How to check fps on your pc

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UpdatedOct 19, 2022, 11:05 am EDT| 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 to lớn display a FPS counter, too.

FPS isn’t just for bragging rights. If it’s too low, your game play 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 check your PC game’s FPS.

It’s easier than ever to lớn display a PC game’s FPS. Steam now offers a built-in FPS display, as does NVIDIA via its GeForce Experience software. The game video clip recorder FRAPS is also still around khổng lồ 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. & once you know what kind of FPS you’re getting in a games, you can get to lớn work on improving your gaming performance.

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Steam’s In-Game Overlay

Valve recently added an FPS counter lớn Steam’s in-game overlay. In Steam (while no games are running), just head to 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 and you’ll see the FPS counter. It always appears on đứng 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. Showroom a trò chơi to your Steam library by opening the “Games” menu & choosing “Add a non-Steam trò chơi to my library.” Launch the trò chơi through Steam và 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 và then click the “Settings” button there.


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


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


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

Video or Graphics Options. There may be a “Show FPS” option on the game’s clip 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 xuất hiện 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 lớn use a special startup option to lớn 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 khổng lồ enable it first), & run the cl_showfps 1 command khổng lồ activate an on-screen FPS counter.Startup Options. Some games may require a special startup option you need to activate while launching the game. You can bởi vì this by modifying the game’s desktop or Start thực đơn shortcut. In a launcher lượt thích 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 phối launch options under the General tab, và enter the options the trò chơi requires.Configuration Files. Some games may require you enable a hidden option buried in some sort of configuration file. Even if a trò chơi doesn’t require this, you may be able khổng lồ beneift from this. For example, DOTA 2 players who always want to 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 and GeForce Experience, PC gamers often used FRAPS to display khổng lồ display an in-game FPS counter. FRAPS is primarily a game-video-recording app, but you don’t have to lớn record your games to lớn use its FPS counter.

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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, & click the FPS tab to lớn access the overlay settings. The FPS counter is enabled by default & 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 to 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 lớn your system tray. You can then press F12—or whatever hotkey you phối up—to show và hide the FPS counter