Fortnite FPS drops [SOLVED]

By Justin Zeng  Program Issues  Fortnite   0 Comment

Fornite FPS drops on your PC? Don’t worry… Although it’s incredibly frustrating, you’re definitely not the only one to experience this issue. Thousands of Fornite players have recently reported the very same issue. More importantly, you should be able to fix it pretty easily…

Fixes to try

Here’s a list of fixes that have resolved this problem for other Fortnite players. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

  1. Check If your PC meets the minimum system requirements for Fortnite
  2. Check your Internet connection speed
  3. Install the latest Fortnite patch
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Lower in-game settings
  6. Modify your graphics card settings
  7. Set Fortnite to High priority
  8. Restrict applications and downloads in the background
  9. Change the power plan of your PC and adjust your Windows system for the best performance

Fix 1: Check If your PC meets the minimum system requirements for Fortnite

Fortnite FPS may drop if your PC fails to meet the minimum hardware requirements of the game. Check if your PC meets its minimum hardware requirements first:

  • The minimum system requirements for Fornite:
Operating System: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit or Mac OS X Sierra
Processor: i3 2.4 Ghz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics Card: Intel HD 4000

As we all know, it’s never the ideal way to play Fornite with a PC which just meets its minimum hardware requirements. So we also list the recommended system requirements for Fortnite below.

  • The recommended system requirements for Fortnite:
Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor: i5 2.8 Ghz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
Video Memory: 2 GB VRAM
You may need to upgrade your hardware if your PC fails to meet the minimum system requirements of Fortnite.

Fix 2: Check your Internet connection speed

If your Internet connection speed is too slow, the network latency will also cause Fortnite FPS drop issue. Follow the instructions below to test your Internet connection speed:

  1. Click here to access the official website of SPEEDTEST.
  2. Click GO to begin testing your connection speed.

If the speed test result is much slower than usual, you should turn to your Internet service provider (ISP) for further supports. If the test result is normal, then try the next fix, below.

Fix 3: Install the latest Fortnite patch

The developers of Fortnite release regular game patches to fix bugs. It’s possible that a recent patch has caused this issue, and that a new patch is required to fix it.

If you run Fortnite from the Epic Games Launcher, you can follow the instructions below to check for the latest Fortnite patch:

  1. Run the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Click the gear button in the upper-right corner.Check the box next to Allow Auto-Updates, then click the down-pointing triangle next to FORTNITE and check the box next to Auto-Update Fortnite.
  3. Restart the Epic Games Launcher.
  4. If a patch is available, it will be detected by the Epic Games Launcher and the latest Fortnite patch will be automatically downloaded and installed on your PC.

If you downloaded Fortnite from the Microsoft Store, every time you run Fortnite, it will automatically check for the latest patch for you.

Run Fortnite again to check if Fortnite FPS drops or not. If this issue persists, or there was no new game patch available, move on to Fix 4, below.

Fix 4: Update your graphics driver

Fortnite FPS may drop if the graphics driver on your PC is missing or outdated, so make sure your graphics driver is up to date. By updating your graphics driver, you can not only keep your graphics card in good condition, but also avoid many unexpected issue while playing games.

There are two ways to update your graphics card driver: manually and automatically.

Manually update your graphics driver – You can update your graphics driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the latest driver for your graphics card. Be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with your exact graphics card model and your version of Windows.

OR

Update your graphics driver automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your graphics driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 
  3. Click Update next to your graphics card to automatically download the correct version of its driver, then you can install it manually. Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).
    You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
    If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 5: Lower in-game settings

If your PC fails to meet the recommended system requirements for Fortnite, you may need to reduce in-game graphics to ensure that Fortnite runs smoothly. Here is how to do it:

  1. In Fortnite, click the menu button in the upper-right corner, then select the gear icon to open the game settings.

  2. Modify the video settings of the game following the screenshot below to gain the maximum performance. Then click Apply to save the changes.

Run Fortnite again to see if Fortnite FPS drops or not. If this issue reappears, try the next fix, below.

Fix 6: Modify your graphics card settings

Modifying your graphics card settings is another essential step in resolving Fortnite FPS drop issue. Just follow the steps below to modify your graphics card settings:

If you’re using NVIDIA graphics card:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Then type control and press Enter to open Control Panel.

  2. View Control Panel by Large icons
  3. Select NVIDIA Control Panel to open it.
  4. Click 3D Settings and select Adjust image settings with preview. Then select Use my preference emphasizing and drag the slider to the left.

If you’re using AMD graphics card:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Then type control and press Enter to open Control Panel.

  2. View Control Panel by Large icons
  3. Select your AMD Radeon Settings to open it.
  4. Go to Gaming > Global Settings. Then modify the settings the same way you see on the screenshot below.

If you’re using Intel graphics card:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Then type control and press Enter to open Control Panel.
  2. View Control Panel by Large icons.
  3. Select Intel Graphics Settings to open it.
  4. Click 3D to open the 3D settings.
  5. Click Scan to add your Fortnite to the application list.

  6. Modify the settings the same way you see on the screenshot below.
  7. Click Apply to save the settings.

Run Fortnite again to see if Fortnite FPS will drop or not. If this issue reappears, don’t worry, try the next fix.

Fix 7: Set Fortnite to High priority

Try setting Fortnite to High priority in Task Manager to see if you can resolve this issue. Follow the instructions below to set Fortnite to the High priority:

  1. Launch Fortnite.
  2. On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager. You will be prompted for permission. Click Yes to open Task Manager.
  3. Navigate to the Detail tab. Right-click the process related to Fortnite (FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exeFortniteClient-Win64-Shipping_EAC.exe and FortniteLauncher.exe) and select High.
  4. Run Fortnite to see if the FPS drop issue reappears. If the issue persists, try the next fix, below.

Fix 8: Restrict applications and downloads in the background

The Fornite FPS drop issue may occur if you’re running some other applications or programs at the same time. So try restricting applications and downloads in the background before playing the game to see if this issue reappears. Here is how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager. You will be prompted for permission. Click Yes to open Task Manager.
  2. Select other applications and programs that take up a large amount of CPU, memory and network and then click End task to close it.

Run Fortnite again to see if the FPS drop issue persists. If this issue reappears, you can try the next fix to adjust your Windows system to the best performance.

Fix 9: Change the power plan of your PC and adjust your Windows system for the best performance

Fortnite FPS drop issue is also probably caused by the power plan of your PC. Most PC are configured to Balanced, which limits the operating capacity of your graphics card and CPU. So, Fornite FPS drop issue may occur. Follow the instructions below to change the power plan of your PC and adjust your Windows system for the best performance:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.

  2. In the pop-up window, expand Hide additional plans and select High performance.
  3. Type advanced in the search box in the upper-right corner and then click View advanced system settings.
  4. In the pop-up window, click Settings… in the Performance section.
  5. Select Adjust for best performance and click OK.

Run Fortnite to see if the FPS drop issue persists. If not, you’ve fixed this issue.

Hopefully one of the fixes above resolved Fortnite FPS drop issue for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave your comment below.

Be the first to like this article