How to check fps on your pc

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UpdatedOct 19, 2022, 11:05 am EST| 4 min read

Steam và GeForce Experience both have overlays that can display your FPS for you. Many games also have a setting you can enable khổng lồ display a FPS counter, too.

FPS isn’t just for bragging rights. If it’s too low, your chơi game suffers. If it’s consistently high, you might be able to bump up your settings for a more visually pleasing experience. Here are several ways you can kiểm tra your PC game’s FPS.

It’s easier than ever to display a PC game’s FPS. Steam now offers a built-in FPS display, as does NVIDIA via its GeForce Experience software. The game đoạn clip recorder FRAPS is also still around lớn help you display FPS in games if you’re not using Steam or NVIDIA. There are even tools that will let you monitor FPS in UWP games on Windows 10. Và once you know what kind of FPS you’re getting in a games, you can get to work on improving your gaming performance.

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Steam’s In-Game Overlay

Valve recently added an FPS counter to Steam’s in-game overlay. In Steam (while no games are running), just head lớn Steam > Settings > In-Game và then pick a position for the FPS display from the “In-game FPS counter” dropdown.

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Look at the corner of the screen you chose while playing a game & you’ll see the FPS counter. It always appears on top of the trò chơi itself, but it’s fairly small và unobtrusive.


You may be able to get this feature working for non-Steam games, too. địa chỉ cửa hàng a trò chơi to your Steam library by opening the “Games” menu và choosing “Add a non-Steam trò chơi to my library.” Launch the trò chơi through Steam & the overlay may work with it, depending on the game.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience

If you have recent NVIDIA graphics hardware that supports ShadowPlay, you can also enable an in-game FPS counter via NVIDIA GeForce Experience. In the app, click the “Settings” button.


In the “Share” section, make sure sharing it enabled & then click the “Settings” button there.


In the Settings overlay, click the “Overlays” button.


In the “Overlays” window, select the “FPS Counter” tab & then click one of the four quadrants khổng lồ pick where you want your FPS counter.


If you use GeForce Experience, you can also use NVIDIA’s game profiles khổng lồ automatically choose the NVIDIA-recommended settings for different games khổng lồ run best on your graphics card.

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NVIDIA sees this as a way lớn optimize games & make them look better without having you tweak and test a game’s graphics options the old-fashioned way.

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Use the Game’s Built-in Options

Many games have built-in FPS counters you can enable. Depending on the game you’re playing, this option may sometimes be hard lớn find. It might be easiest khổng lồ just perform a web search for the name of the game and “show FPS” lớn find out if a game has a built-in FPS option và how lớn enable it. You could also try exploring the game’s options yourself. Depending on the game, you may be able to enable FPS in a variety of ways:

Video or Graphics Options. There may be a “Show FPS” option on the game’s đoạn phim or graphics settings screen. This option may be hidden behind an “Advanced” submenu.Keyboard Shortcut. Some games may have this option hidden away behind a keyboard shortcut. For example, in Minecraft, you can tap F3 to mở cửa the debug screen. This screen shows your FPS and other details.Console Commands. Many games have built-in consoles where you can type commands. In some cases, you may have to lớn use a special startup option khổng lồ enable the console before it becomes available. For example, if you’re playing DOTA 2, you can pull up the developer console (you’ll have lớn enable it first), and run the cl_showfps 1 command to activate an on-screen FPS counter.Startup Options. Some games may require a special startup option you need to lớn activate while launching the game. You can vị this by modifying the game’s desktop or Start menu shortcut. In a launcher like Steam or Origin, you can also go into a game’s properties and change its options from there. In Steam, right-click a game, select Properties, click mix launch options under the General tab, and enter the options the game requires.Configuration Files. Some games may require you enable a hidden option buried in some sort of configuration file. Even if a game doesn’t require this, you may be able to lớn beneift from this. For example, DOTA 2 players who always want khổng lồ see their FPS could modify the game’s autoexec.cfg tệp tin to automatically run the cl_showfps 1 command each time the trò chơi starts.



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Until this feature was implemented in software like Steam và GeForce Experience, PC gamers often used FRAPS to display to display an in-game FPS counter. FRAPS is primarily a game-video-recording app, but you don’t have to lớn record your games lớn use its FPS counter.

If you don’t use Steam or NIVIDIA’s GeForce Experience—and your game doesn’t have a built-in FPS counter option—you can give FRAPS a try. Install it, launch it, và click the FPS tab lớn access the overlay settings. The FPS counter is enabled by default and pressing F12 will bring it up in the upper left corner of your screen. Use the settings on the right side of the “FPS” tab lớn change the hotkey, specify a different screen corner, or hide the overlay.


Once you’ve made your settings, you should leave FRAPS running, but you can minimize it to your system tray. You can then press F12—or whatever hotkey you set up—to show and hide the FPS counter

Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about giải pháp công nghệ for over a decade & was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The thành phố new york Times and Reader"s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets lượt thích the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read more than one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »

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