5 useless videogame graphics settings you should always disable

Whether you’ve got a top of the line gaming PC with the latest AMD Ryzen processor and a couple of 1080’s in SLI, or you’re still trying to squeeze some extra time out of an older build, there are certain graphics settings you can disable without really noticing much of a difference, if any at all.

Even if your PC can handle it, why not push for a better frame rate in lieu of unneeded graphics settings? Or why not put a little less stress on your hardware, so that it’ll run a bit cooler and last a bit longer?

Here are some settings that you can safely disable. Of course, try it for yourself, do the side-by-side comparison and see what you think. If you can’t tell a different, you’re all set. If you can, then you crank that setting back up and pretend this never happened.

Now, there are some settings that you’ll want to push as high as you can, but these aren’t those settings.

Dynamic Reflections

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This one can make a huge difference. For instance, on Overwatch, you can boost your FPS by 30%, even upwards of 50%. Dynamic reflections means seeing shadows in water and other random reflective surfaces.

It depends on the game you’re playing, but chances are you’ll barely notice them, if at all. It’s definitely not something that’s really enhancing your experience, but it’s definitely taking a toll performance wise. As far as a trade off for aesthetics vs how well the game runs, this one is almost always a slam dunk easy choice to make.