This thread is probably in the wrong section, but I don’t care, I have great news for PC players who have been having performance issues and I want to share this message as widely as I can!
As you all know, I’ve been extremely harsh on Gearbox for how atrocious the performance has been on the PC version of Borderlands 3, I even made a thread on it making a huge rant etc
Well, I now have some good news that possibly will be THE definitive FIX for the performance issues that a lot of players have been having.
A little background first, (yeah I know the suspense is killing you, and you want to know what the fix is, lol, just hang on!), my CPU is a i5-4460 which is terrible compared to modern gaming rigs, and it’s also UNDER the minimum requirements needed to run this game, so I knew when I downloaded BL3 from Steam that I’m going to be CPU bottlenecked…My GPU is fine, it’s a GTX 980, which is not up the current gen performance but it’s no slouch either, and I have 24 gigs of Ram
Long story short, BL3 was running like absolute garbage, the stuttering made the game virtually unplayable, hitches, pauses, and stuttering made me curse and weep, and I got so angry I made a thread blaming Denuvo for causing all my problems.
I tried EVERY optimization in the book, I devoured every video on YouTube trying to find a solution to fix this woefully “broken” game and it’s “horrific” optimization for the PC, and believe me I tried everything, from low material complexity, texture streaming set to low, volumetric fog turned off, defragged my hard drive, disabled all background processes…TRUST ME I TRIED THEM ALL AND NOTHING WORKED
But, there was 1 thing, that no one has ever mentioned in over 70 videos, and I decided to try it in a flash of inspiration:
I turned off MSI Afterburner.…That’s it!! and now the lag and stuttering has all but disappeared. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of MSI Afterburner, and 99% of all us gamers use it to record our game footage, and to overclock our graphics cards, and have control over our fan speeds etc, but I’m wondering if it has huge compatibility problems with BL3 as an extra process running in the background that Denuvo is reacting to in a very negative way causing all those hitches and stuttering because once I turned MSI Afterburner off and no longer use it while I’m playing, the game is running a lot smoother
Now it’s NOT a be all end all solution, but if it worked for me, using a very poor under performing gaming rig, then hopefully it will work for you guys as well
One last thing, …I did use 2 other programs, (Which I will provide links for), that I use as well, so whether they are the actual solution, or a combination of ALL 3 things I use, I truly don’t know, but for me, I can actually play Borderlands 3 on my PC now, whereas as before I had given up, and was ready to uninstall it, and go back to my PS4 version which had none of these problems
These programs are:
They are completely safe to use, and all they do is optimize your CPU for max performance
Don’t forget to disable MSI Afterburner!!..don’t have it running while you’re running the game
Anyway, this was a long thread, and I genuinely hope that it helps us in the community have a better and more enjoyable experience playing BL3