There are a ton of "guides" preaching for max performance, most of them are full of rubbish and unnecessary or even outdated settings. This guide: -Will guarantee that with a few changed you will see a significant improvement compared to the default settings -Will explain why you are changing these settings (thus you can balance cpu and gpu limitations because you know what you are changing and why). Example: My 2007 e6750 (@3.0 Ghz) with a GTX260 increased fps from 20-30 to 65+ in the warpgate. It even shows 100+ fps jumping around on the waygate's defence towers. Step1 Determining the issue Your first action ingame should be to press alt+f This will show your framerate and if you are CPU limited or GPU limited (bottem left corner). GPU limited: 1-Use the low settings ingame 2-disable V-sync (gives smoother frames, google it!) 3-Additional tweaks to UserOptions.ini Ini can be found in the planetside 2 directory (Steam\steamapps\common\PlanetSide 2 ) [Rendering] ShadowQuality=0 [Terrain] RenderFlora=Off Note: I only provide those settings that actually impact your fps and cannot be set to these values by the ingame settings. All other variable mentioned in other guids are controlled through the ingame settings. 4-Reducing the area to be rendered The more your gpu has to render, the harder it will be. The ammount rendered is controlled by 3 variables 4-1) level of detail 4-2) part that is visible on the screen 4-3) resolution at which this takes place Improving 1: We have already done that Improving2: The FOV controls how much you can see on your screen. The lower you set this value the less you "see". Effectively your game zooms thus lowering the area to be rendered and lowering gpu usage. FOV can be controlled through the ingame menu. If you want you can use this setting in the ini: [Rendering] VerticalFOV=50 Improving3 At 1920x1080 your gpu has to render 2.073.600 pixels. At 1280x800 it only has to render 1024000. Thus lowering your resolution effectively halves (!) gpu load. Note the ingame Render quality (ini: RenderQuality=...) setting effectively controls the internal resolution at which the game renders. However it is quite harsh so you are probably better off setting a resolution yourself to provent the game becomming very "squared". CPU limited: cpu limitations are hard to fix but do not worry we can help you out A Minimize background cpu usage B reduce planetside2 cpu usage C improve the performance of your cpu A: Minimize background cpu usage A1 Lazy fix After you have started your game press ctrl+alt+escape. Go to processes and find PlanetSide2.exe. Now with the rightmouse go to the priority submenu and set it to "High". Problem solved, now planetside will come before all other processes. A2 Manual fix In order to check your background cpu usage press ctrl+alt+escape. If your cpu usage is above 3% when you are not moving your cursor then something is wrong. Identify the offender by going to the process tab and herafter sorting on the processor column (with 2 digits). Google the .exe's name to figure out what it is. After that google how to fix the cpu usage of that software. A3 Auto fix Use razer gamebooster: http://www.razerzone.com/gamebooster Razer bought iobit's gamebooster and it still works. It temporarily disables a lot of windows services. This clears up some RAM and reduces cpu load. Since up to 80 are running at any time this can go a long way in reducing background interferancy. B reduce planetside2 cpu usage Graphic effects usually have little impact when you are cpu limited. In fact the difference between low and high can even only differ with less than 5 fps. So we must ini tweak; B1 Renderdistance: Change it to 1000 (or 2000 if you have an i3 or similar). This will primarily help you out in larger battles but not in very dense areas with everyone clustering like in the waygate. [Rendering] RenderDistance=1000 b2 Shadow quality Shadows are very very cpu intensive. This setting increased the fps on my old e6750 from 35 to 67 in the waygate. ShadowQuality=0 C: Improve the performance of your CPU C1: Unparking If you have an AMD or Intel with hyperthreading combined with vista/windows 7 it is possible that windows sets some of your cores in a state called parked. For gaming you do not want this to happen. To determine if your machine has parked cores you must check resources: ctrl+alt+delete>Performance>Resource Monitor a Note the cpu that says parked. If it does not it most likely will not work and any fps gain is a "placebo" effect caused by the heavy impact of playermodels on the fps. To unpark I recommend creating a NEW power profile for planetside2 and then apply the new setting only to this profile by using the following tool (set it to 100) http://bitsum.com/about_cpu_core_parking.php C2 Overclocking. Some cpu's can be overclocked quite a bit. Especially if you have a custom build pc. Overclocking is too specific to cover in general and should only be tried with some assistance on a hardware forum. Intel cpu that can be overclocked easily: c2d series (q6600, e6750, e8400 etc) First i series (i7 920, etc) Unlocked cpu;s (i7 875k, i5 2500k, i7 2600k, i5 3570k, etc) For example my e6750 can run on 3.0 ghz instead of 2.66 ghz without any effort or overclockign experience. My girlfriend's e8400 can run on 3.6 Ghz using the stock Intel cooler (!). Maybe someone can add some amd cpu? Bonus: Prevent crashes on 32bit OS It is possible your planetside2 will crash on a 32bit OS becomes the game uses more ram than allowed by a 32bit OS.