COD MW2 Best PC Settings: High FPS & Performance

Learn about which setting can effect which aspect of the game and performance.

Story Highlights
  • The best settings are the ones that will give you the best performance while not throwing visual fidelity under the bus.
  • With certain tweaks and modifications in the graphic settings, players can gain a huge performance boost.
  • Using 1080p resolution as a standard is recommended but if players wish to play at a higher resolution then they should take advantage of upscaling techniques such as Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR.
  • Close unnecessary applications and enable Window’s Game Mode and High Power Performance Mode to gain a minor performance boost.

It’s that time of the year again when I have to come up with an excuse to tell my boss why I can’t come to work. If you’re reading this, then I probably failed. But I guess it’s not all bad, considering I still get to play the game and figure out Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 best settings for my readers. We’re going to squeeze every bit of performance out of your system. This way, you won’t use low FPS as an excuse for missing that one kill that could get you the win. Been there, done that.

Having tons of FPS while playing a competitive FPS game like COD can be amazing. Running, gunning, and sliding around the map require the game to be responsive and fluid. Now that Modern Warfare 2 is out, players want to optimize their settings to get the best performance out of the game. Because the better your performance, the better your chances of racking up those kills on the leaderboard.

How’s the Optimization for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2?

When it comes to the optimization of the game, there’s good news and bad one. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is a well-optimized game, but for the newer generation hardware. Even if you have a decent current-gen setup, you’ll have no problem running the game. However, if you want those higher FPS numbers, you’ll need to have a specced out PC. But don’t worry; these optimized settings will help you get the most performance out of your current PC. 

We’ll cover a range of optimizations and fixes to help you reach those high FPS. As usual, our best settings guide for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will consist of the following tweaks:

  1. Best Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Settings
  2. Nvidia Control Panel Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  3. Best AMD Radeon Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warefare 2
  4. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Windows Optimizations

Modern Warfare 2 System Requirements

System Requirements for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 PC System Requirements

Before we start tuning Call of Duty Modern Warefare 2 best settings, let’s first make sure your PC can even handle it. Thankfully the game is properly optimized, so you do not need to worry about the game not utilizing your hardware properly.

If you are one of the players who haven’t purchased the game yet or straight up purchased it without checking the system requirements, then these settings can give you a better understanding of how demanding this game is and whether you should refund it or not, if you think your pc is too weak.

Minimum 

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-6100 / Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470 – DirectX 12.0 compatible system
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 125 GB available space

Recommended 

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update) or Windows 11 64 Bit (latest update)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K / Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580 – DirectX 12.0 compatible system
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 125 GB available space

Best Settings For Modern Warfare 2

Best Graphics Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Best Graphics Settings

Now let us get into what we believe are the best settings, as they will give you the highest level of performance while not throwing the visual quality under the bus. The last thing we need is for the game to look bad visually because it will degrade the experience for most users. With these settings, you can get the perfect blend of quality and performance in Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

We have tested an RTX 3060Ti since it is currently known as the best price-to-performance GPU in the market (at MSRP, anyway). But these settings should work well with every GPU as long as it is above the GPU stated in the minimum requirements.

Display

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Display Settings (Image Credit: eXputer)

Before we get into the Quality settings that mostly decide the performance and visual fidelity of the game, we will first cover the Display settings to set up some groundwork first. 

Display Mode – Fullscreen Exclusive

Developers did an outstanding job designing different Display modes, as players can easily switch between Windowed mode and Fullscreen Borderless mode by pressing ALT+ ENTER. 

You shouldn’t be using the Fullscreen Exclusive mode because if you ever wish to do multiple tasks at a time, you can switch to Windowed mode very conveniently.

Screen Refresh Rate – Auto

These settings will determine how often your monitor will refresh the image per second. If players do not know their monitor refresh rate, they should select the auto settings.

If you have a 60-hertz monitor, then you can select the “60” option. Players with a 120-hertz monitor should select the “120” option but do not, under any circumstances, select the option that is lower than your monitor’s refresh rate because it can make the game feel a bit horrible or sluggish.

