Fix F1 2020 Stuttering, FPS Drop, and Performance Issues

F1 2020 Stuttering, FPS Drop, and Performance Issues

The wait is finally over for players who want to get their hands on the popular racing title – the F1. Released on 10th July, F1 is the official video game title of the real-life championship. This is the 12th title in the video game series and features twenty drivers, twenty-two circuits, and ten teams like the actual Formula 1. However, as users are jumping to play the game old problems have resurfaced like the F1 2020 Stuttering, FPS Drop, and Performance Issues. Not to worry though, we have an extensive guide to address all performance issues with the game. Read on and apply the fixes, hopefully your game will work without FPS drops, stuttering, or any other problems.

System Requirements for F1 2020

 Minimum system requirementsRecommended system requirements
OS64-bit Windows64-bit Windows
ProcessorIntel Core i3 2130 / AMD FX 4300Intel Core i5 9600K / AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
GraphicsNVIDIA GT 640 / AMD HD 7750 (DirectX11 Graphics Card)NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti / AMD RX 590 (DirectX12 Graphics Card)
Storage80 GB Available80 GB Available
Sound CardDirectX CompatibleDirectX Compatible

In order the get the most out of the game, we recommend that you meet the recommended system requirements. However, even when you meet the minimum requirements you can play the game fine. And if issues like F1 stuttering happens, follow the steps in the guide to fix the issue.

F1 2020 Best Graphics Card Settings

If you are playing the game on a computer that is well beyond the minimum system requirements (powerful PC), then you can skip this step. The below steps are for people who are barely meeting the minimum system requirements of the game.   

Launch the game and open GAME OPTIONS > Settings > Graphics Options > Video Mode.

Now, alter the settings and make it as below.

 High PerformancePerformance
Display ModeFullscreenFullscreen
Frame Rate LimitOffOff
Anisotropic FilteringOffOff

Confirm and save the changes. Now, go to GAME OPTIONS > Settings > Graphics Options > Advanced Setup

 High PerformancePerformance
Lighting QualityLowMedium
Post ProcessLowLow
ShadowsUltra LowMedium
Smoke ShadowOffOff
Advanced Smoke ShadowsOffOff
MirrorsLowUltra Low
Ambient OcclusionOffOff
Screen Space ReflectionsOffOff
Texture StreamingUltra LowHigh
Vehicle ReflectionsUltra LowMedium
Weather EffectsLowLow
Ground CoverLowLow
Skidmarks BlendingOffOff
SSRT ShadowsOffOff

Confirm the changes and reboot the game. Players who are facing the F1 2020 screen tearing or similar issues, can enable the Vsync by choosing On instead of Off.

You could also try and run the game on DirectX 11 to fix F1 2020 Stuttering and FPS Drop. Although DirectX 12 brings a lot to the table, 11 is a more stable version and games have been known to face performance problems when using the DirectX 12.

Update the Graphics Card

It’s a gamer’s modus operandi to keep the graphics card and all the other software on the system updated. The graphics card in particular is important because it directly impacts your game performance. Nvidia and AMD both release updates for their driver fairly regularly. Go to the official website of your graphics card manufacturer and check if a new driver is available or use GeForce Experience to check for the driver. Download and install the new drivers.    

Set Launch Options on Steam

The Steam Game Launch options allow you to change the settings of a game before starting the game. The command will supersede all the default settings of the game. Here is what you need to do.

  • Launch Steam client
  • Go to Library, right-click F1 2020 and select Properties
launch Steam options
  • Type -USEALLAVAILABLECORES –high and click Ok.
type launch options

Change Nvidia Settings

In the next step to fix F1 2020 Stuttering, FPS Drop, and Performance Issues, we will set the Nvidia for performance. Here are the steps.

  1. Right-click on Desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Expand 3D Settings and click on Adjust image settings with preview
  3. Check Use my preference emphasizing: Quality (for users who have a powerful PC, you can allow the app to decide and select Let the 3D application decide)
  4. Drag the bar to Performance (there are three options Performance – Balanced – Quality)
  5. Click on Apply to implement the changes
  6. Next, go to the Manage 3D settings under 3D Settings
  7. Click on Program Settings and select F1 2020 (if the game is not in the drop-down list, click Add, browse and add the game)
  8. Under 2. Select the preferred graphics processor for this program: choose High-performance NVIDIA processor
  9. Under 3. Specify the settings for this program, set Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance and Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames to 1.

Once you have made the changes, check if the FPS drop in F1 2020 has improved or worsened. If it’s become worse, set the power management mode to optimal. Refer the below image gallery for visual steps.

Change AMD Radeon Settings

Launch the AMD Radeon Settings > Gaming > Global Settings. Make the following changes to the settings:

Anti-aliasing modeOverride application settings
Anti-aliasing level2X
Anisotropic Filtering ModeOn
Anisotropic Filtering Level2X
Texture Filtering QualityPerformance
Wait for Vertical RefreshAlways off
Tessellation ModeOverride application settings
Maximum Tessellation Level32x

Install the Game on SSD

SSDs are faster than HDDs. So, if you have SSD on your system, you should install the game there.  

