Best settings for Manor Lords – our test results and recommendations

Trying to improve your gameplay experience, we go through the best settings for Manor Lords

Our test setup running Manor lords, source: PCGuide

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An Early Access game combining medieval strategy of tactical battles, with city building and economic and social simulations, you’re going to be looking for the best experience playing it. In that case, we bring you the best settings for Manor Lords and all the ways that you can improve your framerate playing in the game.

Even if you have the best GPU or best CPU for Manor Lords there still might be some performance hitches as the game develops into a full release. That way you can enjoy the the higher FPS and have a clear-cut overview of your Kingdom and warfare with fewer hitches and frustration. So let’s get into the game optimization.

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Don’t be afraid of upscaling

As an early-access game, the performance might not be up to scratch on all systems. Especially with the low system requirements, there are DLSS, FSR, and XeSS that can be turned on for a great boost in performance.

How we picked the best settings

When deciding on the range settings to pick from we put the game through its paces to see how it performed. Finding that the framerate slows most when close up in your village compared to having an overview. Likely from the simulation and rendering of the units and buildings that’s where we see the biggest boosts in performance when changing options.

Even though we might have a more powerful system it does still see performance drops and limitations, especially at 4K, so there are always improvements to be seen. It can also be applied to less powerful setups especially as the system requirements aren’t too intensive at all but the performance may vary still. Our test bench is listed below.

  • Ryzen 9 7950X CPU
  • ROG X670E Hero motherboard 
  • Phanteks 1000W PSU
  • Corsair Dominator Titanium 64GB 6600 DDR5 RAM
  • ROG Ryujin II 360 AIO CPU cooler

Best low-end settings

If your hardware more closely relates to the minimum spec of Manor Lords system requirements then you’re going to want quite a bit of help in getting the most out of it. You might not be able to enjoy the game at Ultra but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have to get a whole new gaming PC if you can avoid it.

At this level, you will be looking to lower the settings quite a bit and improve the framerate. But by pushing the improvements further you can utilize the range of upscaling technologies available. Manor Lords does come with Nvidia’s DLSS from the get-go, but that does require using a relatively new RTX GPU. Instead, the range of other graphics cards can benefit from either AMD’s FSR or Intel’s XeSS to get that boost in framerate as the game renders lower but upscale to your resolution.

Screenshot of the Manor Lords video game settings menu with options for graphics adjustments highlighted on the right side, set against a dark, blurred game scene background.
Manor Lords 4K low menu settings, source PCGuide
  • Display mode: Fullscreen (gives the best performance, but for multi-monitor use borderless fullscreen is better)
  • Resolution: Native (pick the top option that matches your display resolution)
  • Anti-Aliasing: DLSS/FSR (if you have an RTX card DLSS is the choice, but otherwise FSR is recommended)
    • DLSS quality: Quality (top choice for best looking choice)
    • Dynamic DLSS: Off
  • VSync: Off (unless screen tearing is experienced)
  • Max Framerate: Unlimited
  • Sharpening: Medium
  • Shader quality: Medium
  • Shadow quality: Low
  • Postprocess Quality: Medium
  • Bounced light approximation: Medium
  • Volumetric clouds: Off
  • Terrain texture resolution: Medium
  • View distance: Medium
    • Grass density: Medium
    • Grass distance: Medium
    • Foliage quality: Medium

With those settings, our Manor Lords running on a 3090 jumped from around 60 FPS to around 145 FPS. Yes, it might be on an RTX 3090 but at 4k it was on the lower end of performance. The jump is mainly from upscaling so it’s best to utilize that to its full potential, playing around with the quality to manage the look to effectiveness.

A screenshot from the video game Manor Lords showing a character standing near a smoky campfire in a forested area with a small tent and workstation. Performance metrics are displayed at the top of the screen
Manor Lords 4K low settings, source PCGuide

Best medium settings

If you’ve got yourself a bit more power in your hardware, then you can push a bit more. Here you can try and turn off DLSS and utilize some basic anti-aliasing instead of upscaling. This native performance might be slightly tougher when running higher resolutions but you can adjust or utilize DLSS/FSR to improve it. Otherwise, we look to the middle of the settings to get a good balance of options down.

