Call Of Duty: Vanguard PC version is a well-optimized port and makes full use of DirectX 12. It runs quite well on many different PCs. Our Best COD Vanguard Settings are targeted at people with low-end computers who are looking to get as much performance as possible for an optimal experience. Most of the maps in Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer have very dark environments. Our guide will help you achieve the most FPS and also high visibility so that you can easily spot enemies in different environments of the game.
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Call of Duty: Vanguard System Requirements
Before we jump into the COD: Vanguard Settings Guide, make sure your System Specifications are on par or above the recommended System Requirements. Also, we recently did Black Ops Cold War Settings, so check that out if you are into the older COD Game.
Call of Duty: Vanguard minimum PC system requirements
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit (latest update)
- CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
- RAM: 8GB
- Video Memory: 2GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470
- DirectX: 12
- Storage: 36GB at launch (Multiplayer and Zombies only)
Call of Duty: Vanguard recommended PC system requirements
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit (latest update) or Windows 11 64-bit (latest update)
- CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
- RAM: 12GB
- Video Memory: 4GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
- DirectX: 12
- Storage: 61GB at launch
Call of Duty: Vanguard Ultra 4K PC system requirements
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit (latest update) or Windows 11 64-bit (latest update)
- CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
- RAM: 16GB
- Video Memory: 10GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
- DirectX: 12
- Storage: 61GB at launch
Best COD Vanguard Graphics Settings
In this section of our Best Vanguard Settings Guide, we will take a close look at all of the different Graphics Settings that Call of Duty: Vanguard has to offer. We will compare the settings with Screenshots to give you an idea of what each setting does and help you pick the best option for a much more optimized experience while playing Call of Duty: Vanguard.
This section of our COD: Vanguard Best Settings Guide includes the Video settings related to the Resolution and other Screen Settings in Call of Duty: Vanguard. These settings don’t have as much impact on the performance as the Graphics Settings but they can still improve your overall experience.
Display Mode – Fullscreen
You can choose from 4 different options for this setting. Windowed, Fullscreen, Fullscreen Borderless, and Multi-Monitor. It is recommended to change this setting to Fullscreen because it has less input lag than the other settings. You can change this setting to Fullscreen Borderless if you don’t mind a little bit of input lag and you constantly switch between different tabs on your computer.
Display Resolution – Native Resolution
Display Resolution should be set to Auto or whatever your Monitor’s Native Resolution is.
Refresh Rate – Highest Available
Refresh Rate modifies how many times per second your monitor refreshes the image. The Refresh Rate should be set to the Highest Possible number that your monitor allows.
V-Sync (Game & Menus) – Off
Verticle-Sync is a graphics technology that synchronizes the frame rate of a game with a gaming monitor’s refresh rate. Turning this Call of Duty Vanguard setting on will remove any screen-tearing but it will add a lot of input lag to your game, giving you a disadvantage against other players in multiplayer where reaction times matter a lot. V-Sync also puts an FPS cap in your game, it’s important to have as many framerates as you can in a multiplayer game. Needless to say, it’s best to have this option turned off.
Framerate Limit – Unlimited
The Framerate Limit should be set to unlimited rather than custom so that you can achieve the highest framerate possible on your computer.
Aspect Ratio – Automatic
Aspect Ratio setting sets a fixed aspect ratio for the game’s rendering. This COD Vanguard setting should be set to Automatic.
Focus Mode – Personal Preference
Focus Mod setting puts a black overlay around the game window to hide the rest of the screen when the game is in focus. You can change this Call of Duty Vanguard setting based on your personal preference.
Brightness – Personal Preference
You can set the brightness according to your own personal preference. Personally, I would recommend turning up the brightness a little bit higher than the in-game recommendation as it could increase the visibility of the environments and make it a little bit easier to spot the enemies.
On-Demand Texture Streaming
On-Demand Texture allows you to download high-quality textures as you’re playing the game. I recommend turning this setting off as it could reduce the performance of the game.
These are the most important settings in Call of Duty: Vanguard as they have the most impact on the performance and the visual quality of the game.
