The 6 Best FPS Counter Apps for Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Friday, March 17, 2023

The 6 Best FPS Counter Apps for Windows 11

The number of frames your PC can render per second, measured in FPS (frames per second), determines how smooth a game is. If you have a high-end system, you might want to know the efficiency new hardware performs while playing your favorite video games.

An FPS counter can help you do that. It monitors the state of your PC hardware and displays the number of frames your computer generates per second. Additionally, it can also display CPU and GPU load, helping to identify any issues with your setup.

Here are the best FPS counters to track framerates in games on Windows 11 computers.


FRAPS is all you need if you want to benchmark your computer for framerate. This is a classic FPS counter application that works for free on most versions of Windows operating system.

FRAP displays an FPS counter in the top right corner of the screen. Interestingly, this lightweight application also has a screen capture and recording utility.

By default, you can press F9 to start recording the game at up to 60 fps, with a maximum capacity of 4GB. To take a screenshot, press F10. You can further configure the image format and automate the screen every few seconds using hotkeys.

Unregistered users are limited to a maximum of 30 seconds of recording and taking screenshots in BMP file format with watermark.

2. NZXT Cam

NZXT CAM is a system performance management utility with a number of useful features. For example, it has a great overlay feature that you can enable with the Ctrl + O hotkey. When enabled, it shows the number of FPS, CPU, GPU, and RAM usage. Furthermore, you can also configure network and system time information.

To configure the NZXT CAM overlay, launch the app and click Settings (gear icon) in the lower left corner. Next, open the Overlay tab. In the overlay settings, select all the consoles that you want to display, including the FPS option.

To enable the NZXT CAM overlay, press Ctrl + O during game play. It shows FPS count, CPU and GPU usage, along with temperature and memory. In addition to monitoring frames, you can use it to see your system's performance and specs, game time, and even adjust GPU clock speeds.

3. Nvidia GeForce Experience Performance Overlay

If you own NVIDIA graphics, you don't need to use a third-party FPS counter application. NVIDIA Experience from Geforce with Performance Overlay to display system performance as an overlay.

To enable Performance Overlay:

1. Make sure you have GeForce Experience installed.

2. Next, press Alt + Z to launch the GeForce Experience overlay.

3. Click Settings (gear icon) and select HUD Layout.

4. Open the Performance tab and then select FPS. Choose a location for the overlay.

5. Alternatively, select the advanced option to view additional system performance metrics, including CPU and GPU usage, processor temperature, memory, power, fan speed, and more.

6. Press Alt + R to launch the overlay during game sessions. Press ALT + R again to close the overlay.

4. FPS Monitor

If you need a bit more benchmarking than just framerate, FPS Monitor will be a perfect fit. It monitors the state of your computer's hardware and displays in-game information as an overlay.

Overlay includes frame information with the average and maximum frame rates achieved during the session. There are also other parameters like GPU, CPU, memory and storage drive usage.

It is also highly customizable and allows you to create your own overlay to match your personal gaming style. The application can be configured to check RAM, GPU and CPU usage on Windows and save statistics to a file. Hardware Alerts contains information about your system's hardware and alerts when it reaches critical levels.

Like most FPS counting utilities, FPS Monitor has a built-in screenshot tool for capturing in-game stills. Also, you can use it to limit the in-game FPS for any game.

In contrast, FPS Monitor is a premium utility with a free trial. You need to purchase a $9.99 one-time license to use the app after the trial ends.

5. Steam FPS Counter

Steam has a built-in FPS counter disabled by default. You can enable a frame counter to measure performance for games released on Steam.

To enable the FPS counter on Steam:

1. Open Steam and make sure you're not in Family View.

2. Next, click Steam and select Settings.

3. Open the In-Game tab in the Settings dialog box.

4. Next, click the In-Game FPS Counter drop-down menu and select Top-left. You can also set it to Top-right, Bottom-right or Bottom-left.

5. Click OK to save the changes.

6. The next time you launch a game on Steam, you'll notice a green FPS title appear at your preferred location on the screen.

6. Cortex Razer

Razer Cortex is an FPS booster for Windows that optimizes games for better performance. It also has a convenient in-game overlay. You can use it to display FPS count, system time and playtime as an overlay.

Razer Cortex Overlay only works when you launch games on the app. Fortunately, it allows you to connect to third-party platforms, including Steam,, Ubisoft Connect, Origin and Humble Bundle, as well as sync game libraries.

To enable the Razer Cortex overlay:

1. Launch the application and open the In-Game tab.

2. Turn on the Custom Display toggle.

3. By default, you can press Ctrl + Shift + Q to enable overlay.

4. Furthermore, you can configure When My Game Starts settings to automatically monitor the FPS generation graph at the end of the game.

5. Next, launch any game from the Razer Cortex Library.

6. Press Ctrl + Shift + Q to enable the overlay if it doesn't start automatically.

The Razer Cortex has an FPS counter overlay and a simple frame, playtime, and timer display. When the game is over, it displays an FPS graph showing additional details from the gaming session to help you analyze your system performance.

Alternatively, you can also use MSI Afterburner and AMD Radeon software to see the FPS count. Both tools allow you to enable and configure overlays in the game. However, the availability of these features may vary depending on your system hardware.

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