How to Increase Your FPS in Fortnite (Updated January 2020)

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Do you want more FPS in Fortnite?

Of course you do.

Because more FPS can actually make you a better player.

But so many players are experiencing FPS drops and lower FPS than they should be getting in Fortnite Chapter 2, and this is not good.

Fortunately, you can fix it.

And in this detailed guide, you will find easy to follow step-by-step instructions to help you improve your FPS. So don’t worry even if you aren’t the most technical person, because I will talk you through each step of the way.

You will also learn some of the secrets that Deyt0 has been using to boost the FPS of Fortnite pro players to over 600.

Now I can’t promise that you’ll get to 600 FPS. In fact, you’ll only be able to reach numbers anywhere near that if you have a very expensive and powerful PC for playing Fortnite.

And you need very particular circumstances to get your FPS that high. For example, while standing still and looking at the sky in a blank creative map.

Of course, this is not indicative of a real game scenario. And it is simply not possible to ever get FPS that high in a real game.

But you can boost your FPS a significant amount with some tweaks to your in-game settings and Windows settings, as you will learn when you read and apply each step exactly as I have laid out in this guide.

And even a small increase in FPS during end game scenarios can be the difference between a Victory Royale and a loss.

Anyway, that’s enough talking.

Let’s get started.

Adjust your Fortnite video settings


Before we get into the good stuff, it’s important we get the basics right first.

Here we’ll be going through the simple settings that you can adjust within Fortnite itself.

So go into your Fortnite video settings, and the first thing you’re looking for is your display settings and you want your settings to look something like this:

Fortnite display settings window mode fullscreen resolution 1920 x 1080 frame rate limit 240 FPS
  • Window Mode: Fullscreen — You always want to make sure your window mode is set to fullscreen because any of the other settings can hurt your FPS and cause problems with your mouse alignment.
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (16:9) — Most monitors are 1920 x 1080 and this is the resolution that Fortnite looks best on. I will show you how to create a custom stretched resolution that can increase your FPS later
  • Frame Rate Limit: 240 FPS — Now I have this set to 240 FPS because I use a 240 Hz monitor. Set it to 144 FPS if you use a 144 Hz monitor, 60 FPS if you use a 60 Hz monitor, and so on

Now, your graphics settings.

Contrary to what you may think, your graphics settings don’t actually have any impact on your FPS, so you can set these how you wish.

Fortnite graphics settings do not have any impact on your FPS

I recommend you set your brightness high enough so you can see clearly, even in dark areas. And set a user interface contrast that looks good to you.

And if you are color blind then you should use the appropriate color blind mode and strength for you.

Again, these do not matter for FPS, so don’t sweat them too much.

What does matter for FPS, however, are your graphics quality settings.

I recommend you use the following settings:

Fortnite graphics quality settings for high FPS, view distance epic, shadows off, anti-aliasing off, textures low, effects low, post processing low
  • 3D Resolution: 100% — This determines the resolution objects are shown in-game. Things look best at 100%, but you could lower this if you fail to reach your desired FPS
  • View Distance: Epic — Closer view distances can improve performance on a slower device, but further view distance can be an advantage. The FPS difference between Epic and Near is minimal
  • Shadows: Off — Shadows are a major GPU resource and turning this setting off results in the largest FPS increase, so turn it off. This will also have a major impact on how the game looks and can help you see enemies more clear in otherwise shadowy areas.
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off — Anti-Aliasing smooths edges on 3D objects, so they look more smooth and less pixelated. It’s really hard to tell the difference between Off and Epic, so just turn it off for the extra FPS boost
  • Textures: Low — Higher texture settings give flat objects a more detailed appearance, but because of the cartoon-style graphics in Fortnite it’s hard to tell the difference between Low and Epic. Again, set it to the lowest for the extra FPS
  • Effects: Low — Higher effects settings add details to certain objects and interactions in Fortnite, but we don’t care about pretty things so turn it off for the best performance
  • Post Processing: Low — This is a setting that you won’t notice when playing at 1080p, and setting it to low can raise your frame rate with only a minor impact on quality. And as you’ve already set everything to the lowest, it makes sense to set this to low, as well

Now that you have your graphics quality configured to the optimal settings that the best and most competitive Fortnite players use, it’s time to move on to the advanced graphics settings.

