Valorant’s been out for a while now, and yet many players are still complaining about the FPS drops issue. So if you happen to be one of them, here’re some working tips you can try.

Before you start

Before you dig into any advanced solutions below, the first thing you should do, is to make sure your PC specs meet the minimum game requirements. Though Valorant is not graphically demanding, having a powerful setup always gives you a leg up.

Minimum requirements for Valorant (30 FPS):

Operating System:Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit
Processor:Intel Core 2 DUO E8400
Memory:4 GB RAM
Graphics Card:Intel HD 4000
Operating System:Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit
Processor:Intel Core i3-4150
Memory:4 GB RAM
Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce GT 730

If you’re sure that your rig is more than capable for Valorant, please continue to the advanced fixes below.

Try these fixes:

You might not need to try them all. Simply work you way down until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Install all Windows updates
  2. Change your PC power plan
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Close all background programs
  5. Stop using skins with effects
  6. Lower in-game graphics settings

Fix 1: Install all Windows updates

Every once in a while, Windows releases some system updates that will fix bugs and address software conflicts. Sometimes the updates even come with a performance boost, which could very well solve your FPS issue.

And here’s how to update on Windows 10, 8 or 7:

Windows 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I (the i key) at the same time to open the Windows Settings app. Then click Update & Security.
  2. Click Check for updates. It might take some time (up to an hour) for Windows to check and install available updates.
  3. After installing system updates, restart your computer.
To make sure you’ve installed all the system updates, repeat these steps until it prompts “You’re up to date” when you click Check for updates again.

Windows 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I (the i key) at the same time. Then from the right menu, click Change PC settings.
  2. From the left menu, select Windows Update. Click Check for updates now.

Windows 7

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Type or paste control wuaucpl.cpl, then click OK.
  2. Click Check for updates. Then wait for the process to complete.

Once you’ve installed all system updates, join a game in Valorant and test the gameplay.

If the FPS drops issue persists after installing all system updates, you can check out the next fix below.

Fix 2: Change your PC power plan

Windows provides a power plan feature that allows you to manage power consumption. That too means you can make the most out of your PC by changing the power plan. It will, to some extends, offer a boost to your game.

So here’s how:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run box. Type or paste control powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Select the High performance power plan. (If you don’t see High performance, click to expand additional plans.)

Now you can test the gameplay in Valorant and see if there’s any improvements.

If this method doesn’t give you any luck, simply take a look at the next one.

Fix 3: Update your graphics driver

FPS issues are also, graphics issues. If you don’t remember when was the last time you updated your graphics driver, definitely do it now as it might save your day. GPU manufacturers update their drivers on a regular basis, so as to ensure players a best gaming experience.

There’re basically 2 ways you can update your graphics driver: manually or automatically.

Option 1: Update your graphics driver manually

To manually update your graphics driver, first visit the website of your graphics card manufacturer:

Then search for your graphics card model. Make sure to download the latest and correct driver installer. Remember to restart your computer after updating your driver using the wizard.

Updating drivers manually takes time and computer skills. If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and installs any driver updates your computer needs.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy, then click Scan Now. 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. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating your graphics driver, restart your computer and check the FPS in Valorant.

If this fix doesn’t work for you, please continue to the next one.

Fix 4: Close all background programs

One of the common causes of the FPS drop issue is that you have some background programs eating up your resources. So before you start Valorant, first make sure you’re not running large programs like Chrome, Discord or Skype.

Fix 5: Stop using skins with effects

It must be cool to have a skin of yourself. A gorgeous skin definitely makes you stand out in every combat. While skins in Valorant surely spice up the game, they might also be the culprit of your FPS issue. Skins with special effects no doubt put more load on your graphics card. So if you’re using any fancy skins, try disabling them and see how things go.

Fix 6: Lower in-game graphics settings

According to some players, a wrong graphics setting might trigger the constant FPS drop. This could also happen due to a faulty game patch. If that’s the case, you can try to firstly lower your in-game graphics, then tweak the settings one by one to determine the best value.

You can lower your graphics settings according to this screenshot:

Once you’ve changed the graphics settings in Valorant, join a game and see if the FPS issue disappears. If so, you can adjust the settings until you find a config that works the best for you.


So these are the fixes for your Valorant FPS drops issue. If you have any questions or suggestions, simply leave a message and we’ll get back to you.

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