Quality Presets – Custom
Set the quality presets to custom to unlock the graphics setting.
Render Resolution – 100%
Keep the Render Resolution at 100% for a clearer image and good visibility.
Dynamic Resolution – Off
Render resolution is adjusted dynamically to maintain the targeted frame rate. Using this setting isn’t recommended because it could make the game look very bad if you’re experiencing constant frame drops.
Texture Resolution – Medium
Texture Resolution setting lets you adjust the quality and clarity of environmental textures in the game. The higher this setting is, the sharper surfaces will look. Higher settings will impact the performance a lot on graphic cards with low VRAM. We recommend keeping this setting on Medium for a 6% FPS boost and decent visuals.
Texture Filtering Anisotropic – High
Sets the detail level of surfaces when they are viewed at an angle. You can choose from 4 different options for Texture Filtering: Very Low, Low, Medium, and High. You wouldn’t notice a big change in the performance by changing this Call of Duty Vanguard setting. We recommend leaving Texture Filtering on High as it doesn’t impact the FPS and could make the game look a little bit better.
Particle Quality Level – High
Sets the display threshold of various components within a particle effect. The higher the quality, the more complex and elaborate the particle effects will be. Particle Quality setting doesn’t impact the performance too much so we recommend leaving this on High.
Particle Resolution – Low
Particle REsolution Setting changes the detail level of particle textures. The higher the resolution, the sharper each individual element will be. Unlike Particle Quality Level, this setting does have an impact on performance. Turning Particle Resolution from High to Low will give you a 7% increase in FPS.
Bullet Impacts & Sprays – Off
Bullet Impacts allow you to change the visibility of bullet impact and sprays on different surfaces. Changing this Call of Duty Vanguard setting doesn’t really have an impact on the performance of the game so we recommend keeping it on.
Shader Quality – Low
The shader quality setting controls how accurate the lighting will be. Reducing shader quality can cause the scene to appear dull and flat. There are 2 different options for Shader Quality: Low, and High. There isn’t a huge visual difference between these 2 settings. Keeping this on Low could give you a small FPS boost.
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Tesselation – Off
Tesselation adds subdivisions to objects and surfaces for improved rendering quality. Turning this setting off can give you a minor FPS boost.
Level of Detail Distance Range – Long
Level of Detail Distance setting allows you to adjust the level of detail of objects at different ranges. The longer the setting, the further they will be displayed at a higher quality. If you have a decent PC, you should keep this setting on Long as it would improve the visibility of the game. If you need extra FPS, change this setting to Short.
Nearby LOD – Low
Nearby LOD setting allows you to change the level of detail on nearby objects and surfaces. Nearby LOD doesn’t really matter in multiplayer because most of the gunfights will usually occur at medium to long-range distances. It is recommended to keep this setting low for a small FPS boost.
Distant LOD – High
Distant LOD setting controls the level of detail on different objects and surfaces at medium to long-range distances. Keeping Distant LOD setting on high will increase the visibility of the environment and enemy soldier models too which will make it easier to spot them.
Clutter Draw Distance – Short
Clutter Draw Distance setting allows you to set the distance up to which small ground elements such as ground foliage, rocks, and various decals are visible. This setting does not make a big difference to the visuals of the game, turning it down will give you a 1% increase in FPS.
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Volumetric Quality Level – Low
Volumetric Quality Setting allows you to change the quality level of lighting, fog, dust, and clouds. Higher setting is not important for the gameplay, turning this setting down will give you 6% more FPS than the high setting.
Screen-Space Shadows – Off
Increases the detail level of shadows that are currently in view, Screen Space Shadows setting only affects local surfaces such as your weapon and character. As you can see in the screenshot below, turning this setting off removed the shadow that was being cast by the pistol on the character’s hand. Turning this setting off will gave us a 2% increase in performance.
Shadow Map Resolution – Very Low
Shadow Map Resolution setting adjusts the draw distance and shapes accuracy of shadows. The higher the setting, the more accurate the shadows will look. Shadow quality does not really impact the visibility of the game. Lowering the shadow quality gave us an impressive 10% boost in FPS performance.
