Horizon Zero Dawn: Best PC Graphics Settings

This will be a Horizon Zero Dawn Best Graphics Settings guide. The game graphics look very promising and doing a few tweaks here and there can enable you to play the game at smoother Framerates.

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Horizon Zero Dawn Best  PC Graphics Settings

These will be Horizon Zero Dawn’s Best Graphics settings to tweak for PC. This is based on the system settings shown later on:

Display Resolution

1920×1080 (Keep this to native unless you are running an entry-level system)

Field of View

80 (This setting was ideal for me to get a decent framerate. Increasing this may cause some loss in FPS)

Adaptive Performance FPS

Off (set this to OFF)

FPS Limit

Unlimited (If your FPS varies a lot, you may want to cap this to your monitor’s native refresh rate)

Render Scale

100 (set this to 100 for the most smooth experience. Lowering this can cause visual blur)

Display Mode

Borderless (This is ideal for ALT-TABBING since this takes less resource in borderless)

Vsync

Off (turning this ON can cause some input lag)

Textures

Low (Low for the best FPS Settings. For high-end systems, keep this at high)

Model Quality

Medium (Medium settings give a good balance of FPS and visuals)

Anisotropic Filter

Medium (Medium settings give a good balance of FPS and visuals)

Shadows

Low (Shadows can hog a lot of Framerates. Set this to low)

Reflection

Medium (Decent reflections and balanced performance as well)

Clouds

Medium (optional setting. Up to personal preference)

Anti-Aliasing

TAA (TAA to remove some jagged edges and make the visual a bit smooth)

Motion Blur

Off (Motion blur can cause some frame drops so keep this off)

Ambient Occlusion

Off (this is also optional and depends on personal taste. Does not hog that many resources)

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System Requirements for Horizon Zero Dawn

Make sure you meet the minimum system settings for Zero Dawn to be on the safer side:

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Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bits
  • Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or AMD FX [email protected]
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bits
  • Processor: Intel Core [email protected] or Ryzen 5 [email protected]
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 100 GB available space

source: steam


My system settings used to test

These are the main system settings I used to test Horizon Zero Dawn:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bits
  • Processor: Ryzen 5 3600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM DDR4
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 (6GB)
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 1TB HDD 7200rpm

Results and conclusion

The above settings fetched us an average of 60FPS uncapped. during intense graphics, it dropped to 55-57 FPS, but it managed to maintain an average of 60 FPS regardless.

You can always tweak down the medium settings to low, to boost for even more Framerates. We kept it like it was shown because it was visually pleasing also. If you face any issues, let us know in the comments below. We will see you in the next guide!

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Last Updated on January 12, 2024

3 thoughts on “Horizon Zero Dawn: Best PC Graphics Settings”

    1. We have tested the game on both settings. Sometimes you may need to alt tab in and out of the game. If it is set to fullscreen, alt tabbing will put more pressure on the CPU. We found out that keeping it borderless FS did well for us.

    2. Quick tip: you can press ALT+ Enter to toggle between borderless and fullscreen. Use the one which works for you best! 🙂

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