The NBA 2K series isn’t known, particularly for its demanding visuals. However, it still requires a good medium-end PC to run it smoothly.

If you’re facing problems with a budget setup, all is not lost, and you can still enjoy the game with a few tweaks. In this guide, we will be showing you NBA 2K23’s best graphics settings for high FPS.

Best Graphics Settings for High FPS

If you’re able to keep up with the hardware requirements for NBA 2K23, you can play it on Med-High settings with a good average on frames. However, to run the game in order to ensure the highest FPS, use the following settings meant for performance mode.

Game SettingsPerformance Mode (High FPS)
Shader Detail LevelLow
Shadow Detail LevelOff
Texture Detail LevelLow
Player Detail LevelMedium
Crowd Detail LevelLow
Media People Detail LevelOff
Hair Detail LevelLow
Floor ReflectionsOff
Mirror ReflectionsOff
Buffer Count3
Max Anisotropy1
Allow Compute ShadersOff
Shader PreloadOn
Ambient OcclusionOff
Volumetric LightingOn
Temporal Anti-AliasingOff
Depth Of FieldOff
Motion BlurOff
BloomOff
Anti-aliasing Level1
Anti-aliasing Quality0
Refresh Rate60 Hz (Depends on your monitor)
Vertical SyncOn
Dynamic Vertical SyncOff

The above-mentioned settings are meant to ensure consistently high frames-per-second. If you’re looking to maintain above 144 frames at all times on a medium-end PC for your high refresh-rate monitor, running the game at lower settings will be beneficial for you.

Minimum Requirements for NBA 2K23

If your PC has the minimum requirements for NBA 2K23, follow through with all the steps in this guide to ensure maximum performance. You can also use this to increase FPS on a medium-end PC if you want to achieve a refresh rate of 144 Hz.

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-2100 @ 3.10 GHz/ AMD FX-4100 @ 3.60 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 450 1GB/ ATI® Radeon™ HD 7770 1 GB or better

How to Increase FPS and Fix Stutters in NBA 2K23

NBA 2K23 was released on 9th September with minimal improvements when it comes to overall visuals. However, to account for the minimalistic change, you will have to make a few adjustments through the in-game settings and in Windows for a better experience if you’re facing trouble running the game smoothly.

We’re going to start optimization through Windows first, and once our OS is being used at maximum efficiency, we can start tinkering with settings in-game.

Windows Settings for NBA 2K23

There are a number of settings in Windows 10 and 11 that you can change to improve your gaming environment for NBA 2K23. Here’s how:

  1. Tap the Windows button, and search for “Game Mode”.
  2. Click on “Game Mode Settings”, and turn it “On”.
  1. The next step is to turn “Off” the Xbox Game Bar.
  2. While you’re in the “Game Mode” window, search for “Xbox Game Bar” on the left.
  3. Disable the “Xbox Game Bar” because it causes stuttering and unwanted crashes.
  1. From here, click on “Graphics”, and click on “Change default graphics settings”.
  2. Turn Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling “On”.
  1. For the final step in Windows optimization, we will be checking our Power Options.
  2. Open up Control Panel.
  3. Go to “Hardware and Sound”.
  4. Select “Change power-saving settings” under “Power Options”.
  5. Make sure it’s set to “High performance”.

Disabling Fullscreen Optimizations

Windows by default has fullscreen optimization enabled on most applications. This can cause stuttering issues with NBA 2K23. To remedy this, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Steam, and right-click on NBA 2K23.
  2. Click on “Properties”.
  3. Select the tab “Local Files”.
  4. Click on “Browse”.
  5. Right-click the NBA2K23.exe file and select “Properties”.
  6. Click on the “Compatibility” tab.
  7. Check the “Disable fullscreen optimizations”.
  8. Hit apply and exit.

Update Drivers for NBA 2K23

As we wait for different games, during that period, our GPU drivers may become outdated. Because of that, you might see decreased performance in some games. Before jumping into NBA 2K23, we recommend that you download and update to the latest drivers.

Settings for NVIDIA Users

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select “NVIDIA Control Panel”.
  2. Go to “3D Settings” and then click on “Manage 3D Settings”.
  3. Click on “Program Settings”.
  4. Click on NBA2K23.exe from your list. If it’s not there, add it manually by browsing to NBA 2K23’s folder.
  5. Change from “Low Latency Mode” to “Ultra”.
  6. For power management mode, set it to “Prefer maximum performance”.
  7. Set your texture filtering for “High performance”.
  8. Click Apply and exit.

Settings for AMD Users

  1. Right-click on the desktop and click on AMD Radeon Software.
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab.
  3. Select NBA 2K23.
  4. Enable “Radeon Anti-Lag.”
  1. If your PC is well below the recommended specs, enable Radeon Boost as well.

Note: Radeon boost dumbs down the graphics by A LOT and while you will get better FPS, the overall image quality will drastically decrease.

Wrapping Up

With all the above tweaks, you will be able to boost your FPS by a fair margin. Keep in mind that you might not have to go through each and every setting we’ve mentioned above.

If you have a PC that’s fairly outdated, only then you should try and go through each of these optimization steps to get the best performance out of NBA 2K23.

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