Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PC Performance Review & Setup Guide | Introduction – Another year another Call of Duty | Software
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The Call of Duty series has been one of the best gaming franchises for over a decade, delivering solid FPS combat that has maintained its popularity over the long haul. Love it or hate it, the Call of Duty franchise needs to do something right to stay as popular for as long as it has been.
In 2019, Infinity Ward rebooted its Call of Duty Modern Warfare series, and the latest Call of Duty entry, Modern Warfare 2, is the successor to that game. Modern Warfare brought with it Call of Duty Warzone, and it also brought with it one of the best Call of Duty campaigns in recent years. The game also added new technologies to the Call of Duty franchise, such as ray tracing and a host of under-the-hood improvements that enabled Warzone’s expansive map.
With Modern Warfare 2, we can say that Call of Duty has taken a step backwards technologically. Ray-tracing is out of the picture with Modern Warfare 2, a design decision that makes a lot of sense given the franchise’s emphasis on high frame rates and the lack of ray-tracing support from latest generation consoles on which the game is launched. In that case, it makes sense for Infinity Ward to focus their efforts elsewhere, especially since they’re working on Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 simultaneously.
While ray tracing is not expected, Modern Warfare 2 can be a demanding PC game. Fortunately, well-chosen graphics settings can enable much higher frame rates for many PC users, and scaling technologies such as DLSS can enable even higher frame rates. Even users of 4K displays can achieve frame rates of over 100 FPS with the right hardware and settings, that’s what this article is about.
– Preset Scaling – AMD RX 6800 XT VS Nvidia RTX 3080
– Settings Guide – Which settings have the most impact on the performance of Modern Warfare 2?
– 1080p performance
– 4K performance
DLSS, FSR 1.0 and XeSS
At launch, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 supports DLSS 2.0, XeSS, and FSR 1.0. Additionally, the game supports Nvidia’s Reflex latency reduction technology on GeForce graphics cards. Strangely, Infinity Ward has decided not to support AMD’s new FSR 2.0/2.1 technology in Modern Warfare 2, and this time we cannot make XeSS work with AMD or GeForce graphics cards in Modern Warfare 2. As such, Nvidia’s DLSS 2.0 upscaler gives gamers the best results by default, although Call of Duty’s crisp presentation provides reasonable results with FSR 1.0.
Upscaling is a great way for players to improve their system performance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, especially if they are using older graphics hardware.
Drivers and System Specifications