How to See and Boost FPS in Diablo III (the easy way).

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We all want to run our games at max settings to make them look the prettiest. That’s especially true for a pretty game like Diablo 3. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible – either due to hardware limitations on our end – or due to bad code at the developer’s end.

Displaying your computer’s game performance in terms of frames per second (FPS) in Diablo III is important when you want to see how your gaming setup performs and whether or not you should upgrade or update something.

In this easy guide, I’ll show you the following:

  • how to see FPS in Diablo III
  • tips on optimizing your FPS to enjoy a better gaming experience!

So let’s dive into the deepest dungeons and see how to display the fps settings in Diablo 3 first.

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How to display FPS in Diablo III natively

To show FPS in Diablo III is fairly simple:

The easiest way to turn on the FPS counter in Diablo 3 is to press CTRL + R (PC game. Mac users use Cmd+R). The FPS counter will appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen until you press CTRL + R again to turn it off.

While you can technically go into the in-game settings to turn on the FPS display, it is not easy to find and takes much longer.

How to display FPS in Diablo III using GeForce Experience / MSI Afterburner

If you own an Nvidia Graphics card or AMD, you can use GeForce Experience or MSI Afterburner to show your FPS counter.

While Nvidia Experience only works with Nvidia Graphics cards, MSI Afterburner works with both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards.

To do that, follow the steps down below. 

GeForce Experience:

  1. Once you have Diablo III opened, launch GeForce Experience with ALT + Z.
  2. Open the settings by clicking the gear icon.
  3. From the options available, select “HUD Layout.”
  4. Click “Performance”
  5. Click “FPS” to turn on the FPS counter.
  6. The FPS counter will now appear in the top-left corner.

MSI Afterburner:

  1. Download MSI Afterburner (it works on every GPU).
  2. Once it is installed, open the app. 
  3. Navigate to the “Properties” window by clicking the small gear icon.
  4. Click on “Monitoring” and then scroll down till you locate the “Framerate” option.
  5. Check the “Show In On-Screen Display” checkbox.
  6. Close the MSI Afterburner properties window but keep the main application open.
  7. The FPS counter overlay will now be turned on and located in the top-left corner.

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How to optimize Diablo III for a Higher Frame Rate 

Now that you know how to display FPS for Diablo III, if you are having FPS problems, it is important to know how to optimize.

You could do dozens of different things to optimize your computer, but below are some of the most common solutions to improving your FPS when playing Diablo III. 

Update to the latest Graphics Card Drivers

The first thing to do is update your graphics drivers to the latest version.

While most software will automatically update itself when new updates are available, not every driver does that.

If you are having performance problems, it can be a good idea to ensure you have the latest versions installed.

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To update to the latest drivers, follow the steps below. These do not always work; you may need to check online for your specific computer/driver/Windows or macOS version. 

Update Your Graphics Drivers:

  1. In the taskbar, type “Device Manager” and select it when it pops up.
  2. From selecting different categories, open the category containing the drive you wish to update.
  3. Right-click on it to bring up a pop menu with several options available.
  4. Click “Update Driver.” 
  5. Most of the time, Windows will not find a new driver. 
  6. If you believe there is an updated version of your driver, go to the manufacturer’s website and search there.

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How to Tweak Your D3 Graphics Settings in 10 simple steps for optimal performance

The next step is to tweak your graphics settings. 

Video games have many graphics options, but some may result in low FPS if you don’t have the latest graphics card.

You will want to play around with the game’s graphic settings to find which works best for you, but there are several to turn off or lower.

It’s the law of diminishing returns, as some of these fancy settings only add minor benefits to the graphics but can result in slow framerates.

Below is a list of settings to tweak with some included comments. I recommend you try them in this order, as it is a good troubleshooting technique for optimizing the game for the best performance.

  1. Disable vertical sync. You don’t need this unless you’re experiencing severe screen tearing and it introduces lag!
  2. Lower the shadow quality. Shadow quality always has a big impact on the quality of your graphics. If you are having performance issues, I recommend you turn it down to medium or low.
  3. Disable Reflections. Reflections are also taxing on your GPU, so turn it off to see if that improves your FPS.
  4. Enable Max Foreground FPS (* see important note below the list). This allows you to cap the maximum framerate manually when the game is running in the foreground on a dual-screen setup when you run the game in windowed mode. Try lowering the slider to 60 to improve performance and adjust from there.
  5. Enable Max Background FPS. Again as useful setting when running the game on a dual-screen setup. Try setting it to the lowest setting and adjust from there.
  6. Lower the texture quality. I recommend setting all of these to the lowest setting. We all love games to look pretty, but setting these to lower values can dramatically improve performance.
  7. Disable Anti-Aliasing. Anti-aliasing can be pretty taxing on any system. But while anti-aliasing is useful for rendering pretty graphics in first-person shooters and RPGs, it’s not that important in an isometric 2.5D-style game like Diablo.
  8. Enable the Low FX. Again, fancy magical spells look pretty, but they can lower the maximum frame rate.
  9. Disable SSAO. Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) adds shadows for dynamic or moving objects in the game. Untick this as well to improve performance.
  10. Test the game at lower resolutions. Your system might not be able to handle the game in 4K. So you might have to bite the bullet and set the game to something like 1080 p for the best graphics performance.

* There’s a weird glitch in D3 with the Foreground FPS setting. If you have a powerful PC and can run the game at a high frame rate – fx at 150 fps or above – the game will automatically cap the fps if you enable this setting.

So if you can run the game at 150 fps and enable this setting, and set the slider to 150 fps, the game will cap it to like 70 or 80 fps.

Instead, you must disable this setting to unlock your system’s full potential.

In other words, it seems like this setting is only useful if you’re having performance issues due to graphics card limitations.

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Turn Off Starting Apps and Processes

Every computer comes with dozens of applications that automatically run in the background whenever you start up your computer.

Still, those apps can take up a lot of resources, including GPU, which leads to a lower FPS.

To turn off those background applications, follow the steps below.

Turning off unnecessary apps:

  1. Open your settings app and type “Background Apps” into the search bar.
  2. Select “Background Apps” from the list, and then toggle off “Let Apps Run in the Background” once the window opens. 
  3. Navigate to “Startup Apps” by typing “startup apps” into the search bar. 
  4. From the list, please select all the ones that are not important, and they will no longer start automatically when booting up your computer.

Conclusion

Even though Diablo III has been out for over ten (!) years, it’s still doing very well, not at least because of the Diablo Immortal online game, which has brought the Diablo franchise a bunch of new players.

Displaying FPS in Diablo III is just as important as in any other game, and doing so is a very simple process. By following the advice above, not only can you display it, but you can also optimize it for the best gameplay experience possible.

If you enjoyed this article, check out my other articles on whether Diablo III is cross-platform. Until next time, happy gaming!


FAQ

My Graphics Settings are as Low as They Can, Yet I’m Still Lagging. Why?

If your graphics settings are as low as possible and your drivers are updated, the lag could be coming from your internet connection.

Diablo III has had many network problems, but a quick network reset can often fix the problems.

If not, you may need to check online to see if anyone else is having a similar problem with the servers.

Will My GPU Support Diablo III?

According to Blizzard, the minimum GPU requirements for Diablo III are NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT, ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, or Intel HD Graphics 4000.

However, while those are the minimum system requirements, that does not mean your GPU will support Diablo III, so check out this link here to see if it will.


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Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.

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