How to Monitor and Display FPS Frame Rate in League of Legends Game

As an avid League of Legends gamer with over 10 years of experience, monitoring your game’s performance is crucial to having an optimal gaming experience. The two most important metrics to track are your frames per second (FPS) and your ping (latency).

What is FPS and Why Does it Matter?

FPS refers to how many frames or images your computer renders every second while playing the game. The higher your FPS, the smoother and more responsive the game will feel. Here are some key things to know about FPS:

  • The standard target is 60 FPS for a good experience.
  • Competitive gamers aim for 144+ FPS for extremely smooth gameplay.
  • Below 30 FPS leads to choppy, laggy gameplay.
  • Fluctuations in FPS can cause stuttering or intermittent lag.

Having a steady, high FPS translates directly into how smooth the game animations appear and how responsive your actions feel. Monitoring your FPS helps identify issues that may be harming your experience so you can optimize your system.

How to Display Your FPS in League of Legends

Displaying your real-time FPS in League of Legends is simple:

  • Press Ctrl + F while in game to toggle the FPS counter in the top-right corner.
  • The number shown is your current FPS, updating continuously.

By default, this also shows your ping (latency). You can customize the hotkeys or location for the FPS counter under the “Hotkeys” section of the Options menu.

Recommended FPS for League of Legends

As a general guideline for smooth League of Legends gameplay:

  • 60 FPS is the standard minimum target
  • 90+ FPS is ideal
  • 144+ FPS will provide an extremely fluid experience if you have a high refresh rate monitor

The game can technically run at 30 FPS, but you may experience choppiness during teamfights or other graphically-intensive moments. Use the FPS counter to monitor dips during these moments.

How to Optimize FPS Performance

If you’re struggling to hit 60 FPS consistently, here are some tweaks to boost performance:

  • Lower your video settings – Disabling unnecessary visual effects reduces the load for higher FPS.
  • Close background programs – Browsers, music apps, etc. consume resources needed for optimal FPS.
  • Update graphics drivers – Outdated drivers can heavily impact gaming performance.
  • Overclock your GPU – Carefully increasing GPU clock speeds can dramatically increase FPS.
  • Use gaming optimization software like Hone to automatically tune your system.

Ideally, aim to hold your FPS consistently above 90. If FPS seems too low even on minimum settings, upgrading your PC hardware is the only solution.

Using Third-Party Tools for More Detailed Monitoring

While League’s built-in FPS counter is handy, third-party system monitoring tools provide much more detailed performance analytics. Apps like MSI Afterburner and NVIDIA GeForce Experience display real-time graphs for:

  • Per-core CPU usage
  • GPU usage, temps, clocks
  • RAM usage
  • Frame times (stability)

Having hard data on hardware usage makes it easier to pinpoint exactly where your performance bottlenecks are. You can even record logs during gameplay to analyze later.

Ensuring a Great League of Legends Experience

A smooth League of Legends experience requires keeping FPS high and stable while latency remains low. Take advantage of the in-game monitoring tools and consider upgrading hardware if you’re not hitting optimal FPS ranges. With some tweaking, any modern gaming PC should be able to deliver buttery visuals and responsive controls for competitive play.

Let me know if you have any other questions! As a long-time player and system builder, I’m happy to provide additional tips.