How to Get More FPS on "Dolphin"

Written by sara bailey
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Configuring the Dolphin Nintendo emulator software to increase FPS, or frames per second, will increase the rate in which game video is displayed. The Nintendo Wii outputs between 30 and 60 frames per second, so anything below that will display graphics very slowly when playing. There are few simple adjustments that you can make in the Dolphin configuration menu that will get you close to or into the 30-60 FPS range.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and choose "My Computer." Double-click the "C:" drive in the window that comes up. Double-click "Program files" and select the "Dolphin" folder. The Dolphin program file, "Dolphin.exe," is located here.

  2. 2

    Run the "Dolphin.exe" program file by double-clicking it. You will see the Dolphin software main window. Select the "Config" button on the Dolphin main window.

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    Enable the "Dual Core" and "Idle Skipping" options in the main configuration menu. This action by itself will significantly increase your frames per second output.

  4. 4

    Enable the "JIT Recompiler" option in the "CPU Emulator Engine" section of the general configuration page. Click "OK" to save the settings.

  5. 5

    Click the "Graphics" button on the main Dolphin software window. Click the "Hacks" tab and select the "Disable Fog" option under "Other." This significantly improves performance. Click "Close" to save the graphics settings.

  6. 6

    Click the "DSP" button on the main Dolphin software window to bring up the audio settings. Make sure the "DSP HLE emulation" option is selected and "Volume" is at "100%." Click "OK" to save the new audio settings. Dolphin will now be able to play most games at 60 frames per second, which is the ideal speed for games.

Tips and warnings

  • The Dolphin Nintendo emulator will allow you to play your Wii and GameCube games on your computer.

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