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Measure FPS games: all the most practical ways

diciembre 30, 2019

Know the FPS (acronym for Frames Per Second, translatable into our language in Frames Per Second) which runs an important title for PC gamers and in general for all gamers. The FPS in fact indicate if a game is running properly and if you will have a worthy experience on your own hardware configuration.

As the most accustomed to the game on PC will know widely, unlike the consoles, most of the titles on the computer allow you to change the graphics settings and then get busy with resolutions and filters in order to maximize the graphic impact with the own configuration.

Obviously, in this case the player must find the right one balance between graphic quality and performance. Precisely in this process FPS are a fundamental metric. As based on the title, we can opt to change the settings to try to reach 30 stable FPS, 60 stable FPS or even 144 FPS.

In this article we will not deal with optimization but only the most practical ways to have a screen FPS meter during our game sessions.

The option to measure FPS in games

Many titles, aware of the importance of this metric, allow you to enable the FPS counter from the game menu. An Overwatch example where just go to Options and then enable the appropriate menu item.

fps measurementFPS shown at the top right on Overwatch

Other titles like Minecraft allow you to see the FPS in debug mode, to enter debug mode on the title just press the F3 key.

Even more games have the console that allows you to issue commands via the keyboard and a command is usually available to view the FPS.

Finally, a large number of titles show the metric only if they are launched with a specific parameter.

The advice we give you: if you need FPS on a single title, do a Google search with the keyword "NAME OF THE GAME + FPS counter" (without quotes).

Programs to measure FPS on all games

Not all titles, as we said, have the appropriate option to view FPS, for this reason other solutions have been created. Here are the best software solutions:

NVIDIA drivers

NVIDIA knows that its video cards are mainly intended for gamers, so it has included in the software combined with its driver ShadowPlay, the function to show card and PC performance statistics while playing.

FPS counter Nvidia

Enable the convenient simple counter:

  1. go to "Settings"
  2. then go to the "Game Overlays ", and inside this again on "Settings"
  3. press on “HUD layout"And then on the voice "FPS counter" to enable it (in the same screen you can also choose the position on the screen

AMD drivers

AMD is well aware that most of its mid-range and high-end GPUs are purchased by gamers, so you too have integrated a convenient FPS counter into your drivers.

AMD FPS counter

To enable it:

  1. open the driver client
  2. click on Games
  3. then press on “Global settings”
  4. in the "Performance monitoring", Lower the sampling interval, and click on the switch next to"FPS"(So that it's enabled)

At this point to make the performance counter you will have to start monitoring via the key combination Ctrl + Shift + L and then display the information overlay by the combination Ctrl + Shift + O. The key combinations are customizable.

Steam

Just Steam the well-known video game store, has integrated in its client a convenient counter that overlaps during the game sessions. Obviously it only works with games downloaded through the famous digital store.

steam overlay to measure fps

To enable it, just:

  1. open the Steam client
  2. go to the "Settings"And then in the sub menu"At stake"
  3. then in the subsection "FPS counter at stake", In the drop-down menu below choose"Qualified"

FRAPS

FRAPS fps counter

If you don't feel like taking advantage of the drivers and prefer a dedicated tool FRAPS it could be for you. It is a small app, usually used to make screen recordings (and therefore also gameplay of games). You can download FRAPS for free directly from its website.

Once downloaded (it weighs only 2.4 MB) and installed (just double click on the executable and follow the procedure) to view the FPS count, you must:

  1. start the program
  2. go to the "FPS"
  3. on the left of the interface put the check next to "FPS"
  4. launch the title of your interest and then press the "F12"To start the overlay

Our discussion on FPS counters (or FPS meters, frame rate) ended. We hope to have shown you the best solutions!

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