If you want to make sure you’re getting the best performance from your system when playing Warzone, then here’s how you can fix low FPS issues in Warzone Pacific Season 4.
Frames-per-second, or FPS, is an extremely important stat for competitive shooters. The smoother your game, the faster your reaction time, and the easier it is to track moving targets. This is why streamers and pros spend thousands of dollars on their gaming rigs.
Warzone Pacific Season 4 has brought new content to the battle royale title, including major Caldera map changes and the new Fortune’s Keep map. However, players have encountered FPS drops and stuttering in the latest season.
Luckily, we’ve got some solutions to get the most FPS from your rig.
How to maximize Warzone PC performance
While PC performance issues haven’t been addressed specifically, Warzone’s developers admitted back in February 2022 that the game is broken. They’ve brought more and more stability updates to the game since then, but PC players are still reporting low FPS, frame drops, and stuttering.
Here are some things you can do to ensure you’re getting the maximum performance from your PC.
Use best Warzone in-game settings
You need to make sure you’re running the optimal in-game Warzone settings on your PC. For Warzone, a good performance significantly outweighs high graphics. Settings like ray tracing will be extremely taxing on your system without giving you any competitive edge.
You can check out our full guide on the best PC settings for Wazone Pacific Season 4.
Revert GPU to factory settings
Call of Duty’s PC developers, Beenox, announced on July 18 that they’ve noticed that “players using an overclocked GPU have up to 20% more stability issues versus the general player population.”
It appears that overlocking your GPU can cause a number of stability issues in Warzone, so they recommend that players “revert to your hardware’s factory settings.”
Use NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone
NVIDIA’s DLSS (or Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology is available in Warzone. If you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, you can enable DLSS from the game’s settings which can give you a significant performance boost.
What DLSS does is lower your game’s resolution, increasing performance, but giving the appearance of a high resolution. NVIDIA says you can see an FPS boost of up to 70% while playing Warzone at 4K.
To enable NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone:
- Launch Call of Duty: Warzone
- Open ‘Options’
- Go to the ‘Graphics’ tab
- Scroll down to ‘Post-Processing Effects’
- Set NVIDIA DLSS as either: Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality
If your system’s GPU is struggling, then you could see a massive boost in performance by enabling DLSS.
Double-tap the ‘Esc’ key
At the beginning of each new season, players have reported serious FPS drops at the start of matches, with the game reaching as low as 15 FPS in extreme cases. The initial fix for this issue was to re-apply your graphics settings. However, there’s an even easier fix.
If your game’s FPS severely drops, you just need to double-tap the Escape key on your keyboard. It’s likely to do with the game believing it’s minimized, and many users report that this solution works.
Disable Windows Game Mode
Windows offers a ‘Game Mode’ setting that many players have reported cause FPS issues. This mode is supposed to prioritize gaming, slowing down every other process. However, it can have negative effects on your PC while playing Warzone.
Game Mode is on by default so it’s worth checking if you have it enabled, as this could be a contributing factor to your FPS issues. If your performance ends up worse, just turn it back on.
Here’s how to disable Game Mode:
- Open ‘Settings’ in Windows
- Search ‘Game Mode’
- Click on ‘Game Mode settings’
- Toggle Game Mode ‘off’
Rollback NVIDIA drivers
NVIDIA releases new graphics drivers to keep system performance optimal, but sometimes these updates have the opposite effect.
If you’ve seen a significant drop in your PC’s performance, it could be worth rolling back your drivers to a previous version.
To rollback an NVIDIA driver on Windows 10:
- Search ‘Device Manager’ and open it
- Click on ‘Display Adapters’
- Double click on your ‘Graphics Card’
- Open the ‘Drivers’ tab
- Select ‘Roll Back Driver’
If the Roll Back Driver box is greyed out, you need to manually uninstall and then install a previous driver.
- Select ‘Uninstall Driver’ from the same menu, then follow the steps
- Go to the ‘GeForce Drivers’ tab on NVIDIA.com
- Search for your Graphics Card
- Install a previous driver from the list
Fix Ryzen/Intel CPU Warzone issues
By simply changing a value in your Modern Warfare folder in documents, you could see a massive boost in performance.
Modern Warfare can default to an incorrect value for how many cores your system has, which leads to FPS drops and stutters. Here’s how to fix the issue:
- Open ‘Task Manager’ and select the ‘Performance’ tab
- Click on ‘CPU’ and on the right you’ll see how many cores your PC has (e.g 6)
- Open ‘Modern Warfare’ in ‘Documents’
- Select the ‘players’ folder
- Click on ‘adv_options’
- Set the ‘RenderWorkerCount’ to equal your number of cores
- Save and Exit and you should see a marked improvement in Warzone performance
Ensure your PC isn’t overheating
Finally, your PC could simply be getting too hot and your components are struggling to deal with the temperature, causing FPS dips and even crashes.
You’ll find that your PC gets much hotter when gaming, especially if you’re playing graphically demanding games such as Warzone, so you should make sure that your GPU is under 90 degrees Celsius.
If it’s getting too hot, there are a ton of guides out there for how to properly cool your PC, so consider your system’s airflow, fan quality, and even changing your GPU Thermal Pads.
If you find your FPS starts dropping over the course of a gaming session, consider closing down the game for five minutes, letting your GPU rest and your system cool down.
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