Encountering screen tearing when playing Valorant? This really is a mood killer during the gameplay. But don’t worry. It’s a commonly seen problem when the game’s frame rate exceeds your computer’s refresh rate. To fix this issue, here are some possible solutions to it.

Before you start

Before you try any method listed below, make sure that your PC meets the minimum requirements for Volarant.

Minimum requirements for Valorant (30 FPS):

Operating SystemWindows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit
ProcessorIntel Core 2 DUO E8400
Memory4 GB RAM
Graphics CardIntel HD 4000

Try these fixes

You might not need to try them all. Simply work your way down until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Adjust the display resolution and refresh rate
  2. Disable Game Mode and fullscreen optimizations
  3. Change power settings
  4. Update graphic drivers
  5. Turn on VSync
  6. Apply optimized Valorant settings
  7. Cap Valorant’s frame rate manually

Fix 1: Adjust the display resolution and refresh rate

If screen tearing keeps occurring, it’s possible that your display resolution is configured to a higher point than what your monitor can handle. Adjusting it might help you fix the issue.

  1. On your keyboard, press Win+S (the Windows logo key and the S key) and type resolution. Then click Change the resolution of the display in the search results.
  2. Scroll down to the end and select Advanced display settings.
  3. Select Display adapter properties for Display 1.
  4. On the Adapter tab, click List All Modes.
  5. A list of different resolutions will show on the screen. Select one according to your hardware specifications.

Restart your PC after each time you change the settings and see if screen tearing still appears.

If the problem persists, move on to the next fix.

Fix 2: Disable Game Mode and fullscreen optimizations

Game Mode, as its name indicates, improves your PC’s performance while you’re playing games. But there are players saying that the mode causes screen tearing during the gameplay. So you might turn off Game Mode and see if anything changes. That’s a plus to the efficiency. Here is how:

  1. On your keyboard, press Win+I (the Windows logo key and the I key) to open Settings. Then select Gaming.
  2. On the Game Mode tab, move the slider to turn off Game Mode.
  3. On your screen or the folder where you put your game, right click the game icon and select Properties.

If the problem persists, you can also disable fullscreen optimizations:

  1. Click the Compatibility tab. Under the settings section, check Disable fullscreen optimizations. Then click OK.

Restart your PC and launch Valorant again to see if the problem is fixed.

if it is not helping, simply move on to the next fix.

Fix 3: Change power settings

Battery-friendly power settings might reduce graphic processing performance and cause screen tearing. You can change power settings to make sure any graphical processing is not constrained. Follow the steps below:

  1. On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) to open the Run box. Then type powercfg.cpl in the box and click OK.
  2. In the Power Options menu, click the Show additional plans arrow and select High performance.

Restart your PC and check if anything changes.

If nothing changes, you might need to check your graphic drivers.

Fix 4: Update graphic drivers

Outdated or wrong graphic drivers might cause screen tearing in Valorant. So when you are having display-related issues, don’t forget to check if you are using the right graphic drivers.

One method is to update drivers manually: visit the manufacturer’s websites and select, download and install the drivers you want.

But if you would like to skip the trouble of doing it, you can try Driver Easy. It’s a tool to detect, download and install drivers that your computer needs. Here is how to use it:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com

If you don’t want to pay for it, you can also download all the drivers with the free version. You just have to download one at a time, and install them manually.

After updating your drivers, restart your PC and check if the problem is solved.

If it doesn’t do the trick, simply move on to the next fix.

Fix 5: Turn on VSync

As mentioned before, screen tearing happens in the moments when the game’s frame rate is too high for your monitor to keep up. To fix that, VSync, or vertical sync, could be helpful. It is designed to synchronize the frame rate of a game with your monitor’s refresh rate. 

You can enable it in the NVIDIA Control Panel:

  1. On your desktop, right click in an empty space and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. In the left pane, select Manage 3D Settings and choose the Global Settings tab. Then scroll down to find Vertical sync and click the small arrow on its right. Select On in the drop-down list and click Apply.
Setting Vertical sync to Adaptive might also be efficient, according to some players.

For AMD users, the feature is called Wait for Vertical Refresh:

  1. At the bottom left of the screen, click the search box and type amd. Then click AMD Radeon Software.
  2. At the top right corner of the menu, click the settings icon. Then select the Graphics tab and navigate to Wait for Vertical Refresh. Click the small arrow on its right to open the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Always on.
NVIDIA and AMD settings will default to application settings. It means that they will respect in-game settings. If you select Always On for NVIDIA/AMD in-game, then VSYNC will remain On when appropriate.

To enable VSync in Valorant, go to Settings > VIDEO > GRAPHICS QUALITY, and set VSync to ON:

When VSync is on, you should turn off Limit FPS Always in Valorant, or the two settings might conflict with each other.

To turn off Limit FPS Always in Valorant, go to Settings > VIDEO > GENERAL, then set it to Off:

No luck with that? Keep reading.

Fix 6: Apply optimized Valorant Settings

No player is playing on a perfect computer. So we do have some suggestions on in-game settings to boost your PC’s display performance. They are personal experiences from enthusiastic players. You could try and see if it fix your problem:

  1. In Valorant, go to Settings > VIDEO > GENERAL, and set as follows:
  2. Go to GRAPHICS QUALITY, and set as follows:

Launch your game again and check for any changes.

If it doesn’t help, move on to the last fix.

Fix 7: Cap Valorant’s frame rate manually

If you have no luck with the options above, you might want to cap Valorant’s frame rate manually so that it would not exceed the number your PC can handle. Both NVIDIA and AMD can do this. Here is how:

  1. On your desktop, right click in an empty space and select Display settings in the menu.
  2. In the left column, click Display. Then scroll down to select Advanced display settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Refresh Rate section and you will know the refresh rate of your PC.

Now you can set the maximum frame rate.

For NVIDIA users:

  1. On your desktop, right click in an empty space and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. In the left pane, select Manage 3D Settings and navigate to the Global Settings tab. Then scroll down to find Max Frame Rate and click the small arrow on its right.
  3. Select On and move the slider to your monitor’s refresh rate.

For AMD users:

  1. At the bottom left of the screen, click the search box and type amd. Then click AMD Radeon Software.
  2. At the top right corner of the menu, click the settings icon. Then select the Graphics tab and navigate to Radeon Chill. Enable it and move the Max FPS slider to your PC’s frame rate.

That’s pretty much all we have to fix Valorant screen tearing. If you have any better suggestions, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below.

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