Warzone 2 Best Settings For High FPS [Season 3]


Call of Duty Warzone 2 has just released the latest season 3 content update and players just can’t get enough of it. It’s the same action-packed BR everybody loves packed with new exciting toys and skins. So, right after wrapping up the Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare 2 settings guide, it was only natural for me to come up with the Warzone 2 best settings to give you that amazing combination of performance and visuals to get you ready for Season 3. 

Key Takeaways

  • Call of Duty Warzone 2 Season 3 just started and the game is in much better shape than it was back when it was first released. 
  • You’ll need to use the best Warzone 2 settings combined with a few Windows tweaks to get the best performance in-game
  • First, make sure to check the minimum system requirements and see if your PC is capable of handling Warzone 2:
    • Operating System: Windows 10 64 Bit
    • CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 / Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
    • RAM: 8 GB RAM
    • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470 – DirectX 12.0 compatible system
    • DirectX Version: 12
    • Network Type: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage Space: 125 GB available space
  • To start optimizing the game, you should use the following Warzone 2 best graphics settings in-game:
    • Display Mode – Fullscreen Exclusive
    • Screen Refresh Rate – Auto
    • Display Resolution – Native
    • Dynamic Resolution – Off
    • Aspect Ratio – Auto
    • V-Sync – Off
    • Custom Frame Rate Limit – Custom
    • Restart Shaders Optimization
    • Render Resolution – 100
    • Upscaling/ Sharpening
    • Anti-Aliasing – SMAA T2X
    • Anti-Aliasing Quality – Medium
    • Video Memory Scale – 85
    • Texture Resolution – Low/High
    • Texture Filter Anisotropic – High
    • Level Of Detail Nearby & Distant – Low
    • Clutter Draw Distance – Short
    • Particle Quality – High
    • Particle Quality Level – Low
    • Bullet Impact & Spray – Your Preference
    • Shader Quality – Low
    • Tessellation – Off           
    • Terrain Memory – Max
    • On-Demand Texture Streaming – Off
    • Streaming Quality – Low
    • Volumetric Quality – Low
    • Deferred Physics Quality – Off
    • Water Caustics – Off
    • Shadow Map Resolution – Medium
    • Screen Space Resolution – Off
    • Spot Shadow Quality – Low
    • Cache Spot Shadows – On
    • Spot Cache – Low
    • Cache Sun Shadows – On
    • Particle Lighting – Low
    • Ambient Occlusion – Off
    • Screen Space Reflections – Off
    • Weather Grid Volumes – Off
    • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency – On/ On + Boost
  • In addition to optimizing in-game settings, you’ll need to use the best GPU settings for both AMD and Nvidia for Warzone 2
  • Once you’re done tweaking your GPU settings, it’s time to optimize your Windows with the best Warzone 2 tweaks and optimizations.
    • Update Your Windows and GPU Drivers
    • Turn on Game Mode
    • Edit Warzone 2 Config File
    • Disable Auto-starting And Background Applications
    • Turn OFF Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling

Is Call of Duty Warzone 2 Optimized?

Warzone 2 was off to a rocky launch, with some performance and latency issues bugging the player base initially. The latency issues were resolved with time, but the performance issues might take a few more patches to get absolutely perfect. We’ve created this best settings guide to help players jump into the action and score some smooth wins in the latest season of Warzone 2. It includes everything you need to get started with high FPS in Warzone and get the upper hand on your foes. 

In a nutshell, Call of Duty Warzone 2 runs decently on most of the hardware combinations. Its optimization is on par with the baseline Modern Warfare 2 and will only improve with the latest title updates and GPU driver updates.

Similar to our other settings guides, we’ll be dividing this Warzone 2 best setting guide into four sections as well. Each section will focus on different aspects of your PC to get the most performance. We’ll be focusing on the following:

  1. Warzone 2 Best Graphics Settings
  2. Best Nvidia Settings for Warzone 2
  3. AMD Radeon Best Warzone 2 Settings
  4. Warzone 2 Best Windows Optimizations

Let’s start covering these sections one by one and get your PC up to speed to run Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 at glorious FPS and stutter-free.

Call of Duty Warzone 2 System Requirements

Call of Duty Warzone 2 System Requirements
System Requirements for Call of Duty Warzone 2

It’s worth mentioning that technically, Warzone 2.0 is an extension of Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, which is why most settings are identical, aside from a few, along with the system requirements. But as such, Infinity Ward has laid out the official system requirements, which will more than likely help you tally it with your own hardware to help you verify if it can run the game or not.

