The best PC settings for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer is now out for every player on all systems to play. In recent years, more and more Call of Duty players have made the move to PC from either PlayStation or Xbox. With PCs becoming more mainstream recently and the Call of Duty League playing on PC instead of console, the community is more split than its ever been. While this doesn’t change anything from a gameplay perspective, navigating the PC settings of Modern Warfare 2 can be daunting for even the most grizzled member of the PC Master Race.

Any player on PC wants to have the highest possible frames per second. In order to achieve a high FPS, players will need to tinker with their settings at some point. Even changing one setting’s value can completely alter a player’s FPS, so each setting is important. Below, we will list out every PC setting in the “Graphics” menu of Modern Warfare 2. Players can choose to copy these settings exactly or change some, but they should see an improvement regardless in FPS after they’re done.

Best PC settings in Modern Warfare 2

We’ll list the graphics settings by their individual menu with MW2. These settings should work for any player with at least the minimum specs for MW2 on PC, but they’re more tailored towards players with a mid-range to a high-end computer.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Constrain Mouse to Game Window: Off
  • Display Monitor: Whatever monitor you want the game to appear on
  • Display Adaptor: Your primary graphics card
  • Screen Refresh Rate: The highest possible refresh rate of your monitor
  • Display Resolution: 1920×1080 (for highest FPS)
  • Dynamic Resolution: Off
  • Aspect Ratio: Automatic
  • V-Sync (Gameplay): Off
  • V-Sync (Menus): Off
  • Custom Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Whatever your monitor’s highest refresh rate is
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 30
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Brightness: 65
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): Off

Quality

  • Quality Presets: Custom
  • Render Resolution: 100
  • Fidelity CAS: On
    • AMD Fideltity CAS Strength: 100
  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Nearby Level of Detail: High
  • Texture Resolution: Normal
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality: High
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Off
  • Shader Quality: Low
  • Tessellation: Off
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off
  • Streaming Quality: Low
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Very Low
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Low
  • Cashe Sun Shadows: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Normal
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • SSR: Off
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Film Grain: 0.00

View

  • Field of View: 103
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Weapon Field of View: Wide
  • 3rd Person Field of View: 90
  • Vehicle Field of View: Default
  • 1st Person Camera Movement: 50
  • 3rd Person Camera Movement: 50

If players are still struggling to achieve their desired FPS with these settings, they can turn down any setting’s value to “Low” or “Off.” This should dramatically improve performance at the cost of graphical fidelity. Players can also tinker with Nvidia Image Sharpening (DLSS) in the settings if they have an Nvidia GPU.

We found that using Fidelity CAS is a great alternative, but players can use DLSS and set it to “High Performance” if they’re really struggling with FPS in Modern Warfare 2. Of course, this will make players’ games look much worse, so use this as a last resort. In contrast, Fidelity CAS makes your game look much sharper and doesn’t cost much FPS.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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