Here are my recommendations:

Fortnite advanced graphics settings for high FPS. V sync off, motion blur off, show FPS on, Direct X version 11, allow multithreaded rendering on, use GPU crash debug off
  • Vsync: Off — Vsync eliminates screen tearing by always rendering and presenting a full frame. But turning off Vsync can give you higher frames and better input response, so turn it off
  • Motion Blur: Off — Motion blur has no impact on your FPS, but some people are very sensitive to motion blur and it can cause nausea. So you should also turn this off
  • Show FPS: On — You should already have this enabled to show your frames per second, and this will help you measure the effect of the changes you make
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 11 — DirectX 11 is the default setting and has been more extensively tested and generally it performs better. But you may need to do some of your own tests to figure out which DirectX version works best for your system
  • Allow Multithreaded Rendering: On — Multithreaded rendering splits work across multiple threads and can dramatically improve performance on multi-core processors. But it can cause hitches and lower FPS on weaker and older hardware
  • Use GPU Crash Debugging: Off — If you experience crashes when playing Fortnite, then you may consider enabling this to help developers track down the root cause of your problem. But enabling it does come at a performance cost, so we’ll have it off

Alright, so we’ve covered all of the video settings in Fortnite.

Now you may think we’ve covered all of the settings you can tweak within the game itself to optimize to performance, but that’s not true.

You see, there’s one final setting you can change that can impact your FPS, and even console players can make this change.

Turn record replays off


Other than the changes we just made to the video settings, the most simple thing you can do to improve your FPS is to turn record replays off in your settings.

Look, recording replays can reduce performance and take up hard drive space. So turning them off can help you maintain steady FPS, even in the late game when there is a lot of building.

Here is what you need to do to find your replay settings in Fortnite:

  1. Click the cog icon to go into your Fortnite settings
  2. Select the cog icon at the top again to go to the Game settings
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the Replays section
  4. Turn all replays off
Turning record replays off in the Fortnite game settings to improve performance

Of course, you can still record your gameplay through OBS, Nvidia highlights or the built-in software for your Xbox or PS4.

Also, you may want to leave “Record Creative Mode Replays” enabled, if you want to use your creative replays to create a thumbnail or video for example.

Update to the latest version of Fortnite


Many of you could be playing on an older version of Fortnite.

You see, Epic Games regularly release updates to resolve hitching and stuttering issues in Fortnite.

But you may need to manually update your game for the changes to take effect.

So do this now:

  1. Open the Epic Games Launcher
  2. Select Library from the list of options on the left
  3. Find Fortnite and click the 3 dots to the left
  4. Select Verify from the list of options
Verifying Fortnite from the Epic Games launcher to update to the latest version

When you have done this, you will update your game to the latest version.

Reduce your resolution to increase FPS


In the earlier section, you will have lowered your video settings, and this should have given you a large FPS boost.

But if you still aren’t reaching your desired frames, then consider reducing your resolution.

Many Fortnite players create a custom stretched resolution to boost their FPS to get an advantage.

As you know, the default (or native) resolution is 1920 x 1080, and this refers to the number of pixels displayed. 1920 along the horizontal (X) axis and 1080 along the vertical (Y) axis.

When you reduce your resolution you reduce the number of pixels and this decreases the workload of your hardware, so you can gain more FPS.

The amount of FPS you gain is roughly linear to the number of pixels you display.

In other words, the more you lower your resolution the more FPS you can expect to gain.

For example, changing your resolution from 1920 × 1080 to 1440 × 1080 reduces the number of pixels by 25%. So you can expect your FPS to improve by about 20%.

Here are some resolutions you could try:

  • 1656×1080
  • 1440×1080
  • 1280×960
  • 1024×768
  • 800×600

Of course, reducing your resolution will make Fortnite look more pixelated and objectively worse. But it could be worth it if you value the extra FPS and smoothness more.

Now this concludes all of the changes and tweaks we can make within Fortnite itself.

So it’s time to move on to the more interesting and exciting things.

But before we do that, there’s one important step you should take.

Create a restore point


It’s always a good idea to create a restore point, so you can easily revert any changes you’re about to make.

Here’s what you need to do to create a restore point:

  1. Go to your control panel
  2. Click system
  3. From the left-hand menu click advanced system settings
  4. Go to the system protection tab
  5. Select your drive that Windows is installed on
  6. Click configure

Once you’re here you’ll see the restore settings. You want to turn on system protection, set your disk space usage to 5%, and then click OK.

