If you've been afflicted by the blight that is the Valorant "Low Client FPS" error, then it will have probably manifested itself in you getting killed a lot. Of course, if you're like us, that may just be your usual state of affairs, and maybe you haven't noticed.
But on the other hand, you may have felt like you were playing with one hand tied behind your back, in the dark, in quicksand, while trying to eat five cream crackers without a glass of water to help.
In that nightmare scenario, consider us your glass of water, lightswitch, extra pair of hands, and length of rope. Here's everything you need to know about the low client FPS problem, and how you may be able to fix it.
And once you know how to fix this issue, make sure you know Valorant's best settings, to really put yourself in the best position for winning.
How To Fix Valorant Low Client FPS
There are several suggested fixes for this issue. Work through any of these that are applicable, and see how you get on.
Turn Off Radeon Instant Replay Feature
As the most commonly cited solution for this problem, this is absolutely the first thing you should try. Assuming you have an AMD graphics card, of course. To turn this off, go into your Radeon settings, and disable the Instant Replay feature.
Disable AMD ReLive Feature
As a follow-up to the above, if you find that switching off the Instant Replay feature doesn't work, then you can also try disabling the ReLive feature.
Disable Fullscreen Optimization
If the above points don't work, or you aren't using AMD hardware, you can try disabling Fullscreen Optimization. To do this:
- Go to the File Directory
- Find the directory where Valorant is installed
- Look for the file VALORANT-win64-shipping.exe
- Once you've found the file, right-click and select Properties
- In the tab marked Compatibility, enable the option marked Disable Fullscreen Optimization
Check Other Overlays
While the Radeon overlay is often highlighted as being responsible for causing this issue, it is possible that a different program also has an overlay. Common culprits are:
- Xbox Game Bar
- Game DVR
If you have any of these running, try disabling them and see whether or not it makes a difference.
Enable VGC Service
One further solution that's been reported is enabling the vgc service. To do this:
- Open the start menu and type in msconfig.
- Click on System Configuration and navigate to Services.
- Find the vgc service which isn’t manufactured by Riot Vanguard and make sure that it’s turned on.
- Restart your PC.
If Nothing Works
Should none of these solutions be effective, then make sure you've checked for any outstanding game updates. If there are any pending updates, install them, then try again.
And last, but not least, contact the Valorant Support team for further help and advice.
What Is the Valorant Low Client FPS Issue?
The low client FPS problem seems to be most prevalent when players are running recording software in the background. This software then overlays on top of the game, leading to frame rate problems both on the main menu of the game, and in the game itself.
For some reason, it also seems to disproportionately affect players who are using AMD graphics cards. Exactly why this might be the case is a little unclear. But fingers have been pointed in the direction of the Instant Replay feature on the AMD Radeon software.
The upshot is that the game slows down. And in a game where quick reactions matter, this can cause significant issues in terms of gameplay and in-game life expectancy.
Happily, though, this is one error that seems to have a relatively straightforward solution in the vast majority of cases. So try our suggestions, and see if it helps you come unstuck.