How to get higher FPS on Apex Legends and avoid 144 FPS cap on PC

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In any competitive first-person shooter, Frames per second (FPS) are crucial and this is of course true for Apex Legends. Being able to maintain max FPS and avoid the 144 cap on PC can greatly impact your experience in the game. Here’s everything you need to know about how to maintain max FPS in Apex Legends.

If you’re playing Apex Legends on PC, you may notice FPS is capped at 144, despite most PCs being capable of pushing way more out. Many modern mid-to-high-end GPUs are capable of running the game with much higher than 144 FPS, even with moderate to high settings.

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Console players are still limited to 60 FPS, and shouldn’t have adjusted any settings to stay at the upper limit as much as possible.

Thankfully, the PC FPS issue can be taken care of on both Steam and Origin. Here’s everything you need to know about how to avoid the 144 FPS cap on PC.


 Avoid the FPS cap in Apex Legends without enabling V-Sync

To make sure you have no FPS cap in Apex Legends, you need to add a command line to Apex Legends’ launch options in Steam and Origin.

  1. Close Apex Legends (you can’t change launch options if the game is running).
  2. Open Origin or Steam.
  3. Go to your Game Library and right-click on Apex Legends
  4. Click the ‘Game Properties’ option on Origin.
    • If on Steam, choose ‘Properties’.
  5. Navigate to the Advanced Launch Options (Origin)/General (Steam) tab on your preferred platform.
  6. Under Command line arguments (Origin) or Launch Options (Steam), type: +fps_max unlimited
An image of Apex Legends Origins properties menuOrigin and Steam allow you to enter a command line to change FPS.

Apex graphic settings to maintain max FPS

If you don’t play with a great graphics card but still want to be able to stay competitive, you’re not out of luck, either. Apex is a great-looking game, but it can run like a PowerPoint presentation on some older PCs.

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The answer to this is simple: Turn every graphics setting you can to the lowest possible option. This will give you higher FPS (and is definitely advisable with lower-end or older GPUs). There is, of course, a trade-off in quality.

Your weapon and legend skins won’t look anywhere as crisp, but you’ll be able to efficiently target enemies and actually contribute instead of floundering while your PC struggles to keep up.

A Screenshot of the Graphics settings in Apex Legends via ImSpeedyGonzalesSome settings impact FPS more than others, like Ambient Occlusion Quality.
A Screenshot of the graphics settings in Apex Legends via ImSpeedyGonzalesSetting everything to low/disabled (except V-Sync) is best for frames in Apex Legends.

If you can, some sort of middle ground is probably best, as some settings will affect your FPS more than others.

Ensure Discord is optimized

A lot of PC Apex Legends players use Discord to communicate with their friends whilst in-game. Although the software is great, there’s a way to make sure it’s fully optimized to squeeze out a few more FPS.

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  1. Open Discord.
  2. Navigate to the Settings menu (cog icon in the bottom left).
  3. Click the Overlay tab and ensure ‘Enable in-game overlay’ is unchecked.

The Discord overlay might not seem like much, but it can often affect in-game FPS on low and medium-spec PCs. Users can also turn off Hardware Acceleration, located at the bottom of the “Appearance” tab. This stops Discord from using your graphics card to accelerate the speed of the software and will net you a few more FPS in-game.

If you want to turn on your Apex Legends FPS counter in-game, here’s how to do it:

  1. Start out in the Settings menu.
  2. Click In-Game, then find the in-game FPS counter.
  3. Toggle it from ‘Off’ to ‘On
  4. Choose which corner you want to display FPS in.

Upgrade your PC

Unfortunately for some players, the main issue holding back their FPS performance in Apex Legends is their gaming rig. Unlike a gaming console that comes ready to play your favorite games, your PC needs to have the necessary components.

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According to Respawn Entertainment, these are the PC requirements you’ll need to run Apex Legends effectively. If you don’t quite meet these requirements, then you may be experiencing frame drops and other performance issues.

Minimum System Requirements for higher FPS in Apex Legends

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7730
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: Minimum 22 GB of free space

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel i5 3570K or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
  • GPU RAM: 8GB
  • HARD DRIVE: Minimum 22 GB of free space

That’s everything you need to know about how to maintain max FPS in Apex Legends. For more Apex tips and tricks, make sure to check out our guides below:

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