If Fortnite is pushing your graphics card to 100% usage or overheating, you may want to intentionally limit FPS and graphics settings to ease the load. This will reduce power consumption, fan noise, and even out frame rates. Here’s how to lower GPU usage.
- Limit the Frame Rate
Open the Fortnite Video settings and enable the “Show FPS” setting to display an on-screen counter. Then use the Frame Rate Limit slider to restrict the game to 60 – 75 FPS maximum. High frame rates overwork your GPU.
- Lower the 3D Resolution
The 3D Resolution scale directly impacts GPU load. Gradually move the 3D Res slider to around 70-80% rather than 100% – this will massively reduce pixel counts and texture quality. Find the sweet spot between image quality and lower GPU usage.
- Disable Shadows and Anti-Aliasing
Shadow quality and anti-aliasing are two of the most demanding graphics settings. Sliding shadows to Low or Off and disabling anti-aliasing can drastically reduce rendering workload. The visual impact is minor but it frees up your GPU.
- Use Lower Texture Detail
Epic texture quality loads high-res textures into memory, spiking VRAM usage. Bump texture quality down to Medium or Low. This will soften and blur some textures but offload work from the GPU.
- Cap In-Game FPS Below Your Monitor Refresh Rate
If your monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate, limit FPS between 30-50 FPS. This stops the GPU pushing pointless frames and gives it some much needed breathing room every second.
Final Remarks on “How to lower GPU usage Fortnite?”
Implementing these tweaks will take pressure off your graphics card and lower overall GPU demands when running Fortnite.
Keep making incremental adjustments until you find an optimal balance between performance, temperature and image quality.