Optimize Your Settings For Apex Legends – [Improve FPS – Easy Steps]

Apex Legends, The Titanfall-based battle royale game has erupted into the market with many secrets to unveil. We will go through how to optimize your settings, for Apex Legends, in order to bring your A-game. If you would like to dive straight in, head on down to step 1.

Electronic Arts showed us the so-called “Fortnite competitor”. There, we are encouraged to play within the Battle Royale game mode, whilst enjoying a first-person shooter perspective.

Apex is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Therefore we will try to cover as much information for each platform to truly optimize your settings in Apex Legends.

Apex’s Game Functioning

With many players in the same place, things can get hectic and your fps might take a hit. Which is one of the reasons we made this guide for you.

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Nevertheless, each team's composition consists of three individuals. Before you even start the match, Apex lets you choose between eight characters which each has different skillsets and ultimates. This game has really cool graphics but to get the full experience you'll need to optimize your settings in Apex Legends as good as possible.

By now, there is a lot of information going around, but the easiest way to find out how Apex works is by just playing it!

Apex Legends Optimized Settings

Does the “Source” engine ring a bell? Yes, exactly. The same one that Valve uses for pretty much everything they make has now returned -- but wait! The team behind this game’s development has made it better.

A modified version of the source engine has now arisen, and Apex has it. Even though it seems like the game itself runs pretty smooth, there are always things to enhance. Shall we go through all the things needed to make the experience even better?

Minimum Requirements for Apex

When looking at the minimum system requirements for Apex Legends, here’s what we found:

  • As for the CPU, you need, as a minimum, an Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor.
  • Then, of course, you need your GPU, starting with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7700 as the minimum.
  • RAM? Just 6GB.
  • It runs on Windows 10, x64.
  • And you only need 30GB of free space on your hard drive.

As simple as they may seem, this game does require newer computer specs. We always recommend you give it a try anyway, but it’s up to you.

This is where it gets kind of rough. In order to have a comfortable gaming experience on Apex, we'd recommend the following:

  • CPU: Intel i5 3570K or equivalent
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • HDD: 30GB available space required

If you don't know what's inside your PC, use the "Can I Run it" service. It will scan your pc and tell you if you can run the game or not! 

Step 1) NVIDIA Video Card Settings

Sure, you want to play the game on a PC but optimization is just ruining the experience, or perhaps you’re trying it on a laptop. There are many reasons that your game may appear to be performing poorly.

First things first, get your drivers together. Gather all the information needed, go and look at your video card manufacturer's webpage; make sure you have the latest drivers. We recommend downloading GeForce Experience, as it helps you stay updated.

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To help boost performance, open up the Manage 3D Settings panel, under “3D Settings”, and follow these instructions:

  1. Head to program settings and then find Apex Legends. If the game is not an option, manually add it -- just click on "add".
  2. Maximum pre-rendered frames should be set to "1".
  3. Disable vertical sync.
  4. If your monitor supports it, turn on G-SYNC.
  5. Change the preferred refresh rate to the "highest available" option.

If you’re playing on a laptop, try turning on low battery mode; this should make it run smoother as some of the intensive tasks are put on hold. Try changing, in the NVIDIA configuration, the texture filtering from "quality" to "performance".

Step 2) Apex Legend’s Game Settings Optimization

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It has finally come the time where you open the game and go to the settings. There’s yet more time to analyze the game and find the best specs, but here are some things to make it better for the moment:

  • Make the display mode on Full Screen (yes, it is necessary).
  • Disable V-Sync and put the Anti-Aliasing to TSAA. Even though it won’t help much to your fps, it does affect 4% of the overall performance.
  • Model details, Effect Details, Ragdolls, all to Medium.
  • The Dynamic Spot Shadows are going right to be Disabled.
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality, this incredible feature that often gets us in trouble, must be set to Low, as well as the Sun Shadow Coverage, Sun Shadow Detail, and Sot Shadow Detail.
    apex legends video settings optimizion

    apex legends video settings
    Of Course, if your pc is really bad you can basically turn everything under the video settings tab down as much as possible.

What else can we do, computer-wise in order to be more fps-free?

