Best PC Settings for Black Ops Cold War Season 4

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Here are the perfect settings you can use to get the best Black Ops Cold War system performance on your PC.



Frames per second is an extremely important stat when playing Call of Duty, so to help you get the most out of your gear, here are the best Black Ops Cold War settings for your PC.

In first-person shooters like Call of Duty, maxing out your frames per second can give you a big advantage over other players. Higher FPS means smoother gameplay, improving your reaction time and ability to track moving targets.

With Black Ops Cold War Season 4 in full swing and League Play rewards to start earning, you'll want to play your best.

The biggest crutch in the frame output will be the hardware. Here, we'll look at everything you need to get your system's optimal performance when gaming. Black ops cold war No. PC.

Cold War Black Ops System Requirements

Before customizing your graphics settings, it's worth taking a look at Treyarch's System Requirements chart for Black Ops Cold War.


Looking at this graph, you can tell what kind of performance to expect from your system. Our graphics settings assume you've met the minimum requirement and will provide you with optimal settings for visuals and performance, regardless of your equipment.


How to update graphics drivers

To get optimal performance from your system and make Cold War run as smoothly as possible, you need to make sure your graphics drivers are up to date.

See how to update your graphics drivers.

How to Update NVIDIA Graphics Driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will take care of that for you.

  1. Download the GeForce experience from NVIDIA.com.
  2. Open GeForce Experience
  3. Select the 'Drivers' tab
  4. Click 'check for updates' in the top right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to Update AMD Graphics Driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use Radeon settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click on 'New Updates' in the lower left corner
  5. Select 'check for updates'
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Season 4 of Cold War Black Ops

What is NVIDIA DLSS?

NVIDIA's DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology hit the Warzone in Season 3, but Cold War players have been able to take advantage of it since the game's launch. If you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, you can get much more bang for your buck.



Whether playing the campaign or multiplayer in 4K, DLSS will allow you to have amazing visuals without lowering your frame rate. This will set your game to a lower resolution, but give it the appearance of high resolution – the best of both worlds.

How to enable DLSS in the Cold War

Enabling DLSS in Black Ops Cold War is simple as it is included in the tab Post processing effects in Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will deliver most frames, but it won't be as visually appealing, and Quality will keep the image impressive.

Best Black Ops Cold War graphics settings for low-end hardware

If you're playing Black Ops Cold War on the NVIDIA 1000 series graphics card, your best bet is to set most settings to minimum. While the pretty visuals are great, you want BOCW to run as smoothly as possible so you can play at your best.

Here are the settings you should be running if your system is a few years old.

Hardware

  • Refresh rate: corresponds to the monitors refresh rate
  • V-Sync gameplay: Disabled (unless you have a tearing screen issue)
  • Menu V-Sync: Disabled
  • Render resolution: 100 (lower if your system is having problems)
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled (Boosted)

Exibição

  • Field of vision: 90-110
  • ADS field of view: affected
  • Vehicle sight field of view: affected
  • Frame rate limit: personalized

When setting a custom frame rate, you want to set the gameplay's custom frame rate threshold to match your monitor's refresh rate, e.g. 144 FPS on a 144 Hz monitor.



You should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60 and the frame rate when minimized to 30.

details and texture

  • Texture quality: low / medium
  • Model quality: low
  • Special effects quality: average
  • Reflection of screen space: low
  • Object viewing distance: Low (this is a CPU heavy option)

Shadow and Lighting

Shadows affect FPS the most. On a lower graphics card, shadows will be an unnecessary load for your system to work, so it's best to set everything to Low. However, you should set 'Dynamic Shadows' to All as this will allow you to see the shadows of enemies.

  • Volumetric Lighting: Low
  • Shadow quality: Low
  • Dynamic shadows: all
  • Special effect shadows: disabled
  • Weapon Shadow: disabled

Ray Tracing

Unfortunately, Ray Tracing is a new and graphically advanced rendering technique that older systems are not able to handle.

