I've downloaded Witcher 3 Wild Hunt on a Windows 10 PC with GTX 750 Ti. I find a lot of the times I fire up the game, the graphics are broken (ref. image below).

broken graphics

Other times I'm able to play the game with my CPU utilization near 100% and RAM at 90% (4 GB DDR3). The machine doesn't perform slowly when the game is on (in fact desktop environement is much faster than when some Ubisoft games are running), so I wonder what might be the cause. Any thoughts?

  • What are your settings? Resolution, texture detail, etc... Do you have the latest GPU drivers installed. The Witcher 3 is an incredibly demanding game so I would not be surprised if 4GB is not enough memory. CD Projekt Red has done an absolutely astounding job in optimizing the game but you should really meet the minimum 6GB requirement; get 8GB, RAM is cheap. It's quite possible your RAM is swapping to your disk and that is causing a delay/failure in loading graphics. Try lowering the settings or get more RAM.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 14:17
  • FWIW, my system used to have 8GB RAM paired with a 2GB HD7870 and made GTA 5 crash. The error stated that I ran out of RAM so even meeting the recommended specs in RAM can prove to be problematic. I upgraded to 16GB and it never happened again.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 14:21
  • Resolution is perpetually low for me (at low, witcher starts correctly 40% of the times I've tried). I have the latest drivers (Nvidia display driver 375.57 from this weekend). But unlike for other games Nvidia Geforce Experience said it cannot optimize this game (I thought it may have some thing to do with CD Project Red being an almost indie studio). I had to turn it down from ultra manually. I keep thinking since CPU is at 100% and RAM at 90% (RAM is not fully utilized) so it must be CPU or graphics card.
    – ari7628
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 14:29
  • (1) Nvidia GeForce Experience does not acknowledge 85% of the games I own (total of 90-ish which range from 1-10 years old) and the only thing it provides is a central area to tweak the already available in-game settings. (2) Those so-called "AAA publishers" can easily learn a thing or a million from CD Projekt Red. Anyways, RAM at 90% usually means it is swapping to disk. Check out if your system is swapping RAM to disk..
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 14:57
  • will check out the swap in a while. I agree Projekt Red has done an amazing job here. in ur experience whats RAM% like in healthily performing games ?
    – ari7628
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 15:24

3 Answers 3


Hard to pinpoint the issue but here are some steps that might solve this glitch:

  1. Verify integrity (should go without saying).
  2. Delete /bin/ folder in your W3 directory, then verify. It'll redownload a lot of stuff. That used to fix a lot of patch-induced bugs.
  3. Reinstall
  4. Check GPU drivers, rollback them to earlier stable version.
  5. Physically remove your GPU, dust off the socket and connectors.

For certain that's not a RAM issue. It's not the power of your card either. People have ran this game on ancient rigs with graphics modded to look like PS1 without such glitches.

It's either a) game files issue, since ground textures are missing (not super popular, but a known occasional bug) b) driver issue c) graphics card issue. Cards get old. Artifacts are a sign of old age.

I recommend the order I suggested, as it is from least intrusive to most intrusive. Also, it's logical to fix gamefiles to brand new before starting to mess with GPU drivers/GPU itself.


Seems that is RAM problem. 4GB is not enough for TW3. GPU is good enough for playing at Low settings.

Anyway, update your drivers to the lastest version.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a game that is quite demanding on graphics and RAM. As mabu says; upgrading your hardware will fix the problem.

Typical Hardware Upgrades:

  • RAM to minimum of 6 Gig (Preferably 8 Gig)
  • Graphics Card: GTX 960 - as suggested by mabu

Or as MonkeyZues has suggested you can download software in order to accurately monitor how much stress your hardware components are going through - this will help with maybe only upgrading those specific hardware units instead of upgrading your whole system, could save money.

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    Low system specs shouldn't cause graphical issues, only low performance.
    – user598527
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 14:48
  • That's my point. I've played many games. seen this kind of broken graphics once before- Far cry 1 on a Pentium IV machine with an XFX card
    – ari7628
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 12:00
  • In my experience with Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, specifically, a low RAM causes graphical glitches as the picture shows. @ari7628 Did upgrading to 8Gig RAM not solve this? As your comment in response to mabu implies it did?
    – Daniel
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 7:21

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