CSGO - How To Boost Fps And Overall Performance On Low-End PC

Follow the instructions below

In-Game Settings

Making changes to your in-game settings usually makes the biggest performance improvement for low to mid-end systems. Open up your settings, and make changes according to your system’s specifications.

Most of the setting changes showcased are applicable for low end PC’s. In case you experience performance issues while using the recommended system requirements, then make sure to follow the next steps.

In the Video section, make sure to run Computer Monitor and to set the display mode to Fullscreen. For low-end systems, incapable of running CSGO with these settings, then you should consider lowering the resolution even more, to around 1600x900. This will in any case improve your performance, but the visual quality will suffer a lot. Don’t forget to apply your changes.

Video Settings
Video Settings
Advanced Video Settings
Advanced Video Settings

In the Advanced Video section, some of these settings can improve your performance by a lot, but the visual quality will suffer a lot.

Set the Global Shadow Quality option to Low , Model/Texture Detail to Low. Turn off Texture Streaming, set the Effect Detail to Medium, Shader Detail to Medium, Boost Player Contrast set to Enabled, enable Multicore Rendering as well. Multisampling Anti-Aliasing Mode to 2x MSAA, FXAA Anti Aliasing to Disabled, as well as Wait for Vertical Sync and Motion Blur. Lastly, set Texture Filtering Mode to Trilinear.

Task Manager

In order to further increase your CSGO performance on your PC, we will change the application’s priority compared to other programs running in the background.

Right-click your taskbar to open up your Task Manager. In the Processes tab, right-click the CSGO game process and select to go to details. In the Details tab, the application should be highlighted. Right-click the game process and set the priority to high.

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This will in turn allocate more resources to playing CSGO and should increase your performance, especially if you have other programs running in the background.

In order to reduce the CPU utilization from other programs, I suggest you end some programs from running in the background, which you don't need when playing CSGO. Make sure to only end programs from running, which you know won't break your operating system. In the Startup tab, you can additionally prevent programs from starting up on system boot.

Steam Launch Options

  • Open up your Steam Library

    • Right-click CS:GO and select Properties

    • On the new window, select Set Launch Options

  • Use the following commands:

    • +fps_max 0 +cl_showfps 1 -nojoy -d3d9ex -high -console -novid

      • +fps_max 0 Will uncap your FPS while playing CSGO. If you set this command to a specific value (+fps_max 144) then CSGO will try to run at the set value (144)

      • +cl_showfps 1 Will show your FPS while playing CSGO

      • -nojoy Will disable the joystick support and improve performance

      • -d3d9ex Will enable you to alt+tab faster while in-game

      • -high Will run the CSGO in high priority compared to other programs running in the background

      • -console Will open up the developer console when starting CSGO

      • -novid Will skip the opening intros when launching CSGO

More Launch Options

+fps_max 0 (or set it to a number which it will be locked to)

+cl_showfps 1 (1 on / 0 off)

-high (high game priority)

-novid (skip valve intro when starting up CSGO)

-refresh / -refreshrate / -freq (set your screen’s refresh rate)

-nojoy (disables joystick support for more FPS)

+r_dynamic 0 (disables dynamic lighting = more FPS)

-console (shows your console when starting CSGO)

-threads (set to the amount of threads the game is allowed to utilize. Don’t use this command with dual core CPU’s)

-full / -fullscreen / -windowed / -window / -startwindowed (set the Window mode for CSGO)

+cl_interp 0 (Reduce network lag)

+cl_interp_ratio 1

+cl_updaterate 128

+cl_forcepreload 1 (preloads everything on the map before joining a CSGO server)

-autoconfig (launches your autoconfig when starting CSGO, in case you have more commands and changes to the game)

My launch options

+cl_showfps 1 -novid -nojoy +r_dynamic -console +fps_max 300 -high -autoconfig

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Update Graphics Card Driver

NVIDIA graphics cards can utilize the GeForce Experience application. Click here to download the application to your system. When the download is completed, open up the application, and in the Drivers tab select Download. This will download and install the latest GPU update and should only take a few minutes to complete.

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Update Operating System

To optimize your system for performance, you should make sure that your operating system is up to date. Simply search for Update in your taskbar search. In your Check for updates system settings window, make sure to download the latest update and make sure to restart your PC after that the download is completed. This will in any case help you with performance issues.

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Game Bar

Some native Windows 10 settings can reduce your overall performance while playing CSGO. Make sure to disable the Game Bar recording option, as it continuously records your gameplay and audio.

In your taskbar search, enter: Game Bar to open up the game bar system settings.

Make sure to uncheck the recording option. In the Captures tab, make sure to additionally disable the background recording option. These settings will only reduce your performance. If you want to record your gameplay, when I suggest using OBS Studio, or an external capture card if you lack performance.

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NVIDIA Control Panel

Making changes to your NVIDIA control panel can be essential. Change a few options in your NVIDIA control panel to improve the CSGO performance on your system.

To open up your NVIDIA control panel, right-click your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel. In your control panel, navigate to Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings.

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Select to Add a program to customize and then add CSGO from the program list. In case you’re unable to find CSGO in the program list, then click on Browse. In your file explorer, you will have to locate the drive and path on which you installed CSGO on and add it to the program list from there.

Make sure that the CUDA setting is set to your main GPU, set the Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance, and set the texture filtering quality to Performance.

Windows 10 Graphics Settings

Windows 10 allows you to utilize power user settings, such as your graphics settings. To change your graphics settings, enter Graphics Settings in your taskbar search to open up your native settings.

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When selecting Browse your file explorer will open up, where you will have to navigate to the drive and path where CSGO is saved. After adding the program to your graphics settings list, the operating system lets you choose between:

  • Let Windows choose

  • Power Saving (Usually Intel HD Graphics)

  • High Performance (Usually your graphics card(s)

  • Specific GPU (Choose which GPU to use)

For the most system performance, use the High Performance option. In case your GPU is bottlenecking your performance, then you should set it to Let Windows Decide. Don't forget to apply your changes.

Troubleshoot Performance Problems

Make sure that your CSGO files are up to date and complete. In your Steam library, right-click the application and select Properties. A new window will open up, where you will have to select Verify integrity of game files in the Local Files tab. This will take a minute to redownload and replace any missing or corrupted CSGO game files.

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Temporary Files

Your hard-drive might be cluttered with unwanted files. These files will induce lag if not removed properly. You can delete your temporary files manually, or you can use PC cleanup programs, such as CCleaner. These applications are usually the best choice as it will automatically keep your hard-drive clean for you. To manually delete your temporary files, enter %temp% in your taskbar search and hit enter. A new folder will open up. Make sure to delete the content of your temporary files folder.

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In some cases, this can take a couple of minutes if you haven’t done this before. Some files will most likely stay in your temp folder, as these are still in use by your programs. In order to completely delete these files, you should also make sure to empty your recycle bin.

 
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