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Best PC settings for Fortnite Season 7

High FPS is one the main advantages to playing Fortnite on PC, so here are the best settings to get the most from your system in Season 7.

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High frames-per-second is one of the main advantages of playing Fortnite on PC, so here are the best settings to get the most FPS from your system.

Having high frames-per-second (FPS) will make your game run smoother, improving your reaction time and making Fortnite an overall more pleasant game to play. This is why streamers and Fortnite pro players spend thousands of dollars on their gaming rigs.

However, you don’t have to break the bank to get a solid FPS in Fortnite Season 7; simply follow these settings to get the best competitive performance from your system.

Fortnite system requirements

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Thanks to Epic Games, here are the system requirements to play Fortnite on PC. The minimum requirements are low, but you likely won’t get great visuals or FPS. To push the game to Epic Quality, you’ll need more beefy components in your rig.

Fortnite Minimum System Requirements

  • Video Card: Intel HD 4000 on PC or Intel Iris Pro 5200 or equivalent AMD GPU on Mac
  • Processor: Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit or Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6

Fortnite Recommended System Requirements

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 960, AMD R9 28,0 or equivalent DX11 GPU
  • Video Memory: 2 GB VRAM
  • Processor: Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Fortnite Epic Quality Presets Specifications

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 or equivalent GPU
  • Video Memory: 4 GB VRAM or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x or equivalent
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM or higher
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

How to update graphics drivers

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To get the optimal performance from your system and make sure Fortnite runs as smoothly as possible, you need to make sure your graphics drivers are up-to-date.

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers on NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Fortnite Season 7

What is NVIDIA DLSS?

NIVIDA DLSS (or Deep Learning Super Sampling) is a clever technology that allows players with an NVIDIA RTX Series graphics card to run Fortnite at high resolution while still maintaining a solid frame rate.

DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, giving a higher frame rate, but uses the technology to give the appearance of high resolution. It perfectly combines visuals and performance.

How to turn on NVIDIA DLSS in Fortnite

You can find the DLSS settings in the Advanced Graphics section of the Video tab, right at the very bottom.

From here, you can set DLSS as either Performance, Balanced, or Quality. You’d only need Performance if playing at 4K, otherwise Balanced or Quality would suit a 1440p resolution.

Best Fortnite graphics settings for low-end hardware

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On a low-end system, you want to shoot for 60 FPS. This will give you smooth and stable performance, but you can take it higher by changing certain settings.

We’ve picked out the settings that will have the biggest impact on Fortnite’s performance, and given you the optimal options to select for high FPS.

Display

  • Window Mode: Fullscreen
  • Resolution: e.g 1920 x 1080 (it should match your monitor’s native display resolution)
  • Frame Rate Limit: Unlimited

Graphics Quality

  • 3D Resolution: 100%
  • View Distance: Epic
  • Shadows: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Textures: Low
  • Effects: Low
  • Post-processing: Low

The only setting you want to have on High or Epic is View Distance. Seeing players, builds, and loot in the distance is vital and worth losing a few frames for.

If your PC is struggling with View Distance set to Epic, experiment with lowering it.

Advanced Graphics

  • V-Sync: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Rendering Mode: DIRECTX11
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost
  • Ray Tracing: Off

Ray Tracing can be found at the very bottom of the Settings tab, but you want to have it all turned off. It will make your game look great, but will absolutely tank your performance.

Best Fortnite graphics settings for high-end hardware

High-end systems can take advantage of a combination of stunning graphics and high FPS. We’ve got the best settings to take advantage of your high-end gaming rig.

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Display

  • Window Mode: Fullscreen
  • Resolution: e.g 2560 x 1440 (it should match your monitor’s native display resolution)
  • Frame Rate Limit: Shouldn’t be much higher than your monitor’s refresh rate as this can cause screen tearing

Graphics Quality

  • 3D Resolution: 100%
  • View Distance: Epic
  • Shadows: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: Medium
  • Textures: Medium
  • Effects: Low
  • Post-processing: Medium

The only setting you want to have on Epic is View Distance. Seeing players, builds, and loot in the distance is vital and worth losing a few frames for. We’ve recommended medium settings for high-end hardware, but feel free to experiment if your system can handle it. 

Advanced Graphics

  • V-Sync: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Rendering Mode: DIRECTX11
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost
  • Ray Tracing: Off

Ray Tracing can be found at the very bottom of the Settings tab, but it’s unnecessary. Even if your rig can handle it, it’s not worth sacrificing frames for in multiplayer games like Fortnite.

How to use Fortnite Performance Mode

Fortnite performance mode

If you’re playing on an outdated PC or want to squeeze every last frame out of your system, perhaps performance mode is for you.

This offers “significant performance gains” by reducing the visual quality of the game. This will lighten the load on your GPU and CPU, making Fortnite run at much higher frames. Fortnite won’t look as pretty, but you’ll see a massive boost in FPS.

To set Fortnite to Performance Mode:

  1. Open settings in Fortnite
  2. Scroll down to ‘Rendering Mode’
  3. Select Performance (Alpha)
  4. Restart Fortnite

Try out these settings on Fortnite Battle Royale for PC, and you will see a marked improvement in the game’s performance.

For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings and every NPC location in Season 7.

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Fortnite Donation Board locations: How to vote to unvault items

Here’s everything you need to know about Donation Boards in Fortnite, including the locations where you can find them to vote on returning items.

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Donation Boards have appeared across Fortnite island during Season 8, so we’ll go over what they’re for and where you can find them on the map.

