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By Gabriele Asaro
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How to show FPS in CS2: Step-by-step guide (2024)

CS2 (also known as Counter-Strike 2) is a popular first-person shooter game. Displaying your FPS (frames per second) can help you monitor your game's performance and identify any issues.

I've been playing Counter-Strike for over a decade, and I know how crucial it is to have a smooth gaming experience.

As a tech enthusiast, I've spent countless hours optimizing my setup for the best performance.

In this guide, I'll walk you through the steps to show your FPS in CS2 using two methods.


How do you show FPS in CS2?


I know how crucial it is to have a smooth gaming experience. Displaying your FPS (Frames Per Second) in Counter-Strike 2 can help you monitor your game's performance and make necessary adjustments.

In this guide, I'll walk you through the simple steps to show your FPS counter in CS2. Trust me, it's a game-changer!


CS2 developer console method

  1. Open CS2 and head to the settings.
  2. Go to the game tab.
  3. Set the "Enable Developer Console" option to "Yes."
  4. Press the tilde key (~) while playing to open the console.
  5. Type cl_showfps 1 and press enter to see your FPS counter.
  6. The counter will stay active for your current session.
  7. If you quit CS2, you'll need to turn the counter on again.
  8. To disable the counter, type cl_showfps 0 and press enter.

The developer console is my go-to method for checking FPS. It's quick, easy, and doesn't require any extra software. The only downside? You'll have to enable the counter each time you play.


Steam method

  1. Open Steam and head to Steam → Settings.
  2. In the settings menu, select "In-Game" from the list on the left.
  3. Find the "In-game FPS counter" drop-down and choose where you want the counter positioned on your screen.
  4. Click "OK" to confirm your changes and exit the settings menu.

Bonus tip: The same settings page also displays your shortcut keys for showing the Steam Overlay while in-game (default is Shift+Tab). When you open the overlay, you'll find a quick toggle to turn your FPS counter on or off.

That's it! Now jump into CS2, and you'll see your FPS displayed in your chosen position.

Monitoring your framerate is a great way to optimize your game settings and make sure you're getting the best performance possible.


How do you show FPS in CS2 net graph?


Launch CS2 and press ~ to open the console. Type "cq_netgraph 1" and hit enter to display the graph showing your current FPS. For more network details like ping and packet loss, use "cq_netgraph_problem_show_auto true."

To see FPS directly, enter "cl_showfps 1". Use "cl_showfps 2" for millisecond timing or "cl_showfps 3" for server tick rate.

Tweak graphic settings if needed.

Remember, these are session-specific console commands, so you'll need to re-enter them each time you start CS2. Happy fragging!


What is FPS in CS2?


FPS represents the number of images or "frames" your screen displays each second while playing.

A higher FPS means a smoother, more responsive game, allowing you to react faster and more accurately. To check your FPS in CS2, enable the in-game FPS counter, which displays the current FPS in a high-contrast color for easy visibility.

Optimizing your graphics settings can help you achieve higher FPS, resulting in a competitive edge.

Keep in mind that various factors, such as hardware and network performance, also influence your FPS.


Why is FPS important in CS2?


With the game's advanced graphics and lighting, maximizing your FPS is essential for optimal performance. A higher FPS not only provides a competitive edge by allowing for quicker reflexes but also improves the overall visual quality.

As a gamer, I know how crucial high FPS is for a smooth and immersive gameplay experience, especially in a fast-paced game like CS2.

When tweaking your CS2 FPS settings, consider adjusting Global Shadow Quality and Ambient Occlusion to High, as they can help you spot enemy shadows more easily.

Remember, finding the perfect balance between visual fidelity and performance is key to dominating the battlefield.


How to unlock your FPS in CS2


Here is how to unlock your FPS in CS2:

  1. Launch CS:GO and head to the settings menu. Enable the developer console, which will allow you to input commands directly into the game.
  2. Once you're in-game, press the tilde key (`), usually located below the Esc key, to open the game console. This is where you'll enter the fps command to unlock your FPS.
  3. In the console, type fps_max followed by a space and then:
    • To unlock your FPS completely, enter 0. For example: fps_max 0
    • To set a specific FPS limit, enter the desired numerical value. For instance:
      • fps_max 30 will limit your FPS to 30.
      • fps_max 144 will limit your FPS to 144.
  4. Experiment with various values to determine the optimal FPS limit for your system. Keep in mind that while unlocking your FPS can lead to smoother gameplay, it may also put additional strain on your hardware.
  5. For persistent FPS settings, add the fps_max command to your launch options. This makes sure your preferred FPS limit is set every time you start the game.

How to increase your FPS in CS2


Here is how to increase your FPS in CS2:

  1. Update your GPU drivers. New drivers can improve performance.
  2. Tweak Windows settings:
    • Enable gaming mode
    • Set CS2 to high priority in Task Manager
  3. Optimize Steam settings for CS2:
    • Disable Steam overlay
    • Set launch options like -high -threads 4 -nojoy -novid
  4. Adjust in-game video settings:
    • Set aspect ratio to 4:3
    • Lower resolution (try 1024x768)
    • Use fullscreen display mode
    • Match refresh rate to monitor
    • Enable FidelityFX Super Resolution
  5. Tune advanced video settings:
    • Boost Player Contrast: Enabled
    • V-Sync: Disabled
    • Preset: Custom (then lower quality)
    • Anti-Aliasing: None
    • Global Shadow Quality: High
    • Model/Texture Quality: Low
    • Texture Filtering: Bilinear
    • Shader Detail: Low
    • Particle Detail: Low
    • Ambient Occlusion: High
    • Dynamic Range: Performance
    • NVIDIA Reflex: Enabled + Boost
  6. Enter helpful console commands:
    • cl_showfps 1 (show FPS counter)
    • fps_max 0 (uncap FPS)
    • mat_powersavingsmode 0 (disable power saving)
  7. Restart your PC after tweaking settings to apply the changes fully. Hop into CS2 and enjoy the FPS boost!

I used these settings on my PC and saw a huge improvement. I hope they help you fill out in CS2 comp lobbies as well!


How can you fix FPS drops in CS2?


First, check the top left corner of your screen to see if your FPS is consistently low.

If it is, head to the video settings and adjust NVIDIA Reflex, fullscreen mode, FPS cap, anti-aliasing, and VSync. You can also change some console commands like CL updaterate and CL interp ratio to 128 and 1.

Another thing that helped me was deleting the DirectX Installer folder in the CS2 directory and doing a disk cleanup. Don't forget to verify the integrity of game files through Steam. Oh, and make sure to set CS2.exe to high priority in Task Manager.

Lastly, set your maximum matchmaking ping in the top-right corner of the screen. Valve recommends keeping it low for the best experience. With these tweaks, you should see a smoother game in no time!


Can your PC run CS2?


Yes, your PC can run CS2 if it meets the minimum requirements. Games like Fortnite and Valorant have similar specs, so if you can play those smoothly, CS2 should work well too.

I've found that even mid-range gaming PCs from a few years ago can handle CS2 without any FPS issues.

Gabriele AsaroAbout the author

Gabriele Asaro
Gabriele Asaro

I'm the Head of Research at Clash.gg. With over 7 years of experience in the Counter-Strike niche, I have developed extensive knowledge of the game, its strategies, and the competitive scene. My insights are based on years of in-depth analysis and close involvement with the Counter-Strike community.