Screenshot of "Manor Lords" game settings menu with options to improve FPS and graphics adjustments highlighted by a red rectangle.
Manor Lords 4K medium menu settings, source: PCGuide
  • Display mode: Fullscreen
  • Resolution: Native
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off/TAA
    • Specular shine: Default
    • 3D resolution scale: 100%
  • VSync: Off
  • Max Framerate: Unlimited
  • Sharpening: Medium
  • Shader quality: High
  • Shadow quality: Medium
  • Postprocess Quality: High
  • Bounced light approximation: High
  • Volumetric clouds: On
  • Terrain texture resolution: Hihg
  • View distance: Medium
    • Grass density: Medium
    • Grass distance: High
    • Foliage quality: High

With that we got a boost over ultra, but quite a drop in the framerate. It might not be as important to get a high framerate as it’s not quite an FPS, instead, you can enjoy the cinematics and good graphics available. It also boosts higher if you drop the resolution. This only bumped our framerate by around 10FPS, and you can get a whole lot more with upscaling instead of losing out graphical integrity as much.

Screenshot from a video game showing a rural outdoor scene with a character standing next to a motorcycle and tents, displaying graphics settings.
Manor Lords 4K at medium settings, source PCGuide

Best top end

Now if you’re running top-end graphics cards and components, you’re not going to have to skimp out on much. We’ve basically pushed Manor Lords to give you the best-looking graphics option to enjoy. Anti-aliasing can be used but upscaling isn’t required unless you want a boost in framerate as well. There is also the chance to use a 150% resolution scale if you want to render an even higher resolution.

Screenshot of the video game Manor Lords settings menu with options for graphics and accessibility adjustments, highlighted on a night scene background.
Manor Lords 4K high-end settings, source PCGuide
  • Display mode: Fullscreen (gives the best performance, but for multi-monitor use borderless fullscreen is better)
  • Resolution: Native
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off/TAA
    • Specular shine: Default
    • 3D resolution scale: 100%
  • VSync: Off
  • Max Framerate: Unlimited
  • Sharpening: High
  • Shader quality: Ultra
  • Shadow quality: Ultra
  • Postprocess Quality: Ultra
  • Bounced light approximation: Ultra
  • Volumetric clouds: On
  • Terrain texture resolution: Ultra
  • View distance: Ultra
    • Grass density: Ultra
    • Grass distance: Ultra
    • Foliage quality: Ultra

Even with the highest settings in-game, although we did omit anti-aliasing accidentally, it does still run a smooth and acceptable framerate. With our 3090 running 65 FPS at 4K ultra settings, it is clearly not too difficult, and plenty of systems should have no issue running lower hardware and options.

A screenshot from the video game Manor Lords showing a character near a wooden cart and tent in a sunny, grassy field with graphics settings displayed at the top.
Manor Lords 4K top settings, source PCGuide

Optimizing Manor Lords for your system

The joy of PC gaming is the great amount of hardware available and used around there. But that also means there is a lot of variation in performance and optimization for them and that includes your hardware. So if you’re adapting to what you should be changing then here are a couple of tips.

  • Use Vsync and limit framerate if you have screen tearing
    • As much as we don’t like limiting frame rates it can improve your experience of playing the game
  • Play around with each choice and find what suits you
    • It is very quick to change out settings so you can easily flick between them and see if the changes suit you and provide a good boost
  • Utilize upscaling
    • A good choice for a boost in performance it does provide you a better experience not even having to go far below quality, especially if you play at 1080p as that is much more noticeable

Other handy help

If you do keep seeing a bad performance then there are a few things you can do to try and help.

  • Update your drivers
    • Specifically updating graphics drivers makes sure you’re optimized for the newest launches as Nvidia drivers have Manor Lords in one of its updates and AMD drivers will likely have them too
  • Close other applications
    • If you have any other major applications running be sure to shut them down, other games or browsers might be sapping away key performance from the game
Screenshot from a video game showing a medieval village with thatched-roof buildings and characters in period attire performing various activities in a grassy field. The game, Manor Lords, displays detailed graphics settings for
Manor Lords screenshot featuring a storehouse, source PCGuide

Final word

There you have a good selection of the best settings for Manor Lords. No matter your hardware you should be able to get a good gaming experience by playing around with the settings. Especially considering the low requirements for the game, even low-level GPUs can theoretically play it, and launching with upscaling tech gives the game a good range and opportunity for you to play even on older hardware.

With a fascination for technology and games, Seb is a tech writer with a focus on hardware including GPUs and PSUs, but also finding all the best deals for great savings.