Display Resolution – 1080p

For a competitive game like Call Of Duty, the 1080p resolution is considered ideal by most gamers as it performs its best while still looking sharp and beautiful. 

If you have a 1440p or 4k monitor and you wish to play in those resolutions, then you can switch to those resolutions while keeping 1080p as render resolution by using upscaling techniques such as AMD FSR or Nvidia DLSS, but we will get to that later.

Dynamic Resolution – Off

While Dynamic Resolution can stabilize your gaming performance, it is not worth the trade-off, as Dynamic resolution will automatically reduce your resolution when your GPU becomes overloaded and can’t reach the target FPS for the time being.

If you are facing a ton of FPS drops, then turning on Dynamic Resolution might be a good idea, but for most players, it is simply not worth it as it can seriously downgrade the visual fidelity occasionally.

Aspect Ratio – Automatic

The game will automatically set the aspect ratio to 16:9 for most players, as it is the monitors’ most common aspect ratio. This setting is basically reserved for players who have a wide or ultrawide monitor. The “Auto” settings should do the trick for most players.

V-Sync – Off

V-Sync is often frowned upon by many PC gamers as it can decrease the latency, so we would recommend keeping it off in both gameplay and the menu. Some players might start experiencing screen tearing. People with decent high refresh rate monitors will not experience screen tearing, but if you are experiencing it and it is too distracting for you, then you should turn V-Sync back on.

Custom Frame Rate Limit – Custom

After choosing the Custom option, click on the “Show More” option; you will be presented with three slides.

As for what value you should choose in the Gameplay Custom Frame rate limit, we would recommend taking it up to 300, but if you already have a frame rate target, like, let’s say you only want your FPS to go as high as 120 then move the slide until the value on the slide is 120.

When it comes to the Menu Custom Frame rate limit, set it to either 30FPS or 60Fps. The last thing you need for your GPU is to be under constant pressure and be forced to render 100+FPS in the main menu.

And finally, for the Out Of Focus Frame Rate limit, set it to 30FPS or 20FPS. With these settings, the game will barely use resources while minimizing or out of focus.

Restart Shaders Optimization

If you start experiencing performance issues in the game that didn’t exist before, then there is a good chance that something is wrong with the shaders, so this setting will basically delete all your shader’s cache and reoptimize them. Ignore this setting option if you are playing the game for the first time.

Quality

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Quality Settings (Image Credit: eXputer)

Now, it is time to tweak all the setting options in Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 that can have a noticeable effect on the performance, so be sure to read this article to the end and double-check to make sure you are indeed using the same settings that are written in this article.

Render Resolution – 100

Set the Render Resolution option at 100 so the game is rendered at the previously selected resolution. Setting it to a lower number can increase performance, but there are much better ways to get better performance than just decreasing the render resolution.

Upscaling/ Sharpening

As we stated previously, if you wish to play Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 at a higher resolution, you should take advantage of upscaling techniques such as Nvidia’s DLSS or AMD’s FSR that are found in the settings.

If you are using an RTX GPU, then it is always recommended to turn on DLSS, as it can give you a massive performance boost while barely affecting the game’s visual fidelity. If you decide to use DLSS in 1080p resolution, then be sure not to go below the “Quality” option.

Players who do not have an RTX card, and are rather playing on a GTX or AMD GPU, then AMD’s FSR got your back. It is similar to Nvidia’s DLSS as it can increase performance while barely degrading the image quality. If you decide to use AMD FSR on 1080p, we recommend not going below the “Ultra Quality” option.

And finally, if you are not interested in upscaling techniques, then we would recommend selecting the “FidelityFX CAS” option as this technology from AMD enhances the sharpness of an image. Be sure to set the slider at 75 if you decide to use this option.

Anti-Aliasing – SMAA T2X

Similar to Moton Blur, Anti-Aliasing is often frowned upon by most PC gamers when not implemented properly. We were disappointed to see that there was no option to turn it off, so the next best thing was to settle for SMAA T2X. This setting offers more sharpness compared to the Filmic SMAA T2X.

