How to Fix Warhammer 40K: Darktide Performance Issues

Give us that heretic blood in a crisp 144 FPS.

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Warhammer 40K: Darktide is well through its pre-order beta, and players have been playing for dozens of hours, improving with each weapon and class to ensure they assist their team as well as possible. It also comes with its fair share of technical issues though, ranging anywhere from annoying to downright making the game unplayable. If performance is part of that, we’re here to help. Here’s how to fix performance issues with Warhammer 40K: Darktide.

How to Improve Warhammer 40K: Darktide Performance

Before we list off our fixes, it’s important to note that not all of these will work for you. The thousands of different PC build combinations out there mean that performance will be different for virtually everyone, so there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to performance. The game is also still in pre-order beta, and performance is likely to change as time goes on. If you’re having trouble and nothing seems to be improving, you may just have to wait until the pre-order beta is over and things improve. Without further ado, here are our fixes for Warhammer 40K: Darktide performance issues.

Ensure Your Hardware is Good Enough to Run Darktide

This may seem obvious, though you should ensure your PC is powerful enough to run the game. The minimum and recommended system requirements can also be a tad misleading. While it lists the game as requiring a GTX 970 GPU and a sixth-gen i5 CPU, simply meeting this will only put you at 30 FPS on low settings. Having your PC specs higher will make your experience run a bit more comfortably. Having a hard drive instead of an SSD can also make a massive difference, especially in loading times.

Lower All Possible Graphics Settings

This is deceptively obvious at first, though having all graphics settings as low as possible helps to ensure the game is running at as high of a framerate as possible. This doesn’t just include in-game settings either. When first launching Darktide, you’re met with a window displaying game news and letting you click Play. What you may not have noticed is the Settings button located under that, which has settings you can’t change in the game itself. Play around with this menu and see what you can get working.

Change the Worker Threads Value to As Low as Possible

Concerning our previous tip, heading into the Settings Menu in the game’s launcher will show a setting called Worker Threads, which defaults to the highest possible value for your CPU. While this is generally a good thing to have up high, several in the community have reported this setting causing inconsistencies in framerate. Try setting it to a value around two and see if that helps improve things.

Close All Background Applications

Having anything you aren’t needing for Darktide open in the background could be causing a hit to performance. It may not seem like a Google Chrome tab or two would cause that much of a hit, but trust us when we say it can. Closing out of everything may provide you with a small boost to framerates.

Enable DLSS or FidelityFX Super Resolution

If you have a Nvidia or AMD GPU that is capable of running either DLSS or FidelityFX Super Resolution, enable it and toy around with the values. This reduces a lot of stress on the GPU and results in much higher framerates thanks to AI upscaling the resolution. Provided you have something like DLSS set to Quality, you should see a high framerate boost without a noticeable hit to quality.

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These are all the tips we have for reducing performance issues in Warhammer 40K: Darktide. If you have any other ideas, be sure to let us know.

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Shawn Robinson

Shawn is a freelance gaming journalist who's been with Prima Games for a year, writing mainly about FPS games and RPGs. He even brings several years of experience at other sites like The Nerd Stash to the table. While he doesn't bring a fancy degree to the table, he brings immense attention to detail with his guides, reviews, and news, leveraging his decade and a half of gaming knowledge. If he isn't writing about games, he's likely getting zero kills in his favorite FPS or yelling at the game when it was 100% his fault that he died.