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray tracing ambient occlusion: disabled
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Post processing effects

  • Anti-aliasing quality: lowest
  • Environmental Occlusion Quality: Low
  • Blur motion: disabled
  • Subsurface Scattering: Disabled
  • Transparency independent of the order: low

Advanced

  • VRAM usage goal: Default 80%. If you are experiencing game issues, try 70%.
  • Video Adapter: the graphics card you want to use.

Best Black Ops Cold War graphics settings for next-gen hardware

There's no point shelling out over $1000 dollars for the best hardware if you're not going to take advantage of it. Using the same graphics settings as an inferior rig will guarantee high FPS, but you'll miss out on the high-quality visuals that those expensive GPUs and CPUs can easily handle.

With high-end graphics cards like the NVIDIA 2080 ti or 3000 series, you can look your best in the Cold War and still perform competitively.

We've put together graphics settings that combine Black Ops Cold War's high-quality visuals with competitive performance.

Hardware

  • Refresh rate: corresponds to the monitors refresh rate
  • V-Sync gameplay: Disabled (unless you have a tearing screen issue)
  • Menu V-Sync: Disabled
  • Render resolution: 100 (lower if your system is having problems)
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled (Boosted)

Exibição

  • Field of vision: 90-110
  • ADS field of view: affected
  • Vehicle sight field of view: affected
  • Frame rate limit: personalized

When setting a custom frame rate, you want to set the gameplay's custom frame rate threshold to match your monitor's refresh rate, e.g. 165 FPS on a 165 Hz monitor.

Even with high-end systems, you should set Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and Minimized frame rate to 30. No need for high frames in menus or minimized.

details and texture

  • Texture quality: high
  • Model quality: medium / high
  • Special effects quality: high
  • Reflection of screen space: medium
  • Object viewing distance: Video

Shadow and Lighting

Shadows affect FPS the most. When playing games on a high-end graphics card such as the 3000 series, you can run it at high speed without affecting its performance too much.

For a balance between visuals and performance, you should use these settings.

  • Volumetric Lighting: Video
  • Shadow quality: average
  • Dynamic shadows: all
  • Special effect shadows: disabled
  • Weapon Shadow: disabled

Ray Tracing

If you have a 3000 series graphics card, you can take advantage of the new Ray Tracing technology. It will take an unnecessary blow to your multiplayer performance, but it's worth using when playing the Cold War campaign.

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray tracing ambient occlusion: disabled

Post processing effects

  • NVIDIA DLSS: balanced
  • Anti-aliasing quality: high
  • Environmental Occlusion Quality: Video
  • Blur motion: disabled
  • Subsurface Scattering: Disabled
  • Transparency independent of the order: low

Advanced

  • VRAM usage goal: Default 80%. If you are experiencing game issues, try 70%.
  • Video Adapter: the graphics card you want to use.

How to use NVIDIA filters in Black Ops Cold War Season 4

A number of Black Ops Cold War streamers and content creators often use NVIDIA filters to make their version of the game look much more polished and colorful.

These filters can increase the brightness and color saturation of the game, which is beautiful and gives you better visibility. We only recommend using them on a high-end system as it will slightly affect your FPS.

See how to apply NVIDIA filters to Black Ops Cold War.

  1. Open GeForce Experience
  2. Go to settings
  3. Enable in-game overlay
  4. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  5. Open the GeForce Experience in-game overlay with Alt+Z
  6. Go to 'Game Filter'
  7. Use these settings:

Details

  • Sharpness: 60%
  • Ignore Film Grain: 0%

Color

  • Tone color: 0%
  • Tone intensity: 0%
  • Temperature: 0
  • vibrancy: 100

Contrast brightness:

  • Exposure : 0%
  • Contrast : 0%
  • Highlights : 30%
  • Shades :-30%
  • Gamma : 0%

Your game will be even brighter and more vibrant, making Black Ops Cold War even more enjoyable to watch and play.

No matter your system, you can use these graphics settings to improve Black Ops Cold War performance and visuals on your system.

You can also check out our guide on how to get high frames in Warzone, no matter your system.

Image credit: Activision / Treyarch

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