Do you want to enjoy your favorite Steam games without lag?
Are you looking for the best ways to improve your FPS while playing on PC?
In this tutorial, we will be uncovering the best tips you can follow and apply to get the best FPS possible while playing Steam games (e.g CS:GO, Dota, Pubg, Terraria, GTA V, Team Fortress, Rainbow Six Siege, ARK, Warframe, …)
Not only that you will also discover the best launch options, best advice & best practical steps to boost the FPS & improve your gaming experience.
Please share this tutorial with your teammates to ensure more success, because better FPS is correlated with better results and victories!
Let’s dive in!
1. Optimize Launch Options on Steam for More FPS
First things first, open your Steam Library and right-click on your game and choose “Properties“”.
Click on “Set Launch Options“.
Paste the following, don’t forget to change
144 to the screen refresh rate.
-novid -tickrate 128 -high +fps_max 0 +cl_showfps 0 +cl_interp 0 +cl_interp_ratio 1 +rate 128000 +cl_updaterate 128 +cl_cmdrate 128 +mat_queue_mode 2 -freq 144 -refresh 144 +cl_forcepreload 1 -nod3d9ex -nojoy
2. In-game Improvements for High FPS
Lower Game Resolution & Aspect Ratio
Decreasing the resolution will lead to a decrease in the number of pixels that the system will have to process each frame at a time.
The lower the resolution the more FPS you will get.
So the first thing that you should try after applying the launch options trick is to use a lower resolution from your in-game settings.
Also, you can try to use the 4:3 aspect ratio, this alone increased my FPS by +50%, try it and let me know!
Lower Game Quality
If your game has a lot of blur & effects this will make your computer suffer in case of lack of resources (Memory Size, GPU Speed, CPU Performance).
Improve your FPS by disabling unnecessary visual effects and use DirectX as an engine instead of OpenGL.
3. Update Your Graphics Card Driver to Improve FPS
Using an old graphics card driver can cause low FPS and low performance overall, each year the manufacturer will release multiple improvements to their software, you should keep up-to-date with the latest driver releases and install them.
If you are using Nvidia Geforce you can install Nvidia Geforce Experience to get the latest drivers on time.
4. Overclock Your GPU & CPU for More FPS
This tip is only for advanced users because it can cause your PC to crash. Some manufacturers don’t accept overclocked devices even in the warranty period.
You can overclock either your CPU, RAM or Graphics Card.
Overclocking your Graphics Card using a proper software will give you the best results. But overclocking CPU & RAM is done only through the BIOS, some CPUs are not overclockable.
Also don’t forget that overclocking is generally increasing the frequency by which the processor unit is working, leading to higher consumption of electricity and may also lead to unstable performance.
5. Increase FPS by Disabling Unused Programs & Services
Disable Auto-Starting Unused Programs
Disabling unused programs will improve the overall performance of your PC which can lead to a little FPS bump, but it’s worth it!
You can do this by opening the Task Manager and going to Startup.
You can also Clean the Startup Tab on the Task Manager if you want to and clear the clutter.
Disable Unused Services
You can find non-Microsoft services by opening
msconfig in Run.
Then go to the “Services” tab, check “Hide all Microsoft services” and disable the ones you are not using to get more FPS.
6. Defragment Your Hard Disk to Improve Performance
If you are not using an SSD drive then you should defragment your hard disk once in a while.
You can defragment your disks using the command
defrag in Run.
7. Disable CPU Parking to Increase FPS
CPU parking was created to lower the consumption of electricity back in the days and is still used in today’s operating systems, Windows 10.
In order to tell Windows to use full potential of our CPU to increase FPS and use all cores at all times we need to unpark the CPU.
Quick CPU is a free tool that allows us to unpark and monitor each core of our CPU.
8. Bonus Tips to Increase FPS on Steam Games
Add More RAM
The more RAM you have the better. So if you want to invest and you have less than
8 GB of RAM then you know what to do.
Quality and price of memory will give an idea about the endurance and performance of the RAM you buy.
Best brands for memory sticks are Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, Micron, Kingston, XTremeDDR, OCZ, Samsung, Transcend, Hynix.
Clear Temp Folder
Open Run and type in
Remove everything using Ctrl+A then Shift+Del.
Do a Disk Cleanup
Right-click on your drive and choose “Properties“.
Click on “Disk Cleanup“.
Optimize Your Windows Performance
Open System by pressing Windows+Pause.
Click on “Advanced system settings“.
Click on “Settings” in the Performance area.
Check “Adjust for best performance“. Click “OK“.
There you have it!
You just learned how to improve your FPS in Steam Games, feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions
What happens if I can’t set my refresh rate to 144? Is there another way?
WOW! That startup string tripled my frame rate by it self. I just bought a bunch of Lego games that were so slow and laggy they were not playable. Can’t thank you enough.
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