Elite Dangerous – Odyssey/Horizons 4.0 Graphics Settings

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Two different settings are suggested for Horizons 4.0 and Odyssey to help you fix frame rates issues.

Before you start.

Clearing out the graphics configuration files of the game is the first thing to do if frame rates are not working. This is something I do after every major update.

These files won’t be removed if you uninstall and reinstall your game. It’s best to do this manually.

After ensuring Elite Dangerous isn’t running, open Explorer to access this folder.

%LocalAppData%\Frontier Developments\Elite Dangerous\Options\Graphics\

There should be at least four to five XML files and a StartPreset.

Then, delete them all and then restart the game. Your shaders will be rebuilt, and you can go to the Graphics settings menu to make any changes.

Suggested settings

I have an i7-6700k with a GTX 1660Ti, 32 GB of RAM, and an i7-6700k. Below are the settings that I use.

All settings in BOLD must be decreased if you have a GTX970, or an equivalent. (E.g. (E.g.

1. Expand the Display Section and select your native resolution. Also, set the frame rate limit at 60. Vertical Sync and Fullscreen Borderless are also options I use.

You can always try higher frame rates in the future, but for now, you can only use 60.

2. Next, expand the Quality subsection.

Model Draw Distance: About 50%

High Texture Quality

Texture Filter Quality: Anisotropic x8

Directional shadows: Medium

Spot Shadows: Medium

High Bloom

Blur on (optional)

Anti-Aliasing: SMAA

Supersampling: x1.0 (Never exceed this unless your system is extremely powerful)

Upscaling: Normal (FSR is an option for those who are on 4k but are experiencing dismal frame rates)

Ambient Occlusion: Medium

Environment: Medium

FX Quality: Medium (This used to give LOWER frame rates on Low than Medium!)

Particle effects medium

High Field Depth

Material Quality: High

Galaxy Map Quality High

Terrain Quality: High

Terrain LOD blending: High

Terrain Work: To the Left

Terrain Material: High

Terrain Sampler: High

Terrain Checkerboard: Off

Jet Cone: High

Volumetric Effects High

The field of view is entirely up to you. However, the larger the field of view, the lower the frame rate.

Note on memory speed.

This game requires high memory speeds. Make sure your BIOS has the correct memory speed.

E.g., An RTX3070 running at 3600mhz system memory and 2200mhz will run this game at 1/4 to 1/2 of the frame rates it is capable of. This has been tested.


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  1. Yea, frame limit 60, when I have 30 on settlement, it’s kinda… yea.

    RTX 2060 6G, i7-8700k, 32 GRAM.

    I can have 120 in coriolis, but suddenly VRAM is out and I have 30. Swapping is bad. So I’m going with 3060 12G, because it has more memory than 3070 8G. Slower, but memory… I need those memories! πŸ˜€

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