Best Settings for Fortnite on a PC (Optimal FPS)

Fortnite on PC computer

Best Settings for Fortnite on a PC (Optimal FPS)

As one of the most played games on the planet, it’s easy to get lost playing Fortnite for hours. As the most popular battle royale title, millions of players jump into Fortnite every day to achieve a “Victory Royale”. While Fortnite players can access the game across many consoles, PC players can best tweak game settings. 

If you want a great experience playing Fortnite on PC, you want to optimize your settings for the best performance. The biggest thing to know is that different computers can handle different settings. As is the case with many PC games, there is a bit of testing and learning on your machine to find what works best. 

With this in mind, let’s look at the best PC settings for Fortnite for most people. 

Even though Fortnite can run well on various PC hardware, Epic Games still has some basic recommendations. The good news is that you don’t need a graphics card worth $600 and above to get started. With the recommended requirements below, you’ll find good performance on lower-end and middle-of-the-road gaming systems. With these settings, you can easily play Fortnite at 1080p between Medium and High settings. 

  • Video card: Epic recommends an NVIDIA GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent
  • Video memory: At least 2GB of VRAM
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz, AMD Ryzen 3 3300U, or equivalent
  • Memory (RAM): 16GB of RAM or higher
  • Hard drive: SSD is recommended
  • Operating system: Both Windows 10 and 11 64-bit versions will do

However, if you want to take advantage of Epic’s “Quality PC” requirements for Fortnite, you’ll want the following components: 

  • Video card: NVIDIA RTX 3070, AMD Radeon 6700 XT, or equivalent GPU
  • Video memory: 8GB VRAM or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB of RAM or higher
  • Hard drive: NVMe SSD
The wide range of weapons and gadgets is part of the reason Fortnite is so much fun.

Best Fortnite Settings for a Lower-End Gaming PC

Ideally, on a lower to middle-of-the-road gaming PC, you want to try and shoot for 60 FPS (frames per second). At this FPS rate, you will have the smoothest and most enjoyable Fortnite gaming experience. Yes, you can try and take things a little higher but by doing so, there is a chance you can make things run less smoothly. The most important consideration is that you can tweak the following settings based on your PC’s hardware configuration. 

Display Settings

  • Window Mode: Set this to Fullscreen as not doing so could result in dropped frame rates. 
  • Resolution: Ideally, this should be set to 1920 x 1080 or Full HD. Higher-end machines can try for 1440p but 1080p is good for most people. 
  • Frame Rate Limit: Set this to Unlimited. You can match your monitor’s frame here if you want but Unlimited will do the same thing. 

Graphics Settings 

  • 3D Resolution: Set this to 100%. If you have any performance issues, you can set this down to 80% (or even to 65%) to see if it resolves any latency concerns. 
  • View Distance: This should be set to Epic. This is important as the view distance determines how far on the map you will be able to see. Seeing loot boxes, teammates, or enemies in the distance is worth the sacrifice of a few frames per second. 
  • Shadows: Disable this and set it to Off. 
  • Anti-Aliasing: Disable and set to Off. 
  • Textures, Effects, and Post-Processing: Set all three of these to Low. 

Advanced Graphics Settings

  • V-Sync: Turn this Off. 
  • Motion Blur: Turn this Off as well. 
  • Rendering Mode: This should be set to DirectX 11. You do have a “Performance Mode” option but this should only be used if you have really strong gaming hardware. 
  • NVIDIA Reflect Low Latency: Turn this On + Boost
  • Ray Tracing: Disable this feature. While Ray Tracing is all the rage these days as it can make your game look even better, it does so by sacrificing overall game performance. This could have a dramatic impact on your FPS on lower-end hardware. 
Fortnite lacks any blood or explicit content.

Best Fortnite Settings for a High-End Gaming PC

On a higher-end gaming PC, your Fortnite settings can be tweaked to give you better performance and higher frames per second. 

Display Settings

  • Window Mode: This should continue to be set to Fullscreen. 
  • Resolution: You can keep this at Unlimited or ideally set it to match your monitor’s native resolution. 
  • Frame Rate Limit: With the Frame Rate Limit, you should ideally keep this set to match your monitor’s refresh rate. If you try to push above your monitor’s refresh rate, you could potentially have screen tearing issues. 

Graphics Settings 

  • 3D Resolution: You can set this to 100%, but you have the option of reducing the percentage if performance is an issue. If you start to have issues, reducing this to 80% is an easy fix. 
  • View Distance: Any higher-end gaming PC should be able to handle this setting as Epic. You can reduce this setting if you feel as if it’s becoming annoying as buildings just pop in on the screen. 
  • Shadows: Disable this and turn it Off. 
  • Anti-Aliasing: You can leave this on High. 
  • Textures: You can leave this set to Medium. 
  • Effects: Start by leaving this on High and then adjusting accordingly. 
  • Post-Processing: This setting can also be left on High and then tweaked if performance is a concern. The caveat here is that the higher you leave this setting, the more likely you are to have blur when trying to look long-range on the map. 

