Frame rate check­ing

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For real-time track­ing of frame rates in games, you may need some ex­tra soft­ware. While some games in­clude live fps coun­ters (like Destiny2), you’ll likely need to ac­ti­vate a separate over­lay to mon­i­tor your frame rate while play­ing. If you’re on Steam, then good news: Steam packs an in-game over­lay that in­cludes an fps counter. You can turn it on un­der “Set­tings ≥ In-Game,” and then it’ll ac­ti­vate au­to­mat­i­cally in any game you boot up. You can’t turn it on while play­ing, though.

Oth­er­wise, you’re go­ing to need some ex­ter­nal soft­ware. Un­for­tu­nately this does mean there’s a bit of ex­tra load on your CPU, but you shouldn’t no­tice much of a dif­fer­ence on mod­ern sys­tems. The GPU over­clock­ing soft­ware MSI After­burner is our go-to pro­gram for this, as it can dis­play a num­ber of other live stats in an over­lay. It’s free to down­load and can be used to track things like GPU tem­per­a­tures and clocks, as well as your frame rate. After­burner is, how­ever, a rather ar­cane piece of soft­ware. The UI is busy and un­nec­es­sar­ily stylised, which might prove an­noy­ing for some. Thank­fully, there’s a good al­ter­na­tive for those who like to keep things sim­ple.

Fraps (known as FRAPS, if you like yelling) is an­other piece of soft­ware that can be used for mon­i­tor­ing your frame rate. Its pri­mary use is for screen­shot and video cap­ture, but the free ver­sion en­ables you to pop up an fps counter on a hotkey when you’re gam­ing. It’s use­ful for mak­ing checks if you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing frame drop, but easy to hide so your UI won’t get too clut­tered in games.

Fraps might look and feel a bit dated, but it’s an ef­fec­tive tool, with a sim­ple, easy-to-use in­ter­face that won’t bash your CPU while it’s run­ning, so we rec­om­mend it. If you’re not look­ing to over­clock your GPU, we’d rec­om­mend it over After­burner.

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