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

Published: 1/Dec/2021 2:00

by Bill Cooney

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In Apex Legends, just like any other competitive first-person shooter, your frames per second (FPS) are crucial and can decide your fate in a match. Here’s how you can get higher FPS on Apex Legends and avoid the 144 FPS cap on PC.

Some Apex players may notice FPS capped at 144, while your PC should be capable of pushing way more out. You can take care of this on both Steam and Origin.

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.

This is obviously still exclusive to PC players. Console players are limited to 60 FPS, and shouldn’t have to really tweak any settings to stay at this upper limit as much as possible.

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Get uncapped FPS on 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
Apex Legends Origins propertiesOrigin and Steam allow you to enter a command line to change FPS.

Apex graphic settings to increase 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 Power Point presentation on some older PCs.

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.

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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.

Screenshot via ImSpeedyGonzalesSome settings impact FPS more than others, like Ambient Occlusion Quality.
Screenshot 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. According to testing by PCGAMER, turning Ambient Occlusion Quality to disabled had the biggest individual impact on frame rates and overall performance.

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, you will need to start out in the Settings menu. Click In-Game, then find the ingame FPS counter. Toggle it from ‘Off’ to ‘On’ and choose which corner you want to display FPS in.

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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.

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

  • 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