Best Fortnite Settings – MAX FPS Guide 2020

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Lets get straight to it.  This is the only guide you will need to help get the most out of your rig.  It is consistently updated when new patches roll out to ensure its accurate and correct.

Follow the steps below and you will see a noticeable improvement in your frames.

I have tried to take into consideration the different tiers of rigs so that you can adjust certain settings accordingly.  

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Lets get stuck into the settings!

Best Fortnite Launch Options

First, we will change our launch options before getting into any of the individual game settings.  We need to add the following to our Epic Games Launcher launch options for Fortnite:


The value for –PREFERREDPROCESSOR is 4 for me but it may be different for you depending on your machine.  To find out how many you have:

  1. Open Task Manager
  2. Click the ‘Performance’ tab
  3. Select ‘CPU’ on the left
  4. In the bottom right you will see ‘Logical Processors’.  Check out the image below for help.

Now that you have that information:

  1. Open up your Epic Games launcher.
  2. Click the cog icon labelled ‘Settings’ in the bottom left.
  3. Scroll down until you see manage games, click Fortnite.
  4. Paste in the settings from above remembering to use your own value for logical processors.

There are a few other options you can try but they didn’t seem to have much of an impact in terms of FPS.  There are some quality of life changes though such as ‘NOSPLASH’.  You can find a list of them here.  A few examples:

NOSPLASH: Disable use of splash image when loading game.
NOTEXTURESTREAMING: Disable texture streaming. Highest quality textures are always loaded.
PREFERREDPROCESSOR: Set the thread affinity for a specific processor.
USEALLAVAILABLECORES: Force the use of all available cores on the target platform.

Next, we will change the launch Parameters for the Fortnite .exe:

  1. Open up a windows explorer window.
  2. Navigate to where you installed Fortnite. This is usually in your program files.  Myinstallation path is:     C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite\
  3. From here click FortniteGame -> Binaries -> Win64.
  4. In your Win64 folder, you should see a file called FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.
  5. Right-click the file and select properties.
  6. Under the ‘Compatibility‘ tab & ‘Change high DPI settings’ ensure the ‘Override high DPI scaling behaviour’ checkbox is checked and ‘disable full-screen optimisations’ is checked. Some of you may not have these settings which is fine, just select the ones you do have.
  7. Click Apply.

Best Fortnite Graphic Settings

Now to the easy stuff!  Launch Fortnite from the launcher and you should see that it opens a lot faster.  This is due to the launch parameters we put in the settings.  It removes the splash screen so we can get straight to the menus.

Before we get into the settings this is the best Fortnite settings for my rig.  Therefore, it will likely be a little different for you.  My specifications are:

Best Settings My Specification

You should change your settings based on whether your machine is more powerful than mine.

Now to the settings!  Navigate to the Fortnite settings by selecting the three stripes icon in the top right and clicking the cog icon.  Here is what I found to be the best Fortnite settings for my rig: 

Fortnite Settings

Window Mode: Fullscreen
You can set this to windowed full screen too as an alternative but I have noticed better performance with this set to fullscreen.  I have mine set to WindowedFullscreen as I am already maxing out my refresh rate anyway and often use my second monitor.

Display Resolution: Should be your native display resolution.
I would advise just keeping this to your native display resolution.  Unless you like a more close up display if you are used to CSGO for example.  A lot of players like to have it lower than their native resolution so the game appears ‘closer’.

Frame Rate LimitDepends on your monitors refresh rate.

Some guides will recommend to put this to unlimited but this is wrong.  If you set this to unlimited and you are experiencing very high frame values (150+) it can cause mouse stuttering/screen tearing.  

This can happen if you have a 144Hz monitor and are receiving really high frames since your monitor cannot render the frames fast enough.  A 144Hz monitor can only render 144 frames per second so anything above that and the frames can cause tearing.  

If you have a 60Hz monitor I recommend setting this to 120 or 144 frames.  Even though you won’t be able to render the full 120/144 frames this will give you a better overall average compared to setting it to 60.  

If you set it to 60, your frames can dip to 40 or 50 but if you set it higher, even though you can’t render them it still means you won’t dip to as low as 40 or 50 frames.

Generally it is best to set this to match the hertz of your monitor.  So if you have a 144Hz monitor set this to 144.  If you have a 240Hz monitor set this to 240. 

3D Resolution: It will depend on the power of your rig.

  • High end rigs: 100/90%
  • Medium end rigs: 66.6%
  • Low end rigs (if you are getting 20fps or less): 33.3%

Reducing the 3d resolution like this will make the game look slightly different however the performance gains are definitely worth it across all specs of rigs.

View Distance: 
If you want pure fps then set this to near.  This is personal preference and you can test each to see how it affects your fps.  View distance doesn’t give you much of an advantage since all players will render in at the same distance regardless of this setting.  It will affect the fidelity of objects.

Shadows have a huge impact on your frames and the benefit is not worth the cost in performance.

