Need For Speed Unbound Best Graphics Settings

Struggling with performance on Need For Speed Unbound and at the same time, you do not wish to use the lowest graphics settings?

Well, you have come to the right place. In this guide, we will discuss the best Graphics Settings for NFS Unbound that would give you the best of both worlds. You would get decent performance as well as good visuals in the game.

Need For Speed Unbound Best Graphics Settings

NFS Unbound is finally released on all major platforms and I am loving it already. Need for Speed games had really gone downhill over the years but this one might just bring the franchise back to life again.

Make your mark on the street racing scene of Lakeshore City as you win races and outrun the cops. The first thing you will notice about the game is the new art style. The cars in this game look fantastic and the sound effects are top-notch. The new Burst Nitrous is pretty good too.

Overall NFS Unbound keeps me more engaged in races than any other NFS game over the years.

Need For Speed Unbound System Requirements:

We are here to talk about the best graphics settings you can have for NFS Unbound that would help you get smooth gameplay and retain the visual quality of the game to some extent. But, before we do that we need to understand that we have the right hardware.

There is no point playing around with graphics settings if your PC is not strong enough to handle the game.


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Ryzen 5 2600, Core i5-8600
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: RX 570, GTX 1050 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 GB available space


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Ryzen 5 3600, Core i7-8700
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon RX5700 (8GB), GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 GB available space

These are the requirements for Need For Speed Unbound according to Steam. The game is quite heavy in terms of requirements especially since it is a racing game. And trust me, you do not want frame drops while racing.

The minimum requirements are the bare minimum that you need to run the game at its lowest visual quality. You need to have a config better than the minimum requirements in order to actually enjoy a bit of the visual quality of the game as well.

Best Graphics Settings to Reduce Lag, Stuttering, and FPS Drops in NFS Unbound:

There is no point in trying to do a graphics settings guide on beast PCs way better than the recommended config. They will be running the game at its maximum potential. We are talking about PCs that lie in between. The average gamer’s PC let’s say.

Here is what I feel would be the best Graphics Settings for Need For Speed Unbound.

Press Tab and select Graphics:

  • Motion Blur: On
  • Colorblind Mode: On/Off (depends on the user)
  • Gamma Correction: 50%
  • Screen Mode: Fullscreen (Window mode or Borderless reduces performance. Always stick to full-screen mode.)
  • Fullscreen Device: 1 (depends on the number of monitors you have)
  • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080 (Use your native monitor resolution. Mine is 1080p. )
  • Vertical Sync: Off (Reduces Frame Rate to sync them and give you a stable frame rate. Often leads to input delay and low frame rate)
  • Dynamic Resolution Scaling: Off

  • Upsampler: Off/ Nvidia DLSS or AMD FSR 2 (I normally keep Upsampling off even though you get a much better frame rate with it on. It actually gives you a higher resolution image by upscaling from a lower resolution. At times the game may look blurry but it is good for performance.)
  • Upsampler Preset: Quality (Balanced and Performance makes the game too blurry)
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: On (Do not use On+ Boost as it reduces frame rate.)
  • Graphics Quality: Custom
  • Texture Quality: Low/Medium (When you go above Medium a lot of VRam is used which reduces performance.)
  • Shadow Quality: Low/Medium (Shadows in NFS Unbound is top tier. Keep on Medium or Low to maintain a stable frame rate. Increasing shadow quality further reduces performance)
  • Texture Filtering: Ultra (you can keep this on Hig or Ultra but make sure Texture quality is on Low or Medium)
  • Ambient Occlusion: AAO Full
  • Effects Detail: Medium (Do not go over medium as it impacts performance by a lot)
  • Anti-Aliasing: FXAA
  • Terrain Quality: Medium (going higher reduces performance)

  • Vegetation Detail: Low/ Medium (You would not really get time to observe trees during an intense race. Keep it on Low or Medium for performance increase)
  • Post-Process Quality: High
  • Lighting Quality: Medium
  • Depth of Field: Ultra (no impact on performance, use whatever value you feel comfortable with)
  • Reflection Quality: Low/Medium (Huge impact on performance. Keeping it on low really takes away the visual quality of the game, especially the cars. So keep it on Medium. However, you can change it to Low if you want a good performance increase)

There you go, these are the best graphics settings that you can use for Need For Speed Unbound. Of course, you can tweak around a bit and see what works best for you. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference.

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