It’s been 5 months since I published my last warzone settings for high FPS and low input lag. While 5 months might not seem like a long time, in the gaming world 5 months is an eternity. As such, I thought it was appropriate to make a 2021 guide for the best warzone settings for PC.
Follow this guide and I guarantee you will improve your FPS by at least 10% which is definitely going to help you hit more shots and win more games!
While this Warzone FPS Boost works best for NVIDIA RTX cards (tested with a 2070 super), those with older GTX cards and even AMD cards can still benefit from the in-game and Windows optimizations. My personal setup is a 2070 Super with an i9 9900k and 16GB of 4000Mhz RAM. Enough talking, let’s get into the settings!
WARZONE FPS BOOST 2021 – GAME SETTINGS
If you haven’t already, then make sure to download high quality textures. If you aren’t sure how to do that, go to your battle.net launcher, click options under the Warzone tab, then hit Modify install and reinstall the game with high quality textures selected.
The first thing we will go over are the in-game Warzone settings. Please see images below of my latest Warzone settings:
For an in-depth explanation as to why I chose each setting, feel free to refer to the video linked at the beginning of the article.
Let’s go over some settings that might confuse people as they are different that what most youtubers recommend:
Display Mode: Fullscreen Borderless
Because Warzone is a DX12 game, it doesn’t have a true “fullscreen exclusive” mode. Instead, Windows has a new mode specifically designed for DX12 applications that lets the apps run in “fullscreen exclusive” when they are actually in a “fullscreen borderless” mode.
The DX12 fullscreen mode is much more user friendly as you can actually alt+tab in and out of your game and use your computer to multitask without sacrificing gaming performance.
If you want to read further on the DX12 fullscreen exclusive mode, check out this awesome article from Microsoft.
Render Resolution: 90
We dropped our render resolution from 100 to 90 to give up a performance boost in exceptionally sticky situations with lots of exposions and animations. While you won’t notice mich of a quality decrease or overall FPS increase when turning the render resolution to 90, it definitely helps out when you’re in the air, driving, or in an area with lots of activity.
Turning the render resolution to 90 is also recommended by the official Nvidia Warzone optimization guide article.
Other than Ray Tracing and Antialiasing, feel free to play around with the other settings as they don’t really affect the FPS all that much. Setting them to Low / Off is best if you are looking for the highest performance and lowest input lag.
BEST NVIDIA 3D SETTINGS FOR HIGH FPS IN COD WARZONE
Now that we got our Warzone settings out of the way, let’s go over to our NVIDIA settings that have the best balance between high FPS and quality for my RTX 2070 Super.
Image Sharpening: Make sure this is turned off.
Even though Nvidia has an article detailing how you should turn Sharpening Off, they must not have tested it because turning Image Sharpening cause flickering issues in Warzone.
Anisotropic Filtering: Application-controlled.
It’s important to note that if we have a certain setting in our application, we want to let it control that setting. In our case, Warzone has an Anisotropic Filtering setting, so if you override it in the Nvidia panel (even if you turn it off), you are introducing inconsistencies which will ultimately cause FPS drops and stutters.
Antialiasing – FXAA: Off
We don’t want any antialiasing as that introduces input lag.
Antialiasing – Gamma correction: On / Off
This setting doesn’t matter because Antialiasing will be turned off via Warzone.)
Antialiasing – Mode: Application-controlled
This is extremely important because if you override it (even if you turn it off), you are going to introduce issues.
Antialiasing – Transparency: Off
Doesn’t really matter again because we will turn off Antialiasing in Warzone.
Background Application Max Frame Rate: Off
The act of limiting your framerate introduces latency and input lag. Think about it, by limiting your FPS each time a frame renders, it has to go through an if statement asking if the total FPS is higher than the limit. That in itself causes an increase in lag. There have been many different tests when it comes to limiting frames and the definitive conclusion is to NOT limit your FPS. Your GPU won’t burn out if it renders extra frames. How do I know? Well I abused my GPUs by mining cryptocurrency at full power for hours on end and 8 years later all those GPUs still perform exceptionally.
