How to get more FPS in CSGO
If you are familiar with First Person Shooter games like CSGO you probably already know the term FPS. Besides being the acronym to “First Person Shooter” it also means “frames per second”, which is probably the most important indicator to know if your PC is reproducing your game with fluidity or not.
A frame is a still image and the fps rate indicates how many different images per second you will be able to see. The more fps you have the more fluid your game will be, so having a good fps rate is indispensable to play CSGO at the highest level. If your PC is not really great that doesn’t mean that you can’t be able to reach a higher rank or skill level, that only means that you probably will have to learn how to play under bad conditions. However having a good fps rate will help you a lot tracking enemies that are moving, see smaller details like shadows, smoke, and other important aspects in the game.
In this tutorial we are going to show you some tips that can help you get more FPS (and sometimes a lot), so you can play CSGO the best you can.
The most common error to people who start to play CSGO is thinking that if you set all your settings to the max you will have better image quality and game fluidity. Well, that could not be more wrong. Playing at lower resolutions will give you a lot of extra FPS, and many in-game settings really don’t make that much of a difference. So if you put them at a lower quality you probably will also get more FPS. Before doing any changes I advise you to use the net_graph 1 command on your console. This will show you a lot of statistics during the game, including your fps rate. Just write how many FPS you have playing a certain map before making any changes. Then play the same map and see if you have better results with certain changes.
So, like I said, the first major step you can take is lower your game resolution. The majority of CSGO pros use low resolution as well, and it’s just a matter of how well you adapt to a certain resolution. In my case I play at 1024×768, which seems to be one of the most used resolutions to play. You will notice that in-game models appear to be bigger, just like your crosshair, which also makes aiming easier for you. High resolutions however have the advantage of showing a wider field, but for the majority of players low resolutions are better.
Now, you can advance to the actual in-game settings. In “advanced video settings” you will see all the settings regarding your graphic aspects of the game. Like I said before most of these settings can be at the lowest possible rate without you really notice anything. Let’s start:
Global Shadow Quality – High
Module/Texture Detail – Low
Effect Detail – Low
Shader Detail – Low
Multicore Rendering – Enabled
Multisampling Anti-Aliasing Mode – Disabled
Texture Filtering Mode – Bilinear
FXAA Anti-Aliasing – Disabled
Wait For Vertical Sync – Disabled
Motion Blur – Disabled
Also, don’t forget to disable “Laptop Power Savings”.
Of all those settings the most important ones are the Global Shadow Quality and Multicore Rendering. The global shadow quality helps you with all the aspects regarding shadows. If you have it on low you will lose a lot of the models shadows, making it harder for you to notice players approaching you and in your use of smoke grenades. The multicore rendering basically enables your CPU to use all of its cores in CSGO, making it faster to render images, and giving you more FPS in CSGO.
You can try to turn on/off all of the other settings and see if they make any difference in your FPS rate. If they are turned on and you don’t notice any FPS drops then leave them on.
These settings are a lot less common to beginners in CSGO since you can’t change them in-game. Basically the settings I will show you are console commands, but instead of you having to type them every time you launch CSGO you can add them to your CSGO Startup Options and then they will automatically run every time CSGO is launched.
First go to your steam library and right-click on CSGO. Then click on “Properties”, and then on “Startup Options”.
-novid – this command will remove the introduction video that appears every time you launch CSGO. It’s just annoying and believe it or not it consumes resources, so you might as well just remove it
-high – this command will run CSGO in high-priority mode, turning your CPU capacity to focus primarily in CSGO.
-threads – with this command you set the number of cores that your CPU have.
-nojoy – this removes the resources applied to having a joystick connected to CSGO, which obviously you don’t need.
+cl_forcepreload – this command preloads all map sounds and textures before entering the game, preventing FPS drops during the maps from loading new textures.
Now, you just have to type them into the window you just opened, like this:
-high -novid -nojoy +cl_forcepreload 1 -threads 4
Don’t forget that if you only have two cores you just have to type 2 after –threads, for example. It’s almost guaranteed that you will get more FPS in CSGO after these changes.
Update your drivers
Updating your drivers is even more important than the common CSGO settings. Always make sure you have the latest drivers for your graphic card, processor and even your soundcard. Having outdated drivers can have a big impact in your game, in almost all aspects, but the FPS rate is really affected in most cases.
Make sure your hardware is in good conditions
It’s just normal to think that if your game is not running very well it’s because your CPU can’t reproduce it at the highest level. However sometimes that’s just due to having dusty PCS. Dust can really slow your CPU performance, making FPS drops, crash your game, and other unwanted things. In addition, dust can overheat your CPU and that is the last thing you want, believe me. So check your hardware on a regular basis and keep it clean.
Checking your windows settings is also very important in order for you to run your game at the best. You should go to your Power Options, located on the Control Panel and make sure you set them to High Performance. If you run your game on a laptop remember to always have your computer connected to your Power Cable, otherwise your computer will be in Energy Save Mode, and your game experience will suffer a lot.
Also, check the free space on your disk and do a cleanup every now and then. A clean disk always runs faster. Temporary files and icons and files that you don’t use should also be eliminated, especially if they are in your Desktop.
Try to also close all programs that you don’t need while you are playing the game. If your game experience is limited by your CPU performance you will notice a great change if you just keep the programs that you really need and uninstall everything else.
I hope that I could help you to have a better quality experience of CSGO. If you done all of these steps it’s almost guaranteed that you will get more FPS in csgo. However if your game quality is still rough for you, try to have a look of some tutorials on how to overclock your CPU, but only do this if you have a good cooling system and if you know what you are doing. If this still doesn’t work then you probably will have to think about getting a better PC in order to play CSGO.