Mac Gaming - Boost FPS With These 6 Methods

Mac Gaming – Boost FPS With These 6 Methods

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How to optimise your Mac for gaming, and get 60 FPS!
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1) Setting your Mac up before launching games
2) Best Mac In-game Settings
3) Changing Mac System settings to increase gaming FPS.
4) Upgrading Mac to increase Mac gaming performance
5) Downloading programs to gain more FPS in Mac games

List of Mac’s that support Metal:

Upgrade Mac Ram:
5K iMacs:
2013 Mac Pro:

More info on external graphics processors for Mac:

Buy an Egpu – Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box:

Buy a Samsung T5 (1TB):
Western Digital My Password (1TB):



macOS Mojave:

Count it – Mac frame rate counter:

Memory Clean 2:

Disk Inventory X:


Windows 10 iSO (For Boot Camp Assistance):


How to play Windows Games on Mac (Boot Camp):

NVIDIA GeForce NOW Install Guide:


1) LOW END MAC (MacBook, MacBook Air, Mac Mini or a 13-inch MacBook Pro)

Display mode: Fullscreen or Windowed
Display Resolution:1280×800 (If your Mac doesn’t support this resolution use 1280×720 or 1344×756 or 1600×900)
Additional settings (like textures, shadows, view distance, etc): Low or medium
V-sync: Off

2) HIGH END MAC (4K or 5K iMac, a 15-inch MacBook Pro, or a Mac Pro)

Display mode: Fullscreen or WindowedFullscreen
Display Resolution: 1920×1080
Additional settings (like textures, shadows, view distance, etc): Medium or high
V-sync: On

