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Transport Fever 2: How to Improve Performance

Not everything on the list needs to be applied nor is any suggestion guaranteed to work for you, it might for someone else. (Everyone has different preferences and varying system components)

Transport Fever 2 How to Improve Performance

This guide was made with windows os, nvidia gpus, and intel cpus in mind.

Note: Limited information for other configurations is currently present and more is planned to be included.

In Game Graphics Settings

Settings I recommend for balance of performance/visual quality.

  • Resolution – 1920×1080
  • Textures – Medium
  • Anti-aliasing – 2x
  • Ambient Occlusion – Off
  • Reflection – Off
  • Geometry – Medium
  • Shadows – Medium
  • Terrain – Medium
  • Grass – None

Nvidia GPUs (Nvidia Control Panel)

Varying configurations of PCs mean some of these settings may be different, non-existent, or need to be set to Application Controlled/Off.

Nvidia Control Panel presents its recommendation of your configurations setup by displaying their logo next to the setting within the dropdown menu.

  • Image Sharpening – Off (Resource Intensive, can distort quality of image)
  • Anisotropic Filtering – Application Controlled
  • Anti-aliasing FXAA – Off (On Increases performance, reduces graphics and font visual quality)
  • Anti-aliasing Gamma Correction – On (Personal Preference)
  • Anti-aliasing Mode – Application Controlled
  • Anti-aliasing Transparency – Off (Not many transparent elements closeup in this game)
  • CUDA GPUs – All (Or set to your best GPU)
  • Multi Frame Sampled AA – Off (Resource intensive)
  • OpenGL rendering GPU – YOUR GPU (Recommend anything but Intel)
  • Power Management Mode – Prefer Maximum Performance (Laptops, consider plugging in)
  • Preferred Refresh rate – Highest available
  • Shader Cache – On (Increases Performance)
  • Texture Filtering Negative LOD bias – Allow (Increases Performance)
  • Texture Filtering Quality – High Performance (OR Performance, OR Quality)
    [Recommend not using High Quality]
  • Threaded Optimization – On (Increases Performance)
  • Triple Buffering – Off (Turn this On if V-sync is Fast or On)
  • Vertical Sync – Off (Highest FPS use off, screen tearing? use Fast)
  • Virtual Reality Prerendered frames – 1 (Personal preference, change setting based on your setup)

Remove Trees/Rocks

Currently the only way trees can be removed is by using the in-game map editor tool, or by selecting a lower value in the custom map generator.

Multiple people have implied the performance impact of reducing the amount of trees was significant enough, by mentioning that as their only or one of very few troubleshooting steps attempted.

Rock Removal

If you are creating a custom map, simply selecting the lowest value on the slider for amount of trees also stops the creation of decorative rocks.

CPU Bound Rescue

Steam Launch Command Option
Simulation games like this one can be bottle-necked by the CPU being unable to allocate all available resources to the game. This is due to the OS limiting what resources are available.

Normally, this would be so the CPU can quickly respond to other applications faster
This launch command entry overrides that and frees up most CPU resources for the game.


Program Options (Windows)

  • Run game as Administrator
  • Disable full-screen optimizations
  • Enable High DPI scaling override and set to Application Controlled

Small amount of people said these Windows Program Options worked, most say it did not
In my tests, disabling fullscreen optimizations and enabling the override reduced my FPS

Windows 10

  • Add Transport Fever 2 into Windows Graphics settings as a classic app with High Performance mode on [Settings > Display > Graphics Settings]
  • Turn High Performance mode power option on in control panel
    [Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options]
  • Disable Windows Game mode and related features (Game Bar etc…)
  • When game is running, open task manager and set priority of the games process to High or Very High. (Recommend not using Real Time)
  • Use MSI Afterburner or similar program to ensure proper cooling of GPU/CPU
  • Add exception/exclusion to your antivirus so the game can run freely
  • Disable Windows visual effects
    [Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System settings > Advanced Tab > Settings > Adjust for Best Performance]

RAM Bound Rescue

Only follow this Virtual Ram step below if…

  • You have around 16-32 GB additional free space on your drive(s) and run on limited RAM
  • If you experience random crashes, this might solve your issue

Windows Paging File Introduction
Keep in mind windows “manages” the paging file automatically to save disk space and adjusting this setting is usually considered an emergency alternative to purchasing additional RAM. You will need a good chunk of GBs on your hard drive(s) available to do the next step.

Windows Paging File (Virtual Ram) Control
Windows automatically manages the paging file (virtual ram) and it can cause lag when the game requests far more than the system would like to give. Usually the system will warn you when this is an issue. Sometimes it does not when its a limit reached while gaming and the game will just crash.

Take control and increase performance by setting to a larger default size.

Hopefully you didn’t close out of the performance window…

  • While in that same window switch to the Advanced tab
  • Select Change button (under Virtual Memory)
  • Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
  • Select custom size

(Initial size MB: {1.5 times amount of your ram’s GB in MB})
(Maximum size MB: {2 times amount of your ram’s GB in MB})

Exception: You should never need to set the max value higher than 32GB

Written by H2O

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