What Graphic Settings are GPU Intensive? | QR #44

By Lambros Koukis on 25/1/2022

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In the previous article, we talked about the importance of having a strong CPU for gaming as it’s responsible for processing half of the graphic settings in our games. Well, this time around we’ll discuss those that are GPU intensive. When it comes to gaming, graphics cards tend to be more important than processors but also way more expensive. So, without further ado, let’s get into it…

What Graphic Settings are GPU Intensive?

In general, GPU intensive settings are those that increase the visual quality of a game. Such settings are:

    • Resolution
    • Anti-Aliasing and especially Multisampling (MSAA)
    • Anisotropic Filtering (It’s hardly “intensive” though)
    • Nvidia PhysX
    • Supersampling
    • Depth of Field
    • Post-Processing
    • Texture Quality
    • Draw Distance (Render Distance)

Important Notes:

  1. As I mentioned in the previous article, Nvidia PhysX can be rendered by both the CPU and the GPU. To get the best performance, it’s preferred to use a GPU which supports it with the downloadable software from the Nvidia website. For more information, click here!
  2. Texture quality won’t have any impact if your graphics card has enough VRAM available. For more information on that, click here!
  3. The resolution and Nvidia PhysX are probably the most GPU intensive settings.
  4. Character and Environment Quality are also included in the “Texture Quality” that I previously mentioned.


Finally,  you are now aware of all the settings that affect your PC. As the prices of graphics cards keep increasing, it’s gonna be hard to keep up and purchase a high-end one to run all the recent titles. For now, we have to tweak the settings to lose as little performance as possible while maintaining our very valuable frames per second. If you have any more questions or if I have forgotten any other graphic setting, let me know in the comments.

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