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How to show FPS in CS:GO

This is the easiest way to display your FPS whilst playing CS:GO.

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Graphics and display settings over the last half a decade have become an integral aspect to all types of video games around the world. Attention to detail for what the player can physically see on their screens has become its own job for game developers to work on in order to make the virtual world of video games look as realistic and defined as possible.

That is where you might hear the term FPS or “frames per second” being used a lot. Most video games today are developed with the goal of hitting a frame rate of 60 fps but anywhere between 30 fps to 60 fps is considered acceptable. 

That's not to say that games cannot exceed 60 fps, in fact, many do, but anything below 30 fps, animations may start to become choppy and show a lack of fluid motion.

The actual frames per second you experience varies throughout the game based on the hardware and what may be happening in the game at any given moment.

Evolution of graphics in video games.

In terms of hardware, as mentioned previously your graphics card and CPU will play a role in the frames per second but also your monitor can also impact the FPS that you'll be able to see. Many LCD monitors are set with a refresh rate of 60Hz meaning anything above 60 FPS will not be visible.

There are a number of factors that contribute to a game's framerate or frames per second (FPS) performance. The areas that can impact game frame rate/FPS include:


  • System hardware, such as the graphics card, motherboard, CPU and memory.
  • Graphics and resolution settings within the game.
  • How well the game code is optimized and developed for graphics performance.


The largest contributing factor to a game's framerate or FPS performance is the graphics card and CPU. In basic terms, the computer's CPU sends information or instructions from programs, applications, in this case, the game, to the graphics card. The graphics card will then, in turn, process the instructions received, render the image and send it to the monitor for display. 

There is a direct relationship between the CPU and GPU with the performance of your graphics card being dependent on the CPU and vice versa. If a CPU is underpowered it does not make sense to upgrade to the latest and greatest graphics card if it's not going to be able to utilize all of its processing power.

There's no general rule of thumb for determining what Graphics Card/CPU combo is best but if the CPU was a mid to low end CPU 18-24 months ago there's a good chance it's already at the low end of minimum system requirements.

In fact, a good part of the hardware on your PC is probably being surpassed by new and better hardware within 0-3 months of being purchased. The key is to try and find the right balance with the game's graphics and resolution settings.

How to show FPS in CS:GO

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Well, now you understand the importance of your FPS when playing video games and how useful it can be to you to track when gaming, here is how to troggle the FPS display on and off in CS:GO.

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

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


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