You’ve probably heard the terms “FPS” bandied around the CS:GO community frequently. What it means, for those unaware, is Frames Per Second. It’s a measure to judge how good your performance is in-game and how smoothly Counter-Strike will run. And, if you want to show and monitor your FPS during games, there are multiple console commands that can do this for you. Here is our comprehensive guide into having a visible FPS counter on your screen in CS:GO.
Using net_graph 1 to display your FPS in CS:GO
The most commonly used method to get a reading of your Frames Per Second is the detailed net_graph 1 command. This little pocket of statistics provides you with technical settings including FPS, ping, choke, the tick of the server, and other ‘vitals’ pertaining to your performance. To use it, simply open your console and type in the command net_graph 1. This will sit on the bottom of your screen and show you your FPS. CS:GO runs smooth enough on around 100 FPS, but ideally you’d like to have over 200 FPS to get the best out of your gameplay.
Changing your net_graph size and moving it around: Customizing net_graph 1
Now, the net_graph size can be customized to suit your preference. Shrink it, move net_graph 1 to the left or right; it’s there to be pushed around. Using the console command net_graphproportionalfont 0 will shrink it to its lowest size, though you can use any command between 0 and 1 to play around with how big or small it is. Keeping the value at 1 will leave it as the default, largest option. Net_graphproportionalfont 0.5, for example, will size it halfway between the two ends of the scale. These kind of commands will be familiar if you’ve ever made your radar bigger.
So we’ve worked out how to shrink the graph, now how do we move it? There are three positions you can use, net_graphpos 1 is the usual position on the screen of your FPS: the center, at the bottom. Change the number to 2 and you’ll move the numbers across to the left side of your screen, and use net_graphpos 3 if you’d rather tuck the FPS, ping, and other values all the way to the bottom left corner. It’s personal preference where people like this to be, but it sure is nice we can choose and we’d recommend finding the ideal spot to put the graph early on in your CS playtime.
How to show only your FPS in the top left of your screen
If all the fancy, complicated numbers seem unnecessary to you and you only want to see your FPS, then there is a console command for you. Cl_showfps 1 displays a small, un-invasive value at the top left of your monitor that informs you of your FPS without any of the baggage that comes with net_graph 1. This is a favorite of mine, actually, and I’ll nearly always have this setting running when I’m playing a game, and will only occasionally pull up net_graph 1 whenever I want to view other values, like my ping.
So there you have it. If you found our guide helpful be sure to browse the site to answer any other questions you may have.
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