System protection for local disk restore settings

Now you just need to hit create and type a description to help you identify the restore point. The current date and time are added automatically.

Onward.

Update to the latest version of Windows 10


Now is a great time to get yourself onto the latest version of Windows, so you don’t get stuck when Windows needs to install itself later.

You see, the latest version of Windows has brought in gaming optimizations that can help improve your FPS.

To check for Windows updates here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click the Start  button
  2. Go to Settings by clicking the cog icon
  3. Scroll down to Update & Security
  4. Then go to Windows Update
Checking Windows for updates

From here you can check for updates and see if you’re using the latest version of Windows.

And if you’re not, then you can download the latest update.

You will need to reset your PC for the Windows update to take effect. Your PC will reset several times during the update and it’s important you don’t turn off your PC during this time.

Update your graphics card drivers


Running old graphics card drivers can hurt your FPS.

And most people fail to update their drivers when they first install their graphics card.

Or forget to update them as time passes.

To upgrade your drivers you first need to know what kind of graphics card you have.

And don’t worry if you don’t know your graphics card because I’m about to show you two easy methods to find out.

The first method is to open Device Manager via Control Panel or by searching it in your Windows search bar. Your graphics card will be listed under display adaptors.

Showing what graphics card you have within device manager and display adaptors

Another way is to use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

You can access this tool by opening the Run application, typing “dxdiag”, and click OK. Or you can simply search it using the Windows search bar.

The Display tab will show your graphics card information.

Showing what graphics card you have using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool in the display tab

Now you know what graphics card you have, the next thing to do is download the latest drivers from the company’s website.

Here are links to download the latest graphics card drivers for each manufacturer:

AMD

NVIDIA

Intel

By the way, you might have a card that is manufactured by a third party like EVGA, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire and so on.

But you don’t want to download the drivers from them. Instead, use the original card manufacturer (AMD, NVIDIA or Intel) via the links above.

Restart Your PC


Sometimes simply turning your PC off and back on again can fix a lot of your problems.

And if you have an SSD your OS and games will load fast.

Adjust your NVIDIA control panel settings


NVIDIA is the most popular graphics card (GPU) for Fortnite.

So, you probably have an NVIDIA graphics card.

You can change the settings of your NVIDIA graphics card to optimize its performance and get more FPS.

  1. Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting it
  2. Under the 3D Settings tab select Adjust image settings with preview
  3. Click Use my preference emphasising: Performance
  4. Slide the bar all the way to the left toward Performance
NVIDIA Control Panel adjust image settings for performance

Now go to the next section, Manage 3D settings, and use the following 3D settings:

  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering: Off
  • Antialiasing – FXAA: Off
  • Antialiasing – Gamma Correction: Off
  • Antialiasing – Mode: Off
  • Antialiasing – Setting: None
  • Antialiasing – Transparency: Off
  • CUDA – GPUs: All
  • DSR – Factors: Off
  • DSR – Smoothness: Off
  • Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames: 1
  • Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA): Off
  • OpenGL Rendering GPU: Set as your graphics card
  • Power Management Mode: Prefer maximum performance
  • Preferred refresh rate: Highest available
  • Shader Cache: On
  • Texture Filtering – Anisotropic Sample Optimisation: On
  • Threaded Optimisation: Auto
  • Triple Buffering: Off
  • Vertical Sync: Off
  • Virtual Reality Pre-Rendered Frames: 1
NVIDIA control panel manage 3D settings (1)
NVIDIA control panel manage 3D settings (2)

Next, under the display tab, Adjust desktop size and position and use these settings:

  • Select a scaling mode: No scaling
  • Perform scaling on: Display
  • Override the scaling mode set by games and programs: Off
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (or whatever resolution you use in Fortnite)
  • Refresh rate: Highest possible
NVIDIA control panel adjust desktop size and position

Finally, go to Adjust video image settings which is at the bottom under the Video tab, and use these settings:

  • Edge enhancement: Use the NVIDIA setting 0
  • Noise reduction: Use the NVIDIA setting 0
NVIDIA control panel adjust video image settings

Congratulations, your NVIDIA graphics card is now optimized for the best FPS.

Plug your monitor into your graphics card


A common newbie mistake when it comes to PC gaming is plugging your monitor into your motherboard and not the graphics card.

When you plug your monitor into your motherboard, you will only be able to use the integrated graphics of your CPU. Which is a lot weaker than your graphics card.

If this is you, congratulations and enjoy your extra frames.

Set the refresh rate of your monitor


I’ve lost count of the amount of Reddit threads I’ve seen where people complain they aren’t seeing higher FPS.

Even though they have a monitor with a high refresh rate (144+ Hz) and a powerful graphics card.

The problem is that their monitor is still set to display at 60 Hz. So they can’t see the extra frames.

Here’s how to set the refresh rate of your monitor:

  1. Go to Display settings
  2. Scroll down and select Advanced display settings
  3. Find your monitor and set the Screen refresh rate to the highest possible
Setting screen refresh rate in advanced display settings

Set Fortnite to high priority


To increase the priority of Fortnite, just follow these steps:

  1. Open task manager using the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Esc (or otherwise)
  2. Select the Details tab
  3. Look for FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe in the name column
  4. Right-click it then go to Set priority and select High
Setting Fortnite client to high priority in task manager

Close background programs


From task manager, you can see what applications you have running in the background.

If any are particularly large and are taking up a lot of resources then you could close them so your PC can focus solely on running Fortnite.

Change your power options to high performance


Your power options are probably set to balanced or power saver.

You can change to high performance by following these steps:

  1. Go to your power and sleep settings by using the Windows search bar or by going to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options
  2. Select additional power settings from the related settings in the top right
  3. If you don’t see the high performance option you may need to click to show additional plans
  4. Check the box for high performance
Power options high performance

Set your maximum processor state to 100%


I recently read a Reddit post about someone who built their PC over 3 years ago.

For the first year, it was great and they were getting 150+ FPS.

But then something happened and they only got around 30 FPS and games felt sluggish.

The person found out it was because they had their maximum processor state set to 5%.

So you don’t have the same issue, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to your Power Options by using the Windows search bar or by going to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Edit Plan Settings
  2. Select Change advanced power settings
  3. Scroll down to find Processor power management and click the plus (+) to expand the list
  4. Now click the plus (+) next to Maximum processor state
  5. Set the Setting to 100%
Maximum processor state 100%

Turn off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome


Do you use Google Chrome?

Using multiple Google Chrome tabs can take up a lot of your system’s memory. So you might not get enough allocated to Fortnite and the game doesn’t play as well.

The simple fix is to close down chrome when playing.

But you can also stop Google Chrome from using too many resources by turning hardware acceleration off.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Go to Settings by clicking the 3 dots in the top right corner
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click Advanced to show more settings
  4. Keep scrolling down until you find the System section
  5. Turn off Use hardware acceleration when available
Turning hardware acceleration off in Google Chrome

Turn off hardware acceleration in Discord


Likewise, Discord can take up some resources and impact your PCs performance.

And you can turn hardware acceleration off again to help with that.

To do so follow these steps:

  1. Open Discord
  2. Go to User Settings
  3. Click the Appearance tab
  4. Turn off Hardware Acceleration
Turning hardware acceleration off in Discord

Turn off Game Bar


Some gaming settings were added in the latest version of settings. And one of those settings is Game bar.

Game bar records game clips, screenshots and so on. And it effects your performance.

To turn Game bar off, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Windows Start button in the bottom left of your screen (or press the Windows key on your keyboard)
  2. Select the cog icon to go to your settings
  3. Click gaming
  4. Turn Game bar off

Check your RAM speed


When I built my PC I used DDR4 3000 MHz RAM.

However, by default, my RAM was running at only 2133 MHz.

So, I was missing out on some extra performance.

When I set my RAM to run at the advertised speed of 3000 MHz my FPS increased by about 5%.

To check your RAM speed you need to download and open CPU-Z. CPU-Z is free and gives useful information on some of the main devices of your system. In particular your memory type, size, timings, and module specifications.

When you have opened CPU-Z, go to the Memory tab and take note of the DRAM frequency and timings. But you have to double the DRAM frequency to calculate your RAM speed.

So if your DRAM frequency is 1500 MHZ then your total RAM speed is 3000 MHz.

CPU-Z DRAM Frequency

Now if your RAM speed is running slower than your advertised speed you need to go the BIOS.

I suggest you consult the manual that came with your motherboard for more information.

Need more help? Check out this RAM overclocking guide from TomsHardware.

Overclock your GPU and CPU


Overclocking is when you manually increase the clock speed of your hardware beyond what the manufacturer intends.

Overclocking isn’t something I recommend unless you know exactly what you’re doing.

Because overclocking can be dangerous and you risk breaking your components.