Step 3) Optimizing Apex Legends with Launch Options

Maybe you're looking for something more code-oriented. Perhaps you've previously tried entering some commands beforehand and it has worked on different games. The case is there are many launch options for Apex Legends as well.

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This is probably one of the easiest quick fixes when it comes to improving your FPS in Apex Legends. Therefore, we wrote a full article about how to optimize your launch options.

Now, in order to perform the aforementioned, we will need a list of commands:

  • -refresh ### (so you can set up your desired refresh rate, like -refresh 30). This option refers to fps.
  • -fullscreen (when configuring autoexec.cfg you'll notice a problem might pop up). This command will make you go fullscreen once again.
  • -threads (a classic. Decide whether you want to use just one of your processor cores or all of them in the gave).
  • -high (forces GPU to start the game as a high priority). Careful, this command, in particular, may take your game down.
  • +exec autoexec (utilizes autoexec.cfg file, which is within the game folder).
  • forcenovsync (disable your Vsync). It remains uncertain how it could possibly affect the in-game setup.
  • +fps_max unlimited This one says itself, it will uncap your fps so you can reach your max.

USE -THREADS to either make all of your core processors work on the game or just specifically the ones you might need.

Remember that those commands must be entered collectively, as opposed to other game launchers such as Steam. Put them one by one within the same text bar and they'll work when launching the game.

copy"+exec autoexec -refresh 30 -fullscreen -threads 4 +fps_max unlimited"

There are also more things to this you can have fun with -- Just trying not to mess your entire game setup.

Step 4) Apex Legends In-Game Settings (for FPS)

Before you start using these settings you might want to consider that these settings are completely to optimize your FPS in Apex Legends. If you've already got a high-end machine to play on, you should consider using higher settings than the ones previewed.

Apex Legends In-game settings
apex legends ingame settings
Apex Legends In-Game settings for FPS

Step 5) Apex Legends Executable

These 2 last steps will for sure optimize your settings when it comes to Apex Legends but I'd say this is for the more high-end users.

Our mission here will be to find EasyAntiCheat_launcher.exeAutoexec.cfgApex5apex.exe and Videosettings.cfg.

Let's get to their folders first:

  1. In order to find EasyAntiCheat_launcher.exe you must move to the following address C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\EasyAntiCheat_launcher.exe. But there's no need to change anything. You'd rather have to add it to your Firewall so everything works just fine.
  2. In case of Autoexec.cfg, go here C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Apex\cfg\autoexec.cfg. There's a guide to everything you'd like to do, so: Right-click on \Apex\cfg\ and create a new notepad, in which you'll add: fps_max 0 cl_forcepreload 1 and mat_compressedtextures 1. Save it. It'll do the work by itself.
  3. Apex5apex.exe can be found here C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Apexr5apex.exe, and it will allow us to "disable fullscreen optimizations". Just click on it, the rest is very intuitive.
  4. Videosettings.cfg on C:\Users%userprofile%\Saved Games\Respawn\Apex\local\videosettings.cfg. In this case, you'd like to save the .cfg just because you're a well-prepared gamer and you don't want to waste time configuring everything again.

Step 5) Apex Legends Config File

We've also come up to find an Apex Legends config file who may work just for you to get everything running smooth in-game.

First, head over here, C:\Users\YOUR USER\Saved Games\Respawn\Apex\local. Here we'll need to locate the videoconfig.txt, which, obviously, works as the video settings .txt.

Get to know some of the intern commands for a video configuration -- But wait, if you're really not on the mood to waste time, here's the entire code you need to replace the file with:

