Your performance in battle does not rest solely on your shoulders, Agent, nor on your teammates'. To do your best, your hardware must be able to keep up with you.
Optimizing your device's settings can help prevent lag and other performance issues, as well as improve your overall FPS (frames per second). Once you've met our minimum or recommended specs, here are a few more steps you can take that may help you get the most out of your device when playing VALORANT.
While the following settings are meant to bring the best out of your device, actual results may vary. Other factors, such as background processes, personal configurations, and the type of device you're using can also affect your device's performance.
Use a supported screen resolution
If you see black bars on the sides of your screen, it may be because you're playing in an unsupported resolution. But fear not, Agent—I have put together a guide on supported resolutions for such an occasion.
Check compatibility settings
- Right-click your VALORANT shortcut on your desktop or in the Start menu.
- Go to Properties.
- Click the Compatibility tab.
- Check the boxes for Disable fullscreen optimizations and Run this program as an administrator.
Configure power settings
Your power settings can determine how much energy your device designates to VALORANT. Configuring these settings probably won't affect much if you're playing on a desktop, but could be very helpful if you're on a laptop. You can configure Windows' energy saving options to ensure VALORANT gets the energy it needs to run smoothly.
- Press the Windows key. The Windows key is located between ctrl and alt to the left of the space bar.
- Type control panel and press enter.
- Click Hardware and Sound.
- Click Power Options.
- Choose High performance as your power plan.
GRAPHICS CARD OPTIMIZATION
Besides making sure your graphics card meets our minimum specifications and its drivers are up-to-date, there are a few additional settings you can adjust to optimize your card's performance. I've included steps below for both NVIDIA and AMD graphic card optimization. Not sure what type of graphic card you have? Here are some quick steps you can take to find out:
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Command Prompt window.
- Type dxdiag then press enter.
- Select the Display tab.
- Note the name and manufacturer of your card in the top left corner of the window.
Now that you know what type of graphic card you have, you can find the corresponding guide below to optimize your card.
- Right-click your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Under 3D Settings, go to Manage 3D settings.
- In the Global Settings tab, configure the following Settings:
Feature Setting CUDA - GPUs All Power Management Mode Prefer maximum performance Max Frame Rate On (Don't worry about touching the slider!) Shade Cache If you have an SSD -> ON
If you have an HDD -> OFF
Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames 1
- Under 3D Settings, go to Set PhysX Configuration.
- In the dropdown menu under Select a PhysX processor, select your graphic card.
- Under Display, go to Adjust desktop size and position.
- Under Preview, use the Refresh rate dropdown menu to confirm you have the highest refresh rate selected.
- Right-click your desktop and select AMD Radeon Software.
- In Radeon Software, click the Gear icon in the upper right, and select the Graphics tab.
- Click Advanced.
- Configure the following Settings:
Feature Setting Frame Rate Target Control Enabled
(Set to your monitor's maximum frequency.
Anti-Aliasing Use application settings
(Disabled in game)
Anti-Aliasing Method Multisampling
(Disabled in game)
Morphological Anti-Aliasing Disabled Anisotropic Filtering Use application settings
(Disabled in game)
Texture Filtering Quality Performance Surface Format Optimization Enabled Tessellation Mode AMD optimized OpenGL Triple Buffering Disabled