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– A lot of you have requested me to make a video on how to increase your FPS or performance whilst playing Mac games. So that is exactly what we're going to do. Before we start it is advised that your Mac is running the latest version of mac OS which right now is Mac OS Mojave, and it is best that your Mac was released from 2012 and up, as these machines support Apple's new graphics API Metal, which actually improves performance. Both of these are not a must, but to easily follow this guide I highly recommend
following those two steps. – Let's go kick some Kang. Whoa! – Before you launch a game let's make sure your Mac is actually ready for gaming. First, make sure
(various mouse clicks) no applications are
running in the background which can use up your Mac's resources. Also go into System Preferences, Users & Groups, Login Items, and remove any unwanted login items that are also using up resources. Next if you are gaming with a Magic Mouse you may have noticed it is not suitable for gaming as it has no right click button. Put it aside and invest in a two-button mouse. I personally use the
Razer Death Adder Elite. Next, for those of you
who use Time Machine to back up your Mac, it's best to turn it
off when playing games as it can slow down your Mac. To turn it off just safely eject your
external hard drive. Next, I like to put on Do Not Disturb. This way, no one can
interrupt me when gaming with messages, phone calls, et cetera, but don't forget to turn it off later. Moving on, I like to have the app Count It open before I launch the game. Count It allows you to
track a game's frame rate which is helpful to find the best settings for smooth game play at the highest possible settings. Use the link in the description to download this app. Now you're ready to launch whatever Mac OS game you want. (Lara Croft struggling) You should always adjust the in-game settings for a Mac game so it plays the best for your system. Try to aim for a frame rate of at least 30 to 60 FPS. Typically you can adjust
the in-game settings from the main menu under Options, Settings, or Display. With the Settings page open, let's link Count It. For the game you're in change the Display Mode to Window. Now press command plus tab to exit to the desktop
or to choose Count It. Find Count It and head to Game, Add Game, and then Running. Choose the game you are currently playing. If your game it doesn't appear click Show Hidden Apps
and it should appear. Now find your game in Count It and hit the play button. You may have to enter your
Mac computer password. Then go back to your game and change the display mode back to full screen, or sometimes it's called
Window At Full Screen. Okay let's adjust some settings. First of all if you have an old Mac or a Macbook, Macbook Air, Mac Mini
or 13 inch Macbook Pro, I suggest you play in a
resolution of 1280 by 800. If your Mac doesn't
support this resolution use 1280 X 720, or 1344 X 756, or 1600 X 900. Remember the lower the resolution the more FPS you'll get. Also, if you can, change the aspect ratio. Make sure it's 16 X 9 and not 4 X 3. For additional or advanced settings like View Distance, Shadows, or Textures, for example, it's best to have these on low or medium and I would suggest turning VSync off for these lower end machines. Now if you have a more high end Mac like a 4K or 5K iMac, a 15 inch Macbook Pro, or a Mac Pro, try playing in a display
resolution of 1920 by 1080. And for advanced settings you can play in medium and
sometimes high settings. It's also best to have VSync turned on. As for high end to Macs it is recommended to play with VSync on as it allows for the smoothest and most consistent experience, free from screen tearing. Also you can try playing
games in Window mode to see if this improves
gameplay performance more. I suggested you now actually benchmark or play the game to see if you're hitting a stable 30 FPS or hopefully 60 FPS. If the game is just laggy or your FPS is still too low, try lowering the resolution
and additional settings. Okay, once you've found
your preferred settings you should then disable Count It as it does use a very
small amount of resources. (Rocket League cars revving and crashing) There are a few Mac OS system settings you can alter to improve Mac performance. First, you can actually open a Mac OS game in low resolution mode. The easiest way to do this is by going to the Apple icon, About This Mac, Storage, and then Manage. From here, go into Applications and find any game you want and click Show In Finder. Now with the game application highlighted in the Finder, right-click and choose Get Info. Find and check Open In the
Low Resolution checkbox. This will force the game to open in a non-retina resolution which should improve your performance. Some games will automatically have
this setting checked. Also, if we head back to that handy Storage Manager, you can use Disk Utility to optimize a Mac's storage, to reduce clutter, free up disk space, and store files in iCloud. Remember having less than
10 gigabytes of space will lead to a Mac slowing down. Now head to System Preferences by going to the Apple icon and then System Preferences. From here go into Software Updates and make sure Automatically Keep My Mac
Up To Date is checked. Now exit here and head into the Dock tab. From here change Minimize Windows Using to Scale Effect, then uncheck Magnification for the Dock. Then exit this tab and go to Accessibility and then the Display tab. Check Reduce Motion and
Reduce Transparency. You may notice this changes the way that your operating system looks, from how the way tabs close to how the Dock works, blah blah blah. Bear in mind, if you play in full screen mode then these changes will have no noticeable impact. However, in Windowed mode they may have a small impact. Some games don't allow you to change your Mac's display resolution but you can manually change it under System Preferences if need be. Head into Display, then whilst holding the
Alt key on the keyboard click Scaled, choose 1920 X 1080 for high-end Macs and 1280 X 800 for low-end Macs, or you may have 1280 X 720, or 1344 by 756, or 1600 by 900. And we're done here. You can close System Preferences now. Next, running First Aid
from the app Disk Utility can also isolate and
fix issues on your Mac. To find it simply go up to Spotlight
and type in Disk Utility. And last, many of you use Discord in the background whilst playing games but this can cause small FPS drops. Let's turn off Discord's
hardware acceleration. To do this, make sure Discord is open and go up to Preferences. From this window find Appearance. Now simply turn off Hardware Acceleration. Discord should automatically restart. There are a few things you can do to actually upgrade your Mac. First, new Macs utilizing Thunderbolt 3 and running Mac OS High Sierra or later can now support additional
graphics performance by connecting an external
graphics processor also also known as an eGPU. There quite a few supported eGPUs. Too many to list here, so I've included a handy link by Apple showing a list of compatible ones. Next, if you are lucky enough to have a 5K iMac or a Mac Pro you can upgrade the RAM
from eight gigabytes to, in some cases, 32 gigabytes. I've included a handy link in the description that goes into more detail about this. And last, I suggest you buy and put your Mac OS games on an external, portable SSD, utilizing either USB 3 or USB C. It will really reduce load times. I suggest either the Samsung T5 or the Western Digital My Passport, but there are many
other options out there. There are quite a few programs on Mac OS that can help with gaming performance. It would be that much but it's worth a go. These programs can be
downloaded in the description. Memory Clean is a program that can free up RAM on your Mac. It is best used when
you close applications. Disk Inventory X clearly shows you what is taking up the
most space on your Mac. This is great to free up your drive leading to a faster and snappier Mac. CCleaner does an overall
cleansing of your Mac. Activity Monitor is built into Mac OS and provides a complete picture of which processes and applications are using the most memory,
CPU, and disk resources. It also allows you to close unwanted apps. (side scrolling game play) If nothing has worked so far I have two final methods. First, you can install Windows 10 via Boot Camp on your Mac to run games through the
Windows operating system. Windows is better optimized for gaming so you should get better performance here when running games. Or you could try using GeForce NOW, a cloud streaming game service. However it is only available in North America and Europe right now. A guide to use these programs
is in the description. – We are victorious. – Okay, yeah, thanks. – And that's my guide on increasing a game's performance on Mac computers. I hope this has helped in some way. Let me know which Mac model are you playing games on and how is it performing after watching this video. Leave a like and subscribe
to show your support. Anyway, I'll talk to you guys later. Bye bye.

