Black Desert FPS Drop? Here’s how to fix it

There are several factors that can cause your Black Desert Steam game to fps drop issues. This can be due to a hardware resource issue, a graphics setting issue, or issues with the game files. To fix this you will need to perform several troubleshooting steps.

Black Desert is an MMORPG developed and published by Pearl Abyss and is available for the Microsoft Windows, mobile, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms. The game story revolves around the conflict of two rival nations which are the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. It has an expansive world that not only allows you to do combat but other activities as well such as farming, trading, horse training, fishing, sailing, crafting, cooking.

How To Boost FPS & Improve Overall Performance of Black Desert Online

How To Boost FPS & Improve Overall Performance

One of the issues that you might encounter when playing the Steam version of Black Desert Online is when you get fps drops. This usually happens there are a lot of screen activity or it can happen randomly.

Here’s what you can do to fix these FPS issues.

Solution 1: Check your PC specs

The first thing you have to do is make sure that your computer can play the game. If you are running Black Desert on an underpowered system, especially one that does not have a high end graphics card, then you will usually experience these FPS issues. You need to make sure that your computer meets at least the minimum system requirements in order to get a good gameplay experience.

Minimum system requirements:

OS: Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Processor: Intel Core i3-530 2.9 GHz

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Graphics: GTS 250, GeForce 9800 GTX, Radeon HD 3870 X2

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 39 GB available space

Additional Notes: Screen Resolution: 1280×720

Recommended system requirements:

OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)

Processor: Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970, AMD RX 480

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 39 GB available space

Additional Notes: Screen Resolution: 1920×1080 or higher

Solution 2: Update your graphics card driver

One of the common reasons why you will get the FPS drop issue when playing Black Desert Online is if your computer has outdated graphics card drivers . You need to optimize the driver since this will usually have several performance enhancements as well as bug fixes not found in the older version.

Time Needed : 3 minutes

Update graphics card drivers

  1. Right click on the Start button.

    This can be found on the lower left side of the screen.Right click on the Start button

  2. Click on Device Manager.

    This will open the device manager window.Click on Device Manager

  3. Click the arrow before Display adapters.

    This will expand the list of graphics cards available.Click the arrow before Display adapters

  4. Right click on the selected graphics card then choose Update driver.

    This allows you to update your graphics card driver.Update driver

  5. Select Search automatically for drivers.

    This will search online for any new drivers and install it.Search automatically for drivers

Another way you can download the graphics driver is by using the Nvidia GeForce Experience app if you have an Nvidia gpu or the Radeon Software for AMD users.

There are instances when your computer will have two GPUS. You might have a dedicated GPU which might use a high performance Nvidia processor and an integrated GPU that’s built-in to the CPU.

You should make sure that the preferred graphics processor you will be using to playBlack Desert is the Nvidia GPU. Nvidia users can switch to their preferred GPU from the Nvidia control panel.

  • Open the NVIDIA control panel.
  • Navigate to 3D settings > Manage 3D settings.
  • Open the Program settings tab and select your game from the dropdown menu.
  • Select Preferred graphics processor for this program from the second dropdown menu. Your NVIDIA GPU should appear as “High-performance NVIDIA processor”
  • Save your changes.

If new graphics drivers have been installed you will have been installed restart your computer then check if the Black Desert fps drops issue still occurs.

Solution 3: Lower the Black Desert Online graphics settings

If your are playing Black Desert Online with the highest possible graphics settings on a low end graphics card then you will get framerate drops. This is because your video card will have a hard time processing the images causing a delay. Try lowering the game graphics then check if this fixes the problem.

Take note that lowering the graphics setting will affect your gaming experience as the graphics won’t be rendered beautifully.

  • Open the Black Desert Online game launcher.
  • Click the Start button.
  • Click Settings.
  • Click Display Settings
  • Click Display Quality.
  • Change Texture Filtering Quality to low or medium.
  • Change Graphics to low or medium.
  • Click Apply then Confirm.

Try to check if the Black Desert framerate issue still occurs.

Solution 4: Close background applications

AS much as possible make it a point to play the game with no other application running in the background . These other applications will use your computer system resources leaving a less amount of CPU, GPU, and RAM resource available for the game.

Close programs using task manager application

  • Open task manager application by right clicking the Start button then select Task Manager.
  • Make sure to click on More details.
  • Click on the Processes tab.
  • Right click on the apps running and select End task.

Try to check if the Black Desert FPS issue still occurs.

Solution 5: Verify the integrity of game files

There’s a possibility that the problem is caused by a corrupted game cache or missing game files. To fix this you will have to verify the integrity of Black Desert Online using the Steam game client.

Verifying integrity of the files

  • Open the Steam client.
  • Click on your Steam Library.
  • Find Black Desert then right click it then click on Properties.
  • On the new window that appears click on Local Files.
  • Click Verify integrity of game files…

Once the game files have been fixed try to play online and check if the game still lags occurs.

Solution 6: Reinstall the game

If you are still experiencing the Black Desert Online crashing issue at this point the you need to uninstall the game and reinstall it.

Uninstalling the game

  • Go to the Steam Library tab.
  • Right click on Black Desert then click on Manage then uninstall.
  • Click on Uninstall again to uninstall the game.

Installing the game

  • Go to the Library tab.
  • Right click on Black Desert then click on install.
  • Click next to proceed with the installation.

With the game newly installed, try to play BDO and check if the lag issue still occurs.

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