7 Days to Die – How to Fix Your FPS (+/- 60 FPS)

Today I’m going to explain how to get a better FPS (+/- 60 FPS) for “7 Days to Die” game. So this game is still in Alpha, so it’s not that well-optimized. You probably play it at 30 FPS and constantly get lower FPS (8, 10, 20 FPS) and I’ve seen a lot of guides, yet couldn’t really found a good one. After a lot of testing, finally… I present to You my guide to get a better FPS and even if Your FPS will drop sometimes, it mostly won’t drop below 30 FPS (+/- 40 FPS for me).

Step 1 – 7 Days To Die FPS Fix – Video Setting Options

When in the game menu, select “Options” then “Video” and apply these settings below:

  • Turn off “V-Sync”, “Reflection Quality”, and “Motion Blur”.
  • Uncheck “Reflected Shadows”, “SSAO”, “DOF”, and “Sun Shafts”.
  • You can keep “Texture Quality” to “Full Size” and “Water Quality” to “High” if You want to.
  • Change “UMA Texture Quality” and “Tree Quality” to “Middle”.
  • Change “View Distance” to “10”, “Field of View” to “70”, and “LOD Distance” to “50%”.
  • Keep “Gamma” at “75%”, but change the “Water Particles” to “25%“.

Step 2 – Join Salty Zombies Server

You may think that as a joke but you can immediately increase your FPS by playing on our 7 Days To Die dedicated servers. Most people who say they have a dedicated server actually don’t. They have a VPS which is a Virtual Private Server and most hosting companies have 30+ VPS’s on a single dedicated server. So it’s still shared hosting, or they are using their home computer.

The Salty Zombies Dedicated server is a beast machine that’s only used for our 7 Days To Die Servers. Not only is it a dedicated server but its Linux based server. Unlike its Windows OS counterpart, the Linux OS uses significantly fewer resources so we can be used to run the 7 Days To Die games.

Step 3 – 7 Days To Die FPS Fix – In-Game Console Fix

Next step to fix your 7 Days To Die FPS problems involved you being in-game. Once you are in the game, press F1 to open the console and type in these to commands. Copy/Paste these 1 at a time and press enter. Then do the next one.

  • gfx pp enable 0 (This Disable post-processing for fps gain)
  • gfx af enable 0
  • gfx dt enable 0 (disable distant terrain for better fps outdoors)
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Step 4 – 7 Days To Die FPS Fix – Running the game from launcher instead of 7D2D Shortcut.

To get to Game Location, In steam right click 7D2D -> Properties > Local files > Browse Local Files. Run 7Dlauncher.exe

1. Tick [X] Exclusive Fullscreen Mode
2. Tick [X] Unity Screen Selector
3. (Optional) Aditional Parameters (unsure if this works, might be placebo effect): -force-d39d
4. When Unity Launcher opens, select the lowest resolution you’re comfortable with, you can always raise it later. If your fps was very low, I would suggest trying the lowest graphical settings, you can always raise them individually later if you want.

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Hopefully, this helps some of you folks out there.

Step 5 – 7 Days To Die FPS Fix – Customizing your Graphics Card.

Now you should see some improvement in your 7 Days To Die FPS in the game. But if you are still looking for further optimization and are ok with things getting a bit complex. Then read on and let’s just get into it!

There are 2 steps you need to get into, the first one is customizing your Graphic Card, and the second is customizing your game.

Customizing your graphic card

  • First, go to Your Graphic Card Control Panel (NVIDIA for Me).
  • Select “Manage 3D Settings” and select “Program Settings”, press “Add” and choose “7 Days to Die”.
  • On the “Select the Preferred Graphics Processor for This Program”, choose “High-performance NVIDIA processor”.
  • Change the “Maximum Pre-rendered Frames” to “4”.
  • Change the “Power Management Mode” to “Prefer Maximum Performance”.
  • Change the “Threaded Optimization” to “On”.
  • Change the “Vertical Sync” to “On”.

Customizing your game

Now, open up “7 Days to Die”, join Your game, and press “F8” to check your FPS. It should be around 60 FPS (can get down to 40 FPS and more than 80 FPS). Only in the very rare case, it’ll drop to below 10 FPS, but again, a very rare case.

The following is not exhaustive, but a list of tweaks I have found that have worked for me to increase my fps from the 35-50 range into the 60-80 range. Your mileage may vary, and of course, nothing comes without cost, you will be sacrificing graphical quality, but who cares how good it looks if it’s too laggy to play?

Change Storm Values

In steam right click 7D2D -> Properties > Local files > Browse Local Files -> Data -> Config -> biomes.xml -> Open with text editor.
Find lines:
“<ParticleEffect prefab=”ParticleEffects/p_sandstorm” ChunkMargin=”7″/>”
“<ParticleEffect prefab=”ParticleEffects/p_smokestorm” ChunkMargin=”7″/>”
“<ParticleEffect prefab=”ParticleEffects/p_snowstorm1″ ChunkMargin=”7″/>”

Update them to 80 or higher, instead of 7.



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