Unlike many other competitive online games, Call of Duty Warzone cannot be considered an easy game. In addition to a gigantic map, Battle Royale uses a range of state-of-the-art graphic effects such as ray tracing lighting, explosions and smoke. In order for you to survive in Verdansk, we are going to show you how to optimize your PC to run CoD Warzone better, with more FPS and fewer crashes.
Why is it important to improve your FPS in CoD Warzone?
Increasing performance is important as FPS rate and GPU utilization are directly linked to factors such as input lag, accuracy and response time on the battlefield. There’s no point having the most beautiful game on screen if you can’t win a gulag match.
Another thing to be aware of is that many of the effects can be distracting during a game. Because of this, streamers and pro gamers tend to play with minimal graphics or very similar settings (and note that many of these gamers have top notch PCs).
Also, keep in mind that a 144Hz monitor will help, but only if your computer can keep up with this rapid pace and produce frames at the same frequency that the screen is refreshed.
Better graphics optimizations to optimize CoD Warzone
Call of Duty Warzone’s graphical options are divided into four main groups. The first is Tela. This part summarizes all adjustments related to resolution, monitor refresh rate and render scaling.
The second group are details and textures. Third, we have shadows and lighting with options that tend to put a heavy load on the graphics cards. Finally, Post Processing Effects offers anti-aliasing, depth of field, and more.
The second group are details and textures.
Below, we’ll comment on what each of these options does and make performance-based suggestions. We’ll talk later about some of the tweaking strategies to help you decide which visual effects are most important to your play style.
- Display mode: play in windowed, borderless or full screen mode. Full screen mode is ideal for maximum performance.
- Show monitor: Select which monitor you want the game to appear on if you have more than one connected.
- Video adapter: Selects the graphics card that CoD Warzone should render. Always choose your dedicated graphics card.
- Screen Refresh Rate: This is the refresh rate of the monitor. Choose the highest allowable value (144Hz or higher monitors are ideal for shooting games).
- Render resolution: game resolution. Leave it at at least 100 and only increase the value if there is power left.
- Aspect Ratio: Leave it on Auto to let the game detect the correct aspect ratio of the monitor.
- Synchronize every picture (V-Sync): Synchronizes every picture with the monitor to avoid screen tearing. Leave it out as V-Sync often introduces input lag and other response issues.
- Framerate Limit: We recommend leaving it out. However, if the game fluctuates too much in terms of FPS, choose a value to reduce that variation. Never let it drop below the refresh rate of the monitor.
- NVIDIA Highlights: Option for NVIDIA cards that automatically records the most important moves. It can weigh depending on the GPU and processor, so we recommend disabling it.
Group details and textures
- Texture Resolution: Defines the quality of the textures in the game. It has a pretty big impact on performance, and a low or medium setting is recommended for more FPS. Graphics cards with more VRAM tend to suffer less at high settings.
- Anisotropic texture filter: Keeps textures sharp at oblique angles. Normal is best.
- Particle Quality: has little impact so can be kept on Alta if performance is left over.
- Bullet impacts and graffiti: important attitude! Keep it on to make it easier to track your enemies and know where the shots are coming from.
- Tessellation: Reduces pop-ins on the screen. You can stick with them all as it has little FPS impact.
Shadow and lighting group
- Map shadow resolution: Specifies the shadow quality. It has a huge impact on the FPS rate and the shadows at the highest quality make it hard to see opponents. So choose Low or Normal.
- Cache artificial shadows: Stores shadow information in RAM memory. Suitable for increasing FPS if you have 16GB or more of RAM.
- Cache natural shadows: Stores shadow information in RAM memory. Suitable for increasing FPS if you have 16GB or more of RAM.
- Particle lighting: purely aesthetic effect.
- Raytracing DirectX: One of the most beautiful (and heaviest) lighting technologies. We do not recommend enabling it if you want to play online by lowering your FPS rate.
- Ambient Occlusion: Adds depth to the scene with additional shadows. It can put a lot of stress on many systems and doesn’t change the graph that much.
- Screen Reflection (SSR): Improves some reflections, but requires the AA filter to be enabled, which can be significant.
Post-processing effects group
- Anti-Aliasing: Smoothes the edges of polygons and avoids the pixel ladder look. It has a considerable weight, but depending on the selected setting, it significantly improves the image of the game.
- Depth of Field: Blurred objects that are not in focus. Disable as it hinders the visualization of enemies during the game.
- Film Thickness: Adjusts the temporal blurriness. Leave it at 1.00 so you won’t have any problems depending on the AA setting.
- Loss of focus due to world movement: Blurs moving objects for a cinematic effect. It disrupts the battle visualization and puts a strain on the FPS. Deactivate.
- Loss of focus due to weapon movement: Likewise, it blurs your weapon when you move. It hampers gameplay so turn it off and get more FPS.
- Grain: Grain filters for a cinematic effect. If you’re playing competitively, disable it or set it close to 0.
How to optimize Call of Duty Warzone for more FPS
Now that you know what each setting is for, it is time to work on the ideal settings for your PC. As a starting point, we recommend that you set all options to the minimum (or disabled) and leave your monitor’s native resolution selected.
Also, keep the rendering scale at at least 100 so you don’t have any loss of quality or blurry pixels at startup. Believe me: lower rendering resolutions can severely disrupt the visualization of enemies and leave a very blurry effect in the game.
Believe me: lower rendering resolutions can be quite annoying when viewing enemies.
After that, increase the graphics options one at a time and test in quick matches if possible until you find the limit that you consider tolerable or ideal for performance. Another tip is to keep an eye on the video memory usage bar, which is located on the right side of the graphics options screen.
It shows you how much you have left to improve textures, resolution, and other effects that tend to consume more VRAM.