Sun Shadow Cascades – Low
Sun Shadow Cascades controls the detail level of sun shadows at long distances. Lowering this setting will give you a 3.5% increase in FPS performance.
Cache Sun Shadows – On
Sunlight shadows can be stored in the cache to speed up rendering for future frames. This COD Vanguard setting can be useful for faster rendering but it will use some amount of extra VRAM to function. I recommend keeping this setting on for a better gameplay experience.
Cache Spot Shadows – On
Just like the setting above, this COD Vanguard setting allows the shadows from spotlights to be stored in the cache for faster rendering. Keep this setting on for a better gameplay experience.
Spot Cache Size – Low
Spot Cache Size setting controls the cache size for spotlight shadows. Keep this setting on Low.
Spot Shadow Quality – Low
Spot Shadow Quality setting controls the quality level of shadows that are cast by the spotlights. Keep this on low for extra performance.
Particle Lighting – Low
Particle Lighting Setting allows you to change the quality level of particle effect lighting. Turning this setting off will give you a 1% increase in performance.
Ambient Occlusion – Off
Ambient Occlusion adds contact shadows where two surfaces or objects meet and where an object blocks light from reaching another nearby game element. This COD Vanguard setting has 3 different modes in Call of Duty: Vanguard: Both(Dynamic & Static), Dynamic Only, Static Only, and Off. Turning Ambient Occlusion off will give you an 8% increase in performance. Turn the GTAO quality below this setting to low as well.
Screen Space Reflection – Off
This COD Vanguard setting controls the quality of reflections of in-game graphics when looking at a certain angle on reflective surfaces. This setting does not affect the visibility of the game so you can turn this down to low and gain 4% increase in FPS performance.
Nvidia DLSS – Off
Deep Learning Super Sampling(DLSS) uses AI Super Resolution to provide the highest possible framerate at maximum graphics settings. This option can only be turned on if you have an Nvidia Graphics Card. You don’t really need to turn this option on when playing the multiplayer because it is necessary to keep the graphics settings low for a better gameplay experience.
FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0 – Off
This option is basically AMD’s version of DLSS made for AMD Graphic Cards. You can use this COD Vanguard setting on Nvidia Graphics Cards too. There are 5 different modes for this setting: Off, Performance, Balanced, Quality, and Ultra Quality. Using this Optimized Call of Duty Vanguard setting will give you a huge boost in FPS performance at the cost of visual quality. I don’t recommend turning this option on because it greatly impacts the visibility of the game.
FidelityFX CAS – On
FidelityFX Cas setting enhances the sharpness of the scene rendering. It is absolutely worth switching this setting on because it does not impact the performance and it also removes the blurriness from the textures of different objects and surfaces. Keep this setting on for a cleaner and sharper-looking image.
Anti-Aliasing – SMAA T2X
Anti-Aliasing is used to remove jagged edges from surfaces. This Vanguard setting has 2 different modes in Vanguard. Filmic SMAA T2X and SMAA T2X. I recommend using simple SMAA T2X as it is far less blurry than the Filmic setting.
Anti-Aliasing Quality – Low
You can lower the quality of the applied Anti-Aliasing for extra performance. Low doesn’t really affect the image quality and provides 3% more FPS.
Depth of Field – Off
Simulates camera lens. Out of focus regions will appear blurry. It is recommended to keep this setting off for a clearer image.
V-RAM Target Usage – Full
It is recommended to put this Vanguard setting on max so that the game can use 100% of your GPU. Only lower the value if you are experiencing stuttering issues with the game.
Nvidia Settings For Call of Duty Vanguard
Now that we have finished playing around with the most important Graphics settings for Call of Duty: Vanguard, you can gain some extra performance from your Nvidia Graphics Card by making some changes in the Nvidia Control Panel and by updating the GPU drivers to the latest version. Follow the steps below to optimize Call of Duty: Vanguard for your Nvidia Graphics Card.