Advanced Graphics Settings

  • V-Sync: Turn this Off. There is very little reason to use this setting as it can cause input lag. 
  • Motion Blur: Turn this Off. This effect is mostly to make Fortnite look more “cinematic” while playing and it’s not necessary to use. 
  • Rendering Mode: This should continue to be set to DirectX 11 or DirectX 12. You could consider using the available “Performance Mode” if you have the latest PC gaming components but it’s not worth the performance tradeoff for most people. 
  • NVIDIA Reflect Low Latency: Turn this On + Boost
  • Ray Tracing: If you have a powerful enough rig, you can toggle this On, but there continues to be an existing question about need. If you do activate Ray Tracing you will sacrifice a few frames per second. Ray Tracing may not be worth using in a multiplayer game like Fortnite where every frame counts. 

It’s worth pointing out that “higher-end” gaming PCs have a variety of definitions. Given that, these settings are mostly left for medium to high-end hardware, so there are some additional settings you can tweak to get even more out of your Fortnite settings. For example, you can adjust your Frame Rate Limit to set the maximum refresh rate of your monitor. However, if neither of these settings helps you get the most out of Fortnite, you’ll want to change over to Performance Mode. 

Fortnite was inspired by the same book that inspired The Hunger Games, “Battle Royale”.

How to Set Up Performance Mode in Fortnite Settings 

If you don’t have a powerful enough gaming PC for either the lower-end or higher-end settings, you should give Performance Mode a try. This might be right for someone who doesn’t have a dedicated gaming computer but still wants to jump into a battle royale. Fortnite won’t look as good, but it should play smoothly enough to enjoy. 

To set up Performance Mode, download the game and then head to Settings > Video > Rendering Mode, and send Rendering Mode to Performance. Now click on Save and then Fortnite will advise you to restart the game for the update to take effect. 

How to Set Up Fortnite Settings for Competitive Players

Should you want to try your hand at Fortnite as a competitive player, you can easily adjust your settings for the best experience. This is essentially taking the higher-end setting recommendations and kicking them up a notch or two: 

  • Window Mode: Fullscreen
  • Resolution: Keep this set to your monitor’s native resolution 
  • VSYNC: Keep this Off
  • Frame Rate Limit: Set this to equal your monitor’s maximum refresh rate
  • Rendering Mode: DirectX 12
  • Motion Blur: Keep this Off. 
  • Anti-Aliasing/Super Resolution: NVIDIA DLSS or Off. With this feature off, Fortnite graphics take a slight hit but you get a good FPS boost. 
  • Temporal Super Resolution: Performance
  • Dynamic 3D Resolution: Turn this Off and you choose how Fortnite looks rather than the game deciding for you. 
  • Virtual Shadows: Off
  • Reflections: Off
  • View Distance: Ideally, this should be set to Medium
  • Textures: Medium
  • Effects: Low
  • Post Processing: Low
  • Ray Tracing: Off

How to Show Frames Per Second During a Fortnite Match

By turning this feature on, you should be able to see how well your selected settings are to get you your ideal frame rate. To show you the frame rate on the screen, go to the bottom of the General Settings page and look under Advanced Graphics. As soon as you enable Show FPS, you will have an FPS count at the top of your screen as soon as you are in a competitive match.

Wrapping Up

The good news is that no matter what, you should be able to play Fortnite on just about any decent PC. Even those who don’t own a dedicated gaming PC may be able to play Fortnite at lower settings. The question really isn’t can you play Fortnite, but can you win Battle Royale?

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which Fortnite settings are best for my computer?

While you should know the specs of your machine, if you are unsure, choose the Auto-Set option and let the game choose for you. 

Can you use the Auto-Set option for graphics settings in Fortnite?

Absolutely! Set this option and Fortnite will automatically scan your computer and determine the best possible settings. 

Should you use DirectX 11 or Direct X 12?

Under the best conditions, lower-end PCs should use DirectX 11 while higher-end computers can use DirectX 12. 

What should the ideal frame rate be in Fortnite?

On a lower-end PC, you want to shoot for at least 60FPS as this will look pretty good. On a higher-end PC, you want to be at least double this number. 

Should I use Ray Tracing when playing Fortnite?

You certainly can use Ray Tracing as it does improve graphics but it can cause a notable FPS performance drop. 

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