Path Of Exile Lag & Performance Fix Guide (UPDATED)

UPDATED: 21.09.2019   14:00

Path of Exile really takes it out of you when it comes to planning and strategizing. Developed and published by Grinding Gear Games in 2013. Since the launch, lead developer Chris Wilson and his team have been working hard on the game to make it what it is today, a true masterpiece for anyone who played Diablo 2, which the game itself was inspired by. It is available on PC, Play Station 4 and Xbox One.

POE is an experience and level up based game, where the player progresses in a randomly generated world. Far more complicated than your every day fun-to-play game, if you are looking to have some fun in Path of Exile it's going to take a lot of patience before you can progress and we are not the only ones who will tell you this. Path of Exile is being progressively updated and developed by Grinding Gear Games even who Tencent owns most of the company now. Best of all it is a free game and develops appreciate a lot when their fan base supports then with micro transactions, which are not in any way helping you progress with the game, they only make you look fab.. badass!

Path of Exile Performance Optimization Guide

Lets begin with a simple video options modifications before we move onto the networking issues. This simple guide will not only help you boost your performance but also help you understand how they impact your machine and gameplay.

When you login through your PC or Steam client open the Options menu and select Graphics.

This is the list of options you can optimize:

Adapter is an options that enables you to pick a graphics card that will run Path of Exile, pick the one which performs the best if you are running dual-gfx, if not, the client itself will automatically select it for you

Display Mode is an options which enables your client to run in windowed, fullscreen or windowed fullscreen mode. The most preferred options seems to be Windowed Fullscreen mode for the most of the veteran players, considering it performs better.

Resolution enables you to select which display resolution you want to play on and it makes the biggest performance difference, but your visual quality will suffer.

V-Sync is Vertical Synchronization, which makes your monitor's refresh rate and your in-game frame rate synchronize, giving you clean visual performance at the cost of FPS score (if you are playing on mediocre or budget build).

Dynamic Resolution option dynamically lowers the resolution to whatever it needs to be to hit the targeted framerate. We suggest this option to be turned off.

Water Detail Level speaks for itself, more pixels less fps.

Shadow Quality make your shadows look less realistic while awarding you some beneficial framerate, but you cannot turn them completely off.

Antialiasing Quality smoothens the edges of in-game objects, if you are looking at performance over visual quality, you can turn this option off.

Texture Quality adds details to in-game textures. You can modify this option in-game or in background command files.

• Open up your Documents, click on My Games and select  Path of Exile, then navigate to the file named production_Config.cfg. Find the texture_quality command line and modify it to 5-8. Higher number means lower in-game texture quality. If you are having difficulties finding the command line use the CTRL+F to type and highlight it. Save the fine afterwards. Here are some additional commands:


Texture Filtering simply explained is an options which makes your pixels more communicative which each other in terms of color smoothening. It can be modified and we suggest to set it to Bilinear to reduce frame rate loss.

Lightning Quality
doesn't make much difference, but if you are really looking at maximum frame rate boost, then turn it off.

Post Processing  is an additional filter on top of your screen which affects multiple options such as motion blur, bloom, overbright effect and such. Basically makes your visual quality more eye appealing, while sacrificing some additional frame rate.

Screen Shake is an option in Path of Exile which makes your screen shake when your or an enemy near you uses a skill such as "Leap Slam" or similar.

Engine Multithreading allows the game to split the workload between cores rather than trying to run them all on one. It reduces the stress on your machine and generally speaking, allows for improved gameplay performance for most/some setups.

Path of Exile Lag Fix

First and foremost make sure you select the gateway closest to your location on the client login menu. It suggest the closest one by letting you know the lowest ping (eg. Munich).
Now, try switching the Networking Mode in Options > UI and see if that helps . There are three available options Auto, Predictive and Lockstep.

Lockstep is live, if your connection to selected gateway is not entirely stable, the server network will freeze until your computer manages to synchronize. This phenomenon is called desync.
Predictive mode gives the computer an ability to simulate what would happen before synchronizing with the server, which means you would not get an instant FPS drop because the game isnt freezing in order to obtain the connection back.

If you are still having difficulties connecting and your network keeps stuttering / lagging. Here are few command prompt options you can use. Open your windows command prompt and type:

ping [Enter]
ipconfig /flushdns [Enter]
netsh winsock reset catalog [Enter]
ipconfig /release [Enter]
ipconfig /renew [Enter]
Restart you windows afterwards!

If you are still having problems our best solution is Latency Optimizer 4. This software helps you and your machine clear up unnecessary data occupying your bandwidth. Starter friendly, Incredibly well designed and practical user interface enables you to optimize your network and reduce in-game latency problems.

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We hope this guide helped you understand and overcome your performance problems. Happy hunting!

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