However, keep in mind that these system requirements solely exist as an artificial benchmark on whether your hardware is capable of running the game because, at the end of the day, evaluating the performance will come down to you testing the game itself on your PC.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 / Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470 – DirectX 12.0 compatible system
  • DirectX Version: 12
  • Network Type: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage Space: 125 GB available space

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit or Windows 11 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K / Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • RAM: 12 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580 – DirectX 12.0 compatible system
  • DirectX Version: 12
  • Network Type: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage Space: 125 GB available space

Step 1: Use Call of Duty Warzone 2 Best Graphics Settings

Call of Duty Warzone 2 Best Graphics Settings
Warzone 2 Best Graphics Settings

Now that you’ve checked the system requirements and confirmed that your PC can smoothly run Warzone 2.0, let’s start tweaking. 

I’ve run Call of Duty Warzone 2 on my setup with an RTX 3070, and the game runs perfectly fine. Since the optimization is decent, with only a few hitches here and there, I am sure you won’t have any problems running the game either. 

But we just don’t want to run the game, we want to dominate the playing field with high FPS without compromising visuals. Well, there, these Warzone 2 best settings will have you covered from all angles. 

So, let’s start optimizing your Warzone 2 best graphics settings and boost your in-game performance. 


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Display Settings (Image Credit: eXputer)

The first set of graphics settings is the Display Settings. These settings contain the basic visual settings you’ll need to configure to help Warzone 2 decide how it will run on your PC. 

Display Mode – Fullscreen Exclusive

If you’ve been following our guides for a while now, you know we’re going to go for Exclusive Fullscreen in Display Mode.

The devs have done a great job implementing this exclusive fullscreen mode that lets you switch in and out of Warzone 2 with ease. It’s almost as easy as if you’re running borderless mode. So, even if you need to use other apps and quickly switch to and fro to Call of Duty, you can now, even with exclusive fullscreen turned on and not lose a single FPS worth of performance.

Screen Refresh Rate – Auto

Select the highest Screen Refresh Rate here that your monitor can support. It can be anywhere between 60hz to 360hz. 

If you don’t know the exact refresh rate of your monitor, select Auto. It’ll select the highest refresh by default. 

When the game’s running at the highest refresh rate, it’ll be the most responsive and fluid, helping you nail those difficult shots. 

Display Resolution – Native

Display Resolution is the most important display setting in here. It will decide the resolution Call of Duty Warzone 2 will render. If you select anything lower than your native resolution, your game’s going to look like a muddy graphical mess. 

It’s best to select your monitor’s native resolution here, which could be either 1080p or 1440p. Your monitor could support up to 4k resolution but don’t play at 4k, as you’ll lose an immense amount of FPS. Plus, the fact that 4k isn’t advisable in a competitive shooter. 

Dynamic Resolution – Off

I have mixed feelings when it comes to the Dynamic Resolution setting. On one hand, it can help you maintain a solid target FPS, but it can also make your game mush which can ruin your visual clarity and k/d severely. 

It’s best to use an upscale later in quality settings rather than Dynamic Resolution. So better keep it off. 

Aspect Ratio – Auto

Monitors come in different shapes and sizes. Your monitor could have a common aspect ratio of 16:9, or it may be ultrawide. To select the best aspect ratio for your screen, select Auto for Aspect Ratio to avoid any graphical hitches.

V-Sync – Off

V-Sync is one of the settings that you need to turn off, especially in competitive shooters like Call of Duty Warzone 2. You may see screen tearing, but it’ll be within acceptable ranges. 

However, if you have a decent display, then you won’t have to experience too much screen tearing even at V-Sync is off.

Custom Frame Rate Limit – Custom

You will see three slides after selecting the Custom Option and clicking the “Show More” button.

We advise setting the Gameplay Custom Frame rate limit to 300 to allow maximum FPS to render. However, you may already have a target FPS limit in mind. Let’s say you only want your FPS to go as high as 120—move the slider until 120.

Set the Menu Custom Frame rate limit to 30 or 60 frames per second. The last thing your GPU needs is to be constantly under stress and compelled to render at 100+ frames per second on the main menu.

