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All You Need to Know about FPS in CS:GO in 2021

All You Need to Know about FPS in CS:GO in 2021

Many gamers around the world have become a bit obsessed with the FPS numbers. It’s quite understandable - the more frames per second you have while playing a game, the more beautiful and “dense” the virtual world becomes.

The situation with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is not so straightforward. On one hand, CS:GO maps look amazing with a very high index of FPS, and you also have some significant advantages of fast synchronization with the server. On the other hand, you don’t want to overload your PC in this competitive shooter! A minor technical lag may lead to a lost round, a disastrous match, and even a bad reputation in the online community.

To prevent technical issues and demonstrate the best playing skills, you may need to control FPS or even adjust some in-game settings to achieve the best performance. This article will help to do so. And also, it explains how many FPS you need in CS:GO.

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How to Show FPS in CS:GO

You can use two methods to always see an FPS counter in your game. It might not be helpful forever and ever - but it can help with adjusting the best settings for CS:GO on your computer.

Method 1 - FPS in CS:GO and All the Other Steam Games


You can activate an FPS checker for all your games on Steam.

  1. Open Steam Application.
  2. Click in the upper menu Steam -> Settings.
  3. In the opened window, choose the In-Game tab (in the left menu).
  4. Look for In-game FPS counter Steam and set its position on the screen (top-bottom, left-right);
  5. To see the FPS indicator clearly, mark High contrast color.
  6. Press the OK button.

Method 2 - CS:GO FPS Commands

FPS console command

CS:GO players can go deeper into the in-game settings by using various console commands. These are simple codes to put into the special console screen. Some of them have direct connection to Frames Per Seconds.

So, how can you see FPS in CS:GO through console commands?

  1. Make sure you have the console enabled in the game settings.
  2. Press the tilde ~ on your keyboard.
  3. Enter the command cl_showfps 1.

That’s it! The FPS tracker will now appear on the screen.

CS:GO FPS Commands

Frames Per Seconds continue to be a popular topic for CS:GO players. Especially for those who like to try and control each and every aspect of the game - for example, to start their esports career. Does this sound like your gaming style?? Then take a look at this detailed description of CS:GO console commands FPS.

  • cl_showfps 1 - use this command to enable FPS overlay

  • cl_showfps 0 to disable FPS

  • net_graph 1 - This command allows players to see CS:GO FPS but also it gives some additional info, such as your current ping

  • net_graph 0 to disable this indicator

  • net_graph 2 demonstrates your network data

  • net_graph 3 gives info on the computer load

FPS console command net_graph

To not bother with entering CS:GO console commands every time you want to display FPS, why not bind these commands to some keys. Check out more details in the article The Best Binds for CS:GO.

  1. Create autoexec.cfg - open the standard config.cfg in the folder Steam\userdata\yourSteamID\730\local\cfg\config.cfg, using Notepad ++.
  2. Add your bind commands.
  3. Save the file to the same folder but with the name autoexec.cfg- more info is in the article How to Сreate an Autoexec File? Way to CS:GO Mastery!

CS:GO Bind Commands to Show/Hide FPS

  • bind + “cl_showfps 1”

  • bind - “cl_showfps 0

netgraph CS:GO is bind to the keys + and -

  • bind + “net_graph 1”

  • bind - “net_graph 0”

+ and - now show and hide in-game FPS counter

How Many FPS Do You Need?

The answer here depends mostly on the power of your computer. In fact, with a good gaming PC that has a powerful graphic card, you should have the best performance possible, so the below FPS info will only help to satisfy your curiosity.

The following list explains meaning of numbers on the FPS indicator:

  • 0-30 FPS – this is a low FPS CS:GO. The picture is poor and you may experience lags.
  • 30-60 FPS – a normal situation for most computers. Decent visuals with no technical issues.
  • 60-100 FPS - a good level. The world looks beautiful and you are quite effective in multilayer (of course, if you can play CS:GO well)
  • 100-300 FPS - very good performance, excellent graphics and flawless synchronization with the server.

How to Increase FPS in CS:GO?

Most players want to have stutter-free frame rates when playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The following commands may help to increase your Frames Per Second index on outdated computers - this is not to make the picture better but to try and improve synchronization with the server and improve your in-game effectiveness.

  • r_drawparticles 0, func_break_max_pieces 0 - you will not see various minuscule objects on the screen. This decreases load on the computer.

  • muzzleflash_light 0, r_drawtracers_firstperson 0, r_dynamic 0, mat_disable_bloom 1 - here will be much less visual effects from shooting.

Another method to boost your effectiveness in CS:GO is to make the crosshair more comfortable for your playing style. The article CS:GO Crosshair Settings should be helpful.

FPS console commands in CS:GO
  • fps_max 60 - This command sets the maximum possible value of FPS. It helps in some cases to get a better performance. fps_max 0 removes all the limitations.

To add various commands to the game, some players use CS:GO Launch Options.

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