How to increase your FPS in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Milliseconds make the difference when playing multiplayer in Call of Duty.
All console gamers play Black Ops Cold War with the same frame rates with almost no way to change their settings. But that’s a whole different story for PC gamers since they have the ability to tinker with their graphics.
Changing your visual settings in Black Ops Cold War can allow you to increase your FPS, which can be useful for gamers who struggle to maintain smooth frame rates while gaming. This is also useful for gamers who want to get the most out of their monitors at high refresh rate.
There are a few methods you can try to increase your FPS in Black Ops Cold War. Of all the methods discussed in this article, changing your game settings should provide the best results, while other methods will yield lower FPS returns.
Adjust your game settings
When you first load into Black Ops Cold War, the game will automatically optimize your settings according to your hardware. Your default settings will be set to provide the best performance while maintaining a decent level of visual quality, which leaves room for improvement.
If you are looking to increase your FPS in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll need to turn off some video settings while lowering others to let your system focus on performance.
The settings below have been optimized for best performance, but you can always make personal changes based on your hardware.
- Display mode: Full screen
- Playing Black Ops Cold War Windowed mode is more convenient if you quit the game frequently, but it will force your system to show other apps while you play. Using full screen will allow your system to focus only on Black Ops Cold War, helping you keep your frames
- Refresh rate: The native refresh rate of your monitor.
- V-Sync gameplay: Disabled
- V-Sync menu: Disabled
- V-Sync is typically used by gamers who experience screen tearing. Although V-Sync does a great job of fixing the issue, it does cause input lag, which is a huge no for competitive gamers.
- Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
- Display resolution: The native resolution of your monitor
- Keeping your resolution at native values will be the way to go for the best viewing experience. If you still can’t average smooth frame rates even on the lowest settings, you can try lowering your resolution. Black Ops Cold War will look noticeably worse when you start lowering your resolution, but it can give you a decent boost in FPS, as it will lighten up your system tremendously.
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Field of view: 100
- Field of View adjusts a player’s vision. Higher values mean you will see more of your surroundings. Setting it to 100 is usually the answer, but if you need even more frames you can also try lowering this setting, as seeing less of your surroundings means you’ll have fewer objects to render.
- ADS Field of View: Affected
- Frame rate: Don’t be unlimited
- Letting your frames go wild might sound like a good idea, but if your rig doesn’t have the proper cooling system in place, it can start to overheat. It’s generally a good idea to use your monitor’s refresh rate as a benchmark when setting your frame rate.
- Reduced Game Frame Rate Limit: 60
- Texture quality: moo
- Model quality: moo
- Quality of special effects: moo
- Screen Space Reflection: moo
- Object view distance: moo
- Volumetric lighting: moo
- Shade quality: moo
- Keeping your graphics settings low will cause Black Ops Cold War look much worse. However, the performance gains might be worth it, as these tweaks should net you a decent amount of extra frames.
- Dynamic Shadows: All
- Special Effect Shadows: Disabled
- Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
- Local ray tracing shadows: Disabled
- Shadows can turn into great tools and allow players to spot enemies on rare occasions. However, the number of times they will actually make a difference will be relatively limited, meaning you may benefit more from the performance boost you would get by disabling them.
- Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion: Disabled
- Nvidia DLSS: Quality
- Ambient occlusion quality: Disabled
- Motion blur: Disabled
- Motion blur quality: moo
- Motion Blur makes games feel more realistic, but the added immersion can make it harder to spot enemies and cost you some frames. Disabling motion blur will allow you to spot enemies more accurately and also net you a few extra frames.
- Underground diffusion: Enabled
- Control independent transparency: Disabled
- VRAM Usage Target: Low (70%)
- Display Gamma: Computer (sRGB)
Check your background processes
Your images can drop significantly if your PC tries to allocate its limited resources to perform more than one task. There will be a noticeable performance hit if a malicious background process starts downloading and updating while you are playing Black Ops Cold War.
Before you start playing, go through your task manager and make sure there are no unnecessary programs. Turn off anything non-gaming, even your browser, to let your PC focus on Black Ops Cold War.
Optimize Windows for Gaming
Microsoft adds various features that make life easier for users with each patch. However, some of them can have the opposite effect on players.
Xbox Game Bar, for example, sounds like a useful feature, but it’s one of the main settings gamers turn off to boost performance.
If you’re unfamiliar with Windows settings, there are plenty of guides online that help gamers optimize their operating systems for gaming. Make sure you don’t change anything on Regedit, as these changes can have permanent effects that you may not be able to fix later.