Finally, set the Out of Focus Frame Rate Limit to 20 or 30 frames per second. The game will use fewer resources when minimizing or being out of focus with these settings.

Restart Shaders Optimization

Call of Duty Warzone 2 has an option called Restart Shaders Optimizations that helps you delete all shader cache and reoptimize them. If you’ve been playing Warzone 2 for a long time and see graphical artifacts or facing stutters, you can use this option to get rid of corrupted shader data. 


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Quality Settings (Image Credit: eXputer)

Now we’ll adjust all the best graphics settings within Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 that can affect performance. Don’t forget to go through the entire section to make sure that you’re using the same settings as discussed below.

Render Resolution – 100

Be sure to set the Render Resolution option at 100 so that the game renders at your display’s native. If you set the resolution to a lower value, it will improve performance significantly. However, Warzone 2 will look like a blurry mess. Besides, there are other ways to improve performance instead of reducing the render resolution.

Upscaling/ Sharpening

There’s a way for you want to experience Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 in greater resolution without sacrificing significant performance. You’ll benefit a lot from using upscaling strategies like Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR, which you can find in the game’s settings. This is arguably one of the best Warzone 2 settings that you can use to gain performance.

If you’re using any RTX GPU, we recommend that you switch on DLSS. This can provide huge performance gains without affecting the game’s visual quality at resolutions above 1080p. At 1080p resolution or below, you can still use the DLSS setting. Only make sure not to drop below the “Quality” option.

If you don’t have an RTX card and are playing Call of Duty Warzone 2 on a GTX or AMD GPU, AMD’s FSR is the solution for you. It’s another great upscaling technology like Nvidia’s DLSS because it allows for increased performance without affecting image quality. If you opt to use AMD FSR on 1080p, we similarly suggest not dropping its setting below the “Ultra Quality” option.

If you’re not interested in upscaling techniques, we suggest choosing “FidelityFX” as your “FidelityFX CAS” option. It’s because this AMD technology improves images’ clarity. Make sure you set the slider to 75 if you choose to go with this option.

Anti-Aliasing – SMAA T2X

Like Moton Blur, a sloppy implementation of Anti-Aliasing is frequently criticized by most PC gamers. We couldn’t disable it even if we wanted to, so the next best thing was choosing the SMAA T2X option. This option offers greater clarity when compared to Filmic T2X SMAA. The performance cost was also minimal. However, you can lower it according to your PC hardware.

Anti-Aliasing Quality – Medium

The main idea behind tuning these settings for Warzone 2 was to strike a balance between visual clarity and greater performance. This is the reason it’s best that you put Anti-Ailiasing Quality to Medium. However, if you’re not happy with your performance at present and require an additional boost, you can set this setting to low. However, the medium settings will be sufficient for the majority of players.

Video Memory Scale – 85

The Video Memory Scale setting determines how much VRAM your game is able to use when you play it. To get the most efficient performance, ensure it’s set to 85 so the game can have the maximum available Vram while still leaving some for other processes in the background.

If there’s a third-party application running in the background or you are streaming, the game or that application may begin to slow down. If that happens, reduce your settings to 80. However, setting the option at 85 will be the right way to go for players who are only playing the game.

Texture Resolution – Low/High

Texture Resolution is a setting purely based on the amount of VRAM you have. It doesn’t significantly affect Warzone 2’s performance. Using High settings is perfectly acceptable if you have a GPU with more than 8GB or more VRAM. If your GPU is equipped with 6GB or less, you should use the low settings.

We do not recommend Ultra Low settings to anyone since the game textures start to look extremely muddy and washed out. Visually, The Low setting is miles better than Ultra Low as textures look decent, and you don’t lose FPS. Hence, if performance is your priority, then go ahead and use the Low preset in Texture Resolution setting.

Texture Filter Anisotropic – High

We recommended leaving Anisotropic Filtering at high since it significantly enhances the game’s visual quality. On the bright side, it also doesn’t affect performance that much. Hence, just set this to “high.”

Level Of Detail Nearby & Distant – Low

We recommend keeping both the Nearby and Distant level of detail settings low. If you’re playing the MW2 campaign, only then should these settings be set to “high.” That’s because it has beautifully crafted levels and scripted action sequences that look good at high graphics. This is not the case stated for Warzone 2.0 since it’s fast-paced.