Anti-Aliasing: Off
For pure fps performance you should turn this off unless you want to make your game look prettier.

TexturesDepends on your rig but set to low for max fps

Effects: Low/Medium

Turn these off as it adds clutter and influences frame performance.  Medium seems to help see people in the blue for me.

Post Processing: Low
Post processing adds noise to your image clarity.  Check out this image that shows the difference between the low and epic.  

Fortnite Post Processing

Vsync: Always Off
Vsync is a horrible setting that none of us FPS players want.  It syncs your framerate to the refresh rate of your monitor.  The aim of this is to stop screen tearing when playing.  The downside is that it adds input lag which has a huge impact on your competitiveness.

If you have an NVIDIA GSYNC compatible or AMD FreeSync monitor then they handle this a lot better.

For more information on what all this means check out my article explaining Gsync, Vsync and FreeSync here.

Motion Blur: Off

Motion blur adds unnecessary noise and reduces the clarity of your image.  It also uses up those important frames so turn it off. 

Show FPS : Up to you if you want to see how your new settings will affect your fps! Good for testing.

Click Apply

The most important setting here is the 3D resolution.  I highly recommend for you to stick to the figures suggested as from my testing it provided the best results.

Windows Settings

So now that we have Fortnite set up with the best settings we can tackle Windows.  There are a few tweaks to Windows that will improve your gaming performance.  Some of these will affect your performance across the board and not just for Fortnite so I recommend you follow these through!

Fortnite NVIDIA Graphics Settings

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card then I suggest you try these few tweaks inside your NVIDIA control panel.

  1. In the bottom right of your task bar click the arrow to show all your icons.  Or find the NVIDIA icon if its already expanded. Right click it and select Nvidia Control Panel.  Sometimes it doesn’t show here so you will either have to do a search for it through Windows Start.  Or you can go to your control panel and it should show in there too.
  2. Choose the option to manage 3d settings and click the program settings tab.
  3. Navigate until you find Fortnite.  If you don’t already have it you can add it by clicking ‘Add’ and navigating to where your .exe is located.
  4. Now that you have Fortnite located within NVIDIA control panel select Maximum pre-rendered frames and set to 1.
  5. Select Monitor technology and choose G-SYNC (provided you have a GYSYNC monitor)
  6. Preferred refresh rate: highest available
  7. Threaded optimisation: on
  8. Vertical sync: Use 3D application settings
  9. Power management mode: Prefer maximum performance


Some guides for improving your FPS often suggest changing certain windows registry files.   I advise otherwise as this may cause issues elsewhere within your system.  Keep this in mind if you are trying out other guides to improve your FPS.

Microsoft Latest  Visual C++ Redistributable

It is important you have the latest C++ redistributables as this is a dependency for Fortnite to function properly.  You will already have a version of this installed but the latest updates can fix issues relating to stuttering and FPS drops across any game that requires the Microsoft C++ redistributable as a dependency.

  1. Download the latest redistributables from here ensuring you download both x64 and x86.
  2. Install the x86, don’t restart after setup is finished.
  3. Install the x64, don’t restart after setup is finished.
  4. Restart after completing this guide.

Power Settings

Windows has different performance modes which can affect how your machine performs.  To ensure you are on the best one follow these steps:

  1. Click start and search for ‘power plan’. It looks like a battery icon.
  2. You should be presented with a list of power plans available.
  3. Click the hide additional plans drop down to ensure you can see them all.
  4. Select the ‘High Performance’ power plan.

Clean Up Windows Files

I recommend you clean up some of your Windows files such as temp files as these folders can end up holding a huge amount of unnecessary data.  This is often where old data is left lying around from applications or games that you may no longer even have on your system or use.  To check whether you have anything worth deleting you can navigate to:


Do not manually delete these files as this can cause problems.  Check out CCleaner which is an awesome free application that can do this safely and it can also scan for any registry issues and more.  I have used it for years and perform wipes of temp data every month using it. 

This step won’t directly affect your FPS unless you have limited disc space but it is always a good idea to manage your temporary windows files.  Some people don’t know such a thing exists and it can be taking up huge amounts of space on your machine.  You can get CCleaner here.


I hope you have found my best Fortnite settings guide useful.  Let me know how I did below or if you have any other suggestions or tricks you have used to increase your FPS.  I will be sure to check them out.  Don’t forget to restart your machine to ensure all your changes take effect.

Happy hunting!

Barry H

Barry H

Barry is the sole writer here at GamingGem. Having played games since the age of 7 he is a gamer at heart. His mission is to make GamingGem the primary resource for gamers to find accurate and unbiased reviews on the latest gaming and tech gear.

25 thoughts on “Best Fortnite Settings – MAX FPS Guide 2020”

  1. I need some help,I had a texture glitch and I tried to fix it but when I followed the steps it work perfectly fine but when I logged into the game it dropped 5 fps and when I’m diving down from the bus I can’t even go down it takes so long.When I’m down I start teleporting ): Can you please help?

