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The Best Settings for Warhammer 40K: Darktide

How to best optimize your heretic-slaying experience for beauty and performance.

Warhammer 40K: Darktide has finally launched, letting players jump into the hive city of Tertium and slaughter as many heretics as possible for the glorious God-Emperor. Choosing from one of four classes, you’ll get to experience all the city has to offer from its deepest slums to its highest peaks. Before you can do that properly though, you need to ensure your settings are in order. Here are the best settings for Warhammer 40K: Darktide.

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What Should My Settings Be for Warhammer 40K: Darktide?

Before we give our list, we want to note that we consider these the best settings for a balance between performance and quality. If you’re looking for the highest quality possible or the highest performance possible, turning all the settings up or down should do that for you. We’re also going to be splitting our settings choices up into the game launcher’s Settings menu and the in-game Settings menu since both offer different options. With that out of the way, here are our choices:

Game Launcher Settings

  • Resolution: Highest available with your monitor
  • Screen Mode: Fullscreen
  • Vertical Sync: Off
  • Nvidia DLSS: On (if possible)
    • Super Resolution: Quality
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: On
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution: On (if possible)
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Ray Tracing: Off
  • Worker Threads: Ideally the default value

In-Game Settings

  • Field of View: Lower can result in better performance, but pick based on preference.
  • Resolution: Highest available with your monitor.
  • Screen Mode: Fullscreen
  • VSync: Off
  • Nvidia DLSS: On (if possible)
    • Super Resolution: Quality
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Framerate Cap: 60
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution: On (if possible)
  • Sharpen: On
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Ray Tracing (entire section): Off
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Medium
  • Light Quality: Medium
  • Volumetric Fog Quality: Low
  • Depth of Field: Medium
  • Global Illumination: Low
  • Bloom: On
  • Skin Sub-Surface Scattering: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Screen Space Reflections: Medium
  • All Lens Quality Settings: On
  • Lens Flares: Sun light only
  • Scatter Density: 0.50
  • Max Ragdolls: 3
  • Max Weapon Impact Decals: Low number but not too low.
  • Max Blood Decals: Same as Weapon Impact Decals.
  • Decal Lifetime: 20
  • All Gore Settings: On

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All of these settings should offer up some healthy framerate boosts, without sacrificing quality too much. These settings won’t work for every PC, so be sure to modify some things if something isn’t working well for you. Otherwise, hope this helps!

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