Anti-Aliasing Quality – Medium

Since our target in this article is to get the best performance possible while also making sure that the game looks beautiful, we recommend keeping this setting at medium. However, if you are not satisfied with your current performance and need an extra boost, then set these settings to low, but the medium settings should work fine for most players.

Video Memory Scale – 90

These settings will determine just how much VRAM the game can use while you are playing it. For the best performance possible, keep these settings at 90 because then the game will be able to use every last bit of the VRAM and give the best performance possible on your PC.

But if some other program is using your GPU VRAM in the background or if you are streaming, then the game will start to stutter. In that case, drop the settings to 80 but for the players who are solely playing the game, putting this setting at 90 is the way to go.

Texture Resolution – Low/High

This setting mainly depends on how much VRAM you have to spare; it barely affects the performance. If you are using a GPU with a VRAM of 8GB or above, then using High settings is perfectly fine. If your GPU has 6Gb or less VRAM, then players need to settle for the Low settings.

We will not recommend the Ultra Low settings to anyone because the game textures look extremely bad in Ultra Low settings. Visually, the Low settings are miles better, and they do not tank FPS, so players do not need to feel bad about depending on low settings.

Texture Filter Anisotropic – High

Leaving Anisotropic Filtering at high is recommended because it greatly improves the game’s visual quality while not affecting performance in any noticeable way. There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t keep these settings at “high”.

Level Of Detail – Low

We recommend keeping both Nearby and Distant Level of Detail settings low. If you are playing the campaign, then it would make sense to keep these settings at “high” because there will be some moments where you will stop and appreciate the beauty and the level of detail of the game. The same can not be said for multiplayer, as it is incredibly fast-paced.

In multiplayer, it is not recommended to stop and start appreciating the beauty because you will then become an ideal target for a sniper stalking people from afar thus, you do not want your GPU wasting resources to render an unnecessary amount of detail. In conclusion, keep these settings at “low” during competitive matches to gain a noticeable performance boost.

Clutter Draw Distance – Short

We would recommend keeping this setting at “Short” for the same reason why we put the Level of Detail settings at “ Low.” You do not want your GPU to waste resources to render an unnecessary amount of detail.

Particle Quality – High

For some bizarre reason, setting the particle quality at high gives better performance on certain occasions compared to the low settings. Aside from performing better, it also visually looks more pleasing thus, keeping these settings at “high” is recommended.

Particle Quality Level – Low

For the best performance, keep these settings at “low” but not “very low” because, similar to texture resolution, the particle quality looks terrible on “very low” quality.

Bullet Impact & Spray – Your Preference

These settings will determine whether stray bullets and sprays will leave an effect on your surroundings, such as walls, surfaces, and covers or not. This setting does not affect performance in any way, so it is up to the player’s preference.

Shader Quality – Low

The Shader Quality affects the lighting treatment on certain surfaces. We recommend keeping these settings at “low” because these settings are highly intensive on the GPU, and the performance at higher settings.

Tessellation – Off

As for Tessellation, we would recommend keeping it on during the campaign as it is a nice visual effect that changes the amount of some scene geometry, but for multiplayer, it is simply not worth it when compared to the FPS gains after turning it off.

Terrain Memory – Max

These settings will allow the game to use as much memory as it requires to load distant terrain textures. Keeping these settings at Max is recommended because it also increases performance. After all, the game will no longer be limited to using only a tiny amount of memory.

On-Demand Texture Streaming – Off

The On-Demand texture Streaming service allows the game to download high-quality textures as you play the game. If you have high-speed internet, then it may be a bit beneficial for you to use these settings in multiplayer, but for the majority of the players, it is simply not worth it.

Turning these settings off will show local textures only, and no extra textures will be downloaded when you are playing the game.

Streaming Quality – Low

The name is self-explanatory; it will decide the streaming quality of the world in larger maps. Keep these settings low because you will gain some extra frames, and most players won’t notice the difference between the low and high preset of this setting.

Volumetric Quality – Low

Volumetric Quality is an FPS killer in some games. Thus, keeping these settings at “low” is recommended if you want the highest number of frames possible. These settings determine how the game’s light, fog, and clouds work.

