Let’s face it; whenever you adjust the graphic settings of any given game, you don’t really know what’s going on.
There are too many settings to choose from, and really, you just want to go ahead and play without having choppy, low FPS graphics.
For FPS games such as VALORANT, your graphics settings can have a significant impact on your gameplay.
Luckily we have tested the best graphic settings for VALORANT, so you don’t have to.
And in this guide, we will show you precisely what graphic settings are best to minimize input lag and have your PC running the game in the most efficient way possible.
Let’s dive in!
The best way to maximize your FPS and reduce input lag is to:
There are two ways to set your graphic settings that we’ve tested, these are:
We recommend these settings if you value the highest performance and the lowest input lag.
These are the settings that most pros play on.
These settings are crucial if you have a low-end machine.
We recommend these settings if you want to admire the aesthetics of the game.
Setting the quality to Medium will barely affect your FPS and are best for mid to high-end machines.
Some pros prefer Medium settings over Low settings as it allows for slightly better clarity.
Setting the enemy color to yellow allows you to see enemies clearer than ever.
Just look at the differences in clarity between the two:
One nifty trick I found that should work in most monitors is to turn up the Digital Vibrance.
For AMD GPU users, “Digital Vibrance” is known as “Saturation.”
You will want to set your Digital Vibrance to 80% or above.
I have it set to 80%, but you can play around with the range.
If you haven’t messed around with this setting before, you will find that there will be a significant difference in colors.
Here is how it looks like:
When it comes to in-game performance when gaming, you should know that higher FPS = less input lag.
Which is true.
But it may lead you to think that “uncapping” your FPS would allow you to play on the highest FPS.
However, when in terms of reducing input lag, this is not the case.
Playing on uncapped FPS subjects your CPU to bottleneck, causing more latency which means your bullets will register slower.
In other words, playing on uncapped FPS introduces input lag.
So instead, here’s what you should do:
Head to Settings → Video → Stats, and under Client, FPS select “Text Only.”
In your in-game settings, head to Video → General, and under “Limit FPS Always,” select the “Off” option.
Have fun. If you want to get it over and done with, head to the range and spawn the bots, that way, it mimics what you would see in competition.
Note down or make a mental note of what FPS your game is currently running on consistently.
You will want to cap your FPS higher than your monitor’s refresh rate but lower than what your CPU and GPU are capable of doing.
The best way to determine this is by taking your consistent FPS value to use as a cushion.
And depending on your refresh rate, you will want to ensure it’s higher than your monitor’s refresh rate.
Here are some examples:
If your consistent FPS is 150 and your monitor’s refresh rate is 144Hz, you will want to cap my FPS at 200.
If you find that your FPS is high, but you only game on a 60Hz monitor, I would recommend upgrading your monitor to complement your high FPS.
If you find that your FPS is low but your monitor’s refresh rate is high, it means that your GPU is not strong enough, and it would be good to upgrade your GPU.
But if you find that your FPS is at a consistent range, you ensure that your PC is running VALORANT as smoothly and efficiently as possible, cutting down on input lag as much as you can.
By now, you should know what the best graphic settings for VALORANT are and how to maximize your PC’s efficiency so you can reduce input lag as much as you can.
The FPS cap strategy is not well-known, but you should feel that you are slightly more responsive if you implement it.
Overall, optimizing your game to produce a high, consistent FPS is key to having an enjoyable gaming experience in VALO and also ensures you have a competitive advantage.
But it won’t automatically make you better.
When it comes to improving in VALORANT, you will want to improve your game sense and your aim.