Though Apex Legends may not look too graphically intensive from a distance, rendering 60 players on a huge map with plenty of activities going on at once can take a toll on your PC, particularly if you aren’t using top-of-the-line hardware. If your settings are tuned too high, your frames might start slowing down, which can lead to frustration when lag causes you to lose a fight or miss an enemy.
Even the strongest hardware in the market may struggle to keep up in terms of frames since there are too many elements to render in battle royale games. Many players are willing to sacrifice visual fidelity for higher FPS, especially when playing in Ranked or in tournaments. Even professional players with powerful PCs, like ImperialHal, prefer keeping their settings at the lowest ratios to get stable frames and avoid frame drops during intense moments.
While you won’t be able to witness the true beauty of Apex’s maps if you lower your settings, doing so could give you a competitive advantage over your opponents (Heck, you might even be less distracted by the eye-candy details of the game). We’ve tinkered around with Apex‘s settings and found some great to increase your FPS.
Here are the best settings to improve your FPS in Apex.
Making graphical adjustments in Apex’s settings almost always yields the most FPS per adjustment. Lowering most of the following settings takes some of the load off your GPU and allows it to produce higher, more stable frames.
In addition to making these adjustments, we also recommend turning off anything running in the background while gaming. Keeping tabs or resource-hungry programs on in the background may could take a bite out of your frames.
Display Mode: Full Screen
The full-screen display mode allows your system to only focus on rendering Apex and nothing else. In addition to trying to render your desktop and other tabs, windowed options introduce some input lag, which can be the plague of competitive games like Apex.
Aspect Ratio: Native, Resolution: Native
If your system is running on fumes and you’re desperate to squeeze out a couple more frames, you can try lowering your resolution. This reduces the number of pixels to be rendered and increases the FPS by a nice margin. It comes at a cost of a more stretched viewing experience, however, and if you lower it too far, it may be harder to discern enemies from the environment.
This setting doesn’t have an impact on overall FPS, so go with whatever works for your eyes.
Field of View: 90
Most pros prefer setting their field of view to 110 since it allows them to have a wider vision. This also increases the number of frames that need to be rendered, which could cause your FPS to struggle in return. An FoV of 90 offers the best of both worlds, but we recommend tinkering with it to either gain more FPS or to see how much more FoV your PC can handle while still giving yourself a competitive advantage.
Sprint View Shake: Minimal
Constant movement requires new objects to be rendered in or out. The shaking effect that occurs while running may seem more realistic, but it also affects the performance a little by introducing an additional motion source. Keeping this setting at normal also makes it harder to stop enemies while running.
V-Sync doesn’t affect your frames, but enabling it introduces input lag. In competitive games like Apex, even milliseconds can make a difference, so we recommend keeping V-Sync disabled.
Adaptive Resolution FPS Target: 0
This setting is great for anyone looking to keep their FPS high, but it achieves its purpose in a disturbing way: it automatically reduces your rendering resolution while playing so you can play with your targeted FPS. While this technically increases your FPS, it makes playing Apex a lot less enjoyable due to constant adjustments and pastel-like graphics.
Texture Streaming Budget: None
This setting limits the amount of VRAM Apex can use. Though it may be beneficial to cap it if you’re streaming, we recommend letting the game run freely to get the highest FPS possible.
Texture Filtering: Anisotropic 2x
If you don’t have a decade-old GPU in your PC, this setting should have a minimal impact on your FPS. Turning it on gives players a competitive advantage since it eliminates some of the blurs around in-game objects, but you can try turning it off as a last resort to gain more FPS.
Ambient Occlusion Quality: Disabled
This setting handles the light that reflects from or shines on objects scattered around the map. While you’ll clearly be able to tell the difference when you turn this setting off, we advise keeping it disabled to gain more FPS.
Sun Shadow Coverage: Low
Sun Shadow Detail: Low
Spot Shadow Detail: Disabled
Though shadows can be helpful while locating enemies, Apex’s hectic nature makes it nearly impossible to take advantage of them. Shadows are one of the more graphically-taxing settings, so we recommend keeping them disabled to gain more FPS.
Model Detail: Low
Effects Detail: Low
Impact Marks: Disabled
This setting adjusts how the character models behave after receiving fatal damage. Though it allows them to die “realistically,” it can cause some FPS drops if you’re taking down an entire squad.
Other methods to increase your FPS in Apex
If you have a top-of-the-line PC but still experience FPS drops, your issue may be related to something else. The first offenders are usually a driver problem or other software trouble. Try to fix these common software issues first before resorting to the hardware changes detailed below.
If you’ve tried everything else and your FPS is still suffering, it might be due to component overheating or CPU or GPU bottlenecking. Fixing those usually requires replacing the problematic part in your rig. If you don’t know your way around the inside of a PC or aren’t handy with tools, we recommend working with a professional.
Optimize your graphics card settings
Both AMD and Nvidia allow users to change how their graphics cards work while gaming. Players can make those adjustments through control panels accessible by right-clicking on an empty space on their desktop and looking for the icon of their GPU’s respective brand.
If you never made any changes in your graphics card’s control panel, you should check out written or visual performance guides from Nvidia or AMD before you change anything. These guides will walk you through all the settings and help you adjust your graphics card for the best performance.
With the right settings, your GPU will start prioritizing performance over quality. The difference in the visuals doesn’t tend to be that noticeable, but the competitive edge you’ll have by having more frames will be valuable.
Keep your graphics card drivers up to date
Apex patches often come with new skins, balance changes, and even a new legend. Though it may not get a mention in the patch notes, the developers sometimes make adjustments to how the game interacts with your GPU. If these changes require a newer driver, you may notice some FPS drops.
Upgrading GPU drivers is an easy process for both NVIDIA and AMD card owners. After locating the suitable drivers for your hardware, the setup file handles the rest. The whole process usually takes about five minutes.
Run Origin and Apex Legends in administrative mode
While it’s a rarer case, user limitations that Windows enforces may cause Apex to struggle. This usually occurs in PCs supplied by schools and corporations that give their users limited rights.
A possible workaround for this problem is running both Origin and Apex in Windows’ administrative mode, which allows the game to run freely without any hiccups. If you can’t seem to change the shown settings, you may need to contact your device admin and ask for their help on the matter.
Remove Apex’s frame cap
Most of this guide is aimed at players who struggle to push their frames to Apex’s native cap of 144 frames per second. If you have a PC that’s capable of going way beyond that, you can only get more frames by removing the FPS cap.
Apex doesn’t allow players to set a custom FPS limit within the game. Instead, you’ll need to navigate to Origin and go to My Game Library. Right-click on Apex, then select Game Properties. Click the Advanced Launch Options tab, type in “+fps_max unlimited,” and click Save. Doing so will remove the FPS cap, allowing capable PC rigs to push the total FPS beyond 144.