FIFA 2021Tech Update

Fix FIFA 21 Stuttering and Lag

Fix FIFA 21 Stuttering and Lag

FIFA 21, the latest title in the popular FIFA series is out and players are jumping to play the game. So far, the game has mostly been bug free with no fatal errors, but some players are experiencing crash at startup or problem launching the game and FIFA 21 stuttering and lag. While previous titles in the game series have had similar problems, the report in 21 has highly escalated. Stick around and we have a number  of solutions that can potentially resolve the stuttering, FPS problem, and lag with FIFA 21.

How to Fix FIFA 21 Stuttering, Lag, and FPS Problems

One of the reasons, the user could be experiencing the FIFA 21 Stuttering and Lag could be due to the uncapped FPS of the game, which can make the game volatile at tiles and cause stuttering. As such, you must first cap the FPS at 60 and try to play the game. Both NVIDIA and AMD graphics card users can do this from their respective software control panel. If the stuttering still occurs after capping the FPS, continue further with other solutions.

The next culprit can be Vsync. Usually turning on the Vsync can reduce stuttering and crash, but it works the other way as well. So, if you have it disabled, enable it and vice versa. For Nvidia users, go to the control panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings and select FIFA 21, and set Vsync to On. You can also try setting the Vsync to Adaptive and see if that works. As different players have a different system, there is no universal fix, it’s all trial and error.

Fullscreen mode of games are also known to cause black screen, stuttering, and other performance problems as fullscreen is more resource hungry. But, like Vsync, it can also work the other way. So, if you are playing on Fullscreen, set FIFA 21 to Windowed from the game menu. If it’s already windowed, try setting it to fullscreen.

Also, try the above fix through the Steam client and Windows Program properties. Go to the desktop shortcut of the game or the executable located at the install directory > right-click > Properties > Compatibility tab > check Disable fullscreen optimization.

You can also try and force Windowed Borderless from Steam. Here are the steps:

  1. From the Steam Library, right-click on the game and select Properties
  2. Go to the Local Files tab and click on SET LAUNCH OPTIONS
  3. Type -windowed –noborder
  4. Press Ok and exit.

Other Solutions to Resolve Stuttering and Lag with FIFA 21

Update the Graphics Card Drivers

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.

  1. Launch Steam client
  2. Go to Library, right-click FIFA 21 and select Properties
  3. Click on SET LAUNCH OPTIONS…
  4. Type -USEALLAVAILABLECORES –high and click Ok.

Change Nvidia Settings

In the next step to fix FIFA 21 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 FIFA 21 (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 FIFA 21 has improved or worsened. If it’s become worse, set the power management mode to optimal.

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

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 FIFA 21 FPS drop, stuttering, and screen tearing.

  1. Right-click on the desktop shortcut of FIFA 21
  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

Save the changes by clicking OK.

Alter the Power Options in Window 10 to Fix FIFA 21 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.

  1. Click on the battery icon in the System Tray and drag the button to Best Performance
  2. Right-click on the battery icon and select Power Options
  3. Click on the Change plan settings link
  4. Click on Change advanced power settings
  5. Locate Processor power management and click on the plus sign to expand
  6. Expand Minimum processor state and set it to 100%, next expand Maximum processor state and set it to 100%
  7. 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 FIFA 21, 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.

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 FIFA 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 FIFA 21 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 (skip files that do not delete)

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

Install the Game on SSD

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

Disable Discord Overlay

In the next step, we will disable Discord Overlay to fix FIFA 21 stuttering, FPS drop, and performance issues. It has been noted on various forums that Discord overlay causes issue 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.

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.

That’s all we have in this guide. We hope the FIFA 21 Stuttering, FPS Drop, and Performance Issues are fixed. 

Tim Blisz
I am an avid gamer who loves to write about games. When not writing, I like to cook and play first-person shooter video games.

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