Best Settings For Valorant – Boost FPS, Increase Performance

Riot Games’ FPS game, Valorant, has now officially launched!

We have analyzed all the settings in the game and looked at the settings that professional Valorant players use to recommend the best settings to you.

We can not guarantee that this guide will fix issues like crashing, but you will most likely get higher FPS and remove distracting features.

First things first, you have to do is to ensure that you meet the recommended system requirements below. If you don’t meet the recommended system requirements, at least, then you’ll likely get some FPS issues or perhaps even crashes. We highly recommend that you upgrade your gaming PC if that is the case.

valorant best settings

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel i3-370M or equilavent
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000 (1GB VRAM) or equilavent

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel i3-4150 or equialvent
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 or equivalent

Hopefully, your PC meets the recommended system requirements. Valorant is not that demanding in terms of hardware so most PCs will be able to handle it. Let’s start with the most obvious optimization:

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Update Your GPU drivers

Before big game releases, NVIDIA and AMD often release driver updates that fix crashes, FPS issues, and more. We highly recommend that you check whether or not your GPU drivers are updated.

This may sound obvious, but updating your drivers is the first thing that you must do because AMD and NVIDIA usually release new drivers that can increase FPS drastically after game launches. It’s as easy as updating a piece of software on your PC.

Open up AMD Radeon Software (For AMD GPUs) or NVIDIA GeForce Experience (for NVIDIA GPUs)and check for updates. If there is an update available, download and install it.

Here’s a screenshot of our NVIDIA GeForce Experience during an update:

NVIDIA GeForce Experience Downloading A New Driver

Once it has finished downloading, simply click on the green Express Installation and you are good to go once it has finished installing.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience Express Installation

Best Mouse Settings For Valorant

VALORANT Mouse Settings

Most professionals lower their sensitivity so we will do that too.

  1. Open up Valorant
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Set Sensitivity: Aim to 0.5
  4. Set Scoped Sensitivity Multiplier to 1

We recommend that you use a mouse with 400 or 800 DPI and that your Windows sensitivity is 6 (middle).

The average eDPI amount the best VALORANT players is around 250-280 right now. Use our eDPI calculator to calculate your eDPI.

Best General Settings For Valorant

VALORANT General Settings

Now that we’ve optimized the mouse settings, let us move on to the rest of the general settings. Let’s optimize the game settings now. The following settings are based on professional Valorant players’ settings.

  1. Open up Valorant
  2. Click on Settings (top-left corner)
  3. Under Minimap, set Rotate to Fixed
  4. Set Keep Player Centered to Off
  5. Set Minimap Size to 1.1
  6. Set Minimap Zoom to 0.9
  7. Set Minimap Vision Cones to On
  8. Under Other, set Show Map Region Names to Always
  9. Set Show Corpses to On
  10. Set Instability Indicators to On
  11. Set Network Buffering to a minimum for the lowest possible input lag. Set to Moderate if your internet speed is on the slow side.
  12. Set Show Bullet Tracers to On

Best Crosshair For Valorant

VALORANT Crosshair Settings

Let’s move on to the crosshair settings now. While there is no perfect crosshair for Valorant, you are still able to end up with very good one after this.

  1. While in the settings menu, click on the Crosshair tab
  2. Set Crosshair Color to Green
  3. Set Outlines to On
  4. Set Outline Opacity to 0.5
  5. Set Outline Thickness to 1
  6. Set Center Dot to Off
  7. Set Fade Crosshair With Firing Error to On
  8. Under Inner Lines, set Inner Line Opacity to 1
    VALORANT Crosshair Inner Lines
  9. Set Inner Line Length to 5
  10. Set Inner Line Thickness to 2
  11. Set Inner Line Offset to 2
  12. Set Movement Error to On
  13. Set Firing Error to On
  14. Under Outer Lines, set Outer Line Opacity to 0
    VALORANT Crosshair Outer Lines
  15. Set Outer Line Length to 0
  16. Set Outer Line Thickness to 0
  17. Set Outer Line Offset to 0
  18. Set Movement Error to On
  19. Set Firing Error to On

Generally speaking, you don’t want a thick or large crosshair. We don’t recommend any outer lines.

Best Graphics Settings For Valorant

VALORANT Video Settings

Let’s move on to the graphics or video settings.

