How to increase FPS in VALORANT

Several ways can be used to enhance your experience by increasing FPS.

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Having the best frames possible will guarantee you more kills in VALORANT. You’ll need the most frames per second (FPS) you can get for most shooting titles, but for VALORANT, a solid FPS is crucial. Players with lower FPS will struggle to navigate a jumpy environment where objects pop in and out of frame.

It’s important to play VALORANT at the highest refresh rate your PC and monitor can handle. For that reason, here are a few tips to get your PC performing to the best of its abilities:

Make sure your PC meets the minimum or recommended requirements

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Your PC configuration will have to meet the minimum requirements to play VALORANT at a relatively consistent level. Even better if your PC meets the optimum requirements.

This is essential in ensuring your hardware runs VALORANT smoothly.

Minimal requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000
  • RAM: 4Go
  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

Recommended requirements

  • CPU: 7700K
  • GPU: 1080
  • RAM: 8Go
  • 256 SSD and ideally over 144 FPS

Ideal requirements

  • CPU: Over 9900K
  • GPU: Over 1080 TI
  • RAM: 8Go
  • 256 SSD and 144 FPS on max graphics
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Use a high refresh rate monitor

Your monitor plays a massive part in determining your frame rate. If you’ve got yourself a monitor with a low refresh rate, consider breaking the piggy bank and purchasing a new one. If you’ve got a standard monitor, it’ll likely be 60hz. This means it’ll be capped at 60 frames per second, which might be great for films, but not for esports.

A monitor that has a 144hz or 240hz refresh rate will fare a lot better, especially if your hardware packs a punch. Using a 60hz monitor with a powerful rig means you won’t get the most out of it.

Lower the graphics quality settings

This tip works across all titles in your games library. Lowering your graphics quality is a surefire way to increase your FPS. It doesn’t cost a thing, except you’ll have some graphical differences. This is worth the cost in the scheme of things, as you won’t miss shadows when you’re getting 120fps.

To do that, head to the Video tab in the settings. There, you can make all the changes you need to make, including lowering Material Quality, Texture Quality, Detail Quality, UI Quality, and Anisotropic Filtering.

Depending on your hardware, you might not need to scale everything all the way down to achieve a good frame rate. In some cases, the medium will suffice, while in others, you’ll need to turn them all the way down.

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Lower the resolution

If your framerate hasn’t climbed high enough after changing the graphics quality, try changing your resolution. If you’re playing at the peak resolution, you’ll likely be missing out on valuable frames. Dropping your resolution is a simple thing to do, and will definitely give you a better frame rate.

Also, If you have a powerful computer and a 4k monitor, chances are the higher resolution is hurting your frame rate.

For that reason, lowering the resolution to 1440p will boost it a lot. By the same token, if you’re using a 1440p monitor but are having the same problem, lowering it to 1080p will work to the same effect. It’ll look worse but run better.

And that just about sums up everything you can do to increase your frame rate in VALORANT. The other option is to upgrade your hardware—particularly the graphics card and processor, although it’s not an option for everyone.

About the author
Eva Martinello

Eva is a Staff Writer from Paris. Her part-time job is charging into walls with Reinhardt. She has been covering League of Legends esports and other titles for six years. She still believes in a Moscow Five comeback. She also fell into the MMO pit and covers FFXIV and Genshin.