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What is Global Invalidation in Valorant?

Abhimannu Das
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Global Invalidation is a new feature in Valorant that promises to boost performance by up to 15%.
The feature is enabled by default and it targets medium and high-end computers for the performance improvements.
The feature works by reducing the number of user interface elements that the game needs to refresh when playing Valorant.

When it comes to modern multiplayer games, Valorant is one of the least hardware-intensive games out there. But despite Riot Games’ optimization, not everyone is able to get a lag-free experience. In one of the recent patch notes, Riot Games talked about Global Invalidation being added to the game and a lot of players were left confused when looking at the developer’s claim of a “15% performance boost” for its players. Here is a breakdown of what Global Invalidation does in Valorant.

How does Global Invalidation work in valorant?

When playing Valorant, there are a number of user interface (UI) elements that need to refresh. Things like your ammo count, ability charge, the scoreboard, and more. The new Global Invalidation feature reduces the number of UI elements that need to be refreshed and Riot Games had promised a performance boost of up to 15%. If you are still getting the same framerate you used to after the 4.03 update, there is no reason to be alarmed.

The new feature is designed to work on mid-range and high-end computers as it is fully optimized for powerful CPUs. If you are playing Valorant on an old laptop or dated hardware, the chances of seeing any significant improvement on your system are slim.

Riot Games revealed in its latest blog post that it is happy with the performance gains offered by the new feature. After launching Global Invalidation with Patch 4.03, Riot closely monitored player reports for bugs. It also kept a close eye on the performance data since the release of the 4.03 update, and the feature has offered improvements to performance in line with the developer’s expectations.

According to Riot Games, optimizing Valorant is “a game of inches, not miles. Incremental changes help generally improve performance over time, and it’s rare to find a single change capable of delivering double-digit gains. This was too juicy of an optimization to leave on the table.”

Best performance settings for Valorant

If you want to optimize your game and get the best performance out of your system, here are the settings you should go for:

  • Resolution: Set to Native i.e. 1920×1080, 2560×1440 (Set it to your monitor’s native resolution)

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen

  • Monitor: Primary

  • Aspect Ratio Method: 4:3 or Default depending on personal reference

  • Limit FPS on Battery: OFF

  • Max FPS on Battery: Above 60 FPS

  • Limited FPS in Menus: On

  • Max FPS in Menu: 30 FPS

  • Max FPS in Background: 30 FPS

  • Limited FPS Always: Off

  • Max FPS Always: 60 FPS

  • Nvidia Relex Low Latency: On

  • Multi-Threaded Rendering: On

  • Material Quality: Low or Medium

  • Texture Quality: Medium or High

  • Detail Quality: Low

  • UI Quality: Medium

  • Vignette: Off

  • VSync: Off

  • Anti-Aliasing: MSAA X2

  • Anisotropic Filtering: 2x – 4x

  • Improve Clarity: On

  • Bloom: Off

  • Distortion: Off

  • Cast Shadows: Off

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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.