Keeping the level of detail “low” can actually give you a competitive advantage in Warzone 2.0 by letting your GPU push more frames making your gameplay smoother.

Clutter Draw Distance – Short

We suggest keeping this setting to “Short” because we’ve set the level of Detail setting to Low. You don’t want your GPU to use resources to render an unnecessary amount of level details.

Particle Quality – High

We’ve tested it and confirmed on several spots that setting the Particle Quality setting to High actually results in better gameplay compared to lower settings. In addition to performing better, this setting makes the game even look better, which is a nice bonus.

Particle Quality Level – Low

To get the most performance, you should keep the Particle Quality Level setting to “low.” We could also suggest Very Low here, but that setting looks awful in-game as textures start to look really blurry.

Bullet Impact & Spray – Your Preference

The settings will decide how scattered sprays or bullets affect your surroundings. Bullet Impact & Spray is one of those settings in this Warzone 2 best settings guide that will not impact the performance in any way. Hence, you can tweak it to your preference.

Shader Quality – Low

The Shader Quality influences the lighting effect on certain surfaces. We suggest keeping this setting to “low” since it can be extremely demanding on your GPU and bog your FPS down.

Tessellation – Off           

Tessellation is one of the best Call of Duty Warzone 2 settings that improve the game’s graphical fidelity. However, you won’t need it much here as it looks amazing in the MW2 campaign. However, it’ll bog down your FPS unnecessarily in Warzone. So, you’re better off switching tessellation off for better performance.

Terrain Memory – Max

Enable this setting in Warzone 2 to utilize the maximum amount of memory required to load the distant terrain. It’s recommended that you turn this setting to Max. This will allow the game to access the maximum amount of memory which will reduce stutters and texture load times.

On-Demand Texture Streaming – Off

The On-Demand texture streaming feature lets the game download high-quality textures while you play. If you’re connected to a fast internet connection and a high-speed router, this will benefit you by reducing the game’s install size.

If you turn this off, the game will only display locally installed textures and will download complete texture packs before allowing you to play.

Streaming Quality – Low

Streaming quality will determine the quality and frequency of texture streaming across the entire Warzone 2 map. Make sure to keep these settings low to reduce processing power and improve performance. Rest assured, most gamers won’t be able to tell the differences between the high and low settings.

Volumetric Quality – Low

Volumetric Quality is one of the best Warzone 2 settings you can lower to improve FPS. Setting it to “low” is recommended as you’ll boost your performance significantly. Plus, you won’t need volumetric effects like fog, light, and cloud movement in Warzone 2.

Deferred Physics Quality – Off

The Deferred Physics Quality setting affects the water’s physics quality. We recommend keeping it off for Warzone 2. This is because you don’t need your GPU to use up resources rendering an excessive amount of detail at the cost of performance.

Water Caustics – Off

The Water Caustics setting is quite similar to the Deferred Physics Quality. This setting modifies the water quality of the game, making it seem more natural. We recommend keeping it off, as it bogs down your FPS for a graphical effect you barely notice.

Shadow Map Resolution – Medium

Shadow settings can consume an enormous amount of processing power. However, this setting can actually give you a competitive advantage. You can spot enemies indoors and around corners much easier by turning Shadow Map Resolution to at least Medium. This is the sweet spot between crisp shadows and good performance.

On the other hand, if you want to squeeze every bit of raw performance from your PC, you can pick either “low” or “very low” options too. These options will still display shadows, but they’ll be noticeably blurry and low-res. 

Screen Space Resolution – Off

Just like how Shadow Map Resolution determines the resolution of shadows in Warzone 2, the SSR setting determines their quality and depth. This is also one of those settings that you won’t notice in fast-paced battle royale matches. Hence, you can simply turn it off for better performance.

Spot Shadow Quality – Low

The Spot Shadow Quality determines the level of detail in shadows in spots. Since we’re optimizing these settings for performance in Warzone 2, you should set this to “low.”

Cache Spot Shadows – On

The Cache Spot Shadows setting is directly linked with the Spot Cache setting that’s right under this one. We suggest keeping this setting at “On,” as the spot shadows will be saved in your PC’s cache. This will have you save processing time and power and improve performance. 

Spot Cache – Low

Spot Cache setting determines the size you want to allocate to the spot shadows data. If you have plenty of VRAM (8 or above), you can set this up to high. However, for the majority of gamers, the low setting will work just fine.

Cache Sun Shadows – On

These settings follow the same principle that Cache Spot Shadows, except instead of Spot Shadows being stored in the cache, Sun shadows will be saved alongside them. They may provide an additional FPS in the future; therefore, keep these settings in place.

Particle Lighting – Low

This setting alters the quality of particle effects used in Warzone 2. Make sure to keep it at “low” to gain performance. Setting it to “high” is not worth the performance cost.

Ambient Occlusion – Off

Ambient Occlusion can make shadows and low-light areas look prettier. However, it does so by taxing your FPS significantly. Since we’re playing a fast-paced battle royale, we don’t need such cosmetic graphical effects. Hence, it’s best to leave it at off.

Screen Space Reflections – Off

Screen Space Reflections (SSR) sets the quality of reflections. They appear when you look at different reflective surfaces at a specific angle. Similar to the previous setting, it’s a mere graphical effect that takes up an excessive amount of GPU power to render. Since we aren’t after environmental details and strictly prioritizing performance, you can keep this setting “Off” as well.

Weather Grid Volumes – Off

Weather Grid Volume setting improves the weather affects quality as they apply to other dynamic objects in Warzone 2 like NPC’s or vehicles. Although we didn’t notice any performance or quality differences even when cranking this to Ultra, we still suggest you keep it to “Off” just to be safer. 

Nvidia Reflex Low Latency – On/ On + Boost

Nvidia’s Reflex is a relatively new technology developed to decrease input latency. There is no reason why you should leave this option off because it decreases latency significantly and does not negatively affect performance.

The “On” settings will work great for all players. However, if your CPU isn’t that powerful or you’re experiencing CPU overheating issues leading to FPS drops, change that setting to “On + Boost.” This way, your GPU will also run at higher clock speeds assisting your CPU in reducing latency. 

Depth Of Field – Off

Keep Depth of Field “Off” when playing Warzone 2. Don’t get me wrong; I am a huge sucker for the bokeh effect on weapons and in-world objects. However, considering in Warzone 2, you’ll be more forced to loot and hunt down players, DOF will only be a distraction rather than appealing.

Motion Blur – Off

As mentioned earlier, motion blur is usually disapproved by most PC gamers because it causes artificial screen blur as your character moves or sprints. Even in the campaign, no one likes this graphical setting, so it’s pretty apparent no one would like it in Warzone 2 either. You’re better off disabling it.

Film Grain – 0.00

This has got to be one of the worst settings in Warzone 2. No, scratch that! One of the worst graphical effects in modern games. Film Grain decreases visibility and gives you a disadvantage in PvP encounters. So, do yourself a favor by keeping this option set at 0.00.

Step 2: Configure the Best Warzone 2 Settings for GPU

We’ve finally configured all the best Warzone 2 settings in-game. Now it’s time to optimize your 

Best Nvidia Settings for Warzone 2

Best Nvidia Settings for Warzone 2
Best Nvidia Settings

Once we’ve set the best graphics settings in Call of Duty Warzone 2, we’ll need to tweak the best Nvidia Control Panel settings. Nvidia Control Panel contains several excellent settings that you can adjust to improve performance.

The first thought that’s likely to be on your mind is updating your Nvidia Game-Ready driver. In my Call of Duty MW 2 best settings guide, I recommended staying away from the latest drivers as they were causing performance issues. At the time of writing, Nvidia has fixed this issue, and you can safely update your Nvidia driver to the latest one. 

After you’re done updating, let’s start tuning your Nvidia Control Panel. The first step is to open Nvidia Control Panel and go to 3D settings. This is where you’ll be able to apply the settings for Call of Duty Warzone 2 in your Nvidia Control Panel. Use the following settings in Nvidia Control Panel:

  • Image Sharpening: Set your desired sharpening strength
  • Anisotropic Filtering: Off
  • FXAA – Antialiasing: Off
  • Gamma Correction – Antialiasing: Off
  • Mode – Antialiasing: Off
  • Background Max Frame Rate: 20
  • Low Latency Mode: Ultra
  • Max Frame Rate: Desired Value or Off
  • Open GL Rendering GPU: Select GPU here
  • Power Management Mode: Prefer Max Performance
  • Shader Cache: Driver Default
  • Monitor Technology: GSYNC
  • Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA): Off
  • Anisotropic Sample Optimization -Texture Filtering: On
  • Negative LOD Bias – Texture Filtering: Allow
  • Quality – Texture Filtering: High Performance
  • Trilinear Optimization – Texture Filtering: On
  • Threaded Optimization: Auto
  • Triple Buffering: Off
  • Vertical Sync: Off

After applying all the settings mentioned above, click on the apply button. Once, all the settings are applied, launch the game and experience the best performance Warzone 2 has to offer on your PC. You can also check out our Best Nvidia Settings guide to get an in-depth outlook on these settings.

