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…

6 tips to increase FPS

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:

  1. Defrag your main hard drive
  2. Change the power option and adjust for best performance
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Lower your screen resolution
  5. Do a disk clean-up
  6. Close other apps and disable startup items

Tip 1: Defrag your main hard drive

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: 

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time, then click This PC.
  2. Right-click on Local Disk and click Properties.
  3. Click the Tools tab > Optimize.
  4. Click Optimize.
  5. Once the process finishes, please restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
  6. Check to if the low FPS issue has been resolved. If yes, then great! If the issue remains, please try Tip 2, below.

Tip 2: Change the power option and adjust for best performance

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.

Here is how to change the settings:

  1. 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.
  2. Choose the High performance option.
  3. In the top-right corner of the window, type advanced and click View advanced system settings
  4.  In Advanced, click Settings.
  5. Click Adjust for best performance > Apply > OK.

Tip 3: Update your graphics driver

The low FPS problem may occur if you have the wrong or outdated graphics driver. So you should update your drivers to see if it increases the FPS. 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

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. 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.

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):

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 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 can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

4) Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Tip 4: Lower your screen resolution

Another method you can try is to lower your screen resolution. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on the empty area of your desktop and click Display settings.
  2. In Resolution, click the drop-down menu to reduce resolution (to 800 x 600 for example).

Tip 5: Do a disk clean-up

Disk Clean-up is a built-in tool in Windows that helps us delete unimportant and junk files. To run Disk Clean-up:

  1. 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.
  2. Choose the drive you want to free up storage and click OK.
  3. 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.
  4.  Make sure the ticked files are the ones you no longer want and click Delete Files to confirm.

Tip 6: Close other apps and disable startup items

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:

  1. On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager.
  2. Right-click on the programs you don’t need to run at the moment (including those background apps) and click End task.
  3. Click the Startup tab, right-click on the items that start themselves during a computer boot and click Disable.

There you go – 6 useful tips to help you increase your FPS for your better gaming experience. Hope this helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂

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