Frame Rate Targeting Control

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Frame Rate Targeting Control




Frame Rate Targeting Control is a feature that enables users the ability to set a maximum target frame rate when playing an application in fullscreen exclusive mode. The benefits that this may allow a user to experience are reduced GPU power consumption (great for games running at frame rates much higher than the display refresh rate) and reduce heat generation and as a result of that, lower fan speed/noise on the graphics card.



Frame rate targeting control caps performance not only in 3D rendered in-game scenes, but also in splash screens, loading screens and menus, where framerates often run needlessly into the hundreds of fps.

Users might wish to set a very high cap just to limit wasteful fps like that seen in menus and such, while still taking advantage of the responsiveness given by fps well beyond 60.



Frame Rate Targeting Control is especially useful when rendering relatively ‘easy’ content on powerful hardware, e.g. when you've got a relatively low resolution monitor connected to a higher end graphics board, or when playing an older title, or a game with a relatively lightweight graphics load. Limiting the framerate not only saves power, but also heat and noise, keeping your GPU cool and quiet.



AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X: Sniper Elite 3 1440p resolution, Ultra preset

Framerate Target

Average FPS achieved in Campaign Intro

Total System Power Draw during Campaign Intro

Average FPS during gameplay

Total System Power Draw during gameplay


310 fps


105 fps


80 fps

78 fps


79 fps


60 fps

59 fps


59 fps



For the data above, the resolution and presets were selected, nothing else was changed from the default values of the game for the test hardware.



How to Enable Frame Rate Targeting Control


  • Right click on the desktop and select AMD Radeon™ Settings






  • Navigate to the Gaming tab






  • Click Global Settings


Note! You can use game profiles to set individual Frame Rate Control Settings on a per game basis





  • Set your desired Frame Rate Control Settings






Note: Changes to the Frame Rate Targeting Control must be done outside of the game, i.e. exit the game completely, make your changes, and then start the game again. The current implementation of Frame Rate Targeting Control works only with DirectX9, 10 and 11 titles, and offers targets in the range of 30 to 200 fps.



AMD Product Compatibility


AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 390 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 380 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 370 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 360 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2AMD Radeon™ HD 7700 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series