Best AMD Settings for Warzone 2

Best AMD Settings for Warzone 2
Best AMD Settings

Now it’s time we configure the best AMD Radeon settings for Warzone 2. Similar to the Nvidia control panel, AMD Radeon software contains a plethora of settings that can help you gain a ton of performance with simple tweaks. All you need to do is enter the AMD Radeon software and fine-tune every setting that’s in there. 

Use the following settings in AMD Radeon Panel: 

  • Radeon Anti-Lag: Enabled
  • AMD Radeon Chill: Disabled
  • Radeon Boost: Disabled
  • Image Sharpening: Your Preference
  • Radeon Enhanced Sync: Enable
  • Wait for Vertical Refresh: Always off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled
  • Antialiasing: Use Application Settings
  • Antialiasing Method: Multisampling
  • Morphological Anti-Aliasing: Disabled 
  • Anisotropic Filtering: Disabled
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
  • Tessellation Mode: Override Application Settings
  • Maximum Tessellation Level: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Disabled 
  • Reset Shader Cache: Perform The Reset

And there you have it. Simply exit from AMD Radeon settings after applying the settings above and you’ll be good to go. Launch Warzone 2 to try out the best AMD Radeon settings we’ve helped you configure just now. You’ll definitely be pleased with the performance and stability improvement in the game. If you want to learn more about these settings, you check out our Best AMD settings guide.

Step 3: Tweaking the Best Windows Optimizations for Warzone 2

Best Windows Optimizations for Warzone 2
Best Windows Optimizations

Last but not the least, we’ll need to configure your Windows 10/11 to help Warzone 2 perform at its best. Since Windows 10, Microsoft has added a plethora of new features to help gamers push their Windows PC to the max and performance amazing in games. We’ve listed some of the best optimizations you can use to improve Warzone 2’s performance significantly. These will also help you resolve some of the critical issues like Warzone 2 FPS drops, crashing, and black screens. Let’s go through each of them right now.

Update Your Windows and GPU Drivers

Windows Update

Windows releases crucial updates frequently that helps keep your PC at top performance. Now, there were times when you were doing your important work and a notification popped up that Windows Updates is about to commence hence closing all your important work. You’ll have to look past this annoyance and install these updates timely to avoid any performance loss in games. 

So, if you want to experience Call of Duty Warzone 2 in its best shape, I recommend that you check and install all essential updates that are available in your Windows Update section. Here’s how to do it: 

Update Your Windows
Windows Updates
  1. First, you have to open Windows settings by either going into the start menu or hitting the shortcut key WIN + I
  2. After Windows settings pop up, go to the Windows Update section in the top-right corner of the settings.
  3. Here, you’ll either see available updates that you need to install or the “Check for Updates” button. If there are updates available, click to download or install them. If there aren’t any updates, click on “Check for Updates.”
  4. This is the Windows Update menu. Here, if there are any updates, install them. If you don’t see any updates, click on the “Check for Updates” button and see if there are any updates available. 

Once you install the latest updates, your PC will reboot. So, make sure you have everything saved up. Once the reboot is complete, you’ll have the latest version of Windows 10 or 11 installed. This means your PC will have all the performance improvements and bug fixes. Overall, you’ll have the best Windows experience Microsoft has to offer.

AMD Driver Update

AMD is one of the biggest GPU Manufacturers that release crucial GPU driver updates right before a major game release. This ensures that you have the best performance and stability of a game on day 1. You’ll need to download and install these updates if you want the get high FPS in Warzone 2. Here’s how to do it:

Updating AMD Radeon GPU Drivers
Update your AMD GPU Drivers
  1. Open up AMD Adrenaline Software from your desktop or Windows Search Bar. 
  2. As it opens up, you’ll have to go to the Drivers and Softwares section at the top of the screen. Here, you’ll either have drivers ready to be installed or you’ll need to check for updates.
  3. If there are updates available, simply start downloading them and install them as soon as you can. If they aren’t, click on the “Check for Updates” button and confirm if updates are available or not. 

