Rift – Improve Framerate

If you have been playing Rift in the beta tests these past few months, you probably know by now that the graphics are just awesome. The new MMORPG scheduled to launch on March 1, 2011 has great detail and vivid colors that make up the beautiful world of Telara. However, Rift’s graphics are so good that it can be a little too much for some older machines. Some computers that don’t meet the system requirements may experience very low framerates which make it difficult to even play the game at all.

How to improve Framerate in Rift

Luckily, Trion has implemented an option to use a lower quality graphics renderer to significantly improve framerates for lower end machines.


Simply open up your Rift client and login. Click on Settings–>Video–>Advanced and once your at this screen, simply select the checkbox at the very top labeled ‘Low Quality Renderer’. You will then need to exit and reopen your Rift client for this setting to take effect. With this option enabled, you should now experience extremely faster framerates! Enjoy!
Rift Graphics Settings


If you have already been trying to get faster framerates to play Rift, you have probably already set all the individual graphics settings to the minimum level. Once you enable the option to use the low quality renderer, you may be able to adjust some of the individual graphics settings up higher again and still have fast framerates! This will allow you to get the fast framerates from the renderer but still have good terrain distance, particle detail, and other things. Hope this helps!

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Rift System Requirements:

Minimum System Specification

  • Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or better
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard disk space: 8.0 GB available
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce FX 5900, ATI/AMD Radeon X300, Intel GMA X4500 or better
  • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card
  • DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
  • Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)

Recommended System Specification

  • Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard disk space: 8.0 GB available
  • Desktop Video: Nvidia GTS 250 or better
  • Notebook Video: Nvidia GTX 200M series or better
  • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card
  • DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
  • Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)

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  • Shannara

    Hello, I have all my settings at min. and I am still getting 4-6 FPS, my system is as fallows,
    * Operating system: Vista
    * Processor: AMD Duel core 2.6GHz
    * Memory: 4 GB
    * Hard disk space: 500GB (450ish free)
    * Desktop Video: Nvidia 260
    * DirectX®: 10.0
    * Broadband internet connection (Charter cable)

    Any suggestions?

  • Jeff H

    Your lucky I’m getting 2 FPS currently and thats during the day at night the highest I can get is 10 FPS, Housemate has almost exact machine and is getting 36 FPS during the day and 46 at night.
    I have the low Quality setting set and everything at min.
    My Build is:
    Windows Vista 32 bit
    AMD 3.2 ghz
    2 Gig dual channel of memory
    580 GB Hard Drive space
    MSI NXS 8600 GT Dual Stacker
    DirectX 10.0
    256 DSL
    I would love to get at least 20 FPS during the day, I guess a AM3 build is in order.

    • To both of you guys who have been having fps trouble in Rift. I have seen and played Rift myself on machines with lower specs than yours and gotten consistent speeds of 20-30 fps around the clock. The only thing I can think of is possibly the OS you are both running. Almost everyone I have seen that has had problems with getting low fps in Rift has also still been running Vista. This is my best guess, because unless there is a piece of hardware you are running that Rift really doesn’t like, your system specs should be fine to run this game. Maybe it’s time to make the jump to Windows 7. I think this would definately up your chances of making the game playable on your current hardware, and compared to Vista, Windows 7 blows it out of the water anyway.

  • Steve NY

    Nope neither of the suggestions are a fix

    I have Windows 7, and a decent graphics card and my frame rate varies from 4 to 50.
    I’m also on the Low Quality settings.

    Updating my drivers helped a little…

  • Steve

    above noted ” Low Quality Renderer ” for some it may give 1-10 fps better, even going to windows mode. might give a little bit better ” Might ” the only thing I have noticed and tried and do every time the Rift Game is open and being Played I hit the Windows Key – then Ctrl Alt Delete – bring up the Task Manager go to Applications Tab scroll till you see Rift.exe right click the Rift.exe and Set PRIORITY to High, then click on the Warning Window to Allow Mini the Task window and have a look at your Fps see if you get a 10-20 fps increase from the 6 fps for example.
    Rift should be tested before sending it out to be played by everyone by using low end machines to see what they come up with that actually will work… for the Frames Per Second issue , so we do not have to go and buy new components to play any game online. Just make it fun and available to play .

  • Ahmed

    actually there is much more ways to improve your FPS i found some of them pretty useful even if you already have good FPS such as 60~90 you can still improve it without sacrificing game quality.these ways you can use google to search for them or you can follow those 3 guides on http://www.riftfps.weebly.com i found them very useful and i’ve already improved my fps from 35~50 to 55~70 depending on your location. hopefully this will help you lads.