FPS limiters continue to grow in popularity, and we can see why. They undeniably enhance how you game on your PC.
Due to their growing popularity, there are now a wide range of software available that has FPS limiting capabilities.
At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between them, meaning that it is often difficult to decide which one you should buy.
But in this article we will take a look at the most popular options, so you can decide which FPS limiter you should spend your money on. Let’s get started!
Why Do You Need An FPS Limiter?
Sadly, many in-game FPS limiters and V-sync have a lot of flaws. These flaws range from poor input lag to issues with stability, so there is no competition between them and the FPS limiters you can find in external software.
Older games in particular normally have no in-game FPS limiter, which is where an external limiter comes in as a solution. Plus, external FPS limiters are totally universal, so you don’t have to waste time on settings menus.
There are also a few other compelling arguments for using an FPS limiter. First, they’re a great way to take pressure off your hardware, so you don’t have to worry about overheating, and it preserves the longevity of your PC.
Plus, an external FS limiter lowers your power consumption, and also prolongs the battery life for laptops.
What Makes FPS Limiters Different?
FPS limiters are different from FreeSync, G-sync, and V-sync because they do not sync up your FPS to your monitor’s refresh rate. Instead, they let you specify an FPS limit which makes it universal.
Because of how FreeSync, G-sync, and V-sync works, they totally cut out screen tearing, but this has a negative effect on input lag. If you’re a competitive gamer you will know how devastating input lag is.
Meanwhile, FPS limiters normally produce zero input lag, or at least very little input lag. However, it’s hit-and-miss whether they will eradicate screen lag. Still, there are many reasons why we would recommend opting for an FPS limiter over anything else.
What Is Rivatuner?
Rivatuner is a favorite FPS limiting software among gaming fans, and we can certainly see why. It was created way back in 1997, and has evolved considerably over the years. It is packed with new features and has gained a great reputation.
We can’t deny that Rivatuner has set the bar incredibly high. But what makes Rivatuner so noteworthy is how effectively it limits your FPS to your desired limit, and the side effects are minimal.
Rivatuner is responsible for less than 1 frame of input delay (this is hardly noticeable), in comparison to V-sync. There is no jitteriness with Rivatuner, nor does it have a negative effect on your performance, giving you a very smooth gaming experience.
After wading through many reviews for Rivatuner, it is difficult to find criticism for the software. Rivatuner’s positive reputation can’t be underestimated, especially as it has such a long history and is still beloved to this day.
Rivatuner also has many features besides FPS limiting. You can use these features to create unique fan curves, overclock your GPU, or keep an eye on hardware temperatures, and a lot more.
Although this functionality is undoubtedly a bonus, if you’re new to Rivatuner these options may seem overwhelming at first.
How Do You Set An FPS Cap In Rivatuner?
Start by opening the Rivatuner Statistics Server. If this doesn’t appear instantly, look for the icon in your start menu. When you hover over this icon you should see the Rivatuner version.
Right-click this icon and a context menu will open. There you will see ‘Show,’ which will then display the main window.
Click the ‘Global’ profile in the main window and establish your desired frame rate limit. This should match the frame rate of your monitor.
You should ensure the ‘Application detection level’ is set to Low and then you’ll be good to go! If you want to remove this cap, you can simply switch off Rivatuner.
Or, you can click the green ‘Add’ button, which you can find in the bottom-left corner of the application window to establish per-app FPS limits. It’s worth noting that if you have 144 FPS, then setting an FPS cap is considerably more difficult to achieve.
What Is EVGA Precision XOC?
EVGA Precision XOC provides a more compact and easier solution for limiting your FPS. Limiting your FPS with EVGA Precision XOC is as easy as checking a box, and moving your slider to where you would like it.
This may be what gives it the edge over Rivatuner, but this is relatively minor as Rivatuner becomes easier to use the more you use it.
EVGA Precision XOC is a more effective option for universally limiting your FPS than other in-game solutions like V-sync. It has a lot in common with Rivatuner in that regard.
EVGA has low input lag, enhanced stability, it helps you save power, and there is zero screen tearing. This all makes for a smooth, consistent gaming experience.
There is another small advantage to EVGA that we think is still worth mentioning, and that is the ability to overclock your GPU.
It actually has an ‘auto overclock’ feature, which searches for the highest clock speed that your GPU can run securely (still, we recommend keeping an eye on your temperatures).
Combined with EVGA’s simple interface makes it a very user-friendly piece of software.
EVGA Precision XOC is pretty unknown in comparison to Rivatuner. Although Rivatuner’s <1 frame input lag is quite famous, it’s difficult to find any solid tests of EVGA Precision XOC.
However, if you look up EVGA Precision XOC you will see a lot of results expressing concern about the keyboard input lag.
So when it comes to choosing between Rivatuner and EVGA Precision XOC, we would definitely recommend going for Rivatuner.
The Main Difference Between Enhanced Sync And Fast Sync
Enhanced Sync and Fast Sync are alternatives to V-sync that limit FPS universally, so you don’t have to deal with setting up your games one by one.
However, it does lock your FPS to the refresh rate of your monitor, so you’re unable to establish a bespoke limit.
The biggest advantage of both Enhanced Sync and Fast Sync is that they are incorporated into your GPU drivers, so there is no need to spend time downloading and working out third party apps.
Since they’re available with your drivers, Enhanced Sync and Fast Sync are very simple to set up, and can be ready to go pretty much straight away in your current driver control panel.
Although this ease of use is appealing, you will have to forgo the additional functionalities of the other applications.
However, both Enhanced Sync and Fast Sync definitely have more advantages than V-sync, as they are more flexible and have far less performance issues.
This is the case for input lag too, as Enhanced Sync and Fast Sync have half of the input lag that V-sync does.
Although this is a bonus, EVGA Precision XOC and Rivatuner are more efficient, and will still be visible in games that are dependent on reaction times.
Because input lag is an essential factor when it comes to FPS limiters, we wouldn’t recommend Enhanced Sync or Fast Sync.
All the methods we’ve discussed in our article to lower FPS provide things that in-game V-sync just can’t.
Rivatuner has the best reduction in input lag, and we can’t ignore the stellar reputation it’s developed over the years.
Rivatuner also has the best set of features, and while it can seem complicated at first, it’s well worth getting your head around if you’re in need of a good universal frame rate limiter.
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