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How to boost FPS in CSGO?

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CSGO is by far one of the most popular shooting games to have ever existed. The game has a very low barrier of entry and runs on just about any computer.

However, you may still face FPS issues if your machine is a bit too weak. If you’ve played CSGO competitively, you know that your FPS and ping can be a factor in the game.

In this article, we’re talking about how you can boost your in-game FPS in CSGO.

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In-game graphics

This is perhaps the most obvious thing to do when you’re facing FPS issues, but make sure you turn down every setting in the game to very low or Disabled. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Launch the game and click on the Settings menu icon.

Step 2: Head over to the Video tab.

Step 3: Turn down all the settings to the lowest possible.

Launch options

Steam allows you to add launch parameters to games which can alter their behaviour. You can add a few of these to CSGO to give you a slight FPS boost.

Step 1: Head over to your Steam library.

Step 2: Right click on CSGO and head over to Properties.

Step 3: You’ll see the Launch Options setting under the General tab. Add the following line to the field after making the appropriate changes.

“-high -threads x (replace x by the number of cores on your CPU) -novid -freq y (replace y by your monitor’s refresh rate)“

Save these settings and relaunch CSGO. You should have a better experience than what you had before.

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Graphics Cards drivers

More often than not, driver updates to your GPU can fix a bunch of issues. While you shouldn’t have any FPS issues in CSGO if you’re rocking a dedicated GPU in your machine, it’s still doesn’t hurt to check for updates.

If you have an Nvidia card, all you need to do is head over to the GeForce Experience utility and check if there are any driver updates available. AMD users can check the AMD Radeon Settings utility. 

If you only have an integrated GPU in your PC, here’s how to check for updates

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.

Step 2: Scroll down to find Display adaptors. Double click it to expand and see all your graphics cards.

Step 3: Right-click on your graphics cards and select Update driver.

Step 4: Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will automatically download and install any updates is available. 

Graphics Card settings

Building upon the previous point, while you shouldn’t have to do much if you have a dedicated graphics card in your system, there are still some settings you can change to squeeze the most performance out of your hardware. 

Here are the steps you need to follow if you’re rocking an Nvidia GPU.

Step 1: Open the Nvidia Control Panel utility and head over to the Programs tab. Make sure CSGO is selected in the drop-down list.

Step 2: Set these settings to ensure the best performance. 

  • Anisotropic Filtering: Off
  • Antialiasing-Gamma Correction: Off
  • Maximum Pre-rendered Frames: 1
  • Power Management Mode: Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Preferred refresh rate: Highest Available
  • Texture Filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization: Off
  • Texture Filtering -negative LOD bias: Allow
  • Texture Filtering-Quality: High Performance
  • Texture Filtering-Trilinear Optimization: Off
  • Threaded Optimization: On
  • Triple Buffering: Off
  • Verticle Sync: Off

In case of an AMD GPU, head over to the AMD Radeon Settings panel and update the aforementioned settings there. 

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Power Options

If you’re gaming on a laptop, Windows power options can seriously limit your hardware’s capability in favour of battery life. Here’s how you can ensure you get the most performance out of your machine.

Step 1: Open the start menu and search for Power Plan. Click on Choose Power Plan from the list of items. 

Step 2: Make sure that your plan is set to High Performance. 

Third-party software

Any software that claims to ‘boost’ your game, is most probably going to do more harm than good. Everything that these software do can be done using the control panel without the need for running an extra application. 

Just head over to the Processes tab in the Control Panel and close out any programs that aren’t needed and are eating up system resources. That is by far the best way to ensure no application meddles with CSGO when you’re playing.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: