Call of Duty Warzone is a very popular game, but this game can lag if you don’t select the right settings. Follow all the steps in the guide to get the best and smooth gaming experience. It will provide you with the best and consistent visual experience without any stuttering and the least amount of latency input.
Modifying Installation of Warzone
Firstly, you need to modify the installation files that will be helpful in cleaning the extra files and reducing the size of the game.
After launching the battle.net launcher and navigating to the warzone, click on the “option” on the right side of the PLAY button, then tap on the “Modify Install”.
A new window with the title of “Modify Installation” will pop up. In that window click on the “Modify install” under the “Game Content”.
In a new popped up sub window, uncheck all the options that you are no longer using. The only option that we are going to use is “Warzone”. Doing this, 60GB plus space will be free.
Cleaning Old Config Files.
Now, you have to delete some of the old config files that were part of older versions and are slowing down the performance of COD Warzone. For this, you need to click on the “Windows Button” and then on the “Document”. In document, navigate to the “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” folder. As you open the “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” folder, go inside “Players”. The directory of the “ADV” file will be
“C:\Users\Name\Documents\Call of Duty Modern Warfare\players”. (use it without commas)
Inside the “players”, you have to find the file named “adv_options.ini” and delete this file. It is very important for the users that are using the “COD Warzone” for a very long time. When you launch the game then the system will automatically create a better optimized version of “ADV” file.
Game and Launcher
Now, we are going to make some changes in the game and launcher. Open the launcher and navigate to the upper left side corner and then click on the “Settings”.
Starting with the “General” tab, you need to navigate under “On Game Launch” and choose the “Exit the Battle.net App Completely’ option.
After this, scroll all the way down and make sure that “Use browser hardware acceleration” is unchecked. All the changes being done in this section will free up some extra background resources.
Brand New EXE fixes
For brand new exe fixes, you need to go to the option besides the “Play” button and click on the “File Explorer” and find the “ModernWarefare.exe”. Right click on the “ModernWarefare.exe” and navigate toward the “Properties” and in this window, click on the “Compatibility” tab.
In “Compatibility” check the “Run this program as an administrator”. As you make changes in your setting it will give some error because the game is not running as an administrator. If you have an old or lower end PCs you should check the “Disable full-screen optimizations” and then click on “Change high DPI settings” and then check the “Override high DPI” tap“OK” and then apply and press“OK”.
As you are done with the basic settings, now it is the time to make changes in the “Game Setting” for the best performance and visual for a clean and competitive image. As you move into the game make sure that your shaders have installed 100 percent for multiplayer.
So, now you need to navigate to the “Option” toward the bottom left side and click on the “General”. In “Field of View”, the best FPS would be 90 and the recommended would be 90 to 110 (based on the testing).
In “Skip Introduction Movie” enable this to decrease the starting time of the game. Another change that can be made in order to get a better image is to disable the “Dismemberment & Core Effects”.
After completing the “General” section, head to the “Graphics’ tab’. It is preferred to select the “Fullscreen ” display mode as it makes the major improvements in lowering the input latency. And make sure that the display adapter is set to the main graphic card. “Screen Refresh Rate” needs to be maxed out as it will lower the input latency and improve the smoothness of the game. Going down sync every frame will be disable as it has no benefit so it’s better to leave it off.
Custom Framerate Limit (Graphic)
It must be set to unlimited and do not use ingame cap as you may experience lag and stuttering in game.
NVIDIA Highlights (Graphic)
It must be disabled as it has no as such benefits.
NVIDIA Reflex Lower Latency (Graphic)
It should be set at Enabled + Boost as it helps to reduce the lag and rendering but if you are using a laptop you can get better results while keeping it Enabled.
Streaming Quality (Graphic)
It’s recommended to set it as Normal as it improves the visuals.
Texture Resolution (Graphic)
It’s recommended to be Normal as it also improves the visuals.
Texture Filter Anisotropic (Graphic)
It should be set at High for the smoothes textures.
Particle Quality (Graphic)
It should be set as high.
Bullet Impacts and Sprays (Graphic)
It should be set as disabled to reduce the visual clutter.
It must be set disabled if you want the best fps competitive advantage and but for getting better visual fidelity it should be set to “All”.
On-Demand Texture Streaming (Graphic)
It should be disabled as it has no as such benefits.
Shadow Map Resolution (Graphic)
It should be set as normal as it helps smoothing shadows and helping players more visible.
Cache Spot Shadows (Graphic)
It should be disable as it can cause texture popping issues during loading into the game.
Cache Sun Shadows (Graphic)
It should also be disable as it can cause texture popping issues during loading into the game.
Particle Lightening (Graphic)
Set it as disabled.
DirectX Raytracing (Graphic)
It must be disabled as it has no as such benefits
Ambient Occlusion (Graphic)
It must be disabled as it has no as such benefits
Space Screen Reflection (SSR) (Graphic)
It should be set as low as it smooths reflected lights helping indoor gunfights be a lot clearer.
It must be set as SMAA 1X as it will make the visuals more appealing.
Depth of Field (Graphic)
Set this as disabled.
Filmic Strength (Graphic)
Set this as 0.
World Motion Blur (Graphic)
Set this as disabled.
Weapon Motion Blur (Graphic)
Set this as disabled.
Film Grain (Graphic)
It should be set as 0
Dynamic Resolution (Graphic)
Set it as enabled.
Dynamic Resolution Frame Rate Target (Graphic)
It can be set according to the performance based on your PC Specs.
Disabling Instant Replay and Game Filter
For those who are using NVIDIA Graphic cards, press ALT+Z at the same time, this will open the NVIDIA Geforce experience and here you have to disable any game filter that you are using and also disable the instant replay.
Now coming to changes that needs to be done in windows to gain a better FPS and lower latency rate. For this, you have to press the windows button and search for the Game Mode and after navigating to the Game Mode, turn it on.
After doing this type GPU setting on the Start menu and Click on Graphic Settings. Look for the Hardware accelerated GPU Scheduling, you can turn it on or off based on the experience that you are getting.
Windows Power Plan
Now type “power plan” in the search bar of Start Menu and hit enter. After that, select the “Power Option” in the navigation bar at the top. Here, if you are using a lower end pc or laptop, you should select balance and if you have a higher end pc, you can click on the High Performance for getting the better performance.
Installing Third Party Program (ISLC Program)
The ISLC program will help in cleaning up the ram with the cleanup of background resources. Download this program from the internet and open the downloaded folder, you will find these files as the below screenshot.
Click on the Intelligence standby list cleaner ISLC.exe. After this, you see a program as given below. Make few changes as the following:
- The list size must be at least : 1024
- Free memory is lower than: set this half of your system memory which is given above.
- Wanted timer resolution: 0.50
- Check the Enable custom timer resolution
- Type 1000 in ISLC polling rate (ms) for lower to medium end pcs and 500 for medium to higher end pcs.
- Then click start.
- And then click the Purge Standby list .
Note: For playing the game, you have to run this program in the background.
Advanced Game Options
First, if you experience lagging or off, clean up the “adv_options.ini” in the folder. The directory of the “ADV” file will be C:\Users\Name\Documents\Call of Duty Modern Warfare\players” . After that, you need to modify this file for better optimization. For this, double click on the file and then open the task manager. In task manager, click on the (Performance) and look for “Cores’ and it’s value and change the “RendererWorkerCount” in ADV file to half of this value. Then change VideoMemoryScale to 0.6 as it’s recommended to all and save the file.
GPU / Graphic Card
Right click anywhere on the desktop and click on the “NVIDIA Control Panel” it may be different based on your card.
Click on the Adjust image setting with preview on the upper left side and then select the Use the advanced 3D image setting option.
Then Click on Manage 3D settings make sure to make these changes as following:
- Image Sharpening: Sharpening off, disabled scaling
- Power management mode: Prefer maximum performance
- Shader Cache: on
- Texture Filtering Quality: High performance
- Threaded Optimization: Auto
Then Navigate to the Adjust Desktop size and position on the left side and set it as “No scaling” if you play at your native resolution for your monitor.
First check your ram for making sure it sets up correctly for reducing fps by 30 %. For this open the task manager and click on performance on the upper side and look for how ram are installed in your pc, make sure it’s installed in even with a gap in between or fill up all the RAM slots.
For example, if you have 3 rams and 4 slots it’s better to use only 2 ram (Dual Mod) installed leaving a slot and they must be of the same configuration.
It’s highly recommended to upgrade your CPU or turn on your CPU overclocking (better recommended to use all core-overclocking) as enabling overclocking will not cost you a single penny and it has more positive on fps performance despite doing changes in the system. And do some research on the motherboard and memory kit that you are using. This will provide you with massive gain in FPS.
Correctly Capping FPS
Using correct capping FPS smoothes the frametime and also prevents stuttering. It is recommended to not use ingame capping as you may experience stuttering issues. To apply this optimization, you have to download MSI Afterburner and while installing it make sure that you check the “RiverTuner Statistics Server”.
Once the program is installed, open it and then minimize it and look for RiverTunerStatisticsServer in the task icon tray at the right bottom side of your screen. Click on it and it opens, simultaneously open the game application and navigate to show in Explorer by clicking on option. Once the folder is opened, navigate to the installation path and double click on it and copy this.
Then click on the Add on RiverTunerStatistcsServer.
And go to the directory that we have just copied and then look for WarfareModern.exe and select open.
Then select the WarefareModern.exe in “RiverTuner” and set application detection level to medium and type 160 into the frame limit. Once it’s done minimize the tab. If you want to see the ingame statistic navigate to the MSI Afterburner and click on the settings. Then tap on monitoring then check the framerate and frame time and then check “Show in On-Screen Display”. Head to the On-Screen Display tab and set the hotkey “/” to enable or disable the overlay.
And then navigate to the RiverTunerStatisticServer and enable the “Show own statistics” and once all is done move back to the game.
Now one final step that needs to be done to reduce the major fps drops. Turn on the game and head to the graphics in settings and look for the “Dynamic Resolution Frame Rate Target” and set this 10 frames less then you set fps cap as it helps in reducing in 99% of the FPS drops.