How to Increase FPS Without Overclocking

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Better-looking games and video result from an increase in frames per second on your computer. Unfortunately, this frame rate is limited by a number of factors, including your CPU power and video card. Instead of placing your CPU or GPU at risk of breaking by overclocking, you can increase FPS by eliminating excess programs, turning off features or lowering the resolution. Some programs even have a max FPS setting that you can change.

Fewer Pixels Means Faster Video

  • Lowering the computer resolution always increases the FPS. In videos, this means shrinking the window or re-sampling the video file at a lower rate. In a computer game, you’ll have to find the settings and change them to a lower screen resolution. With fewer pixels to render, the graphics card does less processing to move from one image to the next. The downside to this method is that the graphics become less detailed.

One Program at a Time

  • Modern operating systems are built for multitasking -- browsing the web while letting your email client run, for example. This is hardly a problem for programs with low processing needs, but it becomes an issue with graphics-intensive programs, such as video players or 3D games. When you are running these graphics-rich programs, ensure that other programs are closed. This allows the CPU to focus solely on rendering as many frames as possible.

Turn Off Features

  • Video games are notorious for allowing many different graphical elements, depending on your hardware. Shadows, extra blood spatters or smoother edges result from performing more processing with each frame. The downside to this is that fewer frames are processed in the same amount of time. Though many modern games automatically scale features to match your available hardware, you can gain a higher FPS rating by turning off these optional features.

Self-Imposed Limits

  • Some programs and games actually limit the FPS within their settings. If performing other FPS-increasing tips does not work, check with the software manual to see if there’s an FPS setting. A myth persists that the human eye cannot discern more than approximately 25 FPS. Many programmers then set a default framerate of 30 FPS to be the functional max, allowing the additional processing power to go towards other functions, such as physics calculations. Changing this will improve the image and enable your other FPS-increasing efforts to take effect.

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