    "setting.cl_gib_allow"      "0"
    "setting.cl_particle_fallback_base"     "3"
    "setting.cl_particle_fallback_multiplier"       "2"
    "setting.cl_ragdoll_maxcount"       "0"
    "setting.cl_ragdoll_self_collision"     "0"
    "setting.mat_depthfeather_enable"       "0"
    "setting.mat_forceaniso"        "1"
    "setting.mat_mip_linear"        "0"
    "setting.stream_memory"     "83886"
    "setting.mat_picmip"        "1"
    "setting.particle_cpu_level"        "0"
    "setting.r_createmodeldecals"       "0"
    "setting.r_decals"      "0"
    "setting.r_lod_switch_scale"        "0.600000"
    "setting.shadow_enable"     "0"
    "setting.shadow_depth_dimen_min"        "0"
    "setting.shadow_depth_upres_factor_max"     "0"
    "setting.shadow_maxdynamic"     "0"
    "setting.ssao_enabled"      "0"
    "setting.ssao_downsample"       "3"
    "setting.modeldecals_forceAllowed"      "-1"
    "setting.dvs_enable"        "0"
    "setting.dvs_gpuframetime_min"      "15000"
    "setting.dvs_gpuframetime_max"      "16500"
    "setting.defaultres"        "1366"
    "setting.defaultresheight"      "768"
    "setting.fullscreen"        "0"
    "setting.nowindowborder"        "1"
    "setting.volumetric_lighting"       "0"
    "setting.mat_vsync_mode"        "0"
    "setting.mat_backbuffer_count"      "1"
    "setting.mat_antialias_mode"        "12"
    "setting.csm_enabled"       "1"
    "setting.csm_coverage"      "1"
    "setting.csm_cascade_res"       "512"
    "setting.fadeDistScale"     "1.000000"
    "setting.dvs_supersample_enable"        "0"
    "setting.gamma"     "1.000000"
    "setting.configversion"     "7"

Once we're done here, my friend, we've successfully optimized Apex Legends and you also learned how to config Apex Legends. Oh! But do you want more? Hold on a second, hold my beer.

Credits to a Reddit user called powerchopper for this beautiful config file.

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Other Settings to Optimize Apex Legends

You might be wondering: That’s it? I can’t do any further to optimize the game? The answer would be pretty much yes, but we sure have some other subjects for you to check.

  • Temporary Files Gone:

Just press the Windows search bottom and write %localappdata%, localize the Temp folder, enter and delete all the files that you can see inside there. Don’t forget to empty the recycle bin just when you’re done with it.

  • Hardware Acceleration on Google Chrome:

Do you remember the RAM-vampire of Google Chrome? It works like that all the time. It may be doing the same with your game. We just recommend you to disable the hardware acceleration, even though it might help from one time to another.

  • Windows Update and OneDrive:

Both have to go. Not only for the game’s sake but for your PC’s as well. To disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization, you just need to enter Windows Update settings, click on Advanced Options > Delivery Optimization and turn Allow downloads from other PCs off.

Do the same with OneDrive and, if you don’t care that much, keep it disabled.

After all of that, you can still use any closed code application to improve your system’s performance: That will automatically affect the game as well. Are you ready to play Apex Legends like a total boss? Maybe join an Apex legends tournament?

Now you are ready to try out your new settings in Apex Legends!

It’s all set up, buddy. No excuses. Apex Legends has now made history as a success, with over 1M total players in less than its first eight hours. That’s a lot, even for last year’s all-time played game Monster Hunter: World, right?

You can now get Apex Legends, a game published by Electronic Arts, by clicking right here. It’s available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

We hope that by optimizing your setting you will flourish as a player in Apex Legends. Don’t forget to stay tuned to TopGamersGuide for all you need to know within the game industry. Keep it on, TopGamer!

William Westerlund

I'm one of the co-founders of TopGamersGuide and I spend my time playing CSGO most of my spare time on a semi-pro level. Born in Sweden but I'd like to call myself a citizen of the world.

One thought on “Optimize Your Settings For Apex Legends – [Improve FPS – Easy Steps]

  1. Low or Mid – End PC users!

    I have tried almost every settings to get a decent fps for Apex Legends. The main problem was, that sometimes I got 100 fps, but during actions, it dropped below 30, making the match very difficult to win.

    But today, I managed to find the best settings for best fps/perfomance-detail:

    Set the V-Sync to triple buffered, and Adaptive Resoultion Target to 60. Set everything else to low. I set the Texture streaming budget to 4 gb, and I have a 2 Gb Radeon R370. Now, I got a decent 60 fps with no lag. Please reply if this works for you, thx.

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