Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Error and Performance Tuning Guide: Fix For Stuttering, Low FPS and More

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Error Guide

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix has finally released Rise of the Tomb Raider on our beloved platform PC. The PC version of the game comes with some additional graphical features such as improved SSAO, Anisotropic filtering, tessellation, dynamic foliage, a high-end ambient occlusion technique called HBAO+ and many others. Many players might find it difficult to run Rise of the Tomb Raider smoothly on their rig and so Nixxes (developer of PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider) decided to come up with a Performance Tuning Guide detailing each and every setting you need to tweak for a scalable experience.

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Error Guide

This performance Tuning guide of Rise of the Tomb Raider targets the official minimum and recommended PC specs. The minimum specs for the game read "GTX 650 2GB and i3-2100", and the details provided in the guide below offers you an average of 30FPS at a 1280X720p resolution at lowest quality preset. At recommended PC specs, which is GTX 970 GB and i7-3770K, the details provided below offers a performance of average 60FPS at 1080p at High-Quality Preset (i.e. graphics and visuals which is going to be the better than what we have seen on another platform).

For players who have a rig with specifications above or close to recommended spec of Rise of the Tomb Raider and who can accept a trade to FPS in exchange for image quality, we advise you to go for Very High Preset value. If you can't use them entirely at Very High Preset value then make changes as per your need to the individual settings and see which one suits you the best.

MINIMUM PC Specs Requirement:

  • OS: Windows 7 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 650 2GB or AMD HD7770 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 25 GB available space

RECOMMENDED PC Specs Requirement:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980Ti 2560×1440 or NVIDIA GTX 970 1920×1080
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 25 GB available space

So without any further ado, here is the official Performance Tuning Guide for PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider.


The first Options screen to check should always be the Display options.
Resolution: Higher resolutions can cost a lot of GPU power, and performance will often scale proportionally to the resolution. Especially close to minimum spec it may be worth it to run at a lower resolution while maintaining a higher graphics quality level.

Another option available in the Display menu is the anti-aliasing setting. We offer two very affordable AA methods, FXAA and SMAA. SMAA is somewhat more expensive, but can result in a sharper image compared to FXAA. We also offer two very high-end AA modes, SSAA2x and SSAA4x. Note that using these has a similar performance impact as doubling or quadrupling the resolution, so only use these when you have plenty of hardware power available relative to the resolution you are running at (for example with SLI).

Both of the options in the display menu only impact the GPU performance, not the CPU performance. If you are CPU bottlenecked reducing any of the settings here will not help you.


The graphics menu has the largest number of options, and the performance of each individual one is limited, but all turned up together can severely impact frame rate when the hardware is not up to the task.

There are simply suggestions for different quality levels, feel free to use them, but for the best experience tuned to your personal preference, please tune the other options below and have this be Custom.

Texture Quality
This alters the resolution of textures used in the game. This primarily impacts GPU memory pressure. If this is set too high the game may start stuttering and slowing down. It does not impact performance on the GPU or the CPU much otherwise. We recommend it at High for 4GB cards.

Anisotropic Filter
This is an all-time PC gaming classic. Turn it up for sharper textures at an angle. We feel that the moderate amount of 4X gives very good results. Altering only impacts GPU performance.

Shadow Quality
This setting impacts the resolution of shadows rendered throughout the game. At high settings shadows become crisp and lose pixelated artifacts. At lower settings they are chunkier, and stop rendering entirely in the distance. Turning shadows off entirely can significantly help the CPU performance of the game, but at a heavy visual cost. Higher settings are primarily expensive for the GPU.

Sun Soft Shadows
Settings this to higher quality levels creates softer looking shadows as cast by the sun outside, accomplished by using larger filter kernels. This only impacts GPU performance.

Ambient Occlusion
This toggles on and between different ambient occlusion algorithms. At the highest level this offers HBAO+ by NVIDIA. This only impacts GPU performance.

Depth of Field
Depth of Field can blur areas on screen that are out of focus, typically when far away. At the highest quality level items near the camera will also appear blurred. This only impacts GPU performance.

Level of Detail
This influences the detail level of rendered meshes, and the distance at which they disappear entirely or may stop casting shadows. Lower settings can significantly help CPU performance due to it having to process fewer objects. GPU performance is also impacted.

Turning this option on increases the geometric detail on selected meshes throughout the game by tessellating and displacement mapping them. Detail of shadow casting meshes is also increased. This option impacts GPU performance, and to a lesser extend CPU performance.

Screen Space Reflections
When this option is turned on dynamic reflections are calculated based on other items visible on the screen. This only impacts GPU performance.

Dynamic Foliage
At higher settings more dynamically generated foliage is present, and foliage meshes start reacting to Lara. This impacts both GPU and CPU performance.

When turned on bright spots on the screen will bleed out, adding to the illusion of bright light. This only impacts GPU performance.

Vignette Blur
When turned on the edges of the screen can sometimes get blurred for cinematic effect. This only impacts GPU performance.

Motion Blur
Fast camera and object motion will appear smoother. This only impacts GPU performance.

Pure Hair
This impacts the quality of Lara's hair. When turned off simpler polygonal hair is used. At the highest quality level the cinematic quality hair is active throughout the entire game.

Lens Flares
When turned on bright lights can create halo effects on the screen as they would with a camera. This has a limited impact on performance, but the option is there so people who dislike this effect can turn it off.

Screen Effects
When turned on effects like dirt, blood, water, and other effects can be seen on the camera. Film grain will also be present. This has a limited impact on performance but the option is there for people to turn off if they dislike such effects

Here is the list of some of the most common errors Rise of the Tomb Raider PC players are experiencing.

Crash on Startup, Gameplay, Logo & More:

If you are facing random crash issue with Rise of the Tomb Raider (such as black screen at the start, crash during gameplay, after setting change, during game logo) then you need to check out whether or not you have a latest driver for your hardware. GeFore Rise of the Tomb Raider driver is already available for download, here is the link for it. For players who are using other graphics card, make use of any Driver Scanner software and update it.

Disk Write Error:

For those who are experiencing this issue just make sure that you are running the setup with Administrator rights. Secondly, the minimum HDD space requirement for Rise of the Tomb Raider is 25GB so just make sure you have enough HDD space left.

No Sound:

Make some changes to the default audio device setting, change it between Speakers and Headphones and see which one works for you. Also, before starting the game make sure you have unplugged all other unnecessary USB devices.

Crash at Expedition Mode:

You can do much if you are facing this issue. Just restart your rig and try out the mode again. This is occurring due to some in-game issue and Nixxes will fix it via a patch soon.

Low FPS and Lag (Nvidia Graphic Card user):

If you are playing the game on your laptop, make changes to the GPU to Nvidia Graphics card from Integrated one. In order to do this, go to Nvidia Control Panel and select Manage 3D settings. For those who are playing the game on PC, here is how you can reduce Lag issue: Go to Nvidia Control Panel, Manage 3d settings and select the option "Power Management Mode" and set it to the option which reads: "Prefer Maximum Performance"

If you have fix for any issue in Rise of the Tomb Raider then do let us know about it in the comment section below. We will update this guide with it.

Source: Steam

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