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.  

While updating your settings why not update your gear?  Have you got a decent mouse for Fortnite?  Check out my lists below for the best mice for each grip style:

Palm grip mice
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Not sure what mouse grip you use?  Have a peek at my quick and easy guide discussing the different types for more information.

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:

-USEALLAVAILABLECORES  –PREFERREDPROCESSOR 4 

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.

ShadowsOff 
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

Registry

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:

C:\Users\”YourUser”\AppData\Local\Temp

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.

Conclusion

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.

27 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?

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    • 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.

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    • 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?

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  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

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  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)

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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)

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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

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    • 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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  8. There are more temp files that are located elsewhere:
    -program(?) temp files win+r: %temp% (C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Temp) (already on the guide)
    -windows temp files win+r: temp (C:\Windows\Temp)
    -win prefetch files win+r: prefetch (C:\Windows\Prefetch)
    delete everything there even giving admin permission if required – I don’t know if that is actually safe but I’m still fine a month later so yeah…
    also, remember to do this once a week or when you boot up your PC every day or something else

    also, delete crash files on %localappdata%>fortnitegame>saved>config>crashreportclient (from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC89XChu8o4 @1min)
    then delete everything in crashes, logs, webcache, demos (replays) (back it up if you want to: just copy those files to another folder)

    you should try DirectX 12 in the graphics settings
    and turn these off in the UI settings:
    contextual tips OFF
    quest progress OFF
    and turn off replays, nvidia highlights, etc. in the settings as well
    also enable multithreading

    oh and high textures is better on high end graphics cards because it lightens the load on your CPU (very important for more FPS and better perceived smoothness) – apparently low/medium is rendered on your CPU but High and Epic are rendered on your GPU – you should try High and Epic and see which is better for your setup

    limiting fps will also lower CPU usage since it lightens the load on your CPU (your CPU has to do more work for each frame that is produced) – this is also very important for perceived smoothness i.e. “fps” (probably improved input lag/visual from the freshness of the frames)
    also jump fatigue and other stuff is affected by fps limit because bad coding
    also, for some reason you should limit it to [monitorHz – 3] – e.g. 144->141; 240->237 – because for some reason it makes the game run even better than just matching your refresh rate – you can limit it in GameUserSettings (C:\Users\\AppData\Local\FortniteGame\Saved\Config\WindowsClient)

    also, you should really research what to change in GameUserSettings, there’s a million things to do here for performance boosting,
    including:
    change the DisplayGamma to 1.000000 (apparently actually affects the smoothness of the game)
    bShowGrass to False
    bDisableMouseAcceleration=True
    sg.FoliageQuality=0
    sg.ShadingQuality=0

    RadeonBoost is literally game-changing
    you should REALLY consider using RadeonBoost or nvidia equivalent on minimum possible number (dynamically adjusts resolution when you move the camera, GREATLY improving the perceived smoothness (“fps”) of the game without losing >any< graphical fidelity)

    don't use the -NOTEXTURESTREAMING launch option, it seems to make my character move slower (???) like much slower acceleration to top movement speed

    don't use radeon anti-lag or nvidia equivalent either (try it on and off and see why – to me it adds input lag, A LOT of it)

    also, you should try different values for maximum pre-rendered frames (default is 3) – I like 3 better than 2, but I haven't tried 1 (nor 0)

    disabling Windows Libraries is ultra important (e.g. Videos, Images, etc.) – they're just a collection of folders, you can just right click and disable each of them – huge enormous reduction in input lag
    removing everything from your desktop is also extremely important, as is clearing your start menu, and even having files inside your recycling bin – another enormous reduction in input lag (especially desktop and start menu for Windows 7 – no clue about start menu in Windows 10)
    also, delete/move everything from the downloads folder (what even is windows, why would this matter???? but it really does)

    SET TIMER RESOLUTION TO 0.5 (quite big increase in perceived smoothness of the game) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG4g9XlKw5w
    timer resolution is extremely awesome, you can use ISLC and force it to 0.5ms (requires below stuff otherwise it won't stay at 0.5ms) – just remember to open the program every time before starting the game (it doesn't seem to auto-start with windows even though it shows the icon on the taskbar – probably something to do with requiring admin permission just to open the program)

    also random cmd stuff that has to do with timer resolution and other stuff (still great even if you don't install a timer resolution program, but installing one will make a huge difference too)
    cmd.exe (as admin):
    bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock (do not use: bcdedit /set useplatformclock no)
    bcdedit /set useplatformtick yes (disables windows 10 synthetic timer) (windows 10 only)
    bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes (power saving feature for laptops) (windows 10 only)

    registry stuff REALLY matters a lot, A LOT – huge boost in fps, smoothness, input lag, etc.
    especially SystemResponsiveness set to 0 (or 1 if bad PC)
    there are many videos on this, just look it up on youtube – "fortnite registry optimizations adamx"
    also forcing fortnite to run at high priority is extremely good too
    and the GPU stuff is also extremely good too (but SFIO changes the way your mouse feels, for me Normal is way better than High – try both and see which you like the most)
    if you download random registry files from youtube videos, you can right click the .reg files and edit them with notepad++ or some other advanced text editor. It's gonna be just a couple of lines of text:
    (Priority)
    A .reg file that sets Fortnite to High priority should look like this:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe\PerfOptions]
    "CpuPriorityClass"=dword:00000003

    (^AboveNormalPriority (lower than High) is 00000006 (yes that number is higher, just registry things))
    (NormalPriority is 000000002 if you want to change it back, but try …0006 first)

    (GPU)
    The GPU optimizations should look like this:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games]
    "GPU Priority"=dword:00000008
    "Priority"=dword:00000006
    "Scheduling Category"="High"
    "SFIO Priority"="High"

    (but remember to change the SFIO line to "Normal" or just delete it from the file)
    (I don't know which of these settings made the biggest impact since I haven't tried each of them individually. I prob should do this later since SFIO made such a huge (negative) difference – I don't know if these are all positive.)

    and CPU optimizations should look like this:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile]
    "SystemResponsiveness"=dword:00000000

    (^this should be set to 00000001 if your PC sucks, try both if you want to be sure – this is how much % of your system is reserved to "under-the-hood" stuff, the default is 20(!) which makes this basically the same as upgrading your CPU by 20%)
    )

    change your sensitivity to under 10% and then raise your DPI accordingly
    e.g. if your sens was 32.0% @400DPI, change it to 8.0% @1600DPI
    this will reduce/completely remove pixel skipping, which will make your game show more frames while moving the camera around, improving your ability to see clearly during camera motion, I'm not sure what the exact number is where pixel skipping begins, but it's around 10-15% – you should set your sens to a number under 10% just to be sure, just keep in mind that some mouse sensors perform worse at very high DPI values, so it might not be worth the sacrifice just for a little bit of camera smoothness

    you should also install Fortnite on your SSD if you have an (internal) one, not an external USB one though

    disable drive indexing and compression (video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC89XChu8o4 @2:29)
    video-maker: "this will boost fps a lot!"
    I don't know the actual effect of this since I already did this a very long time ago

    also, it's good to defrag your hard drive once in a while if you do this, just please don't defrag your SSD if you have one

    optional – win+r: msconfig
    then disable everything you don't need (you probably have a lot of garbage there both in Services and in Startup)

    you can also also uninstall whatever programs you have installed but don't use, I don't know what the effect of this is, if any

    that was a lot of stuff, you better add it to the guide or I'll slap you
    it took me half a decade just to write all of it down

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