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Best Fortnite Settings: Boost FPS and Performance

Courtenay Smith Published March 18, 2019 Settings
Courtenay’s love for gaming started when she was handed a Game Boy SP as a child. From there her youthful gaming memories consist of hitting some Donkey Kong bongos and cruising around Vice City listening to 'Take Me to the Clouds Above' at an unsuitable age. Since, she has gained a love for both PC and console games, sometimes even jumping on mobile. Don’t judge! When she’s not writing for the site she enjoys travelling, film, and diving down the rabbit hole that is YouTube.
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If you want to boost your framerate and reduce latency once and for all, start using the best Fortnite settings today.

A multiplatform game like Fortnite is well optimized, and with Epics own game engine, Unreal Engine 4, you’ll receive great visual results with the default settings. Despite this fact, there are still numerous things you can tinker with to massively boost the performance.

Here at Game Gavel, we have compiled a list of suggested settings for Fortnite on the PC, including some of the settings the pro players use. After all, they must be doing something right! So, let’s climb out of the bus and jump into our Fortnite settings guide.


Fortnite System Requirements for PC

Regardless of what game you wish to play, you must look into the system requirements to ensure you can run the game in the first place. Here are the system requirements for Fortnite on the PC, including recommended and minimum specs. These settings will help your game run better, but they won’t teach you how to play Fortnite by default. We recommend checking our other guides if you need these pro tips.

ComponentMinimumRecommended
Operating SystemWindows 7/8/10 64-bit or Mac OSX Sierra*Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
ProcessorCore i3 2.4 GhzCore i5 2.8 Ghz
Memory4 GB RAM 8GB RAM
Video CardIntel HD 4000Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
Video Memory2 GB VRAM2 GB VRAM

How to Change Settings in Fortnite

Now, we are aware that Fortnite is one of the most popular games of our time, yet it’s important to consider beginners who aren’t aware of how to change the settings.

  1. Go to the lobby
  2. Click on the (Durrr) hamburger icon in the top right corner of your screen
  3. Click on the gear icon from the dropdown menu
  4. Select video settings

What’s the Best Mouse Sensitivity for Fortnite?

While some players prefer a high mouse sensitivity, others feel more comfortable with a lower sensitivity so that they feel in control, so it really depends on your own personal preferences.

That being said, it is best to ensure your sensitivity isn’t too high so that you can accurately aim at distant, moving enemies.

If you aim and miss because your sensitivity is too high, you’ll give away your position and likely die yourself. Though, if your sensitivity is too low, you won’t be able to move around swiftly, unless you’re a pro. Many professional Fortnite players have their sensitivity low in order to fine-tune their aim to climb the leaderboard faster. We will get into pro settings later on.

Fortnite Mouse Settings

Recommended Mouse Sensitivity: 0.07

If you have a decent gaming mouse, it’ll likely have a DPI (Dot Per Inch) button. Refer this handy guide on how to change mouse sensitivity. This button enables you to change the speed of the mouse’s on-screen movements with a single button press, handy for sniper lovers.

A great way for us to compare the true sensitivity of other players, regardless of their settings, is Effective DPI. The eDPI is calculated in the following way:

eDPI = Sensitivity x DPI

If your mouse doesn’t have a DPI button, then it is important that you ditch the typical office mouse and opt for one with side buttons to ensure that you’re able to game with speed. Once you have the ability to bind building inputs to your mouse’s thumb buttons, you’ll be a fort building pro!

Speaking of the pros, one of the most popular mice for Fortnite is the Finalmouse Ultralight Pro, used by Tfue. To be more specific, the type of Finalmouse Tfue uses is the Air58 Ninja in Cherry Blossom Red. Here are the details on it:

  • Weight: 58 grams
  • Colors: Cherry Blossom Red and Cherry Blossom Blue
  • Buttons: 2 side buttons and a DPI button on top
  • Hand-painted and engraved haiku scroll

If you wish to purchase this mouse, note that it is in very high demand, so processing time may take longer than usual.

Scope sensitivity

If you’re into camping in forts with a scoped weapon, ensuring that you can accurately shoot your ant-sized enemies from a distance is vital. In most cases, accuracy is more important than speed, which is why we suggest lowering your scope sensitivity to ensure you don’t miss a shot.

