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Best PC Settings for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5

Here are the PC best settings to boost performance and visual quality in Warzone Season 5, including how to use the DLSS technology.

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Frames-per-second is one of the main advantages of playing Warzone on PC, so here are the best graphics and system settings for optimum performance in Season 5, no matter your gaming rig.

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 has brought even more changes to Verdansk ’84, with the Mobile Broadcast Stations dotted around the map and changes to the Red Doors. However, as Verdansk is expanded with each update, players report significant FPS drops.

When playing Warzone, you want to have the highest frames-per-second possible. Not only will your game feel smoother and more enjoyable, but your reaction time and ability to track moving targets will improve immensely.

To get you the best performance from your gaming rig, we’ve put together the best Warzone PC settings and filters you can use to have the game looking and performing at its best.

Call of Duty Warzone system requirements

Before playing Call of Duty: Warzone, you need to make sure your system can run the game. Using a PC that doesn’t fulfill the basic requirements will have the game run so poorly that it’s unplayable.

Warzone system requirements

By looking at these settings, you’ll have a strong indication of how well Warzone will run on your PC.

Read on for the optimal settings for both frame rate and visuals, no matter your gaming rig.

How to update graphics drivers

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

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers.

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper 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 the 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 ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone Season 5

What is NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone?

NVIDIA’s DLSS (or Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology allows players with RTX graphics to see much higher FPS when playing Modern Warfare and Warzone at a high resolution. This technology was already available in Black Ops Cold War but came to Warzone in Season 3.

What DLSS does is set your game to a lower resolution, thus increasing performance, but gives the appearance of high resolution. It’s the perfect combination of visuals and performance.

NVIDIA says you can see an FPS boost of up to 70% while playing Warzone at 4K.

How to turn on NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone

If you have an NVIDIA GPU, turning DLSS on is simple in Warzone. You can find it in the Post-Processing Effects tab of your graphics settings.

From there, you can set DLSS to be either Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

If you’re seeing FPS dips in Verdansk ’84, we’d recommend setting it at Ultra Performance or Performance. If you have a 30 series graphics card, Balanced is an excellent middle ground.


Best Warzone graphics settings for low-end hardware

For a smooth experience, you want Warzone to remain above 60 FPS. However, you may notice that some pockets of Verdansk ’84 will cause FPS drops. If you have an older graphics card such as the NVIDIA 1000 series, you’ll want to use the graphics settings below to make Warzone as smooth and pleasurable to play as possible.

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Display

  • Display Mode: Full Screen
  • Display Monitor: The monitor you wish to play Warzone on
  • Display adapter: Your graphics card
  • Screen Refresh Rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • Render Resolution: 100% (Reducing will reduce your resolution below 1080p)
  • Aspect Ratio: Automatic
  • V-Sync: Disabled
  • Custom Framerate Limit: Custom
  • NVIDIA Highlights: Disabled
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled + Boost

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 144 FPS on a 144hz monitor. If your frames exceed your monitors refresh rate, you could see screen tearing.

You should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the frame rate to Minimized to 5, which is the lowest option.

Details & Textures

  • Streaming Quality: Low
  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Low
  • Particle Quality: Low
  • Bullet impacts and sprays: Disabled
  • Tessellation: Disabled
  • On-demand Texture Streaming: Disabled

When playing Warzone on an older gaming rig, you’ll need to sacrifice visual quality for performance. We recommend having everything here on Low or Normal so your game isn’t choppy and frustrating to play.

Shadow & Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Enabled
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Enabled
  • Particle Lighting: Low
  • DirectX Raytracing: Disabled
  • Ambient Occlusion: Disabled
  • Screen Space Reflection (SSR): Disabled

If you have less than 16GB of RAM in your PC, we recommend disabling Cache Spot Shadows.

Post Processing Effects

  • NVIDIA DLSS (NVIDIA RTX cards only): Performance
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Depth of Field: Disabled
  • Filmic Strength: 0.00
  • World Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Film Grain: 0.00

No matter how powerful your system is, you should always disable Motion Blur and Filmic effects. These unnecessary effects give more visual noise to your game, making it look worse for no reason.

Best Warzone graphics settings for high-end hardware

When playing Warzone on a high-end gaming rig, you want to take full advantage of your expensive hardware. If you’re playing on a top-of-the-range NVIDIA 2000 or 3000 series card, you can crank up the visuals and still maintain a competitive FPS.

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Here are the best graphics settings for playing Warzone on the best hardware.

Display

  • Display Mode: Full Screen
  • Display Monitor: The monitor you wish to play Warzone on
  • Display adapter: Your graphics card
  • Screen Refresh Rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • Render Resolution: 100% (Reducing will reduce your resolution below 1080p)
  • Aspect Ratio: Automatic
  • V-Sync: Disabled
  • Custom Framerate Limit: Custom
  • NVIDIA Highlights: Disabled
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled + Boost

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 165 FPS on a 165hz monitor.

You should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the frame rate to Minimized to 5, which is the lowest option.

Details & Textures

  • Streaming Quality: High
  • Texture Resolution: High
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Low
  • Particle Quality: High
  • Bullet impacts and sprays: Enabled
  • Tessellation: Disabled
  • On-demand Texture Streaming: Disabled

Shadow & Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: High
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Enabled
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Enabled
  • Particle Lighting: High
  • DirectX Raytracing: Disabled
  • Ambient Occlusion: Disabled
  • Screen Space Reflection (SSR): Disabled

Raytracing will be an unnecessary hit to your system, even on top of the range GPUs and CPUs. To get the best balance between visuals and performance, you’re better off leaving Raytracing disabled.

