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How to increase FPS in Valorant?

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Your ping and FPS are the two most important numbers when playing any competitive game. While your ping is pretty much based on your internet connection, you can make some tweaks to ensure you get the best possible FPS in-game.

If you’ve been experiencing problems with low FPS on Valorant, there are tons of settings in-game and on your system that you can optimise for the best possible framerate.

You can watch the video below or continue reading the article.

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Tweak in-game settings

As you can probably guess, the best way to get more performance out of Valorant is to set the in-game settings to the lowest values possible. While cranking every setting to low will get you the best possible FPS numbers, it’ll also significantly hurt the game’s visual appeal, so we do recommend playing around with medium to low settings to find a balance between visual quality and performance.

Step 1: Open Valorant and click the settings gear icon at the top. Click the Settings option from the menu that appears.

Step 2: Head over to the Video tab and you’ll find all the settings you need to tweak. You’ll find settings like resolution in the General tab while the Graphics Quality tab has all the in-game graphics settings you might need to adjust.

Here are some settings you should keep in mind.

  • Multithreaded Rendering: It’s generally a no-brainer to keep this setting on, but on some older Intel CPUs, it can cause bottlenecks. If you’re facing random FPS drops or have an otherwise low-end CPU, try disabling it to see if you can get more FPS.
  • Vsync: Unless you’re on good hardware, you wouldn’t be reading this; turn this setting off. It can introduce input lag in the game and hurt performance.
  • Resolution: Your in-game resolution can massively affect your FPS. Generally speaking, the lower the resolution, the higher your FPS. However, there’s a point of diminishing return here, so anything below 720p isn’t going to do you any good, especially considering the game will start looking pixelated at that point.

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End background tasks

If you don’t have a lot of system resources to run Valorant, it’s a good idea to pop open the Task Manager and kill some background tasks that might be hogging your CPU, Memory, and GPU to ensure Valorant has some breathing room. Here’s how.

Step 1: Press the Windows Key + X or right-click the Start menu icon to open the Quick Action menu. Click Task Manager from the menu.

Step 2: End any non-essential processes or tasks that might be consuming system resources. A good example of this is browser windows that you no longer need or any other programs you might not be using at present. To end a task, click it and then click the End Task button in the bottom right.

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Update your GPU drivers

Updating GPU drivers can mean better performance as GPU manufacturers often release performance improvements and patches for their productions.

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Under Display Adaptors, find your graphics card’s name, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

In most cases, this will update your drivers just fine. However, if you’re looking for a fresh start, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. 

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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: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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