Change F1 2020 Program Settings on Windows

In this step, we will Disable the fullscreen optimization and change the high DPI settings. This can potentially fix the F1 2020 FPS drop, stuttering, and screen tearing.

  1. Right-click on the desktop shortcut of F1 2020 or locate the right-click on F1_2020.exe
  2. Select Properties > Compatibility tab > check Disable fullscreen optimization. While you are at it also check Run this program as an administrator.
  3. Click on Change high DPI settings
  4. Check Override high DPI scaling behavior. Scaling performed by and select Application from the drop-down menu
change DPI settings

Save the changes by clicking OK. You must perform the same step for F1_2020_dx12.exe. Go to the install folder to locate the file.  

Alter the Power Options in Window 10 to Fix F1 2020 Stuttering, FPS Drop

For users who do not have an effective CPU cooler, you may want to skip this step as it would increase the CPU temperature by a few degrees. Without proper cooling, it may harm your system. Here are the steps to follow.

  • Click on the battery icon in the System Tray and drag the button to Best Performance
  • Right-click on the battery icon and select Power Options
  • Click on the Change plan settings link
  • Click on Change advanced power settings
  • Locate Processor power management and click on the plus sign to expand
  • Expand Minimum processor state and set it to 100%, next expand Maximum processor state and set it to 100%
chagne power options settings
  • Click on Apply and OK to save the changes.

Configure Game Settings from the Registry

This fix will not just resolve your FPS drop, lag, and stuttering with F1 2020, but with all other games and applications. However, before you proceed do take a backup of the registry. Here are the steps:

  1. Type Regedit in the Windows Search tab and select Run as administrator
  2. Click on Files > Export. Name the backup and save it at your desired location
  3. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER > System > GameConfigStore
  4. From the right panel, double-click on GameDVR_Enabled
  5. Set the Value data to 0, Base as Hexadecimal and click OK
  6. Next, double-click on GameDVR_FSEBehaviorMode
  7. Set the Value data as 2 and Base as Hexadecimal and click OK
  8. Go back and expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > PolicyManager > default > ApplicationManagement > AllowGameDVR
  9. From the right panel, double-click on value
  10. Delete 1 and set it to 0, click Ok and restart your computer.

Video guide to the above process

Toggle Off the Game Mode on Window 10

Often times, the game mode that helps you capture and record game images and videos causes problems like FPS drop, and stuttering with F1 games. Turn it off, it does not have much use unless you are recording a video. To turn it off, press Windows Key + I > Gaming > toggle Off the switch below record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar.

Set Windows for Best Performance

In the Windows search tab, type performance and select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows. Check Adjust for best performance. Click Apply and OK.

Delete Temporary Files from Windows

Again, this is another general step to speed up the system and ultimately fix the F1 2020 FPS drop, stuttering, and other performance problems. Here are the steps you can follow to clear the temporary files for PC.

  1. Open the Run dialogue box by pressing on Windows Key + R
  2. Type %temp% in the field and hit Enter
  3. Press Ctrl + A and hit Delete (if you cannot delete some files, let them be and close the Window)
  4. Again, press Windows Key + R and type temp, hit Enter
  5. When prompted provide the permission. Delete everything in this folder as well.
  6. Again, press Windows Key + R and type prefetch, hit Enter
  7. Press Ctrl + A to select everything and hit the Delete key

After you are done with the above three processes, empty the Recycle Bin.

Disable Steam Overlay

In the next step, we will disable Discord Overlay to fix F1 2020 stuttering, FPS drop, and performance issues. It has been noted on various forums that Discord overlay causes issues with the game. To disable the Discord Overlay, open Discord > go to User Settings > click on Overlay under the App Settings > toggle Off the Enable in-game overlay.

Disable in-game overlay

Terminate Unnecessary Tasks

Finally, before you launch the game, ensure all other unnecessary programs are closed. Have only the game and the essential programs running. You can terminate a task from the Task Manager. To complete the process, click on Windows Key + X and select Task Manager. Select one program at a time and click on End task.

Your system might be slow due to a range of other problems. You can use CCleaner to go through your startup and scheduled tasks and disable tasks that you think are not required. This could fix FPS drop and stuttering in F1 2020.

Set F1 2020 to High Priority

These settings are not permanent and you have to change the priority every time you launch the game. So, let’s go ahead the set F1 2020 to high priority.

  1. Launch F1 2020 and minimize it by pressing Window key + D
  2. Open Task Manager > Details tab > locate F1_2020.exe or F1_2020_dx12
  3. Right-click on F1_2019.exe or F1_2019_dx12
  4. Go to Set Priority and select High.

That’s all we have in this short guide J. Hope the F1 2020 Stuttering, FPS Drop, and Performance Issues are fixed.  

Harsh Clif
He is caught in a loop between writing about games and playing them. It's a vicious cycle. Although he's biased towards PC, you can occasionally find him on the PS5. He does not own an Xbox Consoles but plans on getting one soon.

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