How to Increase FPS in Apex Legends Without Upgrading your PC



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The best method to significantly improve Apex Legends’ performance is to upgrade your hardware. It is a fool-proof method that drastically ups FPS and allows you to enjoy graphical fidelity otherwise unattainable with old or weak hardware. If you were to upgrade your PC for Apex Legends, the GPU is the one part that you should most definitely improve. Sadly, with the scalping, gouging, and stock shortages – it might not be reasonable to upgrade your GPU at this time; fortunately, there are ways to increase your frames per second or FPS in Apex Legends without upgrading your PC.

How to Increase FPS in Apex Legends Without Upgrading your PC

Increasing FPS in Apex Legends Using Command Line

Wherever you play Apex Legends, be it through Steam or Origin, there are command lines that can help with your game’s performance and quality. This is easily done outside of the game and there should be no adverse effects. If you want to return the settings to default, you only have to delete the command lines following the same instructions.

Opening Command Line in Origin

If you play Apex Legends via EA’s launcher, Origin, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Origin

2. Right-click on Apex Legends cover art

3. A list should appear, click on “Game Properties

4. Click on the “Advanced Launch Options” tab

5. Type in the Command line arguments box -high +fps_max Unlimited

6. Click “Save” and you can now launch Apex Legends

Opening Command Line in Steam

For those who connected their Apex Legends account to Steam and launch the game through Valve, this is the procedure:

  1. Launch Steam
  2. Right-click on Apex Legends cover art
  3. In the “General” tab and on the “LAUNCH OPTIONS
  4. Type in the box -high +fps_max Unlimited

Pro Tip!

You should also clear Steam’s browser cache and cookies. Yes, Steam has a browser in it. It is based on a Chromium engine. Therefore, it shares a lot of characteristics with those browsers based on Chromium, like Google Chrome. Deleting the browser cache and cookies will help the stability of the launcher. To delete the Steam browser’s cache and cookies simply follow the instructions.

  1. Open the launcher and click “Steam” on the top-left side of the screen, a menu should appear.
  2. Click “Settings
  3. Click “Web Browser
  4. In the Web Browser tab, there should be two buttons: “DELETE BROWSER CACHE“, and “DELETE ALL BROWSER COOKIES
  5. Click “OK” to confirm actions

Wrapping up Command Lines

In both Steam and Origin, you may opt to set the FPS cap under 190. Having an FPS cap of over 190 might cause a stutter – depending on the equipment. With the same instructions above, type in “+fps_max 190” without the quotes on the Command line.

How to Increase FPS in Apex Legends with an Nvidia GPU

Those who have Nvidia GPUs can tweak some of the settings in the Control Panel. By using Nvidia’s pre-installed (or downloadable) control panel. You will have the ability to choose settings specifically for Apex Legends. These settings will not be universal, so your other games will not be affected.

1.) Open NVIDIA Control Panel

2.) Click on “Manage 3D” Settings link on the left side of the window

3.) Click on the “Program Settings” tab

4.) Click the “Add” button in number “1. Select a Program to customize

5.) A window with all your recent programs should appear, click Apex Legends

6.) “Apex Legends (r5apex.exe)” should appear in the drop-down menu

7.) Change the following settings:

  • Image Sharpening: NVIDIA Recommended with these granular settings Sharpen: 0.50 and Ignore Film Grain: 0.17
  • Power Management: Mode Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Texture filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization: On
  • Threaded optimization: On
  • Vertical Sync: Off

Also, try to turn off the Nvidia Geforce Experience program or uninstall it completely. However, if you like using the GeForce Experience’s useful features like game recording or streaming through Moonlight, just turn off the following settings when not in use to squeeze more performance during Apex Legends sessions.

  • In-Game Overlay
  • Gamestream

How to Increase FPS in Apex Legends with an AMD GPU

Those who have AMD GPUs can also tweak a little bit in the Radeon Settings to increase Apex Legends’ performance. Just open AMD Radeon settings and go to the “Graphics” tab, click “Gaming” and select “Global Graphics“. There are presets here, choose any since you can modify them anyway as provided below.

