Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is considered by many to be the most competitive first-person shooter in the esports scene. The game revolves around basic mechanics such as aiming (mouse control), movement (keyboard control), team communication, and advanced mechanics such as game sense and coordination. But mechanics alone can only get you so far in CSGO.
You may not know it, but the performance of your computer plays a major role in your ability to climb up the matchmaking ranks.
Frames per second is an important metric used to monitor your device’s performance. Frames per second is abbreviated FPS. That’s not to be confused with the acronym for first-person shooter. FPS can funnel you information to detect whether you are running into issues. As a result, you really should display the FPS counter on your monitor screen while gaming.
Even though CSGO can show your FPS, it does not make this feature easily accessible or user-friendly. You will find no option to display FPS in the game settings directly. Luckily, we are here to help!
Counter-Strike games are well-known for having a console that allows you to customize your game as you see fit, and you can use this to add an FPS counter into the game. In this guide, we will focus on the different methods by which players can view their FPS in CSGO.
How to Enable the In-Game CSGO FPS Counter
For this to work, open up your settings in CSGO. Then navigate to the bottom of the “Game” section and make sure the “Enable Developer Console (~)” setting is set to “Yes”.
Follow the steps given below either in the main menu or in-game.
- Press “ ~ ” on your keyboard to bring up the console.
- Type “cl_showfps 1” on the console and press “Submit” to enable the FPS counter.
Turning Off the FPS Counter in CSGO
To turn off the counter, you will have to reopen the console, enter the command “cl_showfps 0” and submit it.
Showing More Detailed Metrics
To display more detailed metrics( ping, packet loss, choke and more useful server & client information) of your device along with your FPS, simply open up the console by pressing “ ~ ”. Then type the command “net_graph 1” on the console and press “Submit”.
This can be disabled by typing the command “net_graph 0” on the console and submitting it.
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How to Enable Steam’s FPS Counter for Use in CSGO
Note: this FPS counter will apply to every game you play through steam. It will not just enable it within CSGO.
Follow the steps given below to show Steam’s in-game FPS counter in CSGO and other Steam games.
- Launch the Steam application.
- Select “Steam” on the top-left navigation bar of the Steam client. This action will open up a new settings window.
- Go to the sidebar and click “In-Game.”
- Locate the “In-game FPS counter” option and choose the position for the counter in one of four corners of your screen. (Enable “High contrast color” to make the FPS counter more readable.)
- Once done, click “OK” to enable the steam in-game FPS counter.
How to Enable NVIDIA FPS Counter
Before enabling the NVIDIA FPS Counter, ensure your device has an NVIDIA graphics card with NVIDIA GeForce Experience installed. We recommend you install the latest drivers for your graphics card.
Follow the steps given below to show the NVIDIA FPS counter in CSGO and all other games using your GPU.
- Open up the NVIDIA GeForce Experience software on your device.
- Once it’s opened, select the settings icon located on the top right.
- Ensure “IN-GAME OVERLAY” is toggled on and click the “SETTINGS” button.
- A new menu will pop up with several options. Find and choose the “HUD layout” option.
- In the HUD layout window, select the “Performance” tab and then click on one of the four quadrants to pick where you want the FPS counter to appear on your screen.
- Choose “FPS” from the four different types of on-screen display options (FPS, Basic, Advanced, and Latency). Finally, exit the window by clicking the “Back” button.
The NVIDIA FPS Counter overlay on your device has been enabled. And now, when you launch CSGO, you will see the NVIDIA FPS Counter on the screen location you chose previously.
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Enabling AMD FPS Counter
Before enabling the AMD FPS Counter, ensure your device has an AMD Radeon HD 7700 card or newer, with AMD Software installed. We recommend you install the latest AMD Radeon drivers for your graphics card.
Follow the steps given below to learn how to show FPS in CSGO and other games while running with an AMD GPU.
- Open the AMD Radeon Software.
- Click on the “Performance” tab.
- Select the “Tracking” option and make sure the “FPS” metric is toggled on. If needed, you can enable other metrics such as GPU, VRAM, CPU, and RAM.
- Select the “Overlay” option and toggle on “Show Metrics Overlay”.
The AMD FPS Counter overlay on your device has been enabled. The FPS counter will be visible on your screen when playing CSGO.
We hope these various methods have shown you how to show the FPS in CSGO. Having the frame rate counter visible can help you understand if your PC is struggling to play the game. If you see low frame rates, you can either reduce your graphics settings, close other background programs, or restart your PC.
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