5 ways to optimize your PC for Apex Legends (high FPS) 2022

Apex Legends is tons of fun at a high frame rate (Image via EA, Sportskeeda)
Apex Legends is tons of fun at a high frame rate (Image via EA, Sportskeeda)

Apex Legends is a famous battle royale game, and everybody wants to hop on and experience the extremely fast-paced action that it has to offer.

Unfortunately, Apex Legends can be an extremely resource-taxing title, and it turns out not everyone has a beefy PC to run it properly. This shooter is the kind of game best enjoyed at a high FPS, which low-end PCs struggle with.

Hence, this guide will present five important optimizations that you can do without any complex steps to help your PC run Apex Legends at its utmost potential. These optimizations will equally help lower-tier, mid-tier, and higher-tier PCs.

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Optimizations for Apex Legends

Here are some steps you'll need to follow to ensure you extract every last ounce of performance from your hardware:

1) Install game on C: Drive

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The first and most important advice is to install the game on your C: Drive, or the drive Windows is installed to. Having your C: Drive on an SSD can benefit the game with fast loading times and stable texture loading.

The reasoning behind this is that Apex Legends runs on a source engine, and source engine games prefer to stay as close to the operating system as possible. This step alone can help fix major micro stutters and inconsistent frame rates on your PC.

2) Set high graphical priority to Apex Legends

Windows graphics settings (Image via Sportskeeda)
Windows graphics settings (Image via Sportskeeda)

This optimization will ensure Apex Legends can utilize maximum GPU resources for the best FPS.

  • Go over your Apex Legends Icon - Right Click - Open File Location - Double Click on the Address Bar - Copy
  • Windows Settings - Search "Graphics Settings" - Browse - Go to the Address Bar and remove existing address - Paste the previously copied address and select Add
  • The game should now be visible below Graphics Performance Preference - Click once on the game - Options - High Performance

3) Command line arguments/launch options

Steam launch settings (Image via Sportskeeda)
Steam launch settings (Image via Sportskeeda)

Command Line Arguments are an excellent way to force the game to always run at desired settings. We recommend you do your research and find the best command lines for your system. Here are some important ones.

Copy these Command Lines : -forenovsync -preload -high -fullscreen +fps_max unlimited

Origin launch settings (Image via Sportskeeda)
Origin launch settings (Image via Sportskeeda)

The next step will differ if you are playing on Steam or Origin.

  • Steps for Steam: Go to your Library - Select Apex - Properties - Paste the Command Lines in the Launch Options.
  • Steps for Origin: Go to Game Library - Right Click on Apex Legends - Game Properties - Advanced Launch Options - Paste the given command lines in the Command Line Arguments - Save

4) Setting up your Nvidia Control Panel Settings

The Nvidia settings box (Image via Sportskeeda)
The Nvidia settings box (Image via Sportskeeda)

Fine-tuning your Nvidia settings will ensure that your GPU always prioritizes the maximum performance for your game by going to your Nvidia Control Panel and selecting "Manage 3D settings" in the left vertical bar.

You can choose to have these settings specifically for your game or as global settings for your PC:

  • You can follow these settings: Image Scaling - Off
  • Ambinet Occlusion - Off
  • Anisotropic filtering - Application Controlled
  • Anti-Aliasing - FAAA - Off
  • Anti-Aliasing - Gamma correction - On
  • Anti-aliasing mode - Application Controlled
  • Anti-aliasing Transparency - Off
  • Background Application Max Frame Rate - Off
  • CUDA GPU's - All
  • DSR - Factors - Off
  • Low Latency Mode - Ultra (We recommend trying out what works for you)
  • Max Frame Rate - Off
  • Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) - Off
  • OpenGL Rendering GPU - (Select your GPU)
  • Power Management Mode - Prefer maximum performance
  • Preferred refresh rate - Application Controlled
  • Shader Cache Size - Unlimited
  • Texture filtering - Anisotropic sample optimization - On
  • Texture filtering - Quality - High Performance
  • Triple Buffering - Off
  • Vertical Sync - Off
  • Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames - 1
  • Virtual Reality - Variable Super Sampling - Off

5) In-game settings

Video settings I (Image via Sportskeeda)
Video settings I (Image via Sportskeeda)

While Windows and GPU optimizations are pretty important, it is to be noted that in-game settings can also give you an incremental FPS boost if done right by going to the Video Section in-game and then following settings above.

Video settings II (Image via Sportskeeda)
Video settings II (Image via Sportskeeda)
  • Display Mode - Full Screen
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9 (Select your native option)
  • Resolution - (Select your native resolution, for most people, it will be 1920*1080)
  • Brightness - (Set this according to preference and monitor output)
  • Field of View (FOV) - 110 (Lower this can slightly benefit performance, but we recommend 110 for the best experience)
  • FOV Ability Scaling - Disabled
  • Sprint View Shake - Minimal
  • V-Sync - Disabled
  • Nvidia Reflex - Enabled + Boost
  • Adaptive Resolution FPS Target - 0
  • Anti-aliasing - TSAA (You can turn this off for slightly better performance)
  • Texture Streaming Budget - Very Low (2GB VRAM) / None (if you are on extremely low-end GPU)
  • Texture Filtering - Bilinear
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality - Disabled
  • Sun Shadow Coverage - Low
  • Sun Shadow Detail - Low
  • Volumetric Lighting - Disabled
  • Dynamic Spot Shadows - Disabled
  • Model Detail - Low
  • Effects Detail - Low
  • Impact Marks - Disabled
  • Ragdolls - Disabled

Note: This article is subjective and solely reflects the writer's opinions.

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