    • Hi James, this sounds more like a network problem rather than your game settings. Try turning on network statistics in your settings and see if you are dropping any packets. If not, try matching your frame rate limiter to your displays refresh rate.

    • Hey ‘a random nerd’ ;). If you have set the frame rate limit in the settings then it should limit your FPS to that setting providing your rig can reach those frames. Remember that you should limit your FPS to whatever your monitors refresh rate is. This was how I stopped mouse stuttering in Fortnite & PUBG. What frames are you getting and what is the refresh rate of your monitor?

  2. hi Barry i have a question i have a gaming laptop hp omen 2017 and i am playing in 60 70 fps with lag good internet and pc i guess right? well here is my specs what do you think i can do

    Processor: Intel(R) core (TM) i5-7300HQ CPU @ 2.50Ghz
    Installed Memory: 8.00(GB)
    System type: 64 Operating System, x64 based processor.
    Hz: 60
    Windows: 10

    if you can help me or give some type tell me pls.

    Keep the good work Mr.Berry see you

    • Your better of just testing different graphics settings and seeing what frames you get. Then over time, you can tweak them until you find the sweet spot. Start with everything on low and then adjust accordingly. Hope that helps.

  3. I have a similiar setup, i also have a gtx 1070 and i have an 8 core cpu, i can easily hit 144hz 1080p with max setings, how come you have your settings so low, i could achieve higher with my old r7 260x.

    • Hi Tyler, the reason the settings are like this are for competitiveness. Having everything maxed might look good but can put you at a disadvantage. For example, having shadows high can make it more difficult to see players. I can run everything high and still get 144 fps but its not worth it because it’s harder to see players.

  4. A better argument against unlimited framerate is to avoid throttling if the PC is heat sensitive (like notebooks). If you cap the FPS f.e. to the monitor frequency the GPU has much less work instead if rendering 200 or more FPS all the time. Of course it reduces power consumption as well.

  5. Hi, I complete all this settings but Fortnite is less smoother than before. I see something like two FPS counters at the same time. Sometimes it is extremely smooth but mostly it isn’t.

    Here’s my spec.:

    CPU: Ryzen 5 2600 – 3.80Ghz (OC)
    RAM: HyperX predator – 8Gb – 3534Mhz (OC)
    GPU: GT 730 2Gb
    OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Monitor: some shit*y monitor – 16:10 (I use 1280×800 for better FPS and also 75Hz refresh rate)

    • Hey Dusan, its hard to say what might be the problem without more information. Why are you getting two FPS counters? You must have a program that is showing you your FPS in game which may also be causing problems. If you can tell me what you mean by ‘less smoother’ I can maybe help. Turning everything low is a good start because your rig isn’t very powerful.

    • Your pc is overall a very low-end rig. I know everyone hates to hear this but your only real option is to upgrade. Trust me your rig is almost the same as my old one that i tried to game on.

    • The GT 730 is THE the problem. Try a cheap second-hand HD 7950 3GB or a HD 7970 3GB and be sure your power supply unit has enough juice (450W, 80% efficiency for games). It will work wonderful with your Ryzen 5 CPU. Used one of these with a i5 2400 and 100 FPS with all settings on Epic was what I got, beautiful playing experience, no lag, no video problems at all, saw all players on the entire map from a long distance. A good motherboard is also required. We all know that not all motherboards are born equal. 8GB RAM is also enough. I never needed more RAM (still using DDR3 and didn’t have an issue in any of the games I am playing)

  6. I have a slightly outdated processor and graphics card but I think they should be good enough for fortnite. I have 16gb ram and my monitor’s refresh rate is 144. My graphics card is an AMD radeon rx 480.
    My CPU is an AMD athlon 860k quad core processor. One issue is that fortnite isn’t allowing multi-threaded rendering despite the quad core.
    I struggle to get 60 frames on minimal settings and when I do frame drops are very consistent. If you could give any tips I would appreciate it a lot. I used all the ones in the guide.

    • Hmm not sure. Those specs aren’t particularly good even for Fortnite so it could just be a lack of performance. Not much you can do other than turn settings down low. Maybe check temperatures of your cpu and gpu if they are running hot while playing. It could be that they need new thermal paste applied to them if your rig is quite old.

  7. Thanks for the feedback. I believe my computer just isnt that powerful. Could you recommend any pcs for under 1000? Including a graphics card if u have any reccomendations

    • I would always recommend to build your own pc. I don’t necessarily mean that you have to physically build it yourself but being able to pick the parts will mean you will get a lot more for your money. I’m not sure where you are based but something like pcspecialist or scan allow you to pick your parts and they build it for you if you aren’t comfortable getting the parts yourself.

      For Fortnite all you really need is an i5 and a decent graphics card. Maybe something like a GTX 10 series will get you by for now. Or if you are on a budget have a look at AMD as they do some equally great products at a cheaper price. It really depends on what you need and what you will be using the machine for.


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