Post Processing Effects

  • NVIDIA DLSS: Balanced
  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Depth of Field: Disabled
  • Filmic Strength: 0.00
  • World Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Film Grain: 0.00

Even with a powerful system, you should always disable Motion Blur and Filmic effects when trying to use the best Warzone PC settings. These unnecessary filters will create visual noise and make your game look worse without any advantages.

How to use NVIDIA filters in Warzone Season 5

If you’ve ever wondered why streamers’ and content creators’ versions of Warzone are so bright and colorful, the answer is NVIDIA filters.

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These filters applied over your game can increase brightness and color saturation, making Warzone a much more visually appealing game. Even though the pesky Roze skin was nerfed again in Season 4, dark-colored operator skins can blend into the environment. We’d only recommend using these on a high-end system, as it will give a slight hit to your FPS.

YouTuber JGOD has created an in-depth guide on how to use these filters in Verdansk ’84.

Here’s a summary of how to apply NVIDIA filters to Warzone.

  1. Open GeForce Experience
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Enable in-game overlay
  4. Launch Warzone
  5. Open GeForce Experience’s in-game overlay with Alt+Z
  6. Go to ‘Game Filter’
  7. Use these settings:

Details

  • Sharpen: 36%
  • Clarity: 49%
  • HDR Toning: 49%
  • Bloom: 0%

Color

  • Tint Color: 0%
  • Tint Intensity: 0%
  • Temperature: 0%
  • Vibrance: 30%

Brightness / Contrast

  • Exposure: 0%
  • Contrast: 9%
  • Highlights: 2%
  • Shadows: -100%
  • Gamma: 0%

Your game will now look even more bright and vibrant, making Warzone a pleasure to look at and play.


No matter your gaming rig, you can use these settings when playing Call of Duty: Warzone on PC, to get the optimal performance and visuals.

If you’re still experiencing low frames, it could be something wrong with your system or settings, so here’s how to fix low FPS issues in Warzone.

Image Credit: Activision / NVIDIA

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 5 Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and Battle Passes.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 5, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has already offered Double XP since it started, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster. It’s now time for another one where players will be able to level up all of the new content at a much faster pace.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 5

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double Weapon XP promotional event will be for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and will officially start on September 24 and conclude on September 27.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up during Season 5 of the popular Call of Duty games.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1:00 PM
  • CST – 12:00 PM
  • PST – 10:00 AM
  • GMT – 5:00 PM

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

This will be a great way to level up the new Season 5 Battle Pass to earn the new TEC-9 SMG and EM2 Assault Rifle weapons and get them ready to use in all of your future Cold War and Warzone battles.

Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

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Best SP-R 208 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

The SP-R 208 is one of Warzone’s fastest snipers, so here are the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone SP-R loadout.

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Best Warzone SPR Loadout

The SP-R 208 is a bolt-action Marksman Rifle capable of taking out enemies at range with precision and speed, so here are the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone SP-R loadout for Season 5.

Modern Warfare snipers are split into two categories, Sniper Rifles, and Marksman Rifles. The SP-R 208 falls under the Marksman Rifle category and is one of the best ones in Warzone Season 5.

This weapon is capable of downing enemies in one headshot, thanks to its impressive ADS speed and high mobility. You’ll be able to take out teams before they know it. Here is the best Warzone SP-R loadout in Season 5.

Best SP-R 208 Warzone loadout

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Best Warzone SP-R loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: SP-R 26″
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Solozero SP-R 28mm
  • Ammunition: .338 Lapua Mag 5-R Mag

Our SP-R 208 loadout will focus on improving the weapon’s speed and accuracy in Warzone. We’ll start off with the Monolithic Suppressor to hide your shots from the radar and boost the weapon’s damage range.

The SP-R 26″ barrel will provide a boost to the Marksman Rifle’s damage and accuracy so that you can dish out pain with greater precision. A sniper needs to be unpredictable and move around during engagements, and the Tac Laser attachment will make this much easier.

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We strongly recommend equipping the Solozero SP-R 28mm scope since it provides the weapon with 7x magnification, letting you score headshots with greater ease.

Finally, you should use the 338 Lapua Mag 5-R Mags since they’ll ensure that you barely need to compensate for bullet drop or travel time. And as an added benefit, upper body shots will almost always crack armor.

To compensate for the weapon’s zoom, we recommend pairing this SP-R 208 build with a close-range weapon such as the MAC-10 or FFAR. This will ensure that you can handle yourself at shorter distances.

Best perks to use with Warzone SP-R 208 class

Double time perk in Warzone SP-R loadout class
  • Perk 1: Cold-Blooded
  • Perk 2: Overkill then Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

If you want to avoid being found by enemies with thermal optics while camping, then we recommend that you equip the Cold-Blooded perk.

You should select Overkill from your first loadout drop so that you can carry two primary weapons with this Marksman’s RIfle. Then you can pick Ghost from your second loadout drop to hide from UAVs.

Finally, Amped will allow you to switch between both primary weapons on a dime, allowing you to stay in the fight no matter the situation.

Most recent SP-R 208 buffs and nerfs in Warzone

Raven Software has not made any major changes to this Marksmen Rifle in some time, but we will update this section with any changes if they are applied to the SP-R 208.

How to unlock the SP-R 208

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If you want to unlock the SP-R 208 Marksman Rifle in Warzone, you will need to get 2 longshot kills that are headshots in 5 different matches using a Sniper or Marksman Rifle.

Once that unlock challenge has been completed, you will be able to make the best Warzone the SP-R loadout to pick your enemies off while camping a great distance away.

Best alternatives

If you want to try out an alternate weapon to the SP-R, then we recommend going with the Kar98k. Its fast ADS speed makes it perfect for quickscoping and hitting impressive shots, