Are you getting FPS drops when you play Fortnite?
As of Fortnite Chapter 2, many players are experiencing lower FPS than usual.
But don’t worry, because you can fix it.
In this detailed guide, you will find easy to follow step by step instructions to help you improve your FPS. When you read and apply every step, you could dramatically increase your FPS by over 200%.
You won’t have to download any “boost packs”, either. Because they can have malware and actually harm your performance.
All these changes you can make within the Fortnite game settings and your PC settings.
What is FPS?
FPS stands for Frames Per Second.
Your FPS is the number of frames (images) your monitor displays each second.
The higher your FPS the more images you see and your game will look more “smooth”.
How many FPS do you need?
You want a minimum of 60 FPS when playing video games. Any lower (say 30 FPS) and your game can look “choppy” and this can ruin your gaming experience.
Of course, you can get higher than 60 FPS. And yes, the human eye can see more than 60 FPS.
For most people 144 FPS is great. And if you are a competitive gamer that plays mostly fast-paced shooter games (such as Fortnite) then 240 FPS is perfect.
But you need a monitor with a high enough refresh rate (Hz) to output the additional frames. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see them.
Most monitors and TVs have a max refresh rate of 60 Hz. So they can only display at most 60 FPS.
You want your FPS to match the refresh rate of your monitor. So if you have a 144 Hz monitor you want your FPS to be at least 144.
To see your FPS you need to enable “Show FPS” in your Fortnite settings.
When you enable “Show FPS” you will be able to see your FPS in the corner of your screen when in a game or in the lobby.
You will also see numbers in square brackets next to down and up arrows. The number next to the down arrow indicates your lowest FPS.
So you can use this number next to the down arrow to help identify when you’re experiencing FPS drops in-game.
How to increase your FPS in Fortnite
Now the introduction is out of the way, I can start showing you some ways to improve your FPS in Fortnite.
There are a lot of things we need to go through, and I will start with the easiest and most straightforward methods first. Because these can have the biggest effect on your FPS.
Then you can move on to the more advanced optimizations you can make to get the most of your hardware.
And don’t panic if you don’t have a technical bone in your body, because I’m going to talk you through each step of the way.
Are you ready to get started?
Update to the latest version of Fortnite
Epic Games has released an update to resolve the hitching/stuttering issues in Fortnite Season X.
But you need to manually update your game for it to work.
Do this now:
- Open the Epic Games Launcher
- Select Library from the list of options on the left
- Find Fortnite and click the 3 dots to the left
- Select Verify from the list of options
Doing this will update your game to the latest version.
Turn record replays off
Here is probably the most simple thing you can do to improve your FPS in Fortnite.
All you need to do is go into your in-game settings and turn record replays off.
Also, this is something even console players (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) can do.
Turning replays off can help you maintain a steady FPS, even in the late game where there is a lot of building and so on that can hurt your FPS.
Here is what you need to do:
- Click the cog icon to go into your Fortnite settings
- Select the cog icon at the top again to go to the Game settings
- Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the Replays section
- Turn all replays off
This is the message you get in-game when you hover over the record replays option (bold mine):
“When on, replays are recorded and stored after each match. Recording replays can reduce performance and take up hard drive space.”
So if Fortnite is telling you that recording replays can reduce your performance, then it makes sense for you to turn them off to improve performance. Right?
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.
Adjust your Fortnite video settings
This is another simple way to get more FPS: Lower your video settings.
The in-game interface makes it very easy to do. All you have to do is click the setting you want.
Here are the settings I recommend you use:
- Window Mode: Fullscreen — You can play windowed mode for example but it will hurt your FPS
- Display Resolution: 1920×1080 (16:9 aspect ratio) — This is the default (native) resolution for most people and I’ll go into more detail regarding resolution in the next section
- Frame Rate Limit: Set as your monitors refresh rate — Now this depends on your hardware and what your FPS goals are. For example, if you are playing on an older system and struggle to maintain steady FPS, set your Frame Rate Limit to 60. But, if you have a good PC and want more frames because you use a high refresh monitor, set your Frame Rate Limit the same as the refresh rate of your monitor
- View Distance: Medium — You could, of course, set this to Near for even more FPS. But the FPS you gain will be minimal and the ability to see enemies from further away is more important
- Shadows: Off — This will have the biggest effect on your FPS and could get you up to 60% more FPS (depending on the map location). Turning shadows off can also help you see enemies clearer in dark areas, but it will dramatically change how Fortnite looks
- Anti-Aliasing: Off — Anti-aliasing makes lines look more smooth and less pixelated. Honestly, it’s hard to tell the difference so it’s worth turning it off for the extra 5% or so FPS
- Textures: Low — Because of the cartoon-style graphics in Fortnite it’s hard to tell the difference between Low and Epic. It will have minimal effect on your FPS so you can set your Textures higher if you want
- Effects: Low — Again this is hard to tell the difference with because of the graphics style. But it can make some details look nicer
- Post Processing: Low — I really don’t know what this does so just turn it off
- Vsync: Off — “Vertical sync” helps your graphics card match the refresh rate of your monitor. But it can lower your FPS and increase your input lag, so turn it off
- Motion Blur: Off — I don’t know if this has any impact on your FPS but really the only thing motion blur is good for is make your game look worse and cause nausea. Again, turn it off
- Show FPS: On — Do you want to see your FPS? Then turn it on
- Allow Multithreaded Rendering: On — Helps Fortnite run better on processors (CPUs) with a high number of cores. This setting is only available if your CPU has a sufficient number of cores
Reduce your resolution
You should receive a large boost in FPS by lowering your video settings. But if you aren’t reaching your desired frames you can consider reducing your resolution.
Listen, the default (native) resolution for Fortnite is 1920×1080 and this is the number of pixels displayed. You can reduce your resolution and, therefore, the number of pixels.
When you reduce your resolution it decreases the workload of your hardware so you gain more FPS. The amount of FPS you gain is roughly linear to the number of pixels that are displayed.
In other words, 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:
The lower the resolution the more FPS you can expect to gain.
Of course, reducing your resolution will make Fortnite look more pixelated and objectively worse. But it could be worth it for the extra FPS and smoothness.
Many Fortnite pro players and streamers prefer to play with a reduced (stretched) resolution. Because the extra FPS helps them play better.
Do you want to know how to set-up a custom stretched resolution in Fortnite? Read this.
Update to the latest version of Windows 10
The newest version of Windows 10 has brought in gaming optimizations and can help improve your FPS.
You can type winver in your Windows search box and then select the run command to see the version of Windows you’re currently on.
Alternatively, you can go to the official Microsoft website.
As of writing, the most up to date version is 1903. If your number is lower than this, then you should check for updates.
To check for updates you can type windows updates in your search box or do this:
- Click the Start button
- Go to Settings by clicking the cog icon
- Scroll down to Updates & Security
- Then go to Windows Update
From here you can check for updates and see if you’re using the latest version of Windows. If you’re not then it’s time to update.
You need to reset your PC for the Windows update to register. Your PC will reset several times during the update and it’s important you don’t turn off your PC in this time.
This will take a while, but it’s worth your 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.
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.
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:
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.
- Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting it
- Under the 3D Settings tab select Adjust image settings with preview
- Click Use my preference emphasising: Performance
- Slide the bar all the way to the left toward 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
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
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
Congratulations, your NVIDIA graphics card is now optimized for the best FPS.
Uninstall and reinstall Fortnite
If you’ve read this far and you are still getting FPS drops, try uninstalling Fortnite entirely from your PC.
Then go to the Epic Games website and download it again.
Of course, it’s a pretty big file and could take a while.
So why not read more than 50 Fortnite tips and tricks to learn something new?
Or play some Kovaak’s FPS Aim Trainer to improve your aim in the meantime?
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:
- Go to Display settings
- Scroll down and select Advanced display settings
- Find your monitor and set the Screen refresh rate to the highest possible
Set Fortnite to high priority
To increase the priority of Fortnite, just follow these steps:
- Open task manager using the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Esc (or otherwise)
- Select the Details tab
- Look for FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe in the name column
- Right-click it then go to Set priority and select High
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:
- Go to your power and sleep settings by using the Windows search bar or by going to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options
- Select additional power settings from the related settings in the top right
- If you don’t see the high performance option you may need to click to show additional plans
- Check the box for 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:
- 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
- Select Change advanced power settings
- Scroll down to find Processor power management and click the plus (+) to expand the list
- Now click the plus (+) next to Maximum processor state
- Set the Setting to 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:
- Open Google Chrome
- Go to Settings by clicking the 3 dots in the top right corner
- Scroll to the bottom and click Advanced to show more settings
- Keep scrolling down until you find the System section
- Turn off Use hardware acceleration when available
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:
- Open Discord
- Go to User Settings
- Click the Appearance tab
- Turn off Hardware Acceleration
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:
- Click the Windows Start button in the bottom left of your screen (or press the Windows key on your keyboard)
- Select the cog icon to go to your settings
- Click gaming
- 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.
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:
- Open Command Prompt (cmd) as administrator
- Type bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes
- 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
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!