CS2: Best Settings for High FPS

Here are the best settings for high FPS in Counter Strike 2 that will potentially double your FPS count.
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Whether you like it or not, your PC performance impacts your overall performance in CS2 just like it did with CS:GO. Just now it’s a little more obvious. In this guide we’ll go over the best settings for high FPS in Counter Strike 2, to help you squeeze in some extra frames and stay competitive.

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Best Settings for High FPS in Counter Strike 2

Update Your Graphics Drivers

Follow these steps to update Nvidia graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest Nvidia graphics drivers from the official page.
  2. Start the installation.
  3. Restart your PC when finished.

Follow these steps to update ATI Radeon graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest ATI Radeon graphics drivers from the official page.
  2. Start the installation.
  3. Restart your PC when finished.

Related: How to Download Counter Strike 2

Best Advanced Settings for High FPS

The video settings menu in Counter Strike 2 has the “Advanced Settings” tab, which is most important for your FPS output. I highly recommend sacrificing some of the finer details for the sake of better performance using the following settings:

  • Boost Player Contrast: Enabled
  • Wait for Vertical Sync: Disabled
  • Multisampling Anti-Aliasing Mode: 2X MSAA
  • Global Shadow Quality: High
  • Model Texture Detail: Low
  • Shader Detail: Low
  • Particle Detail: Low
  • Ambient Occlusion: Medium
  • High Dynamic Range: Quality
  • Fidelity FX Super Resolution: Disabled
  • nVidia Reflex Low Latency: Enabled

The last entry is most important, which is the nVidia Reflex technology, which allows players to reduce as much latency as possible. You can also measure your latency levels using the following nVidia tools:

nVidia GPU Performance Settings for PC

Besides the in-game advanced settings, you can also improve your gameplay experience by selecting the best performance settings in the nVidia control panel in the Global 3D Settings menu:

  • Set “Image Scaling” to “ON“.
  • Set “Ambient Occlusion” to “Performance“.
  • Set “Anisotropic Filtering” to “Application Controlled“.
  • Set “Antialiasing FXAA” to “Off“.
  • Set “Antialiasing Mode” to “Application Controlled“.
  • Set “Antialiasing Transparency” to “Off“.
  • Set “Low Latency Mode” to “Ultra“.
  • Set “Max Frame Rate” to “Off“.
  • Set “Optimize for Computer Performance” to “On“.

I also strongly recommend laptop users to set the “Power Management Mode” to “Maximum Performance“.

AMD Radeon GPU Performance Settings for PC

Similarly, AMD graphics card owners can significantly improve their FPS count in Counter Strike 2 via AMD Radeon software in the Graphics menu:

  • Toggle “Anti-Lag” to “On“.
  • Toggle “Image Sharpening” to “On“.
  • Toggle “Vertical Refresh” to “Off“.
  • Set “AA Method” to “Multi Sampling“.

Adjust Launch Options

There’s a whole set of Steam launch options that you can also apply to make Counter Strike 2 run faster than usual. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch Steam app.
  2. Go to your game library.
  3. Right-click on Counter Strike 2.
  4. Select “Properties” option.
  5. Go to “General” tab.
  6. Go to “Launch Options” field.
  7. Input the following lines exactly as listed here: -novid -tickrate 128 -high -threads 6 +fps_max 0 +cl_interp 0.015626 +cl_interp_ratio 1 +rate 128000 +cl_updaterate 128 +cl_cmdrate 128 +mat_queue_mode 2 -freq 165 -refresh 165 -d3d9ex -nojoy -maxdownloadfilesizemb 2000

Set the Game’s Priority to High

The last thing you can do is set the game’s priority to “High” in the Task Manager. Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL key combination.
  2. Select “Task Manager” option.
  3. Go to “Details” tab.
  4. Right-click on Counter Strike 2.
  5. Set “High” in the “Set Priority” field.

That’s all you need to know about the best settings for high FPS in Counter Strike 2. Stay tuned for more CS2 tips and tricks articles right here.

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