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Recommended Nvidia Profile Inspector settings for the Mass Effect Trilogy

Sources : brkbeatjunkie and Nvidia's guide

You'll need Nvidia Profile Inspector to enable these settings : There should be a similar alternative for AMD, but I haven't researched it.


If you just want working values, follow the pictures below. The values are explained in more detail in the AA and AO sections. The values in the screenshots were tested for a stable 60 FPS on a GTX 1080, at 4K. Depending on your performance, you can try higher values of "Antialiasing - Setting" and "Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling".

ME1 :

ME2 : For ME2, make sure to add the ME2Game.exe file to your Mass Effect 2 profile in Nvidia Profile Inspector. Otherwise the settings won't apply. If you don't know how to do that :

ME3 :


AA reduces the "staircase" artifacts on lines. Like this :

Read this article to enable SGSSAA anti aliasing (works for ME1, ME2, ME3) : For other games, check this document : There's a good explanation of the differences between AA techniques, too.


To force HBAO use this document to find the HBAO flag for the game you want to add AO to : Then follow this picture to add the flag in Nvidia inspector : Lastly, disable AO in the game's settings so that only HBAO is running, not the default game's AO (ME2, ME3 only).

There are some glitches in-game when using AO in the Mass Effect games. I wouldn't recommend having it on all the time, but it can be useful for screenshots. Here are some screenshots showing what the glitches look like : (thanks roivasff14)

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cdxemu commented Jul 21, 2022

The ME1 screenshot shows a "Mass Effect 3" profile, while the ME3 screenshot shows a "Mass Effect" profile, which I found to be confusing. I think the settings are still correct as indicated, it's just that the selected profile (at the top) is wrong, possibly due to using edited screenshots.

(In the revision history, it appears that you swapped the images on May 27, 2021.)

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levicki commented Apr 3, 2024

@mirh Link for ME2 screenshot is 404.

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mirh commented Apr 5, 2024

None of my screens pertain ME2.
(ad regardless there isn't a single link in the entire web page that is broken)

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levicki commented Apr 5, 2024


Yesterday this link was giving 404 for me. Today it works.

Is it really necessary to disable gamma correction for AA?
If so, then what about the line gamma, should that be disabled too?

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