Counter to a game console where developers improve their games for specific devices, computers come in all shapes and sizes. Some rely on a graphics chip built into the main CPU, while others have fast graphic cards.
Regardless of your setup, it is possible to compress additional frames per second (fps) from your computer. If you’ve just purchased a shootout game or MMO or racer and find that it’s completely unplayable even after trying all these tricks, you might need to upgrade your components (the graphic card is the first component to start with) or invest in better hardware. But before spending money on this, here’s what you can do to increase FPS without spending a penny on new devices.
1: Update your graphic card drivers:
Running old drivers isn’t a good idea if you want to get the best performance, but many people fail to update to the latest versions. It is much easier these days (with at least certain brands) given that popup notifications inform you when a new driver is available.
First, learn about your graphics card, and also check which version of Windows your computer is running. Head to “Device Manager” in “Control Panel” and click “Display Adapters”. You will see the name of your graphics card.
To find out the specific version of Windows, right-click on My Computer and choose Properties (or click System in Control Panel). This will tell you whether you have a 32 or 64-bit version, as well as the exact version of Windows installed.
Then head over to the relevant website for the latest drivers. This will be either Intel, NVidia, or AMD. Don’t go to the card manufacturer’s website, like Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, or Sapphire. Make sure to choose the correct card model and operating system.
Once downloaded, install the drivers and restart the computer if necessary. Depending on the game, you may get up to 30 percent better performance once you update the driver.
Likewise, check if there is an update for the game itself. If you purchased it on Steam, it should update automatically. Otherwise, check out the game client you used to install or the developer’s website.
Finally, make sure your Windows itself is fully updated. Unless you choose to disable the feature, updates must be installed automatically. If not, search in the Start menu (or the Start screen if you are still using Windows 8) for Windows Update.
2: Check and compare performance
If your game contains FPS readings (you will need to enable this somewhere in the options, or install an external tool like FRAPS), you will be able to see how quickly it will run. The minimum number (on average) you want is 30 fps, although many players do their best to get 60 fps or more when equipped with a 144Hz screen.
Fps will vary depending on what happens on the screen. When there are a lot of actions, it can drop dramatically, so it aims to set up graphical settings that the game will work with acceptable when that happens.
3 : Overclock devices
This is not something we recommend for everyone, but if you know what to do and understand that there is a risk of broken graphics card, CPU and RAM, you can run it faster. This should save you a few frames per second.
The first communication port should be the graphics card, since this has a direct impact on fps. You may find an overclocking option on the same console (run the interface from the relevant icon in the Windows notification area). Instead, you may want to track third-party software.
Overclocking the CPU and RAM is easier, as you should find the settings in your computer’s BIOS. Simply restart, press delete (or whichever key takes you to BIOS) and search for performance settings.
To know more about overclocking you can check this video :
4 : Improve game settings
Drivers will only get updated so far. The biggest gains in frames per second come from changing and switching graphics settings.
Ideally, you want to play your game with the original screen resolution. For most computers and laptops, this ratio is 1920 x 1080, if not higher. To discover your screen resolution, right-click on the desktop in Windows 7, 8, or 10 and click “Screen Resolution”. In previous versions, click “Properties” instead.
It should tell you the highest resolution that can be determined by the original resolution, and it should say “Recommended”. You can also search on Google for the model and model of your monitor if you are still not sure.
Lower resolution should give you more frames per second, but don’t set resolution here. Instead, download the game you chose and search for graphics settings. Here you can change the resolution and many other settings.
Anti-aliasing is one setting to pay attention to; AA smooths serrated lines, but incurs a significant performance penalty. Usually you’ll see a slider, but it might just be a number, like 2x or 4x 8x etc.
First, try completely disable AA and watch how your game plays. If the speed is sufficient, you can enable AA again in the lowest setting and gradually increase it until you find the best balance between quality and performance.
The same meaning applies to most other graphics settings, including drag distance and most importantly shadows. Lighting effects, including shadows, tend to drain real performance, so if you can live with basic effects, you can make the difference between the game inoperable and playable.
Basically, it is a trial and error process. Unless, that is, your graphics card drivers can optimize each game’s settings to work well with available hardware. For example, the Nvidia card on our PC contains drivers that can do just that.
5 : Use optimization programs
Many programs run in the background in Windows, the most that consumes the capabilities of the computer with regard to the work of the processor, RAM and screen card are the games, it is difficult to run a game with high specifications and in the background other programs or processes are running, for this it is always advisable to close all programs and windows before running any game to avoid any damage to the computer whatever its capabilities , But although you may close the programs and windows appearing in front of you on the screen, there are many processes that will still work in the background without noticing that, since many tasks and operations are not necessary for the work of the system, it is possible to shut down temporarily while playing games to take advantage of additional space in memory, in addition to reducing the pressure on the work of the processor in order to focus his capabilities more on the game, and since it is difficult for many of us to determine the tasks that can be closed Temporarily, so we can use programs like ‘GAME ASSISTANT’ or ‘RAZER CORTEX’.