Download the Latest Game Ready Drivers For Call of Duty: Vanguard
While we jump to Call of Duty: Vanguard Nvidia Settings – It is highly recommended that you update your graphics card drivers to newly released Game Ready Drivers By Nvidia. You can do that through the GeForce Experience or manually download them through the Nvidia website.
- Open GeForce Experience > Click on Check For Updates > Make Sure Version 497.29 or higher is installed
Nvidia Control Panel Settings For Call of Duty: Vanguard
- First, Open the Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > Add Call of Duty: Vanguard.exe
- Go to Add > Browse
- Now add Call of Duty: Vanguard from the Installation directory of the game.
- Make the following changes.
- Set Image Sharpening – Sharpen 0.50
- Select Application Controlled for Anisotropic Filtering.
- Turn on Antialiasing Gamma correction.
- Turn on Low Latency Mode.
- Set Power Management Mode to Prefer Maximum Performance.
- Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest Available.
- Enable Shader Cache.
- Turn on Texture Filtering – Anisotropic Sample Optimization.
- Allow Texture Filtering – Negative LOD Bias.
- Set Texture Filtering Quality to High Performance.
- Turn on Texture Filtering Trilinear Optimization.
- Select Auto Under Threaded Optimization.
- After making these changes, head over to the Change Resolution Tab, and to the following steps.
- Select the native resolution and the max refresh rate that your monitor has to offer.
- Under step 3 on the page, Enable the “Use NVIDIA color settings” option. Then match the settings with the picture below.
After this, head over to Adjust Desktop Size and Position, make the following changes.
- Scaling Mode: Aspect Ratio.
- Perform Scaling on Desktop.
- Resolution: Current.
- Refresh Rate: Highest available.
Windows 10 Optimizations For COD Vanguard
Now that we are done with the most important Best COD Vanguard settings, you should already be noticing a huge increase in the performance of your game. If you are still struggling to achieve playable FPS on your computer and you want to achieve as much maximum performance on your PC, here are some Windows 10 Optimizations that will make sure that your PC is performing at its absolute best in COD Vanguard. After you are done with these optimizations, you should expect a huge boost to FPS performance in-game. These settings will help you turn off unnecessary background applications, allow the game to utilize your GPU properly, disable unwanted overlays, and more.
Enable Ultimate Performance
Windows 10 normally runs at a very balanced and optimal power plan that sets a power limit on your PC, by default. You can fix this by changing your PC’s power plan from Balanced to Ultimate Performance. This will make your CPU run at a higher frequency and you will be able to utilize 100% of your CPU. To enable Ultimate Performance mode, follow these steps:
- Open Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell With Administrator Privileges and paste the code given below.
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02 -d5df -448d-aa00 -03f14749eb61
- Once done, you will be able to see the Ultimate Performance mentioned in the code.
- Afterward, go to start > Edit Power Plan > Power Options.
- Then checkmark Ultimate Performance, and you are done.
Set Graphics Card Priority To High For COD Vanguard
In Windows 10, There is a Graphics Settings menu that allows you to change the GPU priority for different applications. You can choose to add COD Vanguard to the list of applications and set its graphics preference to high. This will make sure that the game utilizes 100% of your GPU and give you an incredible performance boost. To do this, follow these steps:
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- Under Start type and open Graphics Settings.
- Then, click on Browse and add Call of Duty: Vanguard.exe
- Then set its graphics preference to High Performance.
- Click on save once you are finished.
Disable Hardware Acceleration And Enhance Pointer Precision
Disabling Hardware Acceleration inside the various applications running in the Windows Background can greatly improve the performance of your PC. This Call of Duty Vanguard setting helps to improve the performance of the applications by offloading certain computing tasks of the application onto specialized hardware components within the system like the GPU and RAM. This could negatively impact the performance of your PC in-game while these applications are running in the background.
Hardware Acceleration isn’t a Windows feature, it is used in a lot of common third-party applications like Discord, Google Chrome, Opera, etc. Disabling this wouldn’t change the applications’ core purpose and will only help you save resources. The Enhance Pointer precision is a similar feature, but unlike Hardware Acceleration, which is mostly featured within third-party applications, this is a Windows 10 feature that requires disabling.