45 Replies to “Mac Gaming – Boost FPS With These 6 Methods”

  1. Harrison Crutcher

    If you use one app at a time, stuff on a mac can run faster sometimes including games which is why I now use my studio monitors with an aux cord to listen to music with my iPod Touch 6g when I want to game without sound effects or the game music. Yes the iPod Touch 6g has super good sound, especially if you get vox player. My V-sync on games that let you use it with my MacBook Pro (13 inch latest one without Touch Bar) plus V-sync on the Samsung monitor I have it runs good for me. I do use some lower settings sometimes, but with Portal 1 and 2 it ran decent with some higher setting to me. I don't have much first person shooter games which is one of the reasons why I might get a gaming pc with high ratings on amazon one day when I have enough money and I might one day upgrade the sound card if I can or get a nice dac for it. I have open emu which runs many different older game consoles with emulation super well, dolphin which is ok for gamecube games, and many things plugged in to my MacBook with adapters. Even with many things plugged in, I can still get a fast performance out of the machine. I think gaming on mac is not as bad as some say it is for sure and Linux has gotten a huge list of windows only games from steam and that can run decent as well. Ubuntu which is a free linux operating system has many higher ratings then windows ten does which is very funny to me. I also would like to say that many people don't know how consoles are not as good as super upgraded PC's for gaming, I just wish all games could be released for PC ahahhh. I do like how macs have super high end sound cards where as some pc's out their don't, but you could upgrade many pcs to have better ones. I use my Mac for music making lots.

  2. shaun Wetherilt

    i use a 2009 imac 27 inch and gaming on it with these steps help a lot because i used to get 15 FPS now i get 60 FPS

  3. Broke

    Great video man, my question is… my Mac is a late 2013 MacBook Pro. Would this be classed as a β€˜low’ or β€˜highend’ mac?! I can give all specs if need be.

  4. Legend YT

    I have GeForce now and I get around 300 fps on fortnite. Theres just a really huge delay because of where I live in Europe so it's not that helpful

  5. Morgan Chadwell

    Thank you so much for this video! I'm playing WoW on a Macbook Pro from 2015. I always run between 30-40 FPS and it's starting to bug me. I've gotten so much shit for gaming on a Mac, so it's nice to see something positive out there!

  6. squidud

    Hey, so I was watching one of your other videos and you mentioned how you recorded your mac with an elgato. I tried this and everything worked great except one thing. It seemed to downgrade the resolution a bit, even though it says 1080 p in display settings, it seems like less. Do you have this problem? Is there a fix?

  7. Ryan _YT

    Just a question I use a 2016 MacBook Pro but when I play games like 'life is strange' my computer gets really really hot… That won't break it right?

  8. C Rizzy

    If you want much better framerate without turning the settings to horrible graphics, just install windows and play in direct x.

    Also Mojave has far more dropped frames than High Sierra from what I have heard.

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