Simple Methods to check FPS Counter of a PC Game Anytime

FPS stands for the Frames per second. The FPS rate shows the number of images which can be processed by your video/graphic card per second. This term is mainly famous among the gamers because they keep on adjusting it from time to time as per their comforts.

A gaming geek or a graphics expert can give you a fair estimate about FPS supported by your video card. Although it carries no routinely significance, the actual number, however, bears considerable importance sometimes.
You can easily adjust this FPS rate from the FPS counter but finding this FPS counter is way too hard to deal with.

But now, it has become easier to determine FPS of a running game anytime using a number of ways most of which we are going to discuss here in the next few minutes. So let us have a look on most of those easy yet worthy to discuss ways to do the needful:

Easier to determine FPS Counter of a PC Game

1. Fraps helping you out

Many games do not have an inbuilt FPS counter and this is where Fraps shows its usefulness. Fraps is an effective video recording tool that uses DirectX and OpengGL graphic technology to display an FPS counter and thereby to show the current FPS of a running game. After launching it, you can see the current FPS rate anytime which keeps on running at the corner of the screen. You can simply choose the overlay corners for FPS counter to keep running from the FPS tab settings. Also, the F12 button can also be used to toggle on or off the FPS overlay/ FPS counter.

It is also beneficial for activities like recording a specific session of the game or to take screenshots anytime which automatically gets saved and can be viewed anytime visiting the general Fraps menu.

2. Through NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience

The modern NVIDIA graphic cards are coming with an all new ShadowPlay technology. This supports recording whatever that has been going through your computer screens. These ShadowPlay equipped modern NVIDIA graphic cards enable FPS counter display through the GeForce Experience application. NVIDIA has been using this experience to optimize games to something more realistic and improves the overall flexibility of the game’s graphic settings. To activate the FPS counter, select the ShadowPlay option from the Preferences tab after successfully launching it.

You can adjust the location also where you want the FPS counter to keep running. Moreover, this GeForce experience automatically recommends the NVIDIA’s trusted setting to other games so that the user can have the same and the best experience in everything.

3. Using Steam

In Steam, an in-game FPS counter option is provided using which you can simply obtain the FPS value. The benefit with the Valve’s gaming client is that if you are installing and playing games that you’ve downloaded from here, you don’t need any special application/ software to see the current FPS rate of a running game.

Activate it from the Settings menu after choosing the In-Game option. It will ask you about the location on the screen where you want to keep it running. All you have to do is to choose any of these locations for your counter and it’ll keep running there. If anyhow you are unable to see the counter, adjust the contrast or the colors from the counter itself.

You can obtain an FPS counter facility in non-steam games as well. Add the non-steam game to your steam library by choosing Add a non-steam game to my library option which you’ll get in the Games section. By doing so, if you’ll start any of these added games, the overlay will automatically run along with it and thus you can use your FPS counter to view the current FPS rate of that game.

4. The facility in RadeonPro

AMD Radeon like NVIDIA also gives the facility to show FPS counter for a supported game. Just like we have GeForce application in NVIDIA, RadeonPro was also designed and launched to sustain the facility and opportunities for the Radeon users. Go to the settings menu, click on the tab called FPS and then specify the location where you want the FPS counter to keep running on the screen.

5. More ways to enable FPS Counter

A lot of games have inbuilt FPS counter facility but finding these settings is hard to find especially for the impatient gamers. While you can simply search this with the game’s name followed by How to enable FPS, here we have discussed a number of ways to simplify this task for you. These are:

The Show FPS option in some games lies in the Advanced Settings menu of the graphic card. You can enable FPS counter from here.

  • You can also enable it by typing certain commands in the games having an in-built console. cl_showfps 1 is the command that you can run in developer console of DOTA 2 devices to obtain an on-screen FPS Counter.
  • Some changes done to the configuration file of the games can activate an FPS counter as well.
  • Some games come with a facility to enable FPS using a keyboard shortcut. You need to press a specified key of your keyboard and a debug screen having the Show FPS option would display on your computer screens. You can simply choose it from there.
  • Activating a game’s startup while launching it can also switch on this facility. Just go the Game’s shortcut> Properties>General>Set Launch Options and adjust the settings as per your requirements.

Please note that these settings (discussed above in bullets) are for those games only which have an inbuilt FPS counter facility.

For non-inbuilt games, the first 4 ways can be really helpful to you. Hope this article helped you in gaining what you were looking for. If you have more related queries, comment down in the section below.
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