Borderlands 3 Horrible FPS Lags and Stuttering

More than two weeks have passed from the release yet no update related to FPS issues and performance-related troubles have been fixed. Players on Borderlands forums are posting about this almost every day and are still unable to get GearBox’s attention. The lags are so bad, that you will start teleporting in modes such as Circle of Slaughter and Proving grounds.

Update: Gearbox has acknowledged the issues and has said that they will push an update to fix these issues really soon. Till then you can read our guide to fix the issues for the time being.


Borderlands 3 FPS Lag Issues

The issues are mostly related to Nvidia users, AMD users are enjoying their game without any issues for the first time. Probably has something to do with out-of-the-box optimization done by AMD for their graphic cards.

Let’s find out how these issues can be fixed for the time being


Identify if it is performance lag or network lag

First, you have to identify what kind of lag you are dealing with, to test this out, you’ll have to do this:

Go to a Solo game, by turning on friends only mode and test if you are lagging or rubberbanding. If you are only lagging in pub-games then it means it has something to do with your network. But if this is not the case, continue reading the article and we’ll sort this out.


Borderlands 3 System Requirements

Minimum For 1080p gaming

  • OS – Windows 7/8/10 (latest service pack)
  • Processor – AMD FX-8350 (Intel i5-3570)
  • Memory – 6GB RAM
  • Graphics card – AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB)
  • HDD – 75 GB

Recommended for 1440P gaming

  • OS – Windows 7/8/10 (latest service pack)
  • Processor – AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600 (Intel i7-4770)
  • Memory – 16GB RAM
  • Graphics card – AMD Radeon™ RX 590 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB)
  • HDD – 75 GB

If your system falls somewhere in between these requirements then you can actually do something to fix the issues. If not, then there’s no other option than running the game in low settings so that you can actually play and have fun.


#1 – Best Settings for Borderlands 3

These are the best settings that will help you run the game at higher FPS

Change Borderlands3.exe settings

  • Head to C > Program Files > Epic Games > Borderlands 3
  • Right-click on Borderlands3.exe > Compatibility > click the “disable fullscreen optimisations” checkbox
  • Now, click “Change High DPI settings” box and under high DPI scaling override tick the “override high DPI scaling behavior” checkbox as shown below
  • Click on OK and Apply.
  • After doing this, head to OakGame > Binaries > Win 64 and do the same for “Borderlands3.exe” in that folder

Set Game to High-Priority

Running the game on high-priority will help you boost your FPS by a little bit, this can be done manually using task manager. But you will have to do this every time you run the game. If you don’t want to do this every time, download the optimized files by Panj.

Epic Games Launcher Settings

  • Start Epic Games Launcher > Settings > Borderlands 3
  • Click “Additional Command Line arguments” and type “-nostartupmovies”
  • Save

Registry Edits, GPU Optimizations By Panj

Panj is a Youtuber who is known for posting game optimization related videos on his youtube channel. He has created a whole pack for Borderlands 3 optimizations and you can download it from here. Just follow the steps given and you’ll be able to run the game without any issues.


#2 – Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Both Nvidia and AMD have pushed their optimization updates for the game and can be downloaded using their client.

If you are running an older version of drivers then this might be one of the issues causing the FPS drops.


#3 – Update Windows 10

You PC should be running on Windows 10 1903 if it’s any old build head to this link for updates.

Windows 10 has been notoriously known for causing issues with multiple AAA games that were announced this year, however, updates are pushed from time-to-time to fix these problems. Head to Windows Updates and search for new updates, and install whatever updates are available to be installed. This might take a while, but this is worth trying.


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