Low Latency Mode: Off
This setting is different that what was recommended in my last warzone settings video. The reason being, is that low latency mode is meant for DX11 games. Because Warzone is a DX12 game, you should turn Low Latency Mode to Off. I know personally when I turned it off I saw a 10-20FPS gain.
Max-Frame Rate: Off
We don’t want to limit our framerate in any way. I know some people claim that it’s better to have a steady capped framerate so you have a more steady input lag. However, because I make a lot of content I need the recordings to have the highest possible amount of FPS for the best quality.
Moreover, the act of capping your FPS introduces more latency due to the software required to constantly monitor and cap the game’s FPS to a certain threshold.
Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA): Off
Any sort of Anti Aliasing should be turned off as that just introduces more FPS overhead.
Power Management Mode: Prefer maximum performance
We don’t care about power saving we care about getting the most performance out of our system.
Preferred refresh rate: Application-controlled
As mentioned in the video, if the game itself already has an option that we are trying to set in NVIDIA, it’s always best to set the option to Application-controlled in the NVIDIA panel so that the 3D application has the final say to what that setting should be set to.
Texture filtering – Negative LOD bias: Allow
You can try out either option but I found that with Allow there is lest artifacts and shimmering in the picture. Moreover, the other option is Clamp which would essentially create a filter sort of like an FPS cap on the textures. This is bound to increase input lag and reduce FPS, both of which we want to avoid.
Texture filtering – Quality: High Quality
While we set every other option to Off or Low, it’s important to set your textures to High Quality because otherwise your game will look terrible. Not only that, but if you have a GTX or an RTX graphics card, they are meant to process high quality textures and actually perform better if you set the texture quality to the highest possible setting.
Moreover, we will be using High Quality Textures that are already downloaded onto your hard drive, filtering those textures, even for optimization reasons is NOT going to improve your FPS, it’s just going to hurt your image quality.
Threaded Optimization: Auto
Unfortunately, like many modern FPS games Warzone is not great at utilizing multiple cores. Personally I didn’t notice much difference between setting Threaded Optimization to On or Off. I recommend leaving it on Auto and essentially letting the 3D application decide.
Triple Buffering: Off
We definitely don’t want to add any buffering to our render queue. In fact, we want to reduce it as much as possible, definitely turn Triple Buffering off.
Vertical Sync: Use the 3D application setting
This is an often overlooked setting that gets forgotten about. When the modern gamer sees the word VSync he knows to instantly turn it off. But wait!
Remember that if you have an option in your 3D application you want to set Application-Controlled in the Nvidia control panel.
As such you should sent Vertical Sync to use the 3D application setting and turn it off via the in-game graphics menu in Warzone.
WARZONE FPS BOOST 2021 – WINDOWS OPTIMIZATIONS
When it comes to optimizing Windows, please for the love of god don’t modify any registry values. You’re bound to mess up your system. Instead, there are only a few things that you can do if you’re looking to get some extra juice out of your hardware.
I would recommend the below optimizations for Windows if you’re using an NVIDIA RTX card:
- Turn Game Mode ON
- Enable Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling
- Add Warzone under Graphics Settings and set it to use your Nvdia GPU.
That’s it, you can keep on messing with Windows but at the end of the day there won’t be a “magic” setting that gives you a considerable FPS improvement.
I mean think about this, if you overclock your GPU most of the time you will be lucky to get a 10FPS boost, and overclocking will always beat any software tweaks. So please don’t waste your time tweaking all sorts of Windows settings because they aren’t going to make a meaningful difference at the end of the day.
STILL NEED HELP?
Are you still struggling with FPS issues in Warzone or have more questions? Please post a comment on my youtube video and I will make sure to get back to you ASAP!
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide and I really do hope that it helped you improve FPS and reduce input lag for Warzone.