How to Increase FPS for Your Better Gaming Experience [Top 6 Tips]
If you’re bothered by the dropping FPS while playing your favorite game and feeling an urge to get more out of your computer system, you’re not alone.
Check out the following 6 steps below and you can make all the difference…
Try these steps
All the tips work in Windows 10. You may not have to try them all; just work from top down the list until you see a significant FPS boost:
- Defrag your main hard drive
- Change the power option and adjust for best performance
- Update your graphics driver
- Lower your screen resolution
- Do a disk clean-up
- Close other apps and disable startup items
As we constantly add and remove files on our hard drives, small packets of information can end up in random places. This may result in our computer having to check multiple places for those pieces, hence the longer file opening/loading time, boot-up time etc. So we might have to defrag our hard drive to solve this and give our computer performance a boost. Here’s how:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time, then click This PC.
- Right-click on Local Disk and click Properties.
- Click the Tools tab > Optimize.
- Click Optimize.
By default, the power plan on our computer is often configured to Balanced or Power saver to conserve battery, which largely compromises the operating capacity of your graphics card and CPU. Also the system performance on our computer may also be undermined for the advanced graphics features.
So to tweak the settings:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste powercfg.cpl into the box and press Enter.
- Choose the High performance option.
- In the top-right corner of the window, type advanced and click View advanced system settings.
- In Advanced, click Settings.
- Click Adjust for best performance > Apply > OK.
Updating our graphics driver is also an important step in getting the best performance out of our graphics card (sometimes by a whopping 30%!). There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically:
Update your drivers manually – You can update your device drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the most recent correct driver for the exact device. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions.
Update your drivers automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers 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.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- You can upgrade to the Pro version and 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.
You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Another method you can try is to lower your screen resolution. Here’s how:
- Right-click on the empty area of your desktop and click Display settings.
- In Resolution, click the drop-down menu to reduce resolution (to 800 x 600 for example).
Disk Clean-up is a built-in tool in Windows that helps us delete unimportant and junk files. To run Disk Clean-up:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Then copy & paste c:\windows\SYSTEM32\cleanmgr.exe /cDrive into the box and click OK.
- Choose the drive you want to free up storage and click OK.
- Technically, you can tick all the boxes. You might also need to check out Recycle Bin and see if there’s anything to be restored first. Then click OK.
- Make sure the ticked files are the ones you no longer want and click Delete Files to confirm.
Some apps (regardless running in the background or not) can be quite resource-hungry and eat up a lot of our CPU usage, causing FPS to jump. Same with the startup items. So we might need to close these apps while we’re not using them and disable those startup programs:
- On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager.
- Right-click on the programs you don’t need to run at the moment (including those background apps) and click End task.
- Click the Startup tab, right-click on the items that start themselves during a computer boot and click Disable.
There you go – top 6 steps to increase your FPS for your better gaming experience. Hope this helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