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How to get higher FPS on Apex Legends and avoid 144 FPS cap on PC

How to get higher FPS on Apex Legends and avoid 144 FPS cap on PC
Written by: Knightmare

Getting higher FPS always makes a difference in terms of competitive gaming. Especially for fast-paced games like Apex Legends, high FPS will give you an edge over your opponents. This guide is for you if you face low FPS despite having decent enough hardware.


Today, we will tell you all the methods that will allow you to increase your overall FPS in Apex Legends. These techniques can be applied to the Steam and Origin versions of the game. Moreover, we will also tell some techniques for people with slightly weaker hardware.


We will walk you through multiple methods in this guide on how to get high FPS in Apex Legends. So let’s jump into it.



Removing 144 FPS Cap on PC

The issue many Apex Legends players face is the built-in frame cap. This frame cap doesn’t allow your FPS to go above 144 and, as a result, drops the FPS below 144 at times. To remove this cap, follow all the steps given below:


  1. Open Origin or Steam.
  2. Go to your Game Library and right-click on Apex Legends
  3. Click the ‘Game Properties’ option on Origin.
  4. If on Steam, choose ‘Properties.’
  5. Navigate to the Advanced Launch Options (Origin)/General (Steam) tab on your preferred platform.
  6. Under Command line arguments (Origin) or Launch Options (Steam), type: +fps_max unlimited.
  7. Now you will see an unlocked frame rate in your Apex Legends game.


If you have a high-budget gaming PC, this technique is enough to boost your game in terms of FPS. 


However, some gamers may be facing FPS drops because they’re not using the correct combination of visual settings in Apex Legends. I wouldn’t blame you because Apex Legends features many different options. Аnd we can achieve maximum performance by tinkering with these settings.




Optimal Settings For FPS Boost

The simplest solution for the optimal settings would be to turn settings to the minimum. However, that should only be used as a last resort because doing that will cause your game to become a little less visually pleasing. But if you have insane FPS drops, doing that is the best option. 


So here are a few settings options you can use:


Ensure your V-Sync is set to “Adaptive (1/2 Rate).” Then make sure you’ve disabled your FOV Ability Scaling.


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In the advanced settings, use the Very Low preset for Texture Streaming Budget if you have 2GB or less VRAM and set the Texture Filtering to 2X. Disabling Ambient Occlusion may also prove beneficial for your performance. 


Follow all the other settings as per the screenshot.


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Keep the Model Detail at Medium. If you drop it down further, things may appear a bit blurry. However, you can decrease the Effects Detail further if the Medium setting hinders your performance. 


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So these settings should boost your FPS enough while keeping most of the visual quality intact. But if these tweaks do not boost your FPS, it is time to upgrade your PC. 




System Requirements for Apex Legends

Unfortunately, for some users, their gaming setup is the crucial factor affecting their FPS performance in Apex Legends. Unlike a gaming console, your PC must have the required components to run games. 


So let’s look at the official system requirements for Apex Legends. It will help you figure out which parts you need to upgrade.


Minimum Requirements:

Minimum Requirements provide you with specs to help you decently run the game at medium/low settings. These requirements are as follows:


  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7730
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 90 GB of free space


These requirements are slightly outdated. Personally, I’d recommend using at least a 2GB GPU
And 8 GB or RAM just for extra measure. So, if you have similar or better specs, you should stick with them and continue playing Apex. However, if you want a further performance boost, let’s consider the recommended requirements.


Recommended Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements, Respawn has also given the Recommended Requirements for Apex Legends. These are:


  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel i5 3570K or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
  • GPU RAM: 8GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 90 GB of free space


Most of these specs are still good. However, I’d suggest upgrading the RAM to 16 GB if you’re planning to get the maximum FPS with this configuration. These specs will easily allow you to achieve 60+ FPS even with the higher graphic preset. 



So this was our guide on how to get high FPS on Apex Legends. We have also included the steps to remove the 144 FPS cap in Apex Legends. We hope this guide helps you improve your gameplay.

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