3 Ways to Fix Low FPS Issues on RuneScape & Boost Your Frames

Here, you will also learn how to check the FPS in RuneScape

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  • If you are a fan of RuneScape 3 and are facing a low FPS issue, it could be either due to a glitch in the graphics settings or due to outdated drivers. 
  • It could be also possible that you ended up in the Legacy Mode or there's a bug in the game. 
  • You may also encounter the low FPS problem with Old School RuneScape, so, before you try any other solutions, make sure that the FPS is between 5 – 300.
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RuneScape fans may be dismayed to see a low FPS count, but there’s no need to worry as this can be fixed easily.

It’s a popular fantasy multiplayer game, which can be played on Steam or you can download the software for Windows or on other major platforms.

However, if your PC display is running at 60Hz FPS, you can increase your RuneScape Background FPS settings to 60Hz or higher for an enhanced gaming experience.

But if RuneScape is not loading or opening, you can follow the solutions in our detailed post here.

Before we move over to the troubleshooting methods, let us understand why you face low FPS issues on RuneScape.

Why am I getting low FPS in RuneScape?

If your RuneScape game has slowed down and you see low FPS (frames per second), it means that your machine does not have enough memory to run it properly.

Some of the other common reasons why RuneScape may suffer from low FPS are:

  • Graphics card issue
  • Outdated graphics drivers
  • Old CPU
  • Limited system memory (RAM)

At the same time, you should check if your PC meets the minimum specifications to run the game as below:

Device Specifications
Windows CPU: Intel i3+/AMD @ 2.4+ GHz 
GPU: GeForce 400x, Intel HD 4x, AMD Radeon 7xxx +
RAM: 4GB
Minimum 8GB of storage space available for the NXT cache
Mac CPU: Intel i3+ @ 2.4+ GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon 7xxx +
RAM: 4GB
Minimum 8GB of storage space available for the NXT cache
Recommended Mac 2011+
Old School RuneScape (Mobile) Android Oreo 8.0 or above
iOS 13 or later
RAM: 2GB
Minimum 120MB of free storage space
RuneScape Mobile Android Oreo 8.0 or above
iOS 13 or later
RAM: 2GB
3.5GB – 5GB of free storage space

But, if you are still facing the same low FPS issue or if your RuneScape is stuttering, we are here to help.

So, follow this post to fix the RuneScape frame rate issues and boost the FPS using the below solutions.

How do I fix my low FPS on RuneScape?

1. Change your graphics settings

  1. Launch RuneScape and click on the gear icon on the bottom right. runescape settings
  2. In the Options Menu window, click on Settings. runescape settings
  3. Next, select the Graphics tab and you can now edit the settings like the Game models, Light effects, etc. runescape graphics settings
  4. You can also change the graphic modes to, for example, Min, Low, Mid, High, Ultra or Custom, or resize the screen on the right. runescape graphic modes

You have now successfully changed the graphics settings and increased the RuneScape FPS.

2. Update your graphics driver

  1. Right-click on Start and select Device Manager. select Device manager from Start menu
  2. Now, expand the Display adapters section, right-click on the device and select Update driver. update display adapter
  3. Next, in the Update Drivers window, click on Search automatically for drivers. search for graphics drivers
  4. Windows will now start looking up for any latest drivers automatically and finish the installation accordingly.

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Once you have updated the graphics drivers, the low frame rate issue in RuneScape should be resolved.

3. Clear your cache

  1. While RuneScape is loading, click on the gear icon on the bottom left. runescape options menu
  2. As the Options dialog opens, go to Cache Folder and click on the three dots next to it. runescape cache folder
  3. You will be redirected to the Jagex folder and open the RuneScape folder. RuneScape cache location
  4. Next locate the cache folder, select all files and hit Delete. delete RuneScape cache

Once you have cleared the cache, the graphical texture and fix the Runescape frame rate issues.

While the default cache folder path is %ProgramData%\Jagex\RuneScape, it may sometimes change.
So, if you do not find the Cache folder in the default location, you can also look for it in the locations below: C:\%UserProfile%\jagexcache\runescape\LIVE  ORC:\.jagex_cache_32

How do you check FPS in Old School RuneScape?

For example, if you are playing Old School RuneScape on Steam, you can follow the below methods to check FPS:

  1. Open Steam, click on its menu on the top left, and select Settings. stem settings
  2. In the Settings window, click on In-Game on the left. steam in game settings
  3. Now, on the right, go to the In-game FPS counter and select your choice from the drop-down. For example, Top-right.
  4. Next, check the box next to the High contrast color option. select high contrast color

Now when you run the game, you should see the FPS counter on the top-right or the position you selected.

How do I check my FPS on RuneScape 3?

While you can follow the above method, you can also follow the below steps to check FPS on RuneScape 3:

  1. Open RuneScape 3 and press the Alt +` keys on your keyboard.
  2. This will launch the command console from the top left.
  3. Now, type displayfps and press Enter.
  4. You will now see the FPS counter on the upper end of the game screen.

Alternatively, you can also go to your Nvidia control panel and make sure that it’s not using integrated graphics.

At the same time, make sure that you close any unnecessary programs to minimize the use of resources, or install any pending Windows updates.

You can also make Windows 11 faster and more responsive by changing the power plan to high-performance.

So, if your RuneScape game shows low FPS on a good computer, you can try the above methods to fix the issue.

If you have any other queries related to games, do let us know in the comments box below.

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