Gaming computers are now more powerful than ever and can provide gamers with a great experience. However, there is one thing that can spoil the gaming experience – fps lag. This can be caused by a number of things, but one way to limit fps is to use Rivatuner.
Generally, higher fps means smoother animation. It is important to limit your fps when you are playing games to avoid any lagging issues.
RivaTuner is a popular tweaking software for Nvidia and AMD video card owners. FPS limiter is one of the features that allow you to limit your frames per second (FPS) in games. This can help eliminate screen tearing and stuttering, as well as save battery life on laptops.
In this article, we will show you how to use RivaTuner to limit FPS in your favorite games. Keep reading!
What is Rivatuner?
RivaTuner Statistics Server is a freeware utility that provides some useful features for overclocking and monitoring NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. Among other things, it enables you to limit the framerate on your games.
This can be handy if you want to save on power, or if you’re experiencing performance issues and want to see if limiting the framerate will help. In this article, we’ll show you how to use RivaTuner to limit the framerate in your games.
Why you might want to limit your FPS
The screen tearing occurs when the graphics card is rendering a new frame while the monitor is already displaying another one. This causes images to overlap and look blurry, which can spoil your game experience.
To avoid screen tearing, you should limit your framerate in games by using an FPS limiter. You can do so with certain software or by setting up custom refresh rates for your monitor.
How to limit FPS in games
There are several ways of limiting FPS in games:
Use Rivatuner, or another relevant software Use the Refresh Rate option in-game Setup custom screen refresh rates that match your card’s capabilities Disable vertical sync (vsync) in-game settings Limit maximum framerate in-game settings
In this article, we will show you how to set up RivaTuner to limit FPS in your games. We will also briefly touch on the other two options.
How to limit FPS with Rivatuner?
Rivatuner provides a simple interface for limiting framerate in video games. Once you’ve opened the program, all you need to do is specify the framerate limit and select the games you want it to affect.
To set up FPS limiter with Rivatuner:
Launch RivaTuner Head to statistics page Select NVIDIA GPU section Go to Overclocking/Monitoring tab Click Add Application button In the opened window find the game you want to limit FPS for in the Application name field and click “Add selected application” Tick the Framerate limit box Adjust framerate threshold value (e.g. 60) Save your changes by clicking OK.
This is it! If you want to, you can add more applications at a time. You can also adjust the settings of each application separately by right-clicking on it in the list and ticking the relevant boxes.
To set up Rivatuner for limiting framerate, follow the steps below:
- Launch RivaTuner
- Go tot he “Framerate limit” tab
- Click “add application”
- Select a game (you can select more than one simultaneously)
- Tick the box next to it to activate framerate limit for this application Change the framerate threshold value (e.g. 60)
- Press “Apply” button to save your changes
- You can also click “Default settings” option
- And then click “save profile”, so you don’t have to change your settings every time you launch a game.
What to do if you experience problems after limiting FPS
Sometimes, when you limit your FPS in games with Rivatuner, you might notice that your screen starts to flicker or go black for a few seconds. If this happens, don’t panic and follow the simple tips below:
Switch to fullscreen mode (Alt + Enter) and back Try disabling and then enabling SLI / CrossFire Turn off VSync in-game settings Try switching the power mode to “Prefer maximum performance” in NVIDIA Control Panel (Right-click on desktop -> NVIDIA Control Panel)
If you’re still experiencing problems after trying those steps, we recommend that you contact RivaTuner’s support team. Meanwhile, you can revert your changes and cap your FPS by using the “Default settings” button in the application.
The pros and cons of using Rivatuner to limit FPS
1. Easy configuration, you don’t need to mess with in-game settings Can be easily integrated into any software that supports profiles Eliminates the need for complicated configurations Disables VSync, so there is no screen tearing.
2. Easy to revert all changes you make with RivaTuner.
3. You can set up a framerate limit for all games at once, so you don’t have to do it every time.
4. Allows overclocking your GPU beyond its original specs.
5. Custom fan RPM curve adjustment (the higher the framerate, the faster the fan).
1. It’s not exactly legal because it modifies game code, which is why you need to use the software every time you want to play a game
2. Availability – you can only get access to RivaTuner if your graphics card vendor supports it
3. Can only be used to cap FPS, not to overclock your GPU Can cause problems for some users if they don’t know what they’re doing.
3. Inability to limit FPS higher than monitor’s refresh rate If you have a 60Hz monitor, it is impossible to set up FPS higher than 60 through RivaTuner or in-game settings
Also, when playing games with vsync enabled, the only way of limiting FPS is by disabling VSync in-game settings.
How to determine the right FPS limit for you?
Once your FPS is limited, it might be difficult to estimate how many FPS you are getting at a certain graphics quality setting during gameplay. However, there’s a way of getting around that. Just select a low graphics quality setting and record the maximum FPS counter in RivaTuner during gameplay. Then, adjust graphics quality settings to increase FPS until you reach the maximum value recorded earlier.
For example, if you got 80FPS while playing on low settings, you should try increasing graphics quality until you reach that value or higher.
You can also use this formula to calculate the right FPS limit for you:
Framerate = (Refresh rate * Resolution) / (Monitor_Size * Panel_Refresh_Rate)
Refresh rate = 60Hz (standard) Resolution = 1920×1080 (standard full HD) Monitor size = 24″ Panel refresh rate = unknown
FPS limit = (60 * 1920) / (24″ * 60) = 78.4 FPS
So if you have a 24″ monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate, you should try to limit your framerate to 78.4 FPS or higher.
If you want to overclock your GPU, either because it is factory-overclocked or you want better performance for gaming, you need to know what is the highest stable overclock. In this case, there’s a useful tool called FurMark, which can be used to test the stability and heat of your graphics card.
FurMark is a GPU stress-testing utility that can be used to max out the load on your GPU in order to determine the highest stable overclock. It also shows an overall score based on various tests, which you can use as a reference when overclocking.
Keep in mind
Your computer can be both CPU and GPU limited, meaning that it’s either not powerful enough to run games at certain settings (low FPS) or the game is optimized poorly (poor framerate).
Also, keep in mind that not all modern PC configurations are equal. They could differ by up to 25%+ fps! What this means is that games might run faster on your PC than on the one used for benchmarking.
To make sure you get an accurate picture of what to expect, it’s best to try out different graphics quality settings yourself or use Fraps utility. As mentioned above, you can also overclock your GPU, even if you’re using RivaTuner to limit FPS – but we recommend against this for inexperienced users.
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