Deferred Physics Quality – Off

These settings set the physics quality of water, you can turn it on in the campaign, but we would recommend keeping this off in multiplayer because, as always, you do not want your GPU to waste resources by rendering an unnecessary amount of detail at the cost of frames per second.

Aside from that, most maps don’t even have water in them, so you are losing free FPS by leaving these settings at “on”.

Water Caustics – Off

Similar to the Deferred Physics Quality, the Water Caustics option modifies the water quality in the game and is similar to the prior settings; we would recommend keeping these off because you are losing free FPS by keeping these settings on.

Shadow Map Resolution – Medium

Shadow settings often take up a bunch of FPS, but for a good reason, as these settings can also make the shadows looks extremely good and realistic. During our testing, we found the medium settings to be the perfect balance between visuals and FPS gains, so we recommend keeping this setting at “medium.”

If players want extra FPS and are willing to sacrifice some visuals, they should select the “low” or “very low” option. Still, if they want sharper shadows and are willing to sacrifice some FPS, then they should either select the high or ultra option, depending on how strong their GPU is.

Screen Space Resolution – Off

These settings will determine the detail level of shadows. You won’t stop at any given time in the multiplayer to appreciate the details, so it is best to keep these settings off for some FPS gains.

Spot Shadow Quality – Low

These settings will determine the detail level of spot shadows, and you should keep this setting at “low” for the same reason you turned off the Screen Space Resolution option.

Cache Spot Shadows – On

These settings are directly related to the Spot Cache setting that we will mention after this setting. We recommend keeping these settings on as the spot shadows will be stored in the PC’s cache, giving you a few extra frames later down the line.

Spot Cache – Low

These settings will set the cache size of the spot shadows. If you have a ton of VRAM available, then you can put these settings on high, but for most players, the low settings will do the job just fine.

Cache Sun Shadows – On

These settings have the same concept as Cache Spot Shadows, except instead of Spot Shadows being stored in the cache, sun shadows will also be stored alongside them. They can give a few extra FPS later down the line so keep these settings on.

Particle Lighting – Low

These settings will change the lighting quality that is applied to particle effects. Keep these settings at “low” to gain the most frames. High settings are not worth the trade-off.

Ambient Occlusion – Off

What Ambient Occlusion does is make the shadows look a bit prettier, but it ends up hogging FPS, and it is simply not worth the trade-off, especially in the multiplayer thus, keeping these settings off is the best option.

Screen Space Reflections – Off

The Screen Space Reflections settings set the quality of Screen Space Reflections, they are visible when you look at a reflective surface from a certain angle. Similar to previous settings, these settings make the GPU load an unnecessary amount of detail which is not helpful in any way in the multiplayer. Thus, we would recommend keeping these settings off as well.

Weather Grid Volumes – Off

The Weather Grid Volume settings collect weather effects from the environment and apply them to dynamic objects. Again, turn these settings off as they are not worth the trade-off in the multiplayer.

Nvidia Reflex Low Latency – On/ On + Boost

Reflex is a technology designed by Nvidia to reduce latency. There is absolutely no reason you should keep this setting off because it reduces latency without affecting performance.

The “On” settings will work perfectly fine for most players but if your CPU is quite weak or if you are getting CPU-bound while playing the game, then set this setting to “On + Boost.”

Depth Of Field – Off

Always keep this setting off, especially in the multiplayer, because these settings will make out of focus part of the screen a bit blurry. You always want a crisp, sharp picture in the multiplayer you can react as soon as an enemy enters your field of view.

Motion Blur – Off 

As we stated previously, motion blur is often frowned upon by most PC gamers as it makes the screen a bit blurry while you are moving. Keep both World Motion Blur and Weapon Motion Blur settings off.

Film Grain – 0.00

Film Grain reduces visibility and will put you at a disadvantage in the multiplayer, so do yourself and favor and keep this setting at 0.00.

The View settings do not affect the game’s performance, which is based on the player’s preference thus, we won’t be listing them here.

Nvidia Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare

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Nvidia Control Panel Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Now that we’ve configured in-game settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, we also need to optimize Nvidia Control Panel settings. Nvidia Control Panel contains several great settings you can tweak to gain more performance.

Now the first thought that’ll come to your mind, and It’s something that I often recommend, is updating your GPU drivers. However, the latest Nvidia Game Ready drivers are messing up Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 performance. So, it’s better to avoid updating until they roll out bug-free drivers. 

Now let’s begin tuning Nvidia Control Panel. First, open Nvidia Control Panel and go to 3D settings to access the settings. This is where you can apply the best Nvidia settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

Best Nvidia Control Panel Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Manage 3D SettingsNow, this is where things get serious. You’ll find several settings here that can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. But I’ll take you through these settings individually and help you set them up for the best performance. So let’s start then!

Image Sharpening: Off

Let’s avoid using image sharpening in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, as the game textures look great as is.

Anisotropic Filtering: Off

Anisotropic Filtering is a setting already set in-game. Therefore, there’s no point in enabling it in global settings.

FXAA – Antialiasing: Off

FXAA, also known as fast approximate anti-aliasing, is a low-cost anti-aliasing technique that allows you to enhance in-game graphics. We don’t have to turn it on since we’re already using in-game AA in Call of Duty Modern Warfare.

Gamma Correction -Antialiasing: Off

Disable Gamma Corrections. Turning it on globally is a waste because it only helps you improve image quality in OpenGL programs.

Mode – Antialiasing: Off

Antialiasing Mode should also be off, similar to how FXAA is. We’ve already set it in-game.

Background Max Frame Rate: 20

Turn Background Max Frames to 20. This is for when you Alt+Tab out of your games, you conserve some GPU power. This limits your game’s resources and lets other tasks run smoothly for the duration your game is minimized.

CUDA – GPUS: ALL

You should select all CUDA GPUs here.  

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Low Latency Mode: Ultra

One of the best features Nvidia offers in Control Panel is Low Latency Mode. It helps drastically lower latency in competitive games, making everything snappy. However, turn this feature on for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 only and not globally.

Max Frame Rate: Off

Don’t cap FPS in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. You’ll need all the frames you can squeeze out of your GPU. You may experience screen tearing or occasional stutters, but it’s completely normal when racking up killstreaks. 

Open GL Rendering GPU: Select GPU here

In the OpenGL Rendering GPU option, select your dedicated GPU here.

Power Management Mode: Prefer Max Performance

Setting Power Management Mode to Prefer Max Performance is great for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. This will keep your GPU running at its peak performance, lowering any chances of stutters, FPS drops or dips in performance. This works well for laptops too, unless your’s overheating, then I suggest you turn it back to default.

Shader Cache: Driver Default

Keep this option at default. Shader Cache is necessary to compile the game’s shader data and store them on your PC.

Monitor Technology: Depends on Monitor

In Monitor Technology, choose G-sync if your monitor supports it. If you’re using a laptop and can’t see this option, Intel Optimus is most likely preventing you, and your GPU isn’t directly in control of your screen. Almost all modern laptops have either Mux Switch or Advanced Optimus, so you can always switch to your dedicated GPU to use Gsync. 

Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA): Off

MFAA is Nvidia’s exclusive anti-aliasing technology, which is ineffective in COD Modern Warfare 2. Keep it off, as turning it on globally could hurt the in-game performance.

Anisotropic Sample Optimization -Texture Filtering: On

Turn Anisotropic Sample Optimization – Texture Filtering on as it enhances and optimizes in-game visuals improving the game’s performance.

Negative LOD Bias – Texture Filtering: Allow

Set Negative LOD Bias – Texture Filtering to Allow for texture sharpening in games. 

Quality – Texture Filtering: High Performance

Increase the performance of the Texture Filtering – Quality setting. As you can see, this will improve performance in exchange for a minimal loss of visual quality. You can set this to Quality if your computer is decent enough.

Trilinear Optimization – Texture Filtering: On

To make textures sharper, enable Texture Filtering – Trilinear Optimization. In addition to improving graphics, it will also make your gaming experience smoother.

Threaded Optimization: Auto

Threaded Optimization is set to Auto. Keep it that way to take advantage of multiple CPU cores. This provides consistent performance in games.

Triple Buffering: Off

We don’t need to turn on Triple Buffering because we’re not using V-Sync. So keep it off.

Vertical Sync: Off

Turn V-Sync off here. It caps the in-game FPS to your monitor’s refresh rate, and you don’t want that in a competitive game like COD. If you’re experiencing screen tearing, turn V-Sync in the game’s settings and not in Nvidia Control Panel. 

Lastly, click the “Apply” button to save all the settings. And with that, we’ve successfully fine-tuned the best Nvidia Control Panel settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Now let’s move on to team red.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 AMD Radeon Settings

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AMD Radeon Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

It’s time to configure the best AMD Radeon Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. These AMD driver-level settings will help boost your in-game performance even more. But before you move any further, ensure you’re on the latest AMD drivers. The latest AMD drivers are working great with the latest build of COD MW 2. 

So, let’s begin tweaking!

AMD Radeon Global Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Optimizing AMD Radeon Global Settings

Radeon Anti-Lag: Enabled

AMD’s Radeon Anti-Lag function is similar to Nvidia’s Reflex or Low-Latency Mode. It helps lower input lag and enhances game latency. So, it’s best to keep Anti-Lag turned on. Competitive FPS shooters like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will benefit from this.

AMD Radeon Chill: Disabled

AMD Radeon Chill is a setting that might sound like it’ll cool your PC, and it does just that. However, the catch is that your GPU clocks will drop significantly causing significantly lower FPS. For a game like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 where higher FPS means a better k/d ratio, this isn’t advisable. So, best keep AMD Radeon Chill disabled. 

Radeon Boost: Disabled

Another AMD Radeon setting that sounds cool and enabling it sounds like a no-brainer. Well, it does boost your FPS but lowers your game’s resolution dynamically causing textures to become blurry. Unless you want COD to look like a mushy swamp with graphical artifacts, it’s best to leave Radeon Boost disabled. 

Image Sharpening: Off

Now image sharpening in Radeon Settings is the same as the one Nvidia provides. It applies a sharpening filter over your game making textures crispier. Now, for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, the textures are perfect as is and there’s no need for this. So best leave it off.  

Radeon Enhanced Sync: Enabled

Radeon Enhanced Sync is an AMD-exclusive feature that’s a step up from standard V-sync. It helps eliminate screen tearing like v-sync but also does not introduce input lag in the game. We recommend turning Enhanced Sync on for a smoother gameplay experience. If you’re going fully competitive then you can disable it. 

Wait for Vertical Refresh: Always off

Wait for Vertical Refresh is basically V-sync that eliminates screen tearing. Unlike the aforementioned settings, Enhanced Sync, this regular V-sync introduces input lag in the game. And we cannot afford to have any input lag in a competitive game like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. So let’s keep it always off. 

Now that we’re done with general settings, apply the following in the advanced settings section:

Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

Frame Rate Target Control locks your FPS to a specific value that you set here. This is a great feature if you want to limit the resources your game consumes and want other apps like recording to function well. In this case, if you just want to play games with the highest FPS, it’s best to leave this setting disabled. 

Antialiasing: Use Application Settings

We’re already using the in-game antialiasing setting. Hence, there’s no need to enforce driver-level antialiasing. You can leave it to the default value. 

Antialiasing Method: Multisampling

Multisampling in the Antialiasing Method is a great setting that helps improve visual quality with a minimal performance impact. Although we’re disabling any driver-level antialiasing features, this one’s a keeper. 

Morphological Antialiasing: Disabled

Best keep Morphological Antialiasing to disabled. This setting is known to cause stuttering and FPS drops in-game. For some people, it works normally in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, for some it’s buggy. Test it yourself to find out what works best in your scenario. 

Anisotropic Filtering: Disabled

Every DX11 onwards supports Anisotropic Filtering natively so you don’t need to enable it in Radeon Settings. You best keep it disabled.

