Madden NFL 21 PC – Error Fix Lag / FPS Drop / Stuttering and Crash Performance Guide

Madden NFL 21 comes with new features and game modes. Definitely an improvement over last year.  However, users complained about stuttering issues on  NFL 20 and so are they complaining about the same this year.

So how do we get the lag fixed?

You can follow these steps in case tweaking your in-game settings did not work that well for you. You can click here to check the best in-game graphic settings for smoother gameplay while retaining the visual quality.

Madden NFL 21 PC – Error Fix Lag / FPS Drop / Stuttering and Crash Performance Guide

Just follow these simple steps to make sure you run the game smoothly.

System Requirements:

Make sure you have at least the minimum requirements to run the game at the lowest settings. But if you want a smoother experience then the recommended requirements are what you should be having. However, we can definitely tweak in-game settings to make the game run a lot smoother.


    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Athlon X4 880K @4GHz or better, Core i3-6100 @3.7GHz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon RX 460 or better, GeForce GTX 670 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 50 GB available space


    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: FX 8150 @3.6GHz or better, Core i5-3550 @3.40GHz or better
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon R9 270x or better, GeForce GTX 680 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 50 GB available space

Update Drivers:

Once you have met the minimum requirements for the game you need to make sure the graphics drivers are updated. Outdated drivers could cause performance issues. You can update your drivers from here :

Disable Steam Input:

Disabling the Steam Input Per-Game setting helped in improving performance and actually remove the stuttering completely in many cases.

  • Launch Steam
  • Go to your Library
  • Right Click on Marvel’s Avengers
  • Then click on Properties
  • Set Steam Input Per-Game setting to Forced Off

Disable X Box Game Bar (Windows 10):

The X Box Game Bar is known to have caused performance issues in the past. I am not sure if it would actually give you a huge boost but it is recommended by us to keep it turned off. Here is how :

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings menu
  2. Click on Gaming
  3. Select Xbox Game Bar from the left sidebar
  4. Turn it Off
  5. Restart your game

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay (Nvidia users only):

Nvidia In-Game Overlay runs with a lot of Nvidia services which cranks up your memory usage and also your CPU usage. If you want to record or take screenshots then you can leave it on. But if you just want to have a smooth gaming experience we would recommend that this should be turned Off.

  • Start Nvidia Geforce Experience
  • Click on the Settings icon in the top right corner
  • Select the General Tab
  • Turn off In-Game Overlay
  • Restart your system.

Update Windows :

A buggy Windows OS could bring down the performance of a game. There have been several events in the past when certain Windows updates have caused huge performance issues. Therefore make sure to have your Windows Updated:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait for the updates to get installed
  • Restart your PC

Verify Files :

Madden NFL is available both on Steam and on Origin. Verifying the files means you are basically trying to fix any corrupted file within the game. Corrupted files could lead to poor performance too.

1) Steam :

  • Open Steam and select Library 
  • Right Click on Madden NFL 21 and select Properties
  • Then go to the Local Files tab
  • Click on Verify Integrity Of Game Files. Wait for a while and then re-launch the game.

2)Origin :

  • Launch Origin and go to My Game Library
  • Select Madden NFL 21 and Right Click on it
  • Click on Repair. This would take a while as the files get verified.
  • Restart Origin and play the game as you do

Adjust NVIDIA Settings (Nvidia Users):

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can tweak your settings to improve performance :

  • Right-Click on your desktop and open the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Click Manage 3D settings.
  • Select Program Settings and find Madden NFL 21 on the list.
  • 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 Apply and close the control panel.

Hopefully, these steps will fix any performance issues in the game. In case the issue persists then probably it might be a problem from the developer’s end for which you might have to wait for a patch update.

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