How can you check the fps for a game

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by JSmoove05, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. JSmoove05 macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2007
    im looking to check the fps of sc 2 how do i do it?
  2. colocolo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2002
    Santiago, Chile
  3. etchtech09 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    I did a quick search on Google and found this:

    Check Starcraft 2 FPS on Mac
    To check the frame rate on a Mac, while you are in a game hit: Control+Option+F

    Show Starcraft 2 FPS on Windows
    Checking FPS in Windows is basically the same key command, in SC2 hit: Control+Alt+F

    On either operating system, once you hit the command to display frame rate, the FPS counter will show in the upper left corner
  4. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2007
    what is a good framrate to have ??? I Would think a lower number right?
  5. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    God no! The higher the better, especially on a networked or internet game.
  6. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2007
  7. Huntn macrumors G5


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    There are PC programs out there that are designed to do this across multiple games. Is there a native Mac program?
  8. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
    I pressed control option f in TF2 and it didn't work. Any help?
  9. jmnikricket macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    The generally agreed upon number is that above 30 fps, it will look fluid (you won't be able to distinguish individual frames), and below 30 fps, it will start to look jerk-y and you will see individual frames. 30+ is a good baseline. For strategy games like SC2, I'm willing to go down to 20+ without really sacrificing imo.
  10. jmnikricket macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    If you're using Steam, there is no keyboard shortcut. You have to go into the keyboard options, click "advanced", and check "enable developer console." Then press the tilde key (~) to open the console, and type "cl_showfps 1"

    Mac frame rate commands are game specific for the most part. WoW is ctrl-R iirc, so it is not even consistent across blizzard games.
  11. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2007
  12. brianfast macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    30 FPS is adequate - but if the FPS dropps you will notice considerable lagging. I like to have at least 45 FPS so if the FPS drops a bit it will still be around 30 FPS

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