How to increase FPS rate in CS:GO! (2022)

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There's nothing worse in CS:GO than suffering a drop in FPS (frames per second) every time you switch shots. To resolve this issue, check below for the best updated tips to increase your in-game FPS. No more blaming the lag!

Optimize CS:GO startup

In the Steam library, right click on CS:GO, go to "Properties" and then "Set boot options".


In the next window, type the following command:


-threads X -novid -nojoy -high -freq Y +sv_holiday_mode 0 -nod3d9ex

Attention: replace "X" with the number of cores on your processor and "Y" with the frequency of your monitor. To find the number of cores, go to the Start Menu, type “DXDIAG” and run it. In the next window, find the "Processor" field, see the number of CPUs in parentheses (as in the image below) and fill that value in the code:

To find your monitor frequency, right-click on the Desktop and select Display Settings>Advanced Screen Settings and see the value marked in the Refresh rate field:

After filling in the code, select "OK" to exit.

Lower your Windows resolution

back to "Display Settings", find the "Screen resolution" section and decrease the resolution. We suggest that you start with 1280x720. Depending on the result, you can go back to increase or decrease it even more.

Optimize game affinity with processors

With CS:GO open, minimize it and access the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del). In the "Details" tab, find the task "csgo.exe", right-click and select the "Set affinity" option.


The next screen should have all CPUs checked (since you configured it that way in the step above). However, whenever you start the game, uncheck CPU 0. Several tests have already shown that it is responsible for several processes that are open in the background and using it to run CS:GO ends up causing some FPS instability in the game. Then she select "OK" to save and go back to Task Manager.


Increase CPU priority for CS: GO

Back in the Task Manager, in the same "Details" tab, click again on CS:GO and select "Set Priority", then increase it to "High" or "Above Normal". As with the process above, this must also be done every time you run the game.

Increase system performance

In the Start Menu search bar, type "View advanced system settings" and select the menu of the same name. In the next window, on the "Advanced" tab, click on "Settings" in the "Performance" section:

In the next window, check the option "Adjust for better performance" and then select "OK" to save and close.

Optimize Windows Startup

In the Start Menu search bar, type "msconfig" and hit Enter. In the new window, select the "Startup" tab and then Advanced Options":

In the next window, on the "Number of processors" tab, select the maximum number that appears and check the "Maximum memory" box, then click "OK":

Back in the previous window, select the "Services" tab and check the "Hide all Microsoft services" box. Then, uncheck all the programs that you don't use, there will certainly be several. Then select "OK":


Maximize power plan performance

In the Start Menu search bar, type "Choose a power plan" and in the next window select "Maximum Performance";

If the maximum performance option does not appear for you, type "cmd" in the Start Menu search bar, right-click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator":



In the Command Prompt, copy and paste the following code:

powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

If you did it right, you will get the following message: "Power Scheme GUID: ee64ee27-468a-4a62-ba0d-74606d1b6a6c (Maximum Performance)". In this case, restart your computer and return to the power plan menu mentioned above. The Maximum Performance option will be unlocked.

Use the disk defragmenter

In the Start Menu, look for the tool "Defrag and optimize". After accessing it, select the "Optimize" option and wait for the process to complete. If you've never done this before, it may take a while, so proceed to the other steps while it completes.


Install and rode o Driver Booster

Go to Steam to download Driver Booster. The program is free and updates your PC's old drivers with the aim of optimizing the platform's gaming performance in a very quick and practical way:

After downloading it, run the program and, on the main screen, click the "Analyze" button:

Wait for the analysis result and then update everything the program tells you:

Update Windows and Video Card Drivers

To gain some extra frames in your CS:GO, it's important that you keep Windows and your graphics card up to date. This step can be boring and time consuming, but it will undoubtedly help you improve the game's performance. The pages below will tell you whether or not you need an update:

  • Update your Windows from the Microsoft page
  • Update your Radeon on the AMD page
  • Update your GeForce on the Nvidia page

Lower the quality of in-game graphics

Finally, the simplest tip. Run the game and access the menu Settings>Video. Then in the "Advanced Video" tab, lower the quality or turn everything off. This will greatly increase the FPS rate in exchange for graphics quality. Also don't forget to play at your monitor's resolution and always in full screen.

Ready! After performing all these steps, your FPS rate in CS:GO will increase a lot!

See also:

  • CS:GO: learn the essential commands to train
  • CS:GO: how to make the best aim and customize it!
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