Rust can be a resource-intensive game, especially if you are using incorrect graphics settings. Players looking to get higher frames can tinker with lots of different settings to try and optimize gameplay. Whether you have a powerful gaming PC or an older rig, these settings should work for you. Here’s how to increase FPS in Rust with our best settings guide.

The optimal settings may vary slightly depending on your video card, processor, and amount of RAM. For us, the settings below yield the absolute highest FPS on an NVIDIA RTX 2070. Our guide is broken down into in-game Rust settings, Windows settings, and video card specific settings.

Best Rust Settings for Maximum FPS

Here are the best in-game settings to use to increase your FPS in Rust:

Graphics

  • Graphics Quality: 3 (depends on your VRAM)
  • Shadow Quality: 1
  • Shadow Cascades: No Cascades
  • Max Shadow Lights: 0
  • Water Quality: 0
  • Water Reflections: 0
  • World Reflections: 0
  • Shader Level: 500
  • Draw Distance: 1,000
  • Shadow Distance: 120
  • Anisotropic Filtering: 1
  • Parallax Mapping: 0
  • Grass Displacement: Off
  • Particle Quality: 40
  • Object Quality: 80
  • Tree Quality: 80
  • Max Tree Meshes: 50
  • Terrain Quality: 65
  • Grass Quality: 65
  • Decor Quality: 65
Rust Graphics Settings

Image Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: TSSAA or FXAA
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • High Quality Bloom: Off
  • Lens Dirt: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Sun Shafts: Off
  • Sharpen: Off
  • Vignetting: Off
Rust Image Effects Settings

Experimental

  • Occlusion Culling: Off
  • Grass Shadows: Off
  • Contact Shadows: Off
  • Sustain Pedal Support: On
Rust Experimental Settings

Options

  • Field of View: 90
  • Max Gibs: 0
Rust Options Settings

Screen

  • Resolution: Native (same as desktop)
  • Mode: Exclusive
  • Vsync: Off
  • FPS Limit: Max
Rust Screen Settings

Windows Settings

Another way to increase FPS in Rust is to change a couple of Windows settings. There are two Windows 10 settings known to cause issues with Rust: Game Mode and Power Settings.  

Game Mode Settings

Open up your Start Menu and type in Game Mode Settings. Turn off Game Mode, as it can potentially cause some stuttering issues.

Rust Settings Max FPS - Windows Game Mode Off

Game Bar

From the same menu in Capture Settings, tap on Game Bar from the left menu. Turn off Game Bar, as it could negatively impact performance.

Rust Settings Max FPS - Windows Game Bar Off

Power Settings

Open up your Start Menu and type in Power & Sleep to get to the settings window. Under Related settings, click on Additional power settings. Make sure to set your preferred power plan to High Performance

Windows Game Mode Off - High Performance

Graphics Card Settings

Here’s some settings you can change in your Nvidia or AMD control panel to get a little more FPS boost on specific systems.

Power Management

Laptop users may want to check that your power management mode is not adaptive or power saving. To change this, open up Nvidia Control Panel, and navigate to Manage 3D settings. Change the power management mode to Maximum Performance.

Windows 10 Power Management

Aside from that, Nvidia should auto-optimize the card’s settings for optimal Rust performance.

Rust is available on Windows and Mac via Steam and is coming soon to Xbox One and PS4.