FIFA 21 – How to Fix Lag / Stutter / FPS Drops / Performance Boost

Football fans love FIFA and FIFA 21 is perhaps the most anticipated sports game this year. Especially because they are bringing in so many changes to the gameplay and obviously in Ultimate team which is the most played FIFA game mode.

The question is how well does it run on PC?

FIFA had always been a hardware-friendly game. If you have the correct requirements you will not necessarily lag. The game almost never has performance issues.

But since many users did complain about FIFA 21 having performance issues, it could be possible that the improved visuals could be the cause. If not there could be other factors which could bring the performance down that we do not know of.

So how do get the issue fixed?

FIFA 21 – How to Fix Lag / Stutter / FPS Drops / Performance Boost

Since we do not know what exactly could be the cause of the stutters and lag we have to eliminate all the possible ways which might bring down the performance of the game

Let’s Start with a System Requirement Check : 

FIFA is known to run even on low-spec PCs. At times the game would run even if you are below the Minimum Requirement. But that would certainly take a toll on the performance of the game. Stutters, Lag and FPS Drops could ruin your gameplay completely. So let’s check the requirements :

Minimum Requirements :

  • CPU: Athlon X4 880K / Core i3-6100 or better
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • VIDEO CARD: Radeon HD 7850 or better/GeForce GTX 660 or better

Recommended Requirements :

  • CPU: AMD FX 8150 / Core i5-3550 or better
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • VIDEO CARD: Radeon R9 270x or better/GeForce GTX 670 or better

We would say that you need to have the recommended setup to run the game smoothly without any fps drops or performance issues


Keep Your Video Drivers Updated :

Keeping your video drivers updated is necessary since they have a huge impact on the performance of a game. Some games require the latest drivers and they would lag and stutter when they are run on an outdated driver. You can check below to update your video drivers :

Changing the Game Settings :

You can check out the best graphics settings for FIFA21 here.


Verifying and Repairing FIFA 21 Game Files (Origin and Steam) :

Since FIFA is not such a hardware-heavy game, there could be a possibility that the performance issues are caused by some corrupted game files. Fixing or re-downloading missing files could fix the performance problem. Since FIFA 21 is available both on Steam and Origin we have provided you with the steps to repair game files on both Clients. Here is how you do it :

Origin :

  • Launch Origin
  • On the left panel select My Game Library
  • Select FIFA 21
  • Right Click over the game and Click on Repair
  • It will take a while depending on the size of the game and then you re-launch the game.

Steam :

  • Launch Steam
  • On top select Library and click Home
  • From the left panel select FIFA 21 
  • Right-click on FIFA 21 and select Properties 
  • The click on Local Files tab
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files 
  • It will take some time depending on the game size. You can re-launch the game after it is done.


Changing NVIDIA Settings (Nvidia Users Only) :

If you own an NVIDIA graphics card, you can make the following changes in your NVIDIA Control Panel in order to increase the performance of the game

  • Right-Click on your desktop and click on  NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Click on Manage 3D settings.
  • Select Program Settings and look for FIFA 21 on the list.
  • If you do not find FIFA 21 in that list click on Add right next to it and then click on Browse
  • Now you have to go to the installation folder and look for the .exe file. In this case, it will be FIFA21.exe and select Open.
  • Set the Preferred refresh rate to “Highest available”.
  • Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
  • Set Threaded optimization to ON.
  • Set Power Management Mode to “Prefer maximum performance”.
  • Set Vertical sync to OFF.
  • Click on Apply and close the window.


Changing AMD Control Panel Settings (AMD Users Only) :

If you own an AMD graphics card you can try making these changes in your AMD Control Panel.

  • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method: Multi-sampling
  • Morphological Filtering: Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use application settings
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: On
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Tesselation Mode: Override application settings
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled


Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling :

The latest build of the Windows 10 allows you to try out its newest feature Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling. If you have a good video card you can benefit a lot from this new feature. This is how you turn it On.

  • Type Settings in the search bar at the bottom
  • Click on System
  • Select the Display on the left
  • Scroll down and find an option called Graphics Settings at the bottom
  • Click on that
  • Turn On Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling
  • Restart your PC


Graphics performance preference :

Graphics Performance Preference for an app can now be set. This feature allows you to boost the performance of a particular game. Here is how to do it:

  • Type Settings in the search bar at the bottom
  • Click on System
  • Select the Display on the left
  • Scroll down and find an option called Graphics Settings at the bottom
  • Underneath “Choose an app to set preference” there will be a drop-down menu. Click on that and select the Desktop app
  • Click on Browse
  • Go to the installation folder of FIFA21
  • Select the .exe file (FIFA21.exe) which is the executable file you use to start the game. This will add the .exe file.
  • Click on Options 
  • Select High Performance
  • Restart your PC

Hopefully, these steps should help you get a much better performance from FIFA 21. If in case the game is still laggy then it could be a problem from the developer’s end and for which you need to wait for a patch fix.

If the game is constantly crashing click here to see how to get it fixed

If you are facing Input Delay Online in FIFA Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs and you want to fix it, then click here to check our guide

Enjoy the Game and keep scoring.

5 thoughts on “FIFA 21 – How to Fix Lag / Stutter / FPS Drops / Performance Boost”

  1. Siddhant Kashyap

    I have a HP Omen laptop with specs:
    8GB RAM, Ryzen 5 4600H, GTX 1650 Ti
    I still suffer with lag in fifa 21. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. I have AMD ryzen 3 and and radeon graphics hd and is lagging only in kick off. When I play volta or other gaming mod is running smoothly.
      What can I do?

  2. if someone can help me i have more fps playing in window mode than playing in full screen does anyone know how to solve this?

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