Best Settings For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Increase FPS, Boost Performance

Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 is out and it’s time to optimize the settings in order to get the best visuals and frame rates, as well as give you a competitive edge over your enemies.

First of all, ensure that you meet the minimum system requirements for the game and if you don’t then see our build guides if you’re on PC. Your performance mostly depends on your GPU, as the game is not as CPU-intensive as other games, like for example Battlefield 5.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • HDD: 175 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon R9 390 or AMD RX 580
  • HDD: 175 GB

If your system meets the requirements above, then we’re ready to move on to the optimizations.

Not only will many of these optimizations boost your FPS in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but they will also increase your FPS in other games as many of our tips are system-wide.

Let’s begin!

Modern Warfare Best Settings

It’s no easy task to determine what the best settings for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare are. It is highly individual after all.

However, we have looked at the settings that professional players use and used that as a baseline.

After following this guide, you will not only experience higher FPS but will also be able to spot enemies better and therefore give you a competitive advantage.

First of all, start by updating your graphics driver. AMD and NVIDIA often release large graphics driver updates before big launches so it is worth a try. The new driver updates will optimize your graphics card to the game so be sure to download and install it.

Start by loading up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and go to the settings menu. In there, click on the Graphics tab.

The left side of the screen shows the settings and the right side shows the VRAM usage that the game uses right now.

Let’s see what each setting is, what they do and our recommended values for them.

Display Mode

We recommend settings this to Fullscreen. This results in a slower ALT+TAB speed, but gives the best performance so it’s a good compromise.

Display Monitor

Set this to the monitor you’ll be gaming on. If you have one monitor, then you don’t need to set this setting.

Display Adapter

Set this to your dedicated graphics card, e.g. your NVIDIA or AMD graphics card. By default, it should already be set to the right value, but just double-check to be sure.

Screen Refresh Rate

Set this to your monitor’s native refresh rate. Typically, this is just the highest value possible.

We highly recommend a gaming monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz or above as this will give you much smoother gameplay and even gives you a small competitive edge.

Render Resolution

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Render Resolution Final

We highly recommend that you set this value to 100. If you set it to 200%, the game will render the rame at 200% of your monitor’s native resolution.

If you have a very powerful graphics card, you can set this to a higher value for better visuals.

Aspect Ratio

Set this to Automatic. The aspect ratio is just the ratio between the height and width of the game’s resolution.

Sync Every Frame (V-Sync)

Set this to Disabled. Enabling V-Sync will just introduce input lag and you don’t want that.

Custom Framerate Limit

Set this to Disabled. This is just if you want the game to limit your FPS, which you don’t want in a majority of cases.

NVIDIA Highlights

Set this to Disabled.

SDR Color Space

Set this to 2.2 (sRGB) if you have a monitor.

Set this to 2.4 (BT1886) if you have a TV.

Texture Resolution

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Texture Resolution

This setting has a large impact on performance.

Set this to Normal. In terms of FPS loss, the difference between Normal and High is not that great so feel free to set it to High if you want slightly better graphics at the cost of 2-3 FPS.

Texture Filter Anisotropic

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Texture Filter Anisotropic

Set this to High. We did not see any FPS drop between the different settings.

Particle Quality

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Particle Quality

Set this to High. We only saw a loss of 2 FPS when switching from Low to High.

Bullet Impacts

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Bullet Impacts

Set this to Enabled. You’ll only lose 1 FPS by enabling this.

Tessellation

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Tessellation

Set this to All. You will only lose 2 FPS by setting this to the highest value.

Shadow Map Resolution

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Shadow Map Resolution

This setting has a large impact on performance.

Set this value to Normal. There’s not much difference between the settings in our opinion.

Cache Spot Shadows

Set this to Enabled.

Cache Sun Shadows

Set this to Enabled.

Particle Lighting

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Particle Quality

Set this to Normal.

DirectX Raytracing

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Directx Raytracing

This setting has the highest impact on performance if you have an RTX-enabled graphics card.

If you have a very powerful graphics card and want raytracing, then enable this option, otherwise, leave this option on Disabled if you want the best performance.

Ambient Occlusion

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Ambient Occlusion

This setting has a large impact on performance.

Set this to Disabled. If you really want it, we recommend setting it to MDAO.

Screen Space Reflection (SSR)

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Screen Space Reflection

Set this to Low.

Anti-Aliasing

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Anti Aliasing

This setting has a large impact on performance.

Set this to Off for the best performance. However, this is not very pleasing visually so if you have the extra graphics card processing power, we recommend setting this setting to Filmic SMAA T2X.

Depth of Field

Set this to Enabled.

Filmic Strength

Set this to 1.00.

World Motion Blur

Set this to Disabled.

Weapon Motion Blur

Set this to Disabled.

Film Grain

Set this to 0.00.

Now switch to the Audio tab and set this setting:

Audio Mix

Set this to Home Theater. We found this preset to be the best when it comes to hearing where the enemies are.

And now, switch to the Keyboard & Mouse tab and set these settings:

Mouse Sensitivity

Most professional players use low sensitivity. This allows them to aim better and smoother and it makes it easier to train your muscle memory when aiming.

Also, aim for a sensitivity that matches your sensitivity in other FPS games. This is really useful advice and will help you train your muscle memory much better.

Invert Mouse Look

Set this to Disabled.

Mouse Acceleration

Set this to 0.00. You don’t want mouse acceleration as it hinders muscle memory training and gives your aim inconsistency.

Mouse Filtering

Set this to 0.00.

Mouse Smoothing

Set this to Disabled.

Mouse Control Mode

Set this to Aim.

Now switch to the Interface & Audio tab (also in the Keyboard & Mouse tab) and set this setting:

System Key Behavior

Set this to Game. This way, you don’t have to worry about accidentally pressing the Windows key.

Finally, go to the General tab and enable this setting:

Skip Introduction Movie

Set this to Enabled. Now you don’t have to see that introduction movie every time the game loads up.

Optimize Your PC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Let’s optimize your PC now! Follow these steps:

Hardware Acceleration on Discord

Discord Microphone Not Working

If you’re running Discord in the background like most gamers, then you should disable hardware acceleration in Discord. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Go to Discord Preferences.
  2. Click on the Appearance tab.
  3. Turn off Hardware Acceleration.

Hardware Acceleration on Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Google Chrome also has hardware acceleration, and if you run it in the background, then this tip will help:

  1. Go to Google Chrome Settings.
  2. Go to the Advanced Settings.
  3. Turn off Use Hardware Acceleration When Available.

Free Up Your Background Applications

You should limit the use of background applications when running games, we all know that. So be sure to turn off unnecessary programs running in the background.

Our System

We tested the settings on a PC with these specifications:

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K (3.6 GHz)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Storage: Samsung 970 EVO 2TB

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