Fix: Saints Row Stuttering, Lags, or Freezing constantly

Deep Silver Volition and THQ have recently launched a new action-adventure open-world shooter single-player as well as a co-op video game called ‘Saints Row‘ that’s doing well in the market. This series basically follows the ‘Third Street Saints’ which is a fictional street gang story, and the game is all set in Santo Ileso, a bloody fictional city of criminals.

To run the game requires enough hardware configuration to run properly, especially for PC, because not everyone may have such a configuration to run the game in full resolution and higher FPS. It’s quite common for most PC titles because they’re performance-hungry. Here we’ve provided steps to fix Saints Row Stuttering and Lags issues.

It’s quite unfortunate that some Saints Row PC players are experiencing multiple issues like stuttering, lags, crashes, frame drops, etc., while in the gameplay. Depending on the compatibility factor, it can be a severe issue on some PCs. So, it’s always better to fix the issue so that at least you can play the game with a respectable FPS count. There may be several reasons behind such an issue that can be resolved by following this guide.

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Check System Requirements

Check out the system requirements of Saints Row game below to ensure whether your PC configuration is meeting the game’s system requirements or not.

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Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3240 / Ryzen 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • VRAM: 4 GB

Recommended Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 12600 / AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 3080TI / AMD Radeon RX 6800XT
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • VRAM: 12 GB

Fix: Saints Row Stuttering and Lags Badly

Fixing in-game lags or frame drop issues isn’t easy because it depends on multiple factors, such as PC hardware, the display resolution of the game, maximum FPS limit count, conflicting third-party apps, and more. So, we recommend you try following all the methods one by one until the problem gets fixed or reduced. Changing the in-game graphics-related settings or keeping them low can fix several problems in a jiffy.

It may include the Screen Resolution of the game, in-game Texture Resolution, Shadow Resolution, Maximum Frame rate, number of Characters Displayed, or other visual effects that require higher graphics or memory. So, you can follow the steps below to try reducing the lags or frame drops up to some extent depending on which resolution and quality you’re playing the game apart from FPS count.

1. Update Graphics Drivers

  • Right-click on the Start Menu to open up the Quick Access Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list.
  • Now, double-click on the Display adapters category to expand the list.
  • Then right-click on the dedicated graphics card name.
  • Select Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • An update will automatically download and install the latest version if available.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your computer to change the effects.

2. Run the game as an administrator

Make sure to run the game exe file as an administrator to avoid user account control regarding privilege issues. You should also run the epic client as an administrator on your PC. To do this:

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  • Right-click on the Saints Row exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

3. Set High Priority in Task Manager

Make your game priority in the higher segment via the Task Manager to tell your Windows system to run the game properly. To do this:

  • Right-click on the Start Menu > Select Task Manager.
  • Click on the Processes tab > Right-click on the Saints Row game task.
  • Select Set Priority to High.
  • Close Task Manager.
  • Finally, run the Saints Row game to check for the issue.

4. Verify Integrity of Game Files

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If in case there is an issue with the game files and somehow it gets corrupted or missing, then make sure to perform this method to easily check for the issue. To do so:

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5. Change GPU Settings

Make sure to change the graphics card settings on the PC by following the steps below to check if the problem has been fixed or not.

For Nvidia:

  • Open up Nvidia’s Control Panel > Right-click on the desktop screen.
  • Click on Nvidia Control Panel > Click on Manage 3D Settings.
  • Select Program Settings > Find ‘Saints Row’ and manually add the game if it’s not in the list:
    • Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
    • Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
    • Threaded optimization: On
    • Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
    • Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance

For AMD:

  • Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
  • Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
  • Threaded optimization: On
  • Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance

6. Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

Full-screen optimization and DPI settings are the default ones on Windows. You should try disabling it by following the steps below:

  • Locate the Saints Row game directory.
  • Find and right-click on the cyberpunk2077.exe file.
  • Select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Checkmark the ‘Disable Full-Screen Optimizations’ box.
  • Now, click on the ‘Change high DPI setting’s button.
  • Checkmark the ‘Override high DPI scaling behavior’ > Select ‘Application’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on Apply and then OK to save changes.

7. Update Saints Row

If in case, you haven’t updated your Saints Row game for a while then make sure to follow the steps below to check for updates and install the latest patch (if available). To do this:

  • Open the Epic Launcher client > Go to Library > Look for Saints Row from the left pane.
  • On your Saints Row application, you have to tap on the three-dot icon.
  • Make sure to check the auto-update to get a new update installation automatically.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide is useful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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