What is FPS and how you can increase it in CS:GO

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The number of frames per second is like the arrow of a gas tank: the closer to zero, the worse the situation is. Today, the CS.MONEY blog is looking into why 60 FPS isn’t enough for CS:GO and how you can increase the sacred number.

How to boost FPS in CS:GO?

FPS value in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Any video, movie, or game is basically a sequence of frames, which replace each other at a certain pace. We got used to watch movies at 24 FPS and match streams at 60. The habit is so strong that “The Hobbit” with its 48 FPS feels like a cheap Indian series! 

Things work differently in games. There’s no clear value, only the lower bar. If it’s fewer than 30 FPS, playing becomes impossible. The opposite is also true: the higher the FPS value, the more enjoyable it is to look at the screen. But with online games, even 30 FPS isn’t enough. And even 60 isn’t either! So how many do you need?

How many FPS do you need for comfortable play?

To answer this question, you can use a simple mnemonic rule: the refresh rate of the monitor multiplied by 2. This rule is easy to remember and use. 

At this point, you might ask: why do I need 120 FPS? My monitor can’t do more than 60! This is a great question, as it emphasizes the convenience of the rule. By doubling the refresh rate, you can immediately “insert” a bunch of factors in the average FPS value, such as drops due to effects.

Another note. It doesn’t make sense for lucky owners of monitors with a refresh rate of 240 or even 300 Hz to chase after doubling the FPS value. Fact is, with a stable 300 FPS, the drops won’t matter at all. So here comes the final answer to the question “How many FPS do I need for a comfortable game?”: 300 is great, but you can make do with fewer. 

How to view FPS

First of all, you need to learn your number of frames per second. There are several ways to do this. 

  1. Activate the FPS counter for all games in Steam. 
  • Open the Steam app;
  • On the top menu in Steam, select “Settings“;
  • In the window that opens, select the “In-Game” tab (in the left menu);
  • Find the “In-game FPS counter” tab and select the counter location;  
  • For a clear FPS display, you can enable the “High contrast color” option;
  • Click “OK“.  
FPS settings in Steam
  1. Activate the FPS counter only in CS:GO via the console command.
  • In the game settings, enable the console;
  • Press “~” on your keyboard;
  • Enter the cl_showfps 1 command;
  • Enter the cl_showfps 0 command to disable the counter.  

You can also use net_graph for the same purpose. This command will display not only the number of frames per second, but also the ping and a couple of other parameters. 

CS:GO Console

How to increase FPS in CS:GO

There are three ways to increase the frames per second. The first and easiest is to lower the game resolution. Switching down from 1920×1080 to 1280×720 can not only bring a couple of frames per second, but turn the matches from an unstable freeze show into a quite enjoyable pastime.

If you want to increase FPS without resorting to this drastic method, you might want to play around with the video settings. First and foremost, you should pay attention to: quality of shadows, quality of effects, and quality of shaders. These settings can be set to the very minimum. In addition, it makes sense to disable MSAA. This feature really devours a lot of FPS yet barely improves the quality of the picture.

Finally, we can proceed with fine tuning of the image using console commands:  

  1. r_drawparticles 0, func_break_max_pieces 0 — removes various small objects from screen;
  2. The use of muzzleflash_light 0, r_drawtracers_firstperson 0, r_dynamic 0, mat_disable_bloom 1 significantly curtails the range of visual effects.

The number of frames per second greatly affects the gameplay. The higher the FPS and the more stable its average value is, the smoother the gameplay. Even if you don’t intend to be a competitive player, take some time and tune up the game. Play with comfort. 

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