Valorant FPS Capped at 225? Here’s How to Fix It 

Valorant FPS capped at 225

Since upgrading your rig and monitor for that buttery smooth gameplay, you’ve been noticing a strange cap on your Valorant frames at 225 FPS? You’re not alone. Many players, despite having the hardware for higher frame rates, find themselves held back by this mysterious limit.

This guide is aimed at Valorant players rocking monitors with refresh rates exceeding 225Hz. If you’re a proud owner of a 240Hz or even a 360Hz panel, this information will help you squeeze every last drop of performance out of your setup.

Potential Causes of the 225 FPS Cap

Several sneaky settings can throttle your FPS in Valorant, keeping you from achieving the visual fluidity your monitor craves. Let’s delve into the common culprits.

In-game Settings

Let’s explore some in-game settings related culprits.

Frame Rate Limiter

Valorant offers a built-in frame rate limiter. Ensure it’s not accidentally set to 225 FPS. Look for the graphics settings menu and navigate to the “Video” tab.

V-Sync

This in-game setting synchronizes your frame rate with your monitor’s refresh rate to prevent screen tearing. While beneficial for some, V-Sync can introduce a soft cap, potentially limiting your FPS to your monitor’s refresh rate (or slightly below).

Graphics Card Settings

Here are graphics card settings you might look at.

Valorant FPS capped at 225
Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti

Nvidia Control Panel

Nvidia users, pay attention! The Nvidia Control Panel harbors a setting called “Low Latency Mode” (LLM). This feature aims to reduce input lag, but on the “Ultra” setting, it can automatically cap your frame rate at 225 FPS.

Frame Rate Limiter

The Nvidia Control Panel also boasts its own frame rate limiter. Double-check that it’s disabled to avoid any unwanted restrictions.

Other Considerations

You might want to consider the following.

Resource-hungry Background Applications

Background programs like web browsers or music players can hog valuable system resources, indirectly impacting your frame rate.

Outdated Graphics Drivers

Outdated drivers might not be optimized for the latest games, potentially leading to performance bottlenecks.

Troubleshooting Steps to Unleash Your True FPS Potential

Now that we’ve identified the potential roadblocks, let’s get down to business and troubleshoot.

Fine-tune In-game Settings

  • Open Valorant and navigate to the “Settings” menu.
  • Click on the “Video” tab.
  • Locate the “Frame Rate Limiter” option and ensure it’s set to “Unlimited” or your desired maximum value (e.g., your monitor’s refresh rate).
  • Uncheck the “V-Sync” box to disable it completely.

Adjust Graphics Card Settings

  • Open the Nvidia Control Panel (right-click on your desktop and select “Nvidia Control Panel”).
  • Navigate to “Manage 3D Settings.”
  • Select “Program Settings” from the left pane.
  • Find “Valorant” from the list and click “Add.”
  • Under “Low Latency Mode,” set the option to “On” (disables the auto cap).
  • Scroll down and ensure there’s no frame rate limit set under “Max Frame Rate.”

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Final Thoughts

By following these steps, you should be able to bypass the 225 FPS cap and experience Valorant in all its silky-smooth glory. Remember, hardware limitations might play a role. If the issue persists after trying these solutions, consider seeking assistance from the official Valorant forums or contacting Riot Games support.

FAQs

Q. What is V-Sync and why might it limit my FPS?
A. V-Sync synchronizes your frame rate with your monitor’s refresh rate to prevent screen tearing, a visual artifact that appears as horizontal lines tearing across the screen. While it eliminates tearing, V-Sync can introduce a slight input lag and potentially cap your FPS at your monitor’s refresh rate or slightly below.

Q. What is Low Latency Mode (LLM) and how does it affect FPS?
A. Low Latency Mode (LLM) is a setting in Nvidia Control Panel designed to reduce input lag, the time between your action and the response on screen. While beneficial for competitive gameplay, enabling LLM on “Ultra” can automatically cap your frame rate at 225 FPS to achieve lower latency.

Q. Can outdated graphics drivers cause FPS limitations?
A. Yes, outdated graphics drivers might not be optimized for the latest games. Using outdated drivers can lead to performance bottlenecks, resulting in lower FPS than your hardware is capable of. Regularly updating your drivers ensures optimal performance.

Q. What are some alternative methods to limit frame rate?
A. While not recommended for most users, some games offer built-in frame rate limiters. Additionally, third-party tools like RTSS (RivaTuner Statistics Server) provide extensive control over frame rate limiting, allowing for more granular adjustments.