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How to fix Valorant FPS frame drops after 1.01 patch

Published: 15/Jun/2020 13:59

by Jacob Hale


Valorant is Riot Games’ brand new first-person shooter that has already become one of the most popular games in the world, but the 1.01 patch has seen some players struggling with frequent frame drops.

Even for those using high-end PCs and powerful builds, many players have reported FPS frame drops after the update, with no explanation as to why.

If you’ve been struggling with this issue and want to get back to peak frames in Valorant, you’ve come to the right place.

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The 1.01 Valorant patch saw a Sage nerf and Spike Rush changes, among other things.

Valorant was released on June 2 with huge expectations and, while many players occupy the servers everyday, it still appears to be suffering from similar to issues to what many other games do, especially considering it’s only just launched.

If you’re suffering from FPS frame drops, there’s fortunately just a few small steps to follow to return the game back to normal.

The following solution was discovered by mackfan, who posted to the Valorant subreddit a simple list to gather their findings.

To check or fix the issue, here’s what they suggest to do:

  1. Launch Valorant, and minimize the game
  2. Open your Task Manager (by right clicking the Windows Task Bar and clicking “Task Manager”)
  3. Click “More details”, and select the “Processes” tab
  4. Right click Valorant, and select “Go to details”
  5. Right click “VALORANT-WIN64-Shipping.exe”, and select “Set Affinity”
  6. A window will pop up showing which CPU threads are currently enabled for Valorant. If they’re all checked, this fix probably doesn’t apply to you. If there’s only a couple checked off and everything else is unchecked? Check the box “<All Processors>” and click OK
  7. Repeat steps #5 and #6, but on “VALORANT.exe”
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Complaints regarding stutters and frame drops started as soon as the update went live, the week following launch.

Many of the responses to mackfan’s thread suggested that it had instantly fixed their problem, with mackfan himself saying he discovered it after realizing Valorant was using only one of his four CPU cores.

Hopefully, this should help you too if you’re struggling with frame drops in Valorant, though with any luck Riot will find out why this is happening and implement a patch to stop the issue from recurring.


Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards


The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

Valorant's Sage artwork
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Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.