Texture Filtering Quality: Performance

You should set Texture Filtering Quality to Performance mode. Performance is a good balance between visuals and giving your high FPS in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. 

Surface Format Optimization: Enabled

Surface Format Optimization smoothens in-game textures. You can enable it in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 as it adds clarity to environments and objects. If it’s too smooth for you and you prefer sharper textures, you may disable it. 

Tessellation Mode: Override Application Settings

You need to override Tessellation Mode here so the next setting called Tessellation Level can be unlocked. 

Maximum Tessellation Level: Off

Tessellation is a performance-taxing setting in the AMD Radeon settings. You best turn it off to avoid any unnecessary performance impact on Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. 

OpenGL Triple Buffering: Disabled

You can disable OpenGL Triple Buffering to avoid any performance issues. Since we aren’t using V-Sync, there’s no use enabling it here.

Reset Shader Cache: Perform Reset

Radeon Settings have a useful tool called Reset Shader Cache. It helps enhance PC and game performance by removing the shader cache which accumulates over time. This happens because the older cache can sometimes get corrupted or damaged, to clog up your performance. Removing it every once in a while helps everything run smoothly. 

This concludes applying the best AMD settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Hopefully, these will give you a significant bump in performance without affecting the clarity of the textures. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Windows Optimizations

Since PC can multi-task, there are multiple instances when the game cannot perform as best as it could on your PC because some other application is taking up CPU or GPU resources in the background and not leaving enough resources for the game to render the frames on time.

Here we will list tips you can use to increase the game’s performance on your PC.

Close Unnecessary Applications And Enable Game Mode

It’s common knowledge that unnecessary applications in the background can sometimes hog some the resources, and you start experiencing stuttering in the game thus, it is extremely important to close any unnecessary application in the background.

The method to close unnecessary applications is incredibly straightforward. Open the Task Manager by pressing CTRL+ SHIFT+ ESC, and it will tell you about all the applications running on the ground.

Let’s say you are playing Modern Warfare 2 on either Battle Net or Steam; if you have Epic Games installed on your PC, then you currently have no use for it while playing the game, so simply closing the application will be the best choice.

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Closing Unnecessary Applications (Image Credit: eXputer)

After turning off the unnecessary applications by clicking on them and selecting “End task,” we will recommend enabling Game Mode. It is again an incredibly straightforward method, search “Game Mode” in the search bar, and you will see the option to enable it with just one click, as seen in the image below.

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Turning on Game Mode (Image Credit: eXputer)

Enable High Power Performance

Enabling the High Power Performance is recommended because it allows your computer to use as much power as it needs to bring out its full potential and make the game run as smoothly as possible. 

While the balanced mode is also perfectly fine, if you wish to pump out a few extra FPS, then enabling the High Power Performance mode is recommended.

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High Power Performance Mode (Image Credit: eXputer)

Just follow the steps written below to enable the High Power Performance mode.

  • Search for the Power Plan setting in the search bar.
  • You will see the option to change or customize power plans.
  • Click “Hide Additional Power Plans” and select the High Power Performance power plan.

That wraps up our guide for Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Best Settings for Performance. We hope our guide helped you; the game is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC.

Our Thoughts

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is a great return to form with its latest release. Although its optimization has some way to go before it runs smoothly on a variety of PCs, it’s still in a better condition than the original reboot. The game’s performance is only going to get better with future patches. So until that happens, these settings can help you enjoy the game in the best way possible. And that’s all from me, happy hunting soldier, bravo six going dark.

FAQs

How do I make Modern Warfare 2 Look Better?

Follow the guide above and turn up some of the graphical settings in the in-game settings to improve graphical quality. However, these will impact your performance.

How do I make MW2 run smoother on PC?

The purpose of the guide above is to make the game run smoother with more FPS. You can follow it and apply the settings mentioned above to make the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 run smoother

How to solve FPS drops and stuttering in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2?

You can solve FPS drops and stuttering in COD MW2 by optimizing your in-game settings as well as installing the right driver for your GPU. You should also keep an eye on PC temps to see if your CPU or GPU is throttling.


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