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Helldivers 2 Best Settings for Low-End PC: RTX 3060/RX 6600/RTX 4060 Laptop GPU

The best settings for Helldivers 2 on low-end PCs

Helldivers 2 is among the most-played games on Steam. We have spent hours in-game, playing, testing, and tweaking different graphics settings for optimal performance. Our optimization guide for Helldivers 2 went live last month, exploring the performance impact of every graphics setting and resolution. This post analyzes the game’s performance on budget and entry-level PCs, costing between $600-700. Windows-level optimizations such as Resize BAR, XMP, HAGs, etc, can be found in the above guide.

Test Beds

MotherboardCPUGPUMemory
Gigabyte B760M DS3H DDR4 ($99)Intel Core i5-12400F ($127)AMD RX 6600 ($189)8GB x2 D4 ($40)
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H WIFI ($84)AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($144)NVIDIA RTX 4060 ($299)8GB x2 D4 ($40)

Helldivers 2: 1080p Performance Benchmarks

We tested Helldivers 2 at 1080p on our two budget builds, aiming for a solid 60 FPS. A mix of medium/low settings got us over 60 FPS on average, with upscaling required for the Radeon RX 6600. Particles, reflections, and volumetrics should be toned down for satisfactory performance.

Helldivers 2 Best Settings for Low-End PC

For the GeForce RTX 4060, the below graphics settings grant over 60 FPS at native 1080p with lows of 49 FPS. The Radeon RX 6600 averages 36.5 FPS at native 1080p “Ultra.” Reducing the visual fidelity and enabling upscaling with Ultra Quality nets an average of ~70 FPS. Resolution scaling can be disabled but might lead to FPS drops in intensive scenes.

Helldivers 2 Optimized Settings for Low-End PC

Ryzen 5 5600/RTX 4060i5-12400F/RX 6600
Resolution1080p1080p
Texture QualityHighHigh
Object Detail QualityMediumMedium
Render DistanceHighHigh
Shadow QualityMediumMedium
Particle QualityLowLow
Reflection QualityMediumLow
Space QualityLowLow
Ambient OcclusionOnOn
Screen Space Global IlluminationOffOff
Vegetation and Rubble DensityHighHigh
Terrain QualityHighMedium
Volumetric Fog QualityMediumLow
Volumetric Cloud QualityLowLowest
Lighting QualityMediumMedium
Anti AliasingOnOff
UpscalingNativeUltra Quality
Bloom, Depth of Field, Motion BlurPersonal choicePersonal choice

Helldivers 2: Optimized Settings for NVIDIA RTX 4060 Laptop GPU

We tested the game on the GeForce RTX 4060, one of the most popular laptop GPUs among Steam gamers. We used the Alienware x14 powered by the Core i7-13620H, the RTX 4060 mobile, and 32GB (8GB x4) of DDR5-4800 MT/s memory.

The x14 offers pre-configured CPU and GPU overclocking profiles (Overdrive) that offer a healthy performance boost over the stock hardware. You won’t even need a cooling pad, but make sure not to keep the device on your lap.

Helldivers 2 Best Settings for RTX 4060 laptop GPU

Helldivers 2 averaged 48 FPS at 1080p on one of those fiery/foggy planets using the Ultra quality graphics preset. Increasing the resolution to 1440p reduced the frame rates to 39.6 FPS, with lows of 30.6 FPS. Let’s unpack. While 1080p is still playable with close to 50 FPS on average, 1440p isn’t quite there yet. Before we move to tweak the settings, let’s see if Helldivers 2 is GPU or CPU-bound:

As you can see, the game is completely GPU-bound at 1080p where most titles show some degree of CPU limitation. Using our previous optimization guide, we know the most taxing graphics options that tank performance: Shadows, Particle Effects, Volumetric Fog, and Volumetric Clouds. Anti-aliasing is also quite punishing, but there’s too much shimmering everywhere without it.

Helldivers 2 Best Settings for RTX 4060 laptop GPU

Reducing the “Shadow Quality” and “Particle Quality” to LOW increased the average framerate to 55.6 FPS, up from 48 FPS at Ultra. The lows are also quite tolerable, staying over 45 FPS through the run. We found this to be a satisfying experience, but if you want more frames, continue reading:

Helldivers 2 Best Settings for RTX 3060 laptop GPU

Next, we increased the screen resolution to 1440p and reduced “Volumetric Clouds” and “Reflections” to MEDIUM. The “Volumetric Fog” quality was set to LOW. Keep in mind that Shadows and Particles are also set to Low. This improved the performance to 56 FPS on average, up from just 39.6 FPS at Ultra. However, the lows are still lower than we’d like at 40 FPS.

Helldivers 2 Best Settings for RTX 3060 laptop GPU

Lastly, we disabled “Screen Space Global Illumination” which doesn’t impact the outdoors as much, especially during daytime. This boosted our 1440p average to 62 FPS, with lows of 55 FPS. You can disable the same setting at 1080p to get more than 55 FPS on average.

Optimized Settings for Helldivers 2 on RTX 4060 Laptop GPU & RTX 3060 Mobile

NVIDIA RTX 4060 Laptop GPUNVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Resolution1080p/1440p1080p
Texture QualityUltra/HighHigh
Object Detail QualityHighHigh
Render DistanceUltraUltra
Shadow QualityLowLow
Particle QualityLowLow
Reflection QualityHigh/MediumLow
Space QualityHighLow
Ambient OcclusionOnOn
Screen Space Global IlluminationOffOff
Vegetation and Rubble DensityUltraHigh
Terrain QualityHighMedium
Volumetric Fog QualityHigh/LowLow
Volumetric Cloud QualityHigh/MediumLowest
Lighting QualityHighMedium
Anti AliasingOnOn (or off with upscaling enabled)
UpscalingNativeUltra Quality or Quality
Bloom, Depth of Field, Motion BlurPersonal choicePersonal choice

Areej

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