- Open Discord > Settings > Advanced > Disable “Hardware Acceleration.”
- In Opera > Open Settings > Advanced > Browser > Under System > Disable “Use hardware acceleration when available.
- Search for Mouse Settings > Additional Mouse Options > Pointer Options > Uncheck Enhance Pointer Precision.
Disable All Unnecessary Applications Running In The Background
If you’re experiencing low frame rates and annoying stutter issues in COD: Vanguard. It could be due to unnecessary applications and Windows Services running in the background that squeeze a big chunk of your memory. To get rid of these background applications and get high performance in COD: Vanguard, make sure that you always close all the unwanted background applications from the System Tray and the Task Manager.
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Aside from the background application, You should also disable any unnecessary Windows Services that consume a lot of your PC’s memory. In order to do this, do the following steps.
- In the Start Menu, Search for Windows Run Application.
- Type and Enter “msconfig”.
- Go to the services tab and checkmark “hide all Microsoft Services.” This will remove the important ones from the list. Afterward, uncheck all services you feel are irrelevant.
- After you are done with services, Head to the Startup tab in Task Manager, and disable all the irrelevant applications.
Turn Off Unnecessary Animations
Windows 10 has a lot of unnecessary animations that could potentially hurt the overall performance of your PC. The difference might not be that noticeable on High-end PCs, but it could certainly make a difference when you’re working with a Low-end PC. We will show you how to disable these unnecessary animations and get a little bit of a performance boost on your PC.
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- In the Start Menu > Type and Open View Advanced System Settings.
- Head over to the Advanced tab > Settings > Checkmark Custom and only select the options shown in the screenshot below. Once done, don’t forget to hit apply, and ok.
Clear Temp Folder
Sometimes when you delete a program from your computer. It doesn’t entirely remove everything related to the software and leaves a lot of temporary files and folders in your Windows drive. With the passage of time, these files take a lot of space in your computer and slow down your computer. Follow these steps to clean any temporary files to reclaim disk storage space and also boost PC performance.
- Under Start > Type Run > write and enter %temp%
- Inside the folder, Press CTRL + A on keyboard > Press Shift + Delete on your keyboard.
Xbox Game Bar
Lastly, we are going to do some Windows 10 Optimizations related to the Xbox Game Bar and other Windows notifications that you can disable to boost PC performance. Xbox Game Bar is enabled by default in Windows 10, and it squeezes quite a lot of performance from your PC by constantly running in the background. If you hit the wrong button, it could also start recording the screen. We’re going to teach you how to disable the Xbox Game Bar and notifications that pile up in the task center which could slightly impact your PC’s performance. To do this, follow the steps below.
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- In the Start Menu, type and open Game bar shortcuts.
- Disable everything in the Game Bar Tab and Captures Tab.
- Afterward, open Focus Assist Settings and Disable them accordingly.
COD Vanguard Benchmarks On Optimized Settings
After applying all of the best COD Vanguard graphics settings and other optimizations in the Article above, We ran a final benchmark to see how much of a performance and FPS boost we gained and compared the visual quality of the game’s Ultra setting and eXputer’s optimized COD: Vanguard settings. We gained 70+ more FPS than the game’s highest settings with enhanced visibility.
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The final benchmarks were done on the following specifications.
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor.
- 16.0 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 Memory.
- MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX.
- GEFORCE RTX 3070 8GB.
- COD: Vanguard was Installed on HDD.
After following our COD Vanguard Best Settings guide and applying all the necessary Windows 10 and Nvidia Optimizations, you should be noticing a huge increase in FPS performance. We spent a lot of time testing each individual setting to see which ones gave us maximum performance and the most visibility at the same time. Hopefully, this guide will help you improve your overall gameplay experience.
If you are still struggling to get decent FPS in COD: Vanguard, here are some key tips.
- Ensure Windows 10 is updated to the latest version.
- Compare your PC specifications with the required ones.
- In case of random crashes, I would recommend checking your hardware temperatures.
- Carefully overclock your hardware components if possible.
- Enable Game Mode in Windows Settings to get a slight FPS boost.
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