December 15, 2020 There are several conflicting reports on the impact of editing the configuration file, so we dug a little deeper.
Cyberpunk 2077 had a rather turbulent release, with many praising the engaging story and vast open world while others criticized its poor performance. Even those who run Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 20 series have seen frame rates well below the 60fps average, which they would expect only mid-range settings, including yours really.
It turns out that some of these problems stem from the configuration files reserving the same amount of memory and VRAM on a computer as they would on a console, regardless of how much your system is running. Naturally, the developers at CD Projekt Red probably have a correct entry to stop the problem, but you don’t need to think if you want to play and don’t want to suffer with a slideshow.
Instead of furiously tweaking the computer settings of Cyberpunk 2077 to get a good frame rate, ThePhoenixRoyal details the subreddit, as you can dive into the configuration files yourself to change the parameters, but be warned that looking through your configuration files might crash your game – so go at your own risk.
Make sure no launch the game before changing the configuration files.
The path to the search configuration file Memory Pool Budgets will differ slightly depending on the platform on which you purchased Cyberpunk 2077, but it should always be within the game’s engine and configuration subfolders. Let’s use Steam as an example here:
Steam steamapps common Cyberpunk2077 engine config memory_pool_budgets.csv
Open the file with any text editor, such as Notepad. What you’ll notice when you first log in is that ‘PoolCPU’ has 1,536 MB reserved, which is a fraction of the 8GB needed to meet the minimum requirements. ‘PoolGPU’ is also 3GB across, making it just like Durango and Orbis, which is the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 respectively.
Ideally you would prefer your PoolCPU to equal half of what your total RAM capacity is – if you have 16 GB, then you want to instead hit the “1,536 MB” to “8 GB”. The PoolGPU should however be the full VRAM that your graphics card can offer. It is best to look for your exact model, but an example of this would be to change the ‘3GB’ to ‘8GB’ if you own RTX 2080. Once you have entered your desired values, save the document and then launch your game.
This is not a complete solution to the experienced problems you may be experiencing, and your mileage may vary when it comes to preventing known bugs in this way, but this method has greatly improved the experience for some players here at PCGN.
However, after some further excavation, it seems that this is the memory reservation and not actually a limitation of the budgets, which means both the width of RAM and VRAM. can already exceed the numbers here – it just won’t explicitly reserve the amount it wants to use until you change it. This means that those of you who tend to open browser tabs or perhaps a few other programs in the background, should see a bigger difference in frame rate when they change this configuration file than players who close everything before launching the game.
Further testing is needed before we can say for sure if this enhances the Cyberpunk 2077 experience, but there are quite a few gamers who swear it works to make it worth a try.