Once you install the AMD GPU driver updates, reboot your PC once to finalize the installation. And there you have it, you have the latest AMD GPU drivers installed on your PC. You’ll get the most optimal performance in Call of Duty Warzone 2 now. 

Nvidia Driver Update

Nvidia has released a ton of Game-Ready drivers since the original release window of Warzone 2. Even though the first couple of updates actually ruined the performance of Warzone 2, they are now fixed, and it’s safe to update to the latest ones, here’s how to do it:

Launching GeForce Experience
Open GeForce Experience
  1. Open up the Nvidia Geforce Experience Application from either your desktop or from the taskbar in the bottom right corner. 
  2. Once you open it up, head over to the driver’s tab to see whether you have any updates available to install. 
Updating Nvidia GPU Drivers
Check for Updates
  1. Here you’ll either see drivers available to install or a check for update button. If there are drivers available, click on the download button to start downloading them. Once the download finishes, click on Express Installation to install your latest drivers.
  2. If you aren’t seeing any new drivers available for your GPU, click on the “Check for Update” button to make sure there aren’t any. 

After you’re done, reboot your PC to finalize the Nvidia GPU driver installation. This will successfully update your GPU drivers and give you the best gaming experience in Warzone 2.

Turn on Game Mode

Game Mode is one of the most notorious features Microsoft added back in Windows 10. It helps prioritize your games by putting background tasks on standby or limiting their access to your system resources. This in turn frees up resources for your game to utilize and gives you the best performance possible. Here’s how you can enable it:

Turn on Windows Game Mode
Game Mode
  1. First, you have to enter Windows Settings by hitting the shortcut key WIN + I.
  2. Click on the Gaming Tab on the left and you’ll have access to Windows Gaming utilities. 
  3. Here, go to the Game Mode settings and turn the Game Mode on. That’s it.

After you’re done enabling it, simply close out of Windows Settings and launch Warzone 2. Windows Game Mode will activate on its own and improve your game’s performance and stability. 

Edit Warzone 2 Config File

There are several settings that you can change in the Call of Duty Warzone 2 config file which cannot be accessed through the regular graphics menu. Editing these options in the config file according to this section can help you improve performance and stability in Warzone 2. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, you have to locate and open the config file for Warzone 2. You’ll find the options configuration file in the following locations:
    This PC > Documents > Call of Duty > Players >
Config File for Warzone 2
Config File Location
  1. Once you reach the config file location, open the file called, “Options.3.cod22.cst.”
Disabling ASync Compute Option
Disable AsyncCompute
  1. Use the find function in notepad (CTRL+F) and type AsyncCompute and hit find.
  2. You’ll come across the AsyncCompute setting that you need to set to “False.
Reducing Clutter Max Distance
Reduce Clutter Max Distance
  1. Next up, search for “ClutterMaxDist” in the find function.
  2. You’ll find a range of numbers next to the current value for the cluttermaxdist setting. Copy the minimum value of the range (i.e. 100.000000) and replace it with the current value in quotes. (e.g. 2500.000000 will be replaced with 100.000000).
Changing Renderer Worker Count
Change Renderer Worker Count
  1. Now, search for “Thread Count for Handling the Job” in the find function. 
  2. In this setting, you’ll have to set the value to the number of cores your processors has. For Example, in my case, I have an 8-core process, so I’ve set the value here to 8. Yours might be different. 
  3. After you’re done configuring these settings, hit the save shortcut CTRL+S to save changes. 

After you’re done with the configuration file, launch Warzone 2 to experience the performance improvement these tweaks have on your gameplay. 

Disable Auto-starting And Background Applications

There are several processes and applications that keep running in your background once you launch the game. They hogg your system resources and tax your gaming performance significantly. Here’s how you can end these tasks and stop them from auto-starting on every boot. 

