Saints Row: The Third

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Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row The Third box art.jpg
Release dates
November 15, 2011
Saints Row: The Third at Steam Charts
Saints Row: The Third at SteamDB
 Saints Row: The Third at Wikipedia
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Key points

Advantage Some of the developers of the game in Volition are actively helping the community into releasing proper mod tools and fixing latest bugs[1]
Disadvantage Has issues running on AMD/ATI systems.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Official forums for game


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Steam Steamicon.png Steamicon.png
Green Man Gaming Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Steam.

[edit] Mods

[edit] Gentlemen of Steelport

This mod compilation by idolninja combines all the best mods from the Saints Row modding community. To download, go to idolninja's website.

[edit] Launcher With Advanced Graphics Options

This launcher contains various graphics options you can modify from outside of the game such as Anti-Aliasing, Ambient Occlusion, Shadow Map Size, and more. The download for the advanced launcher can be found on this forum post at the Steam Users' Forums [1].

[edit] Saints Row Modding Forum

Many mods and tools can be found at the Saints Row Mods forum.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location


[edit] Save game data location

Windows Steam\userdata\<user-id>\55230\remote

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Video Settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.png
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use SR3 FOV Editor
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Launcher with Advanced Graphic Options.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller support Native Xbox 360 Controllers only.
Full controller support Impossible
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native 5.1
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Native

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Bad Performance / Lag

This issue mostly affects AMD/ATI graphics cards, but these tweaks may alleviate performance issues regardless of brand:[3]

Fix Bad Performance / LagLink

  1. Play the game in DX9 Mode instead of DirectX 10 or 11
  2. Lower the game resolution
  3. Lower the graphics settings from high to low! Specifically, try turning down Post Processing and Ambient occlusion!
  4. Update your video card drivers! New graphic card drivers (such as Catalyst) provide for increased frame rates and bug fixes tailored to specific games and just general optimization.
  5. Turn off VSYNC and AntiAliasing (AA)!
  6. Sometimes if you’re using SLI or CrossFire, it’s worth trying to play the game with one card instead of two.
  7. If using an AMD Processor with Bulldozer Architecture (FX-4100, 4170, 6100, 8150 etc.) Try using the Orochi-CEG tool.
  8. Restart your computer.

[edit] Stuttering / Freezing

Fix Stuttering / FreezingLink

The game is known to stutter/freeze randomly on systems that meet the recommended requirements. The effect of the stutter can be limited or stopped by disabling VSync.

Information Disabling your secondary monitor may also help, but this fix needs testing.

[edit] Lag / Freeze in fullscreen with DirectX 10/11

Fix Lag / Freeze in fullscreen with DirectX 10/11Link

  • Disable your secondary monitor

[edit] Lag

Fix LagLink

A BIOS issue with gigabyte motherboards can be fixed by updating the BIOS from the website.

[edit] No Sound

Fix No SoundLink

Possible solutions:

  • Turn off Hardware Sound Acceleration in DXDIAG (RUN > DXDIAG > SOUND > DirectX Features)
  • Lower your Sample Rate Conversion Quality (or turn off Hardware Acceleration) through Sounds & Audio Devices in the Control Panel (Volume > Speaker Settings > Advanced > Performance)
  • Anyone using a 7.1 or 5.1 speaker configuration should try setting it to 2.1 in the Windows audio options.

[edit] Controller not working

Fix Controller not workingLink

When using a controller you may encounter a problem with it not working, or working intermittently - most noticeable on the game map screen.

  • Be sure to plug in the controller BEFORE you launch the game.
  • If you have any other devices plugged into USB ports, then remove those too before playing.
  • Should the controller become disconnected mid-game, restart the game with the controller plugged in to alleviate any issues.
  • This game only supports Xbox 360 Controllers and compatible models; use x360ce for other controllers.

