Performance Tips

Performance Tips

From BeamNG

These are tips aimed at helping those who don't have the best hardware run the game. If you do not meet the minimum requirements to run BeamNG.drive, these may help however you may not see much of a performance increase.

This page includes instructions for XP and Vista. If you have problems using BeamNG.drive on either XP or Vista, no help will be given by the developers of the game because they are unsupported.


Disabling Collisions

From Main Menu

Click on Options, then Gameplay. Scroll down to Physics, then click on Disable Vehicle Collisions.

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From Playing In Game

Hit Esc to bring up a menu, then click on Options, then Gameplay. Scroll down to Physics, then click on Disable Vehicle Collisions.

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Disabling Shadows

Disabling shadows may increase your frame-rate on maps where there are large amounts of objects, especially on computers with older or lower end CPUs.
Look under Options, Graphics, and where it says "Display Shadows", you have 3 choices; All, Partial, None (as of BeamNG Version 0.12.0.3.)

Selecting "Partial" won't have a noticeable impact on visual quality, however selecting "None" will give the biggest performance increase, at the sacrifice of visual quality.

Turning on High Performance

Pictures for Windows will be coming soon.

If you're using a laptop, you may need to change your Power Plan in order to unlock the performance of your hardware in BeamNG.

Windows XP

  • 1; Open Control Panel.
    • If you are using Category View, first go to "Performance and Maintenance".
  • 2; For both Classic and Category views, click on "Power Options".
  • 3; Under Power schemes, click on "Always On". Click OK.

Windows Vista

  • 1; Open Control Panel.
    • If you are using Category View, first go to "Performance and Maintenance".
  • 2; For both Classic and Category views, click on "Power Options".
  • 3; Under preferred plans, click on "High Performance".

Windows 7, 8, 8.1

Control Panel

  • 1; Open Control Panel.
    • If you are using Category View, first go to "System and Security".
  • 2; For both Classic and Category views, click on "Power Options".
  • 3; Under preferred plans, click on "High Performance".
    • If you do not see "High Performance", click on "Show additional plans".

Win+X Menu (8 & 8.1 only)

  • 1; Right click on the start button or press Win+X.
  • 2; Go to "Power Options".
  • 3; Under preferred plans, click on "High Performance".
    • If you do not see "High Performance", click on "Show additional plans".

Windows 10

Do note: This version of Windows tends to change the locations of settings. This section may become out of date with newer versions of Windows 10. This is for Version 1703, the Creators Update.

Control Panel

  • 1; Open Control Panel.
    • If you are using Category View, first go to "System and Security".
  • 2; For both Classic and Category views, click on "Power Options".
  • 3; Under preferred plans, click on "High Performance".
    • If you do not see "High Performance", click on "Show additional plans".

Settings

  • 1; Open Settings.
  • 2; Click on System, then click on "Power & Sleep".
  • 3; Under "Related settings", click on "Additional power settings".
  • 4; Under preferred plans, click on "High Performance".
    • If you do not see "High Performance", click on "Show additional plans".

Win+X Menu

  • 1; Right click on the start button or press Win+X.
  • 2; Find and click on "Power Options".
  • 3; Under "Related settings", click on "Additional power settings".
  • 4; Under preferred plans, click on "High Performance".
    • If you do not see "High Performance", click on "Show additional plans".

Set Game to High Priority using Task Manager

The game does this by default. However, if you are using the DirectX 9 version, or booted straight from the executable, this may help.

Windows XP, Vista & 7

  • 1; First, to open Task Manager, push Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
  • 2; If it prompts what you want to do, click on Task Manager.

You should see something like this:


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  • 3; Then go to Processes, then down to BeamNG.drive.xXX.exe (If your system is 32 bit, XX will be replaced by 86, else if your system is 64 bit, XX will be replaced by 64), right click on it then go down to Set Priority, then choose Above Normal or High.


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Windows 8, 8.1 & 10

  • 1; First, to open Task Manager, push Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
  • 2; If it prompts what you want to do, click on Task Manager.

You should see something like this:


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  • 3; Click on More Details

and now you should see something like this:


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  • 4; Go to Details then down to BeamNG.drive.xXX.exe (If your system is 32 bit, XX will be replaced by 86, else if your system is 64 bit, XX will be replaced by 64), right click on it then go down to Set Priority, then choose Above Normal or High.


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