The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is already out on PS4, Xbox One and PC and is one of those titles that utilizes Nvidia Gameworks to offer something new to the PC Gamers and that is Nvidia Hairworks. Nvidia Hairworks is made specially for the Nvidia users, but there’s a trick to run it on AMD GPUs as well without any major performance drop. Thanks to reddit user FriedBongWater who shared the method:
So thanks to a wonderful user over at Guru3D, it’s been discovered that hairworks can in fact run relatively smoothly on AMD cards. I’m talking 60fps smooth guys, and the trade-off is barely noticeable.
All you need to do is create a profile for witcher3.exe in your Catalyst Control Center, then set Tessellation Mode to “Override application settings”, and finally set the Maximum Tessellation Level to either 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x.
The screenshot below demonstrates how to set Tesallation via AMD Control Centre:
If you’re running a mid-end GPU then we recommend to set the Tesallation to 4x or 8X depending on your GPU performance. If you’re still getting low frames then all you have to do is to lower the anti aliasing for Hairworks by following the steps below:
- Go to Witcher 3 Install directory on PC.
- Navigate to The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt\bin\config\base → rendering.ini
- Search for “HairWorksAALevel” and change it to 2 or 4 for a significant boost
After changing the settings, you will see a significant improvement in overall frames. Let us know how much your performance improved after changing these settings.