Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/183387/ask-htg-how-can-i-check-my-performance-and-fps-rates-while-gaming/
Some game designers thoughtfully include performance checks and on-screen Frames-Per-Second (FPS) readouts for players to analyze, others don’t. How can you get consistent performance checks and FPS readings regardless? Read on as we show a reader how to get the benchmarks he craves (along with easy screenshots and in-game movie recording to boot).
Another thing you could use (and I've used plenty of) is Razer's Game Booster. Includes FPS counter, gameplay recorder, and does indeed boost performance in games (at least for me it's noticeable). Also, really cool UI and you can add your own games. FRAPS is okay, but not the best.
MSI's Afterburner is what I've been using for years. Has all the features of Fraps (framerate monitoring, screen recording, screenshots) and has the advantage of being able to overclock your GPU using the same utility. Its free and has no limitations either.
Its screen recording capabilities are far superior to Fraps IMO. While Fraps captures uncompressed output which take a ridiculous amount of space, Afterburner does on the fly encoding. The result is that you get a much smaller file with very little performance hit (though it might not be of the same quality).
I use RivaTuner Statistics Server, which displays FPS, and GOverlay, which runs above the RivaTuner Statistics Server (RTSS) and that can display on-screen any information, such as PING, temperature and use of GPU and CPU, memory usage, consumption of network, fps, graphics API used in the game, etc.. Both are free.
FRAPS for benchmarking?
Fraps is good for a few things.
FPS display (works with any game or you throw at it) and Screenshots (some games do not have a quick and easy way to take a screenshot so FRAPS comes in handy for those games).
Sure, you can run a benchmark, but don't go to any serious overclocking forums with only your FRAPS benchmarks.
MSI Afterburner is the best OC utility for video cards (NVIDIA, anyway), since it's the only one that has direct access to the voltage controller chip.
As stated by localhost, MSI AB can capture video MUCH better than FRAPS.
But if video capture is what you're after, there are better tools than FRAPS or MSI AB.
If you have a 6xx or 7xx series NVIDIA card, SHADOWPLAY is your friend (it's part of Geforce Experience and can capture at full HD, with or without audio (+ your own microphone should you want to).
Since Shadowplay is BY and FOR NVIDIA, it has direct access to the GPU stream and therefore can record FULL HD while you play and it will only cost you maybe 2-5% performance, as opposed to most (if not all) other capture software which will often tax you 30-50% performance while recording.
For screen recording, today I use and recommend Open Broadcaster Software
Used this for long time, very good tool and now with 64 bits support.
MSI Afterburner use it too.
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