CS:GO Increase Performance & FPS Ultimate Guide

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CSGO ultimate performance guide

In this ultimate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive guide, I will be showing you things you can do which should hopefully increase the performance and FPS in CS:GO, making it run a lot smoother and better on your computer.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a fantastic, free-to-play shooter game on your Windows PC or laptop. But if you are finding CSGO a bit slow, not very responsive, and a bit laggy at times, then there can be many reasons why you are experiencing this.

Related: How To Show FPS in CS:GO

Why is my FPS dropping in CS:GO?

There can be many reasons why your FPS keeps dropping when playing Counter Strike Global Offensive. For example, it could be due to not having the latest driver installed for your graphics card, having the in-game video settings set to high and your system is struggling to handle it, or a setting within Windows is causing the issue.

Increase The Performance Of CSGO On PC:

Below are different methods for getting better FPS in CS:GO and boost performance on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer.

1. Update Windows 10

Make sure you have the latest updates and feature updates installed:

  • Right-click start menu icon > Settings
  • Update & Security
  • Click “Check for updates” button
Windows 10 check for updates button.

2. Update your Graphics Card Drivers

If your GPU drivers are out of date then this can cause significant performance problems:

3. Change Power Plan to High or Ultimate Performance

Changing your Windows power plan can give you an even better game performance:

  • Open the Windows start menu and search “Control panel” and open it
  • Change “View by” to “Small icons” > Click “Power Options
  • Select “High Performance” or “Ultimate Performance
  • If you would like to try Ultimate performance and it is hidden from your power plan list, then check out this post on how to enable it here.
Windows power plan high performance selected.
Power plan list showing the Ultimate Performance power plan option.

4. Adjust the Performance & Appearance of Windows

If you are using Windows 10 for gaming and don’t mind what it looks like, then reducing the appearance can help improve the performance of your games:

  • Open the start menu search “Appearance” > Click on “adjust the appearance and performance of windows
  • Select the “Visual Effects” tab > Click on “Adjust for best performance
  • Press Apply and OK
Performance Options window showing Adjust for best performance setting.

5. Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling

This will improve the performance and reduce latency in your games:

  • Open the Windows start menu and search “Graphics” > Open Graphics Settings
  • Toggle the Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling option to ON (if you don’t see this option then your Graphics card does not support it)
Graphics Settings showing Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling option.

6. Change Graphics Performance Preference to high

This will ensure your games are always running at high performance:

  • Right-click the Windows start menu > Settings
  • Click on System > Select Display on the left-hand menu
  • Click “Graphics settings” and under “Graphics performance preference” select “Desktop app
  • Click on Browse and find your game and add it
  • Once added select your game and click the “Options” button > Now select “High performance” then click on Save
Windows setting a games graphics preference to High Performance

7. Run a disk clean-up

Use the Windows 10 disk cleanup or if you have a third-party program use that.

  • Open the Windows start menu and search and open “Disk Clean-up
  • Select the drive you would like to clean
  • Select the options that you would like to clean (the more the better)
  • I recommend that you clear the DirectX shader cache
  • Click OK and Delete Files
Windows disk cleanup drive selection window.

8. Run a defrag and optimize your drive

This can help improve the performance of not only CSGO but also Windows:

  • Open Start menu and search and open “Defragment and Optimise Drives
  • Now select your main drive (If you have other drives do the same for each drive separately)
  • Click “Optimize
Windows 10 Optimize Drives window.

9. Enable Windows 10 Game Mode:

  • Right-click start menu > Settings > Gaming
  • Select Game Mode on the left > Toggle Game Mode to “On
Enable Game Mode toggle option.

10. Turn off Xbox Game Bar:

  • Right-click start menu > Settings > Gaming
  • Select Xbox Game Bar on the left > Toggle to “Off
Enable Xbox Game Bar option in Windows 10.

11. Uninstall Programs you no longer use

Remove programs you don’t need anymore on your computer:

  • Right-click start menu > Click “Apps and Features
  • Select programs from the list and click Uninstall
Windows 10 start menu icon context menu showing list of different options.

12. Make Steam use fewer resources

You can make Steam use fewer resources which will then allow your game to run better:

  • Right-click on the Steam shortcut on your desktop > Properties
  • Make sure the Shortcut tab is selected > In the Target box type the following at the end of the Steam directory path: -no -browser +open steam://open/minigameslist
  • Press Apply and OK
Steam shortcut Properties window showing Target textbox.

13. Make sure you have closed down all background programs

Ensure nothing is running in the background that could be causing CSGO performance to drop.

14. Create a user profile just for gaming

Create a new user profile that you only play games on and make sure that it is an admin:

  • Check out how to create a new local user account here

15. Put CSGO onto an SSD

This will increase loading times and performance.

16. Change graphics settings

Set all the graphics settings to the lowest within CSGO then slowly increase the settings until you notice a decrease in your FPS.

There you have it that is our ultimate guide for boosting the performance of Counter-Strike Global Offensive on your Windows 10 PC or laptop.

If you are still struggling with low fps or performance in-game in CSGO then try turning down your graphics settings slightly, as if your hardware is struggling to run the game then having incorrect graphics settings could really impact how CSGO runs.

Also, turning down the resolution can help make a huge difference in improving performance in CSGO.

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