But if you are confident then overclocking can help you squeeze more performance out of your PC without spending any extra money.

The first thing to overclock is your video card. Because that’s where you’re going to see the biggest FPS increase.

You can also overclock your CPU. This is, in general, much easier because you can find overclocking settings in your BIOS.

You can expect a 10-20% increase in FPS when you overclock your hardware.

Manually adjust the number of logical cores used


If you have a processor with at least 6 logical processors then you can try this method by Not Snuffy.

Fortnite doesn’t automatically take advantage of your extra CPU cores. So you can make some changes to help Fortnite utilize your cores better and increase your FPS.

Windows lets you choose which CPU threads are assigned to a process via Task Manager. But since Fortnite uses anti-cheat software it blocks any modifications to the process of running Fortnite.

So you have to set the cores/threads the game should run prior to its launch and create a shortcut.

Check out the Google Doc to learn more.

Upgrade your hardware


Have you followed all of the above tips?

And you’re still not getting your desired FPS?

Then it could be time for you to upgrade some of the components of your PC.

Usually, your graphics card (GPU) is the first thing to upgrade because it will have the biggest effect on your FPS when playing Fortnite.

Of course, Fortnite is a very CPU intensive game. So if you are using an old CPU then upgrading to a better one with a higher core and thread count will improve performance, too.

Also upgrading your RAM can help, but not as much as a new GPU or CPU.

Do this to fix FPS drops and stuttering


Your FPS isn’t going to be consistent all game long. Because your Fortnite FPS depends on how much is going on in the game.

For example, your FPS when standing in an open area is likely going to be very high. But when there is a lot going on, like building and fighting in end game zones, then your FPS is doing to drop.

This is fine and expected.

However, if you’ve tried all the above steps and are still experiencing unusual FPS drops or stuttering then I have one more thing for you to try:

  1. Open Command Prompt (cmd) as administrator
  2. Type bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes
  3. Press Enter to run the operation

Dynamic Ticks are a feature that lets windows stop the system timer when nothing is happening in order to conserve power.

It’s a good feature for portable systems but it can be a problem for desktops. Because the tickless mode is known to cause issues on some systems when gaming.

If you have tried this and found your performance has actually worsened then don’t panic. Follow the same steps but enter this to reverse the operation:

bcdedit /set disabledynamictick no

Conclusion


As you know, a high FPS helps your game look more “smooth”.

Because more images are being displayed to your monitor each second.

Also, a high FPS could help improve your Fortnite aim. Particularly if you play with a controller and use aim assist. Because the strength of aim assist is dependent on the amount of FPS you have.

More FPS can help your building and editing feel more fluid as well. And lowering your ping in Fortnite can help with that, too.

Ultimately, improving your FPS should improve your overall experience when playing Fortnite.

I hope you found this guide useful and you have benefited from it.

How much FPS did you gain?

Let me know in the comments!

Comments

    1. Author

      For old computers I recommend you reduce the resolution. This should help you get a steady 60 FPS when playing Fortnite.

  1. Hey i think il be able to get mimimum 10-15 fps extra due to this and that will cap me at 30fps. If i want then i can lower resolution for 60 but for a good resolution atleast i want 30 fps. Also fps is not the one that bothers me by much as i can lower resolution. The thing that bothers me is the lag,the stutter (i think both are the same thing ) . As before season 9 i did not get any stutter problem but after season 9 i started getting them. Maybe i did mess somethings in my computer game settings or whatever but i hope all this method fixes it. I really want to play fortnite again with no lag and have fun 😀 . For any further help can i contact you with discord or twitter? My discord is Gamernlte (i forgot the tags so if u want to contact me with discord then tell me yours and il friend u) or contact me in twitter @Gamernlte. In both discord and twitter my name is Gamernlte but they both have “l” not “i” . Thx

    1. Author

      Hi 🙂 I hope this guide helps you get to your desired FPS. Yeah, a lot of players are experiencing stuttering in Fortnite as a result of some updates in the latest season. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @imkr4m if you have any questions and I’ll try to help.

  2. Thanks for your guide. Can you tell me how you know in adjust desktop size and position this the best settings. Anyone say the same thing for this

    Select a scaling mode: No scaling
    Perform scaling on: Display
    Override the scaling mode set by games and programs: Off

    thanks

    1. Author

      You can change to those settings in the Adjust desktop size and position section of your Nvidia Control Panel.

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