Apex Legends is a more unique and enhanced take to the whole Battle Royals fad compared to the likes of Fortnite or PUBG — and that’s a good thing!
Besides some of us really don’t like all the annoying building that is in Fortnite and all we want is just more gun action. 🔫
One of the main issues Apex Legends has had since the game released a few weeks ago has been issues with low FPS.
Even though we have GPUs like the RTX 2070, GTX 1080Ti, Ryzen 5, the game just functions like we’re playing on a freaking toaster.
The simple fact of having low FPS just makes the game more unplayable, that’s the whole reason why you’re reading this in the first place. 😏
In this guide, I have compiled a few tweaks and recommended settings that can possibly increase the FPS.
Personally, I’ve managed to increase my FPS a little more than the 13 that I kept getting.
So go through it, try it and see if it works. Also, comment down below if any one of them significantly manages to work as it can help others too. 🙂
How to Fix Apex Legends Low FPS Issue on PC: 5 Ways
1. Meeting the Minimum/Recommended Requirements for Apex Legends.
First and foremost, it is absolutely crucial that before you do anything else in this guide that you make sure your machine is even capable of running Apex Legends.
Go through the list of requirements below and check if you meet them. It.’s important to meet all of the minimum system requirements as well as have some of the recommended system requirements in place to prevent such Low FPS issues from occurring.
Minimum System Requirements for Apex Legends.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7700|
|OS||Windows 10, 64-bit|
|HDD||30GB available space required|
Recommended System Requirements for Apex Legends.
|CPU||Intel i5 3570K or equivalent|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290|
|OS||Windows 10, 64-bit|
|HDD||30GB available space required|
2. Using the Right Graphics Card.
Common problem users have reported have been that Apex Legends might be using your built-in Intel graphics card and not your dedicated one such as NVIDIA, AMD, EVGA, etc.
So depending on your graphics card, you will need to go the graphics card’s control panel right in your PC and then select Apex Legends as your program.
For instance, here’s how you do it if you’re on an NVIDIA:
- Jump into your PC, right-click anywhere on the screen and then click to go to your NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Once you have your NVIDIA Control Panel opened and ready, click on the Manage 3D Settings from the left-hand sidebar.
- Now under the Manage 3D Settings, click on the Program settings tab. Then make sure under the Select a program to customize that you add your Apex Legends as your program.
Help! I cannot find Apex Legends. What do I do?
If in such case you cannot find it, click on Add and try to find it from there. Also, make sure that you run the game first and then close it down completely before looking for it. It can appear missing if the game is running in the background.
- Great. Next, right under Select the preferred graphics processor for this program: option, make sure that you choose the High-performance NVIDIA processor. Once you’ve selected that, you can then click on Apply to apply the changes.
You can similarly follow the above steps even if you’re using a different one the likes of AMD, EVGA, etc.
This fix should patch up most of the low FPS issues you were having. If it doesn’t, there are a few more ways that you can still try and do.
3. Optimization Tweaks for NVIDIA Users.
If you’re using one of NVIDIA’s GPUs then you can try some of the following optimizations in the NVIDIA Control Panel on your PC to get the most juice out of the system.
Not all of these settings may apply to you.
- Go ahead open up your NVIDIA Control Panel (you can right-click anywhere on your Windows home screen and then choose NVIDIA Control Panel from the list). Then navigate to Manage 3D Settings.
- Here make sure to set the following settings to the following values:
- Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1
- Set Monitor Technology to G-SYNC (if applicable)
- Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode
- SetPower Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance
- Set Texture filtering – Quality to Performance
- Disable Vertical Sync
- Enable Threaded Optimization
- Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest available
- Once you’ve made your optimization tweaks, simple Apply the changes and navigate to Adjust desktop size and position.
- Over here you can check the checkbox next to Override the scaling mode set by games and programs and then hit Apply.
Done. The above tweaks should get the best out of your NVIDIA GPU and fix up your Low FPS issue with Apex Legends.
4. Updating your Drivers.
It’s also important to routinely update your graphics cards.
Outdated drivers can result in loss of performance because it is not updated to the latest drivers which can get the best out of your GPU.
Depending on the make of your GPU (NVIDIA, AMD, etc) you can download the latest drivers by going to their websites and downloading them from there. For convenience I have included the links to the latest drivers for both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards below:
5. Choosing High Performance in your Windows Settings.
- Jump into your Windows 10 and click on the search bar on the bottom. You want to search for ‘Graphics Settings’. Click on the Graphics settings once you find it.
- Next, in your Graphics Settings page, under the Choose an app to set preference there will be a dropdown menu. From the dropdown menu select the Classic app. Then select Apex Legends and click on the Options button.
Help! I don’t see the Apex Legends option. What do I do?
If for some reason you do not see Apex Legends once you’ve chosen Classic app from the dropdown menu list, then simply Browse for the game, select it and then finally click on the Options button.
- Lastly, under the Graphics specifications options, simply choose High performance. You’re good to go.
Try playing Apex Legends once again to see if the low FOS glitch still is present.
6. Tweaking the Windows Power Mode Performance.
At times your PC reduces its performance when the battery is low which can affect your Apex Legends game and cause a drop in FPS.
To fix that simply jump into your Windows PC and click on the Battery icon on the bottom right-hand content of the screen.
Then just drag the slider from Best Battery Life to the Best Performance (right).
This little tweak is a super simple one that most would often forget. This fix should ensure that your machine runs at peak performance
7. Adjusting In-Game Settings to Increase FPS.
There are a few tweaks that you can do to optimize your Apex Legends right in the game’s menu itself.
Do note that these are some of the recommended settings but you can tweak them to your liking a bit.
- Go ahead launch up your Apex Legends and then open up the settings page by clicking the gear icon that is located to the bottom right-hand corner.
- Next click on the Video tab.
- Now you can set the following settings to get the best out of your game:
- Set Display Mode to Full Screen.
- Set Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
- Set V-Sync to Disabled. (This is important)
- Set Anti-aliasing to TSAA. Having this setting at Disabled is not worth the FPS increase (about 2-3%)
- Set Texture Streaming Budget to High.
- Set Texture Filtering to Anisotropic 4X.
- Set Ambient Occlusion Quality to Low. This setting has a very high impact on performance.
- Set Sun Shadow Coverage to Low.
- Set Sun Shadow Detail to Low.
- Set Spot Shadow Detail to Low.
- Set Volumetric Lighting to Disabled.
- Set Dynamic Spot Shadows to Disabled.
- Set Model Detail to Medium.
- Set Effects Detail to Medium.
- Set Impact Marks to Low.
- Set Ragdolls to Medium.
Done. You can try testing a game with Apex Legends to see if this fixes the low FPS issue with the game.
Hopefully one of the above methods should fix the Apex Legends Low FPS issue on PC.
If it doesn’t then you might need to wait for EA to release an update.
I will continue to update this article over the coming weeks and will be adding more effective fixes.
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