How to Fix FPS Drops in Valorant

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How to Fix FPS Drops in Valorant

Abhimannu Das
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If you are facing FPS drops in Valorant, you should re-check your system specifications to ensure you meet the requirements.
You should also optimize your graphics settings to ensure you get consistent frames on any map.
It is recommended to disable recording software and other background apps if you face too many FPS drops.

Valorant is a fairly lightweight game and anyone can play the game on low settings even on entry-level hardware. The game runs perfectly fine at 60 fps (frames per second) even on older hardware but if you want consistently high frames, it can be tricky to optimize your settings. Having the wrong settings enabled can affect your framerates and you should review all of your graphics and performance settings if you face FPS drops.

Fixing FPS drops in Valorant

One of the biggest reasons behind low FPS even if you have good hardware is thermal throttling. You can use an app like Hardware Monitor (HWMonitor) to check if your CPU and GPU temperatures are normal. Another reason behind poor performance could be background apps eating up unnecessary resources. AMD’s Instant Replay feature for example is notorious for causing FPS drops in Valorant and using an alternative software like Xbox Game Bar can help.

Here are all of the recommended specifications for various resolutions which can help you check if you have the necessary hardware to run Valorant smoothly.

Valorant System Requirements: 720p/768p

  • CPU: Intel i3-370M

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

  • VIDEO CARD: Intel HD 3000

  • PIXEL SHADER: 3.0

  • VERTEX SHADER: 3.0

Valorant System Requirements: 1080p

  • CPU: Core i5-4460

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

  • VIDEO CARD: GTX 1050 Ti

  • PIXEL SHADER: 5.1

  • VERTEX SHADER: 5.1

  • DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB

Valorant System Requirements: 4K @ 60 FPS

  • CPU: Core i5-4460

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

  • VIDEO CARD: GTX 1650 Super

  • PIXEL SHADER: 5.1

  • VERTEX SHADER: 5.1

  • DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB

Valorant System Requirements: 4K @ 144 FPS

  • CPU: Core i5-4460

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

  • VIDEO CARD: RTX 2070

  • PIXEL SHADER: 5.1

  • VERTEX SHADER: 5.1

  • DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB

If you meet the Valorant recommended settings, you can squeeze out even more performance if you tweak a few settings for your system. These are the recommended settings for all system configurations. Use MSAA at 4x and Anisotropic Filtering at 8x if you have an RTX 2060 or better or stick to MSAA at 2x and Anisotropic Filtering at 4x if you have a weaker graphics card.

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen

  • Resolution: Select your Native resolution.

  • Frame Rate Limit: Unlimited

  • Material Quality: High/Medium

  • Texture Quality: High/Medium

  • Detail Quality: High

  • UI Quality: Low

  • Vignette: Off

  • VSync: Off

  • Anti-Aliasing: MSAA 4x/2x

  • Anisotropic Filtering: 8x/4x

  • Improve Clarity: Off

  • Bloom: Off

  • Distortion: Off

  • First Person Shadows: Off

The above settings should offer you solid framerates and reduce any FPS drops in Valorant.


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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.


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