With Fortnite Season 8 well underway, you can check out all of the new content in the game, including new Cosmic Chestscosmeticsbounties, and weapons. There’s also a brand-new Battle Pass to progress through.

One of the new additions to the battle royale is the Fortnite Donation Boards. These have been popping up around the Island, and this guide will cover everything you need to know about them, including their locations.

What Are Donation Boards in Fortnite?

Donation Board in Fortnite

The Donation Boards on Fortnite Island look like any regular boards with flyers on them. Once you interact with them, you’ll get a chance to decide which item should be brought to the map.

You can donate 50 Gold Bars towards whichever item you want to see as future loot, with the first item to hit 100% Funded becoming immediately unlocked and ready for use.

There are plenty of unique weapons to choose from in Fortnite Season 8. These include the new Sideways weapons and the few Exotic Weapons currently left in the battle royale.

By donating to these boards, you have the rare opportunity to decide which of these fantastic weapons can become easily accessible to you the next time you hop into a match of Fortnite.

Fortnite Donation Board locations

Donation Board Locations in Fortnite

Donation Boards are mainly located next to POIs on the map. You can currently find a total of 12 scattered around Fortnite Island, and you can often find Turret Boards right next to them.

Once you get to one of these, you’ll have the chance to decide which weapon makes its way to Fortnite Island. This gives you more control over the Battle Royale than before.

Be sure to cast your vote when you come across one of these. For more Fortnite, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out the Gold Cube location and travel path in Fortnite Season 8.

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Fortnite Armored Walls: How to get & use the new Trap

Here’s how to get and use Fortnite Season 8’s latest addition, Armored Walls, which add a ton of HP to your structures.

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Armored Walls in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite Season 8 has included a brand-new Trap item to the game, with Armored Walls making your structures much more powerful. Here’s how to find and use this new defensive item.

Following the news that Fortnite will be crossing over with designer fashion house Balenciaga, Epic Games has brought even more content with the September 21 hotfix. In this small update, they’ve announced a Fourth Birthday event, given players the chance to unvault an item, and added a new Trap.

The Armored Walls Trap covers builds in thick metal plating, giving “any building piece a whole bunch more HP.”

Here’s how to find and use this powerful new item.

How to get Armored Walls in Fortnite

Armored Walls Trap in Fortnite Season 8

Creating a safe area to hold down is one of the most important strategies to winning a game of Fortnite. Maintaining the high ground and having solid cover is ever-important and now your defense can now be even stronger thanks to the new Armored Walls Trap.

These Armored Walls have arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale matches with the September 21 update. In the accompanying announcement, Epic Games revealed that Armored Walls can be found in Supply Boxes and on the ground. So, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find them, you just need to loot around.

How to use Armored Walls in Fortnite

Armored Walls are Uncommon Traps, so will go into the Trap inventory slot. Like placing the old Damage Traps or Bouncers, you just need to approach one of your own structures with Armor Plates in your inventory and press your Trap keybind, e.g T.

The wall will now become a thick metal structure with 2,500 HP, so the enemies will have an extremely hard time breaking through. However, it works both ways, so be careful you don’t box yourself in!

Here’s a quick summary:

  1. Build or approach one of your walls in Fortnite
  2. Have the Armored Walls trap at the ready
  3. Press your Trap button to apply it to the surface

And that’s how you can find and use Armored Walls in Fortnite Season 8! For more guides, check out how to level up the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass fast.

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Fortnite Fourth Birthday event: Start date, Quests, rewards

Fortnite is nearing its fourth birthday, and there’s a full in-game event coming so players can join in with the celebrations.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since Fortnite began taking over the gaming world, but it’s true. Once again, Epic is celebrating in style with a special in-game Fourth Fortnite Birthday event. We’ve got the lowdown right here.

Fortnite Season 8 is a throwback in many ways, mainly thanks to the return of Kevin and his fellow alien Cubes. That’s why it’s fitting that the new season coincides with the anniversary of the battle royale’s release.

Fortnite has evolved a lot in the last four years, popularising features like the Battle Pass along the way.

So, to celebrate, Epic is launching a Fourth Fortnite Birthday event for players to dive into, packed with plenty of Quests and rewards.

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Fourth Fortnite Birthday event start date and time

This special Fortnite Birthday event will kick off on September 24, 2021, at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST, coming via an update that will be available to download on the day.

Fittingly, the Fortnite Birthday event festivities will last for four days, ending on September 28, 2021. The game’s official birthday is in the middle of the event on September 26.

Throughout the Fortnite Birthday event, players will be able to spot birthday cakes scattered around the island. Eating these baked goods will offer valuable health and shield boosts.

Birthday presents will also be returning from last year. These can be thrown onto the ground and contain rare loot.

Fortnite Fourth Birthday Event

Fourth Fortnite Birthday Quests & rewards

As part of the celebrations, players will have the chance to complete themed Quests to earn birthday rewards and XP.

These will also go live when the event starts, on September 24, 2021, at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST.

Among the rewards will be the “4 Me???” Back Bling, “Hooplah Hammer Pickaxe, and “4? Score!” Emoticon.

Epic is yet to confirm what the birthday-themed Quests will entail, but be sure to check back here for the latest updates.

Themed rewards from the Fortnite Fourth Birthday event

That was everything we know so far about the Fourth Fortnite Birthday event. We’ll have to wait and see if Epic has anything else planned for the big day.

For more on Fortnite Season 8, check out how to rank up the Battle Pass quickly and our ranking of every single weapon.

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