  1. While in the settings menu, click on the Video tab
  2. You should now be in the General subtab. Set Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution and refresh rate. For example, if you have a 144Hz 1440p gaming monitor, then set it to 2,560 x 1,440 16:9 (144Hz)
  3. Set Display Mode to Fullscreen
  4. Set Aspect Ratio Method to Fill
  5. Click on the Graphics Quality subtab.
    VALORANT Graphics Settings
  6. Set Material Quality to Med
  7. Set Texture Quality to Med
  8. Set Detail Quality to Med
  9. Set UI Quality to Med
  10. Set Vignette to Off
    This decreases visibility and visual clarity so be sure to turn it off
  11. Set VSync to Off
    Enabling VSync introduces input lag and you do not want that so be sure to turn it off
  12. Set Anti-Aliasing to MSAA 4x
    Enabling MSAA will not cost you much performance and it will prevent blurred edges
  13. Set Anisotropic Filtering to 2x
    Anisotropic filtering affects the sharpness of surfaces at oblique angles. You won’t see much of a difference so we recommend using a low setting here
  14. Set Improve Clarity to On
    You want the best clarity so we recommend that you enable this setting. You may get a significant performance boost by turning this off so you may want to test that and decide what you find most important.
  15. Set Bloom (Previously Enhanced Gun Skin Visuals (First Person)) to Off
    A purely cosmetic feature so we recommend that you disable this
  16. Set Distortion to Off
    This setting decreases visibility and clarity and you don’t want that so turn it off
  17. Set First Person Shadows (Previously Shadows) to On

We highly recommend that you get a monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz or above. See some great options here:

Optimize NVIDIA Control Panel Settings

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can optimize the NVIDIA Control Panel by following these steps:

  1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Click on Adjust Image Settings with Preview on the left side under 3D Settings
  3. Click on Use my preference emphasizing and move the slider to Performance if it is not there already
  4. Click on Apply
Escape from Tarkov optimize settings

All good! Let’s now manage some game-specific settings:

  1. Click on Manage 3D Settings
  2. Click on Program Settings
  3. Select Valorant in the dropdown menu
  4. Set Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance. You may want to split test this and the Optimal power as this setting’s effect depends on your GPU.
  5. Set Preferred refresh rate to Highest available
  6. Set Shader Cache to On
  7. Set Texture filtering – Quality to High performance
  8. Set Triple buffering to Off
  9. Set Vertical sync to Off
  10. Set Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames to 1

If you have a laptop, then make sure you have chosen High-performance NVIDIA processor as the preferred graphics processor.

Optimize AMD Radeon Settings

If you have an AMD graphics card, then follow these steps to optimize your AMD Radeon settings.

  1. Open up AMD Radeon Settings
  2. Click on the Gaming tab
  3. Click on Global Settings
  4. Set Anti-aliasing Mode to Override application settings
  5. Set Anti-aliasing Level to 2X
  6. Set Anisotropic Filtering Mode to On
  7. Set Anisotropic Filtering Level to 2X
  8. Set Texture Filtering Quality to Performance
  9. Set Wait for Vertical Refresh to Always Off
  10. Set Tessellation Mode to Override application settings
  11. Set Maximum Tessellation Level to 32x or lower

Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization

Moving on, we can do a simple thing that can free up some resources:

  1. Open the Windows Start Menu and enter Windows Update settings and click on the search result for it
  2. Click on Advanced Options
  3. Click on Delivery Optimization
  4. Make sure that the Allow downloads from other PCs setting is off

Disable OneDrive

We also recommend that you disable OneDrive if you’re not using it. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar and click on Exit.

Optimize Discord

If you’re playing Valorant, then you are most likely using Discord to communicate with your friends or team (if you are not playing solo).

Here is how you optimize Discord:

  1. Open up Discord and go to the User Settings page
    Discord User Settings
  2. Click on the Appearance tab and uncheck the Hardware Acceleration setting
    Discord Hardware Acceleration
  3. Click on the Overlay tab
  4. Make sure that Enable in-game overlay is unchecked
    Discord Enable in game overlay

Optimizing Google Chrome

If you’re using Google Chrome, you can turn off hardware acceleration as well. We recommend doing this and here is how:

  1. Open Google Chrome and go to the Settings page
  2. Scroll down to the end and click on the Advanced tab
  3. Scroll down to the end and make sure that the setting Use hardware acceleration when available is switched off
  4. Make sure that the setting Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed is switched off
  5. Relaunch Google Chrome

High-Performance Power Plan

You can boost the performance by enabling the high-performance power plan on your PC. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Windows start menu
  2. Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter
  3. Select the High performance option
High performance power plan

Enable Game Mode

Windows 10 has a setting called Game Mode that we recommend you turn on. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open the Windows start menu
  2. Type Game mode settings and press Enter
  3. Make sure that the Game Mode option is turned on.

Some people recommend turning Game Mode off, but that was correct a long time ago. Game Mode is actually good now and we recommend that you turn it on.

SSD

It should go without saying that SSDs are vastly superior to HDDs when it comes to speed and gaming. We recommend that you install Valorant on an SSD for the best loading times and gaming experience.

If your PC does not have any SSDs, you can get an external SSD.

Final Thoughts

After following this optimization guide, you should experience a much better and stable FPS than before.

Hopefully, you are now able to get a much better gaming experience playing Valorant.

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Samuel Stewart

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