Scope eDPI  = (Sensitivity x DPI) x Scope Sensitivity

Tip: To change mouse settings simply follow the instructions above from steps 1-3, then select the “game” tab.


Display Resolution and Video Settings

There is a variety of different video and display settings in Fortnite, but what does each setting mean? Here is a breakdown of all of the video settings in order of how they appear in-game, alongside our recommended inputs for you to try out.

Window Mode

Windowed mode is convenient for those moments when you get destroyed mid-game and you want to express your anger to your pals outside of the game, such as on Discord. It’s not so great, however, when it comes to performance as the windowed mode is known to decrease FPS, so it’s best to stick to fullscreen mode.

To this, simply press ALT + Enter to toggle screen modes. Alternatively, you can do the following:

  • Go to settings
  • Select the Video tab
  • Select Screen Mode for Windowed, Fullscreen, or Borderless Windowed.

Display Resolution

Although a lower resolution boosts FPS, boosting performance, it decreases graphics. Therefore, 1080p (1920×1080) is the minimum recommended display resolution for Fortnite.

Frame Rate Limit

As suggested by the title, this setting caps the game’s performance at your chosen frame rate limit. The best thing to do when it comes to frame rate limit is to play a few matches, note down the most common framerate you get, and then change the limit to that. You can, however, uncap this.

Quality

Changing the quality setting will mess up all of the above settings, so it’s best to avoid the quality setting.

3D Resolution

Changing the 3D resolution allows you to run a lower in-game resolution. We recommend that you keep this at 100%, otherwise, it’ll look like you’re gaming on a potato.

View Distance:

When you choose between the view distance options, you are choosing the point at which objects are rendered. If you want full vision, it is best to change this setting to epic for an epic performance.

Fortnite Graphics Settings

Shadows:

Although you may think that this setting is only associated with aesthetics, shadows actually give you a bit of an advantage when it comes to Fortnite. If you’re hiding behind a wall and have shadows turned on, you’ll be able to see the shadows of approaching enemies. So, go ahead and set shadows to high.

Anti-Aliasing:

Setting anti-aliasing to high makes objects look a lot smoother. Depending on your PC, we suggest setting this to either medium or high.

Textures:

Textures allow for, you guessed it, a more detailed appearance. You’ll require a powerful graphics card to set textures to epic, yet if you don’t have the best graphics card for gaming, go for medium or high.

Effects:

Effects won’t make objects look better, however, it will give specific things in-game more detail, such as water and explosions. Because of this, it is one of the most taxing settings as frame rates are higher during explosions, therefore, go for a medium setting.

Post Processing:

When this is on a higher setting, objects seem a lot softer. If you’re after a sharper look, select the medium option, if not, go for low.

Vsync:

Turning Vsync on allows for full-frame rendering, although turning this on means your computer is working at full force, so it’s best to just keep Vsync off.

Motion Blur:

The only thing motion blur does is add a blur effect when moving, so it’s your choice whether to keep this off or on.

ShowFPS:

It is beneficial to show FPS when playing around with the settings as it allows you to see if what you have changed has affected overall performance.


What Settings Do Fortnite Pros Use?

We have just suggested a range of settings for you to play around with, now it’s time to look into what the pro players use. Professional Fortnite players will understand the game more than the average player, meaning they know what settings to change to improve visuals, performance, and FPS.

Ninja

Ninja is one of the most popular Fornite players right now; with almost 7,000 kills and 360 wins in Season 7, he is definitely ahead of the game. But are Ninjas Fortnite settings a match for you?

Fortnite Ninja Looking In The Distance With Battle Royale Logo

Game Settings Input
Mouse Sensitivity X0.077
Mouse Sensitivity Y0.079
Mouse Scope Sensitivity0.569
DPI800
Mouse Targeting Sensitivity 0.399
Polling Rate1000 Hz

As for the video settings:
Video SettingsInput
Window ModeFullscreen
Resolution1920×1080 16:9
Frame Rate LimitUnlimited
3D Resolution1920 x 1080 (100%)
View DistanceEpic
ShadowsOff
Anti-AliasingOff
TexturesEpic
EffectsEpic
Post ProcessingLow
VsyncOff
Motion BlurOff
Show FPSOn
Wondering what else keeps Ninja winning? 5 minutes into a new headset and Ninja said his game improved already. Check out what headset Ninja uses.

