Cyberpunk 2077: Best Graphics Settings for GTX 1650 [Detailed Guide]

Cyberpunk 2077 best Graphics Settings for GTX 1650

When Cyberpunk 2077 released, it immediately turned out that the optimization in the game was far from ideal. Players are faced with a number of issues that prevent them from enjoying one of the top games of 2020. I think everyone is already aware of the incredible requirements of the game “for growth”, which even the RTX 3090 does not pull in 60 fps with rays, 4k + DLSS at ultras. And therefore, for those people who are unable to convince their parents to get them an RTX graphics card and still want to play with stable FPS and beautiful graphics, I have made a detailed guide on the best graphics settings to play Cyberpunk 2077 on GTX 1650. The focus of this guide is to get maximum performance/FPS at minimal loss of visual quality.


  • These settings are for the GTX 1650 graphics card which is made for 1080p gaming. So all the test and settings are only for this resolution
  • We tested the game on these below settings corresponding to the Frames Per Second we get:
  • We have found that the 1080p Medium setting is the best setting for a graphics card like GTX 1650.


  • First of all, install the latest drivers (here from Nvidia). Both companies have already released programs adapted for Cyberpunk 2077, so feel free to download them. The developers themselves advise first to completely demolish the old drivers and only then install the new ones. You can do it manually, you can trust various utilities – for example, Display Driver Uninstaller or the official utilities of the manufacturers themselves.
  • Make sure to close all third-party programs before starting the game. Especially – Google Chrome. The advice is banal, but what can you do. Some players manage to keep open “Chrome” with a bunch of tabs and then complain that everything works out of hand.
  • The Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut can seriously impact game performance, and this effect will add up every time you press these keys. Even when distributing the press version, the authors strongly recommended not to use this combination.
  • Install the game on an SSD – anyone will do, not even the fastest. This will improve texture loading in the game and reduce save loading times. In the event that the SSD is not at hand, go to the settings, find the “Gameplay” tab there and switch the “Slow disk mode” slider to the “on” position.

Cyberpunk 2077 Best Graphics Settings for GTX 1650

The following guide is divided into several parts with settings for Gameplay, Video, Display, etc written in separate sections.

  • Gameplay Tab
  • Crowd Density: HIGH
  • Slow disk mode. ON
  • Video Tab
  • Screen Space Reflections (SSR): LOW
  • Ambient Occlusion(SSAO): LOW
  • Volumetric Clouds: MEDIUM
  • Color Precision: LOW
  • Volumetric Fog Resolution: Always LOW
  • Reflection Quality: OFF
  • Local Shadow Quality: LOW
  • Local shadow Mesh Quality: LOW
  • Cascade Shadows Range: MEDIUM/LOW
  • Contact Shadows Resolution: MEDIUM/LOW
  • Distant Shadows Resolution: HIGH
  • Max Dynamic Decals: MEDIUM
  • Improved Facial Lighting Geometry: ON
  • Level of Detail(LOD): HIGH
  • Subsurface Scattering Quality: HIGH
  • Film Grain: OFF
  • Motion Blur: OFF
  • Chromatic Aberration: OFF
  • Depth of Field: OFF
  • Lens Flare: ON
  • Anisotropy: 8x
  • Mirror Quality: MEDIUM
  • Viewing Angle: 100
  • Ray Tracing: OFF
  • Dynamic FidelityFX CAS: OFF
  • Static FidelityFX CAS: OFF
  • Display Tab
  • V-Sync: OFF
  • Maximum FPS: OFF
  • Windowed Mode: Always Fullscreen
  • HDR Mode: None
  • ReShade
  • Wait for Patches

Gameplay Tab

  • Crowd Density: HIGH. This setting increases not only the number of NPCs but also cars on the streets. At a minimum, the city will be almost dead, with no cars, no people. Which for a genre where there is obvious overpopulation is not good anywhere. When setting “high” keep in mind that the difference is huge both visually and in terms of the load on the video card and processor. This is also a CPU-intensive setting. So with GTX 1650 if you don’t have a low-end CPU then only think of keeping it to the maximum. Having twisted to the maximum in some locations at certain times of the day, it will be really difficult for you to push through.
  • Slow disk mode. ON. I highly do not recommend playing with HDD: there will be friezes. But if you don’t have an option, then be sure to turn on this mode and set the crowd value to the minimum.

Video Tab


  • Screen Space Reflections (SSR): LOW. Always set to low as it has negligible visual change but gains around 16% FPS. Setting up Psycho consumes as many resources as Ray-Tracing but looks even worse.
  • Ambient Occlusion(SSAO): LOW. Switching from Ultra to Low brings 8% more FPS.
  • Volumetric Clouds: MEDIUM. Affects FPS while playing in the city. Outside the city, the load is no longer so large in general, so that even with clouds on MEDIUM, performance will remain at the same level. Feel free to set to MEDIUM if you don’t want to completely lose the clouds in the game. They also help in improving desert landscapes.
  • Color Precision: LOW. Slightly improves the quality of neons.
  • Volumetric Fog Resolution: Always LOW. Huge drop in performance with minimal visual changes. Affects all volumetric light in the game, and there is a lot of it here.
  • Reflection Quality: OFF. Huge impact on FPS. If you turn it off, then you will still have a lot of reflections, albeit with worse quality. If you play in FHD and this option is not at max, (but at max it dramatically drops FPS), then you will get a bunch of artifacts on the screen in the places of those very reflections, because at any other settings their resolution is extremely low. But what is really there, even at the max, artifacts are noticeable. The picture will literally flicker in the places of those very reflections. It is especially noticeable at night, in the rain, on the street. They only work fine with RTX reflections.


