Best Stream Settings for Unparalleled Quality

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Getting the best stream settings solidified is important to get your stream looking as crisp and clean as possible. There is some overlap when it comes to Internet upload speed and computer specs but we’ll be listing some general guidelines below. Keep in mind that people tend to over looks a slightly blurry stream but consent buffering will make them leave before you even know they showed up.

During this post we will be using the names and images from OBS Studio since it is free and most new streamers grab this streaming software due to budget constraints. If you have not read some pre-streaming information make sure to read “Determine Your Stream” and get the right tools for the job. If you have read those posts and have the tools you need then it’s time to get neck deep in finding the best stream settings for your specification.

Do keep in mind that there is going to be a point where either the internet or computer power is just not good enough to stream. This all depends on what you will be streaming since different programs and games will need more power to run and in turn make it harder to stream.

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Best Stream Settings for Low End Internet & Computer Power

Based of the following specifications:

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  • AMD APU CPU
  • Intel HD 3000 Graphics
  • 1 mb/s Internet upload speed
  • full screen 1080 high motion FPS video game

Recommended Settings:

  • base resolution: 480p
  • FPS to 25
  • CPU Usage Preset: Ultra Fast
  • Use game capture if possible (Use window capture with Aero enabled if game capture is unavailable.)
  • Recommended max bitrate: 850 kb/s
  • Recommended buffer size: 510 kb/s

 

Best Stream Settings for Mid Range Internet & Computer Power

Based of the following specifications:

  • AMD Phenom II or Intel Pentium/Core Duo Series
  • Low end NVIDIA GeForce or Low End AMD Radeon
  • 2 mb/s Internet upload speed
  • full screen 1080 high motion FPS video game

Recommended Settings:

  • Base Resolution: 480p
  • FPS: 25
  • CPU Usage Preset: Super Fast
  • Use game capture if possible (Use window capture with Aero enabled if game capture is unavailable.)
  • Recommended max bitrate: 1700 kb/s
  • Recommended buffer size: 1700 kb/s

 

Best Stream Settings for High End Internet & Computer Power

Best Stream Settings - how to streamBased of the following specifications:

  • AMD FX-8350 or Intel i5/i7 Series
  • NVIDIA GeForce 560 / AMD Radeon 6600 or higher
  • 5 mb/s Internet upload speed
  • full screen 1080 high motion FPS video game

Recommended Settings:

  • Base Resolution: 720p or 1080p
  • FPS: 30 (60 if you have extra CPU power)
  • CPU Usage Preset: Fast or Very Fast
  • Use game capture if possible (Use window capture with Aero enabled if game capture is unavailable.)
  • Recommended max bitrate: 3500 kb/s
  • Recommended buffer size: 3500 kb/s

Remember, there are many options in between that may be the sweet spot for your computer and Internet combination. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below or visit the OBS Estimator to enter you’re own specifications. Comment your suggestions and please share your current setup with others. This will help alleviate the gaps between these guidelines.

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