Fatshark also shares some tips on what settings to tweak.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide won't be out until November 30th. However, if you pre-order the game you will be able to play as early as November 17, which is just a short day away now. With the release of the game being this close, it was probably a good idea for developer Fatshark to reveal what sort of hardware you will need to run the game.

That is precisely what was shared today. Fatshark also took a little bit of time to suggest which settings to tweak to help optimize the framerate and performance.

First up is a look at the hardware you will need for running the game with and without ray tracing. As is common these days, Fatshark provided five different configurations here, two of which are what you will need for no ray tracing and three for those who are able to run with that extra eye candy enabled.

Warhammer 40K Darktide System Requirements

A blog post on Steam gets into the nitty and the gritty details about how you can maximize your performance by adjusting some settings here and there. Before getting into that Fatshark co-founder and chief technical officer Rikard Blomberg did a very deep dive about some of the underlying tech that every game has to take into account when it comes to performance. He talks about draw calls, render times, and a lot more. We won't share that here, but it's worth a read for the curious.

Some of the basic tips shared to increase performance include the following:
  • If you have a weak CPU, turn down Max Ragdolls and Scatter Density
  • If you have a weak GPU, consider turning down Ambient Occlusion Quality, Light Quality, Volumetric Fog Quality, Depth of Field, Bloom (slight impact), Skin Subsurface Scattering, Screen Space Reflections, Max Weapon Impact Decals, Decal Lifetime, and Max Blood Decals
  • If you have an Nvidia RTX card, enable DLSS to increase GPU performance
  • If you are on AMD or an older Nvidia card, you can use FSR 1 or 2 to increase GPU performance
  • To reduce latency, enable Nvidia Reflex