[edit] Remove aim assist

Fix Add mod file that removes aim assistLink

  1. Download this file
  2. Place it in the same folder as the game executable.

[edit] Flickering Red Dots

Fix Flickering Red DotsLink

This is an issue that may occur with nVidia graphics cards. To solve this:

  1. Open your nVidia control panel
  2. Navigate to Manage 3D settings
  3. Under the Program Settings tab, select Saints Row from the list of programs (You may need to add it, in which case select the Saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe)
  4. Change Anisotropic Filtering and Antialiasing to Application Controlled.
  5. You may also need to turn off Antialiasing Transparency, Gamma Correction, and Texture Filtering, as well.
For non-nVidia graphics cards, please refer to your equivalent 3D control panel

[edit] Fail to Launch / Hangs / Freezes After Intro or Advertisement

Fix Fail to Launch / Hangs / Freezes After Intro or AdvertisementLink

  • Set the compatibility mode to the game to “Windows XP”
  • Run the game directly instead of using the generated shortcut
  • Check your game cache / revalidate it to ensure you have okay files
  • Run the game in DirectX 9 mode
  • If you use multiple monitors, then disable one of them
  • Exit any program that could mess with the game
  • Run the game in a different, more common resolution
  • Multiple monitors/display?--- Make sure main monitor is in main slot [bios displays on this screen]
  • If you have Steam installed on an External Hard Drive try moving steam to an internal Hard Drive or to another Hard drive in general.
  • If you have Saints Row installed on a hard drive other then C: try moving Saints Row to a new Steam Library on C: you can create a second steam library by launching steam with a -dev flag, clicking the new console tab, and following these directions, then exit steam, copy the folder, then relaunch and reinstall saints row to the new C: library you just copied it to.
  • Download cracked .exes (the game fix) from gamecopyworld (I own this game from steam so I'm assuming it was a glitch with the steam .exes)

[edit] Game Crashes on Loading Screen After Starting a New Game

Fix Game Crashes on Loading Screen After Starting a New GameLink

  • Start game in DirectX 9 mode and start a new game. After that you can play DirectX10/11 version.
  • Try verifying the integrity of the game cache (right-click the game in the Steam library, select "Properties" then select the "Local Files" tab and click "Verify..."). Note that for many users Steam will always report that 1 file failed to validate and has to be replaced, even when you verify the game cache multiple times. Since this also happens to users who have no problems at all with the game, it is assumed to be something that is not affecting the game's performance.
  • If you are running the game on a Mac, with Boot Camp, and using an HFS+ formatted drive, together with additional software (such as MacDrive) you will need to install it on a native NTFS drive. This also applies to all other THQ recent titles.

Fix Crash on Radeon graphics cardsLink

On some Radeon cards, the game may fail to automatically configuring graphics settings. If this is the case, the game will also crash when you try to change display settings in-game.

To force the game to skip autoconfig:

  1. Open C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\saints row the third\display.ini
  2. Change Preset from -1 to a number from 1 to 4 where 1 is ultra low and 4 is ultra high
Information Don't use auto-detect graphics settings in game

[edit] Seemingly Random Crashes in DirectX 11 Mode

Fix Seemingly Random Crashes in DirectX 11 ModeLink

  • One possible cause for crashes in DirectX 11 mode can be that the core voltage of the video card is set a little bit too low. In that case raising the core voltage by a very small amount can resolve the issue.[4] Warning: Changing settings on your video card may void warranties and can potentially damage the card.

[edit] Launcher is blank

Fix Launcher is blankLink

  • Download an alternate launcher such as this one.
  • If you have Steam installed on an External Hard Drive try moving steam to an internal Hard Drive.

[edit] Co-op Mode not connecting

Fix Co-op Mode not connectingLink

  • Make sure you have privacy to "Open to all"
  • Download Tunngle, sign up for a free account and join one of the Saints Row: The Third servers. Make sure your friend downloads it and joins the same server, should fix all problems.

[edit] Missing saved games or insufficient space

Fix Missing saved games or insufficient spaceLink

Symptom: Saved games are missing despite being in the correct folder, and Saints Row claims there's not enough storage space.

  • Restart Steam.

[edit] Lag in Co-op Through a LAN Connection

Fix Lag in Co-op Through a LAN ConnectionLink

  • This is caused by one person having a much lower framerate than the other (eg. A is getting 20 FPS, B is getting 50 FPS)
  • To fix this, simply get the person with the lower FPS to lower their video settings.

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent Quad Core Intel or AMD
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
10 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8800
256 MB of VRAM (Tested, unofficial)
320 of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400
ATI Radeon HD 5000
1024 of VRAM
Sound (audio device)
DirectX compatible sound card


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