Fixing Shadow Warrior 3 Low FPS issue, Stuttering, and Frame drops

    Shadow Warrior 3 is the new bizarre first-person shooting action game latest in the series. Released on March 1st, 2022, the game features both guns and swords along with other weapons to hunt down strange-looking demons. To many, the fast-paced Doom-inspired action is very enjoyable, however, if your game is hardly getting any FPS then your experience can be totally ruined. In this guide, we have discussed multiple ways through which you can fix Shadow Warrior 3 low FPS issues along with any stuttering and frame drops problems.

    Without further ado, let’s jump right into the solutions.

    1. Check System Requirements

    First of all, check the Shadow Warrior 3 system requirements to see whether you have the required gear to run the game or not. Your PC should meet the minimum requirements in order to run the game. If that’s not the case, then firstly a system upgrade would be required to fix the Shadow Warrior 3 stuttering issue.


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 (4 * 3400) or equivalent. Intel Core i5-3470 (4 * 3200) or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon R7 260X (2048 VRAM) or equivalent. GeForce GTX 760 (2048 VRAM) or equivalent.
    • Storage: 31 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The Minimum Specification listed allows gameplay experience at 30 FPS on average while using Low graphical settings and 1080p resolution


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8 * 3200) or equivalent. Intel Core i7-6950X (10 * 3000) or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon RX 5700 (8192 VRAM) or equivalent. GeForce GTX 1080 (8192 MB) or equivalent
    • Storage: 31 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The Recommended Specification listed allows gameplay experience at 60 FPS on average while using High graphical settings and 1080p resolution

    2. Change Graphics Driver Settings

    Furthermore, to fix the Shadow Warrior 3 low FPS issue on PC, we highly suggest that you tweak the graphics setting in Nvidia or AMD control panel. For Nvidia users, in Manage 3D Settings of the driver, set Shader Cache Size to Unlimited. This setting alone has increased performance for numerous players.

    For other settings, go to Nvidia Control Panel -> Adjust Image Settings and Preview -> Select 3D Image settings -> Advanced 3D settings. Then do the following changes.
    Max Framerate: 165
    Low-Latency Mode: Ultra
    OpenGL Rendering GPU: Graphics Card
    Texture Filtering Quality: High Performance
    Power Management Mode: Maximum Performance

    For Shadow Warrior 3 AMD settings, change the settings to the following:
    Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
    Radeon Anti-Lag: Enabled
    Radeon Chill: Disabled
    Radeon Boost: Enable
    Anisotropic Filtering: Disabled
    OpenGL Triple Buffering: Disabled
    Morphological Anti-Aliasing: Disabled
    Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
    Tessellation Mode: Off

    3. Lower Shadow Warrior 3 Graphic Settings

    If you are still having Shadow Warrior 3 low FPS issue, you should really try lowering the graphics settings. The graphics settings that greatly affect Shadow Warrior 3’s performance are: 

    • Nvidia DLSS
    • Nvidia DLSS Sharpening
    • Motion Blur
    • Anti-Aliasing
    • Shadows Quality
    • Texture Quality
    • Follage Quality
    • Effects Quality

    4. Update the graphics card

    If you are running the game on an outdated GPU driver, it will lead to the game crashing at startup. Update both the GPU and sound drivers if they require additional updates besides the Windows update. The game will run smoothly and hopefully crash-free with updated drivers. Both Nvidia’s latest drivers and AMD’s latest drivers can be found on their official websites.

    5. Turn off Steam Overlay

    You can reportedly increase Shadow Warrior 3 performance by turning off Steam Overlay. You can turn it off by the following steps:

    1. Right click Shadow Warrior 3 in Steam Library
    2. Click Properties
    3. Open General section
    4. Uncheck the “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game” option

    6. Enable Game Mode and GPU Scheduling

    In order to increase Shadow Warrior 3 performance, you can also try enabling Game Mode on Windows 10 and 11. It will help in minimizing the background processes so that your Shadow Warrior 3 gets more FPS and better performance.

    You can do it by typing “Game Mode“ in Windows Search and selecting Game Mode settings. There will be an option to turn on the Game Mode.

    Furthermore, you can also enable Hardware Accelerated GPU scheduling to enhance Shadow Warrior 3 graphics performance.

    7. Install Shadow Warrior 3 on SSD

    Another way to fix Shadow Warrior 3 graphics issue is to install the game on SSD. This can speed up the loading of the game files which can possibly give you a relatively higher frame rate.

    8. Verify files integrity

    Let’s not give up yet! If you have had no luck in solving Shadow Warrior 3 low FPS issue, give a shot at verifying files integrity. Here’s how you can verify Steam files.

    9. Disable Startup/Background Applications

    Try disabling all the extra background applications to decrease the load on the system. These include:

    • Antivirus
    • MSI Afterburner
    • Nvidia GeForce Experience
    • Steam
    • Photoshop, etc

    10. Contact Support

    If nothing works, then there seems to be an issue with the game. Your last resort to fix Shadow Warrior 3 low FPS and stuttering issue will be to contact the official support team of Steam. You can try being specific then where exactly the FPS drop.

    We hope that this fixes the low FPS and stuttering issues. If it does then please share this article to help your fellow gamers too. Lastly, be sure to check out our Gaming and Guides sections. We cover reviews, newsBest-of, and a lot of other stuff so bookmark us and keep following Retrology.

    Talha Saqib
    Talha Saqib
    Founder of Retrology. Been actively following the gaming and media industry for the past 15 years. Also, a full-time software engineer. My day-to-day tasks include writing, editing, strategizing content, managing my team, and handling the complete back-end.
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