  1. Right-Click on the Taskbar and open up the Task Manager. You can also use the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
    Open Task Manager
    Launch Task Manager
  2. Once you open the task manager, you’ll see several applications running in the foreground as well as the background. Some applications take a lot of your system resources here that need to be eliminated.
  3. Now you can start closing applications that you deem unnecessary by right-clicking on them and selecting “End Task.”
  4. Once you’re finished, go to Task Manager’s startup tab or the auto-start applications tab and disable any programs you don’t want Windows to launch automatically. Here, you can start disabling the applications with medium to high impact that you don’t want starting up automatically on every boot. 
Disable Startup Applications
Disable Applications

Once you’ve disabled all the applications that you don’t need running or autostarting, it’s time to disable services that hogg your system resources. Here’s how you can start disabling them:

  1. Hit the shortcut WIN + R to open up Windows Run too. Here, type the command MSCONFIG to open the Microsoft Configuration utility. 
  2. Go to the Services tab and checkmark the box that says, “Disable All Microsoft Services.” Now start disabling services that you don’t need by unchecking them.
    Disabling Services in Windows
    Disable Unnecessary Services
  3. Once done, hit apply and ok.

Now you have disabled all the services that you don’t need while running Call of Duty Warzone 2. This will make your PC lightweight in order to run the game with maximum FPS. 

Turn OFF Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling

Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling was released alongside Windows 10 and has remained a pretty great performance-enhancing feature to this day. In several game setting guides, I’ve always told you to turn this feature on in order to improve the game’s performance and stability. However, turning it Off for Warzone 2 actually does more good than it is On. Don’t know how it works but it does work like this. Here’s how you can do this if you’ve previously turned it On:

  1. Type GPU settings in the Windows Search Bar and click on the first result that shows up. 
Go to Default Graphics Settings
Open Default Graphics Settings
  1. Once you’re in the graphics settings menu, lick on the “Change Default Graphics Settings” option right under Default Settings.
Enable Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling
Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling
  1. Here, you can simply turn off Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling.

And that’s how you’ll get the best performance in Call of Duty Warzone 2 without needing to get some expensive upgrades. There are tons of tweaks and optimizations where these came from, so check out our Windows 10 best settings/optimizations guide to find newer ways to boost the performance of your PC.

Did Our Best Settings Guide Help You Gain Performance in Warzone 2? 

We’re finally done listing all the Warzone 2 best settings you can use to get a boost in performance while also eliminating issues like crashing or black screens. All methods were individually tested and will hopefully help you reach those high FPS targets for the smoothest Warzone 2 experience. The game is constantly getting patches and updates frequently to keep the game and server’s performance top-notch. So always keep updating your game, no matter how big those updated look. Happy competitive gaming soldier!

Questions & Answers

What are the best Warzone 2 settings for lag?

Use a combination of medium to low in-game settings as instructed in the best Warzone 2 settings guide above and tune your GPU settings to eliminate lag.

How do I make Warzone 2 look better?

If you have a decently specced PC and want Warzone 2 to look prettier, you can use higher setting presets in the in-game graphics options. You can additionally use sharpening sliders in the GPU settings for additional clarity.

Is Warzone 2 demanding?

Warzone 2 requires a relatively modern PC to run smoothly. However, the game is optimized enough to give you a somewhat playable experience on older hardware as well.

You can check out more coverage of our Warzone 2 guides on eXputer right now!

Thursday 2nd March Patch Notes

Performance & Gameplay Changes

  • Battle Royale
    • Greater visibility for Data Heist Contract objectives on Ashika Island
    • The scale of AI reduced AI forces of combat throughout Data Heist Contract on Ashika Island
  • DMZ
    • Many improvements in performance in the DMZ in Ashika Island
    • Fixed an exploit that allows players to keep Loadouts in between DMZ matches
    • Fixed an issue that allowed the duplication of teammates’ Dog Tags

Bug Fixes

  • This update fixes many crashes that are known to cause.
  • Social
    • Corrected a problem that caused the Recent Player list of players to become unresponsive when using the search.
  • Maps
    • Corrected various geo-collisions issues on Ashika Island
  • Enemy
    • Correction of an issue that AI combatants were not injured by the gas.
  • Battle Pass
    • New quick equip options for improved speed for the Battle Pass
    • Improvements in the general navigability of users and ease of use of the Battle Pass
  • General
    • Corrected an issue that affects the accessibility of Contract icon icons displayed on the Tac Map
  • Battle Royale
    • Fixed a problem that prevented players from redeploying when they’re in Last Stand while the Resurgence timer has been disabled
  • DMZ
    • Corrected a problem that was causing”Death from Above,” the “Death From Above” Mission not properly tracking teammates

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