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Flocking Quality graphics option Off compared to Ultra

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Flocking Quality 51.6

Flocking Quality option range: Off/Low/Medium/High/Ultra

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Flocking Quality setting do in Halo Infinite? Select the quality and quantity of simulated flocks, such as birds, herds, and critters.

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Async Compute

Async Compute On setting performance impact

Async Compute graphics option Off compared to On

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Async Compute 55.4

Async Compute option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 5/5

What does the Async Compute setting do in Halo Infinite? Set whether to execute compute work in parallel with graphics work on GPUs that support it.

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Blur

Blur 100% setting performance impact

Blur graphics option 0% compared to 100%

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Blur 51.7

Blur option range: 0% > 100%

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Blur setting do in Halo Infinite? Set the amount of radial blur applied. This distortion appears during explosions, sprinting, equipment use, and cinematic sequences.

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Screen Shake

Screen Shake 100% setting performance impact

Screen Shake graphics option 0% compared to 100%

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Screen Shake 51.9

Screen Shake option range: 0% > 100%

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Screen Shake setting do in Halo Infinite? Set the intensity of the camera movement during high impact events. This shaking appears during explosions, equipment use, and cinematic sequences.

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Exposure

Exposure 100% setting performance impact

Exposure graphics option 0% compared to 100%

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Exposure 52.5

Exposure option range: 0% > 100%

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Exposure setting do in Halo Infinite? Set the intensity of effects, such as bright flashes during explosions, equipment use, and cinematic sequences.

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Full Screen Effects

Full Screen Effects 100% setting performance impact

Full Screen Effects graphics option 0% compared to 100%

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Halo Infinite Full Screen Effects

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Full Screen Effects 52.3

Full Screen Effects option range: 0% > 100%

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Full Screen Effects setting do in Halo Infinite? Set the transparency of effects that cover the entire screen, such as shield recharge or equipment use.

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Speed Lines

Speed Lines On setting performance impact

Speed Lines graphics option Off compared to On

Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Speed Lines 52.2

Speed Lines option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Speed Lines setting do in Halo Infinite? Set whether to enable wind streak effects, which are white lines that appear during sprinting.

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Sharpening

Sharpening 100% setting performance impact

Sharpening graphics option 0% compared to 100%

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Halo Infinite Sharpening

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Halo Infinite Avg FPS
Baseline 52.7
Sharpening 52.3

Sharpening option range: 0% > 100%

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Sharpening setting do in Halo Infinite? Set the crispness of edges and texture details.

Lower sharpness results in a more blended image while higher sharpness produces a more pronounced image.

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Conclusion

Halo Infinite graphics settings performance results and conclusion - Looking over all the results above we can see that Halo Infinite is a pretty demanding game, but has a large amount of graphics settings in order to properly customize our experience and get the right balance of FPS performance and graphical quality.

Saying that, there are a few settings that stand out to be the most demanding graphics options. So if you want to improve your frame rate in Halo Infinite campaign, then your first priority should be to turn down Geometry Quality as that can decrease your FPS by up to 23.91%.

Your next port of call should then be Texture Quality, which has an FPS performance cost of 15.75%, followed by Shadow Quality at a 12.33% FPS cost. Then Volumetric Fog Quality at 10.82%, Reflections at 9.11%, Effects Quality at 8.16%, Dynamic Wind at 7.78%, Cloud Quality at 7.4%, Terrain Quality at 7.21%, and then Ambient Occlusion at 5.69%.

The rest of the graphics settings in Halo Infinite have very low FPS performance costs, and so should only be turned down if you still need to squeeze out some extra frames after dropping the settings already outlined above. Settings like Ground Cover Quality (4.93%), Depth of Field (4.74%), Lighting Quality (4.74%), Texture Filtering (4.55%), and Animation Quality (3.80%).

Following those settings is Anti-Aliasing (3.61%), Decal Quality (3.42%), Simulation Quality (2.47%), Flocking Quality (2.09%), Blur (1.90%), Screen Shake (1.52%), Speed Lines (0.95%), Full Screen Effects (0.76%), Sharpening (0.76%), and finally Exposure (0.38%).

It is worth noting that Halo Infinite includes an option for Async Compute, which can actually improve performance by around 5.12%. That may not be a whole lot of difference, but it can give you some extra frames when you need it, and so is recommended to keep on at all times for the best performance.

And that's it for the most important graphics options in Halo Infinite! 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 Halo Infinite 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 new and popular game!

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Awesome technical test. Best side in the net!

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This is going to come in handy,


Thanks, Chad.

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