All settings from this list have a very little FPS change and can be changed to MEDIUM since they do not greatly affect the frame rate, but significantly improve the visual perception of the game. However, this might not be accurate for a graphics card like GTX1650. So setting these to LOW can help you squeeze out an extra couple of FPS from the game.

  • Local Shadow Quality: LOW
  • Local shadow Mesh Quality: LOW
  • Cascade Shadows Range: MEDIUM/LOW
  • Contact Shadows Resolution: MEDIUM/LOW
  • Distant Shadows Resolution: HIGH. Medium load, shadows in the distance become noticeably better. In fact, in some places, the resolution at low settings is so awful that the shadows are almost invisible. So keep it HIGH if you want the world not to be flat already 2 meters in front of you. 
Cyberpunk 2077: Best Graphics Settings for GTX 1650

Note: Some users of previous generations of video cards observed that the settings related to the range and resolution of cascading shadows seriously affect the speed of the game on their systems. The differences in readings are due to the fact that different GPU architectures work differently in this setting.

3. Settings that are HARD TO MEASURE

These parameters have an unstable effect on the performance and visual component of the game, so here the settings are more likely to depend on individual preferences.

  • Max Dynamic Decals: MEDIUM. Mainly affect the quality of bullet marks on the walls, which quickly disappear. MEDIUM recommended.
  • Improved Facial Lighting Geometry: ON. Doesn’t seem to affect anything visually at all, can be left ON or OFF(just in case) as it sometimes very slightly affects the FPS in places of lightning.
  • Level of Detail(LOD): HIGH. Visually has little effect and does not load the video card, you can set it to HIGH. If you see low FPS, first reduce the quality of the crowd. It affects much more strongly.
  • Subsurface Scattering Quality: HIGH. Works mainly in cut scenes, where FPS is less important than image quality, so it is better to choose either HIGH.
GTX 1650 graphics setting for Cyberpunk 2077


These are visual effects that have little effect on the performance of Cyberpunk 2077 and are perceived differently by different people, as they have a purely cosmetic effect, mimicking the effects of a movie camera. You can set all these to LOW for the sake of better performance.

  • Film Grain: OFF. Adds unnecessary dirt to the picture, moreover, because of it, the ladders are more noticeable. 
  • Motion Blur: OFF.
  • Chromatic Aberration: OFF. It Strongly lathers the picture except for a small spot in the center and slightly affects the FPS.
  • Depth of Field: OFF. Strongly adds a cinematic quality to the picture and does not significantly increase FPS.
  • Lens Flare: ON

By the way, these parameters are recommended to be kept disabled in the console versions of Cyberpunk 2077 as well.

5. Other Settings

  • Anisotropy: 8x. It noticeably improves the already weak textures. It has a weak effect on FPS, but at a value of 16x, it can still take 2-3 frames. The difference between 8x and 16x is subtle.
  • Mirror Quality: MEDIUM.
  • Viewing Angle: 100. Bet to your taste, but keep in mind that it does not significantly drain FPS. If you like to have more visibility, so I bet 100.
  • Ray Tracing: OFF.
  • DLSS: OFF.
  • Dynamic FidelityFX CAS: OFF. Smart Sharpness Filter. Cleans soap efficiently without oversharpening the picture. Works only when you lower the render resolution below 100. This is what you need if you have noticeably low FPS.
  • Static FidelityFX CAS: OFF.

Display Tab

  • V-Sync: OFF. Disable it as soon as possible. This will reduce response times and eliminate large tears.
  • Maximum FPS: OFF. Fixes the FPS at the set level, but in-game methods almost always do not work well. Therefore, I advise using the Riva Tuner statistic server if you want to limit your FPS for some reason.
  • Windowed Mode: Always Fullscreen.
  • HDR Mode: None.


This is a set of software libraries (ReShade32.dll, ReShade64.dll, etc.), which, when placed in the directory with the game, allow you to run third-party shaders in the game. You can download the application from the official site For GPUs like GTX 1650 or GTX 1080, it will help players to make the game more visually appealing at no extra performance compromise.

When installing, select only the legacy effect.

A ready-made preset for Cyberpunk can be taken from here

The preset files are placed with replacement in the steamapps\common\Cyberpunk 2077\bin\x64 folder.

In the game, ReShade is opened with the Home key, the effect is turned on with the end key. If your picture is too bright or too dark, adjust the gamma in the game. Everyone has different monitors, so there’s nothing you can do about it. Also, if your picture is too saturated, you can adjust the Vibrance shader to your liking, or turn it off altogether. If the picture is too sharp or soapy, adjust the uppermost value of the Filmic Anamorph sharp shader to your liking. 

Wait for patches

In the event that your GTX 1650 is not able to meet the desired gameplay experience and none of the above points helps you, you just have to wait for patches. and hope they bring a substantial performance boost. CD Projekt RED is unlikely to abandon its attempts to bring the optimization to mind. With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it worked out in the end – it means that it will cope with it.

So this was all from my side. I tried to make this guide on Cyberpunk 2077 Best Graphics Settings for GTX 1650 as detailed as possible but chances are I still might have left something to cover. If you know any extra tips on increasing performance feel free to comment below.

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