9 Budget Friendly GPUs That Can Run Fortnite

If you’re planning to purchase a new Laptop/Desktop (or already own one) and trying to figure out whether it can run Fortnite: Battle Royale, then here’s the guide you’re looking for. In this article, I’ve listed 9 Budget GPUs that can run Fortnite. Unlike PUBG, Fortnite is not very GPU intensive and there is no need to empty your pockets on some good hardware. Guess what? Even if you just have an Integrated GPU, you might be able to run it at low settings.

When we say a game is playable, for some people it simply means having a lag-free experience at low settings. For others, however, the gaming experience is poor if they’re getting anything less than 60 FPS at 1080p. Nevertheless, even at a low budget, you’ll manage to get 60 FPS in Fortnite on most budget GPUs. If your PC/Laptop only has Integrated Graphics, you shouldn’t hope for playing it at 1080p, but at 1280×720 or 1366×768 resolution, you will manage to get at least 30-40 frames per second.

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In this post, I will not only include Desktop Graphics Cards, but I will also mention some notebook GPUs that can handle Fortnite. First we will check out some Nvidia GPUs and then we will look at a few AMD Radeon GPUs. And at last, we will check out some Intel’s Integrated GPUs of last few generations. After discussing the gaming performance of these GPUs, I will share in-game settings to achieve the best gaming experience and performance. So, let’s pause the discussion here and get down to the nitty-gritty.

    Nvidia GeForce GPUs

Here are three budget-friendly Nvidia GPUs which can play this game. While 940MX and MX150 are Notebook GPUs, GT 1030 is for desktop computers. If you own a PC and can invest a little higher, then better go with a GTX 1050 Ti.

1) GeForce 940MX

Performance at 1080p
  • 50+ FPS at Low/Medium Settings

If you own a Notebook with Nvidia GeForce 940MX, you will be able to play Fortnite at more than 50 FPS at 1080p and low settings. If you need higher FPS, I will recommend changing the resolution to 720p and change the other settings to Medium. But if you’re planning to buy a notebook with 940MX, I will advice against it as its successor (MX150) has been here for a long time and it is considerably better than 940MX. Here’s a gameplay of Fortnite on 940MX.

2) GeForce GT 1030

Performance at 1080p
  • 75+ FPS at Low/Medium Settings

The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 is a budget Desktop GPU that you can get for a very low price. It is currently one of the cheapest GPUs that can run Fortnite. Pair it up with a 7th Gen Intel Pentium G4560 or 8th Gen Intel Core-i3 8100 or maybe a Ryzen 3 CPU and enjoy playing Fortnite and most of the PC Games at 1080p. You can expect around 75 FPS on GT 1030 at medium settings. But for serious gaming, I’ll recommend you to invest a few extra dollars and get a GTX 1050 Ti instead.

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3) GeForce MX150

Performance at 1080p
  • 75+ FPS at Low/Medium Settings

As I’ve already mentioned, it is a successor to 940MX and it is, in fact, the Laptop variant of GT 1030. It is probably the best Notebook GPU I can think of in low budget. The GeForce MX150 can run most of the games at 1080p and you’ll have a great time playing Fortnite on it. It can play Fortnite at 75+ FPS on Low/Medium Settings and you can even go for higher settings and still have a decent frame rate.

    AMD Radeon GPUs

Here are two budget-friendly GPUs from AMD for playing Fortnite.

4) Radeon RX 550

Performance at 1080p
  • 60+ FPS at Medium Settings

The AMD Radeon RX 550 has a similar price to that of GT 1030 but it isn’t on par with GT 1030 in terms of performance. On this AMD Radeon GPU, you will be able to play Fortnite at 60 FPS on Full HD Resolution. Though, I’ll any day recommend GT 1030 over RX 550, but if you’re an AMD Fan or if you’re getting it for a lower price, then feel free consider it over GT 1030.

5) Radeon RX Vega 8

Performance at 1080p
  • 50+ FPS at Low/Medium Settings

RX Vega 8 is an Integrated GPU for AMD Ryzen 3 2200 and Ryzen 5 2500U. Even after being an Intergated GPU, it delivers quite good performance. So, if you’re planning to buy a laptop with Ryzen 5 2500U Processors, the Radeon Vega 8 will certainly do the job. However, a dedicated GPU like MX150 delivers superior perfomance.

    Intel Integrated GPUs

If you thought that you can’t run Fortnite on any Intel’s Integrated GPU, then here’s a surprise. Of course we can’t hope for 1080p Gaming, but on HD Resolution and Low Settings, you’ll actually get a decent frame rate. Here I’ve only mentioned some popular iGPUs of Intel’s 8th and 7th Generation but I believe that you will be able to Fortnite on a few generations old processor as well.

6) Intel UHD Graphics 630

Performance at 720p
  • 50+ FPS at Low Settings

The Intel UHD Graphics 630 was launched with the 8th Generation Desktop Processors such as Core i3-8100, Core i5-8400, Core i7-8700, and their unlocked variants. On this GPU, you can play Fortnite at 1280×720 or 1366×768 resolution with low preset. You’ll easily get a decent frame rate at low settings.

7) Intel UHD Graphics 620

Performance at 720p
  • 45+ FPS at Low Settings

It is another 8th Generation iGPU but the UHD 620 is for Laptop Processors like Intel Core i5-8250U, i7-8550U, etc. This too has decent performance but not on the same level as its desktop counterpart. With this GPU, I managed to get 45 frames per second on average. Once again, you’ll have to stick at 720p resolution and low settings.

8) Intel HD Graphics 630

Performance at 720p
  • 50+ FPS at Low Settings

Intel HD Graphics 630 is a desktop iGPU for 7th Generation Kaby Lake Processors. It is almost on par with the 8th Generation UHD 630 and can give you 50+ FPS on low settings while playing Fortnite.

9) Intel HD Graphics 620

Performance at 720p
  • 35+ FPS at Low Settings

As you might have guessed by its name, it is the 7th Generation iGPU for Notebook Processors like Core i5-7200U, Core i3-7100U, Core i7-7500U, etc. If you’re buying a Laptop with 7th Genration Intel Processor, it most likely has a HD 620 GPU. At low settings, you’ll manage to get approximately 35-45 frames per second in this game.

    Recommended In-Game Settings

Fortnite Settings for Best Performance

Adjust your in-game settings as mentioned in the Image Above. If you’re unable to see the picture, here are the settings:

  • Windows Mode: Fullscreen
  • Display Resolution: 1280×720
  • Frame Rate Limit: Unlimited
  • 3D Resolution: 100%
  • View Distance: Medium
  • Shadows: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: Medium
  • Textures: Medium
  • Effects: Low
  • Post-Processing: Low
  • VSync: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off

You can increase your resolution to 1600×900 or 1920×1080 depending on your GPU. Also, if your GPU can handle it well, feel free to test and increase the “View Distance” and “Textures” progressively until the FPS drops below 60. For Integrated GPUs, I’ll recommend setting all the settings to Low/Off. Here’s our full post to Optimize Fortnite for PC.

Hope you liked the list of low-budget GPUs that can run Fortnite. Feel free to share additional tips to boost frame rate in Fortnite in the comments section below.




Kashish Kumawat is a Computer Engineer and a Product Reviewer. He is the Founder and Editor at Tech Centurion. He reviews Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, and Gaming Components. Kashish Kumawat has an experience of over 3 years in this field and likes to be up to date with the latest technology trends and new product launches. He believes in writing unbiased reviews that ultimately benefit the consumers. To contact Kashish, visit the Contact Page.

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