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Best Settings for MW2 on PC – Better Performance & Visuals

There are plenty of settings for PC users to tweak in MW2, so here are the best options for better performance or visuals.

The latest Call of Duty game is finally here, with players jumping in to experience the high-octane action of Modern Warfare 2.

Whether you prefer keeping up with the competition using high frame rates or seeing how beautiful Infinity Ward’s new game is, we’ve got the best options!

Best Modern Warfare 2 Settings for High FPS on PC

Before we go into our best settings for MW2, we recommend reducing visual recoil to increase accuracy in Modern Warfare 2.

Display

Most of the Display options will be automatically set without the need to change anything. However, there are a few options we recommend changing.

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen Borderless
  • V-Sync: Off
  • Custom Frame Rate Limit:
    • Press Show More to access the three options here
    • Gameplay Custom Frame Rate Limit: Adjust this for the refresh rate of your monitor

These are the only options that you really need to adjust here. Although, you can make further changes based on your preferences.

Next, head to the top of the settings page and click on the ‘Quality’ tab, as we’ll be adjusting visuals next.

MW2 Multiplayer Soldiers

Quality

  • Quality Preset: Custom
  • Upscaling / Sharpening: Set to your GPU designer
    • Many will choose between Nvidia DLSS or AMD FSR 1.0
  • Texture Resolution: Very Low
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Normal
  • Nearby Level of Detail: High
  • Distant Level of Detail: Low
  • Clutter Draw Distance: Short
  • Particle Quality: Low
  • Particle Quality Level: Low
  • Bullet Impact & Sprays: Off
  • Shader Quality: Low
  • Tessellation: Off
  • Terrain Memory: Min
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off
  • Streaming Quality: Low
  • Volumetric Quality: Low
  • Deferred Physics Quality: Off
  • Water Caustics: Off
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Very Low
  • Screen Space Shadows: Off
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Spot Cache: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Low
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Screen Space Reflections: Off
  • Static Reflection Quality: Low
  • Weather Grid Volumes: Off
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: On
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off

Having the best performance possible for your setup will help you level up quickly in Modern Warfare 2, among other things.

Best Modern Warfare 2 Settings for Quality on PC

Display

Once again, these settings are likely good to go as soon as you launch the game. We’re going to offer a few changes you can make, though, to suit the quality of MW2 better.

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen Borderless
  • V-Sync: Off
  • Custom Frame Rate Limit:
    • Press Show More to access the three options here
    • Gameplay Custom Frame Rate Limit: Adjust this for the refresh rate of your monitor
Ghost walking down a hallway in MW2

Quality

  • Quality Preset: Custom
  • Upscaling / Sharpening: Set to your GPU designer
    • Many will choose between Nvidia DLSS or AMD FSR 1.0
  • Texture Resolution: Normal
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: High
  • Nearby Level of Detail: High
  • Distant Level of Detail: High
  • Clutter Draw Distance: Long
  • Particle Quality: High
  • Particle Quality Level: High
  • Bullet Impact & Sprays: On
  • Shader Quality: High
  • Tessellation: Near
  • Terrain Memory: Max
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: On
  • Streaming Quality: Normal
  • Volumetric Quality: High
  • Deferred Physics Quality: High
  • Water Caustics: On
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Screen Space Shadows: High
  • Spot Shadow Quality: High
  • Spot Cache: High
  • Particle Lighting: Normal
  • Ambient Occlusion: Both
  • Screen Space Reflections: Normal
  • Static Reflection Quality: High
  • Weather Grid Volumes: High
  • Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: On
  • Depth of Field: On
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: On

Whether you choose performance or quality settings, these are the best options to change in Modern Warfare 2.

If you use a controller when playing on a PC, check out the best controller settings for MW2.

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