TSM Myth

Although Myth has the lowest amount of lifetime wins out of our three chosen pros, he is still way ahead of many players at 263 wins. Here are his current settings.

Myth Playing Fortnite Splitscreen Using A Controller

Game Settings Input
Mouse Sensitivity X0.080
Mouse Sensitivity Y0.080
Mouse Scope Sensitivity0.450
DPI650
Mouse Targeting Sensitivity 0.575
Polling Rate1000 Hz
Video Settings:
Video SettingsInput
Window ModeFullscreen
Resolution1920×1080 16:9
Frame Rate LimitUnlimited
3D Resolution1920 x 1080 (100%)
View DistanceEpic
ShadowsOff
Anti-AliasingEpic
TexturesMedium
EffectsMedium
Post ProcessingLow
VsyncOff
Motion BlurOff
Show FPSOn

Tfue

Tfue is a professional Fortnite Twitch streamer for FaZe clan. But, will copying his inputs make you as good as him? That’s for you to test out.

Tfue Playing Fortnite Battle Royale Splitscreen Looking Into The Camera Wolfman Running (copy)

Game Settings Input
Mouse Sensitivity X0.10
Mouse Sensitivity Y0.10
Mouse Scope Sensitivity0.70
DPI400
Mouse Targeting Sensitivity 0.55
Polling Rate500 Hz
Video Settings:
Video SettingsInput
Window ModeFullscreen
Resolution1920×1080 16:9
Frame Rate LimitUnlimited
3D Resolution1920 x 1080 (100%)
View DistanceEpic
ShadowsOff
Anti-AliasingEpic
TexturesMedium
EffectsMedium
Post ProcessingLow
VsyncOff
Motion BlurOff
Show FPSOn

Optimizing PC Settings for Fortnite

There is a range of things you can do outside of the game to improve how your game performs.

Task Manager:

Idle programmes can take up CPU and GPU power, slowing down your game. Simply opening up task manager to check how much power each application is taking up is an easy trick that anyone can do to stay out of the storm. Once you’ve checked task manager, close all of those applications that are hogging your CPU.

Nvidia Settings:

It is important to change GPU settings so that your game performs to the highest of standards. If you have an NVIDIA GPU, here’s what you can do after you’ve updated your AMD and Nvidia graphics drivers to improve performance:

  • Right click on your desktop and select the Nvidia control panel
  • Click on 3D settings

Nvidia Manage 3D Settings

  • Select “adjust image settings with preview” to change the quality and performance of games
  • Click on “use my preference emphasizing”
  • Drag the blue arrow further to the left towards “performance” – you can move it all the way left if you please

Discord:

If you like to run Discord in the background while playing Fortnite, optimize it to boost FPS in game, here’s how:

  • Open Discord
  • Click on the cog icon to open up user settings

Discord Hardware Acceleration

  • Click on the appearance tab
  • Untick hardware acceleration under advanced settings

You can even join the official Fortnite Discord to discuss the best keybinds for Fortnite with other players for more tips and tricks.

Clean Up Your Computer:

A simple way to make your computer run faster is to clear up some space. Here are some tips:

  • Delete unwanted files
  • Uninstall anything you don’t use
  • Use PC optimization software such as CCleaner to clear up unwanted files

Sources:

  1. Armanda Zelauskas, Best Fortnite Keybinds for Beginners, Fortnite Intel, February 8th, 2019
  2. Wireless Computer Keyboards: Advantages & Disadvantages, ProDot Group, May 28th, 2015
  3. Why an Ordinary Mouse Won’t Work for Gamers?, What’s my IP
  4. Chris Woodford, How Gaming Mouses Work, ExplainThatStuff, June 9th, 2018
  5. Whitson Gordon, How to Choose the Perfect Mouse and Keyboard, Lifehacker, June 12th, 2011
  6. Lauren Hall-Stigerts, Best Gaming Keyboard Features, BigFish Games, March 24th, 2014
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