  • Radeon Anti-Lag: Enabled
  • Radion Chill: Disabled
  • Radeon Boost: Disabled
  • Radeon Image Sharpening: Enabled
  • Wait for Vertical Refresh: Always Off

Then go to “Advanced” Settings

  • Anti-aliasing Mode: Use application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method: Multisampling
  • Morphological Filtering: Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use Application settings
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: On
  • Wait for Vertical Refresh: Always off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: On
  • Tessellation Mode: Override application settings
  • Maximum Tessellation Level: Off
  • AMD FreeSync: AMD optimized
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

You can choose to reset Shader Cache to clear the cache. Apex Legends is notoriously one of the games that gets updated very often. Resetting the shader cache is recommended to do at least once a year.

This is the pop up when the Xbox Bar (In-game overlay) is not disabled

How to Increase FPS in Apex Legends in Windows Machines

Below are some tweaks on your Windows PC to optimize the game and increase performance in Apex Legends. Doing all of these will also increase the PC’s performance in other games as a bonus. This will also allow productivity programs to run smoother on your PC. These settings should only be changed if you are desperate for performance. Otherwise, the GPU-centered settings should suffice.

Edit the videoconfig.txt file

In order to get to Apex Legends’ videoconfig.txt file, you must open the “RUN” box and type in “%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Respawn\Apex\local” without the quotes. Open the “videoconfig.txt” in Notepad and change the following settings:

  • “setting.cl_ragdoll_self_collision” to “0” – This removes the ragdoll physics.
  • “setting.csm_enabled” to “0” – This removes the shadows.
  • Do not forget to change the text file to read-only so as not to allow the game to change back to default everytime you play the game.

Disabling the Game DVR

Windows 10 has a Game DVR program built-in that often annoys users regardless if one is playing Apex Legends or The Sims 4. Aside from performance hit, the Game DVR puts out a box regarding the overlay. Turn off the Xbox Game bar and Game Mode in the “Game Mode settings“. Just type in “Game mode settings” after hitting the Windows key.

Changing the Windows DPI Scaling

DPI scaling adjusts the sizes of text and icons. Basically, you don’t want your PC to set aside performance for this particular activity. Disable the DPI scaling by going to C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ApexLegends and right-click Apex Legends’ executable r5apex.exe. Click on the “Change DPI Settings” and tick on the “override high DPI scaling” behavior. From the drop-down menu, choose “Application“. Also do not forget to disable “Fullscreen optimization.

Performance in Power Management

Allow your PC to sip more power while playing the game for more performance. Go to your PC’s “Power and sleep settings” and click “Additional Power Settings“. Customize a power plan and expand the options to unhide the additional power plans. Select “Ultimate Performance” or “AMD Ryzen High Performance.

Play over wired connection

If you have a PC that is capable and the performance continues to lag, make sure that you try playing via Ethernet cable and not WiFi. It is very easy to forget the congestion brought about by gaming with several Wifi devices at home competing in the bandwidth. This is a simple, oftentimes readily available solution for most gamers at home.

How to Increase FPS in Apex Legends through In-Game Settings

Sometimes the problem is hidden away in the game itself. There are several video settings that can drastically affect the game’s performance. Here are some of them:

  1. Play on native aspect ration and in Full Screen
  2. Disable V-Sync
  3. Pick TSAA in Anti-Aliasin
  4. Set the Texture Streaming Budget equal to your GPU VRAM
  5. Pick Anisotropic 16x in Texture Filtering
  6. Disable Ambient Occlusion Quality, Volumetric Lightning, and Dynamic Shadows.
  7. Set Sun Shadow Coverage, Spot Shadow Detail, and Sun Shadow Detail to Low. Effect Details and Ragdoll should also set to Low although the latter is already disabled in the videoconfig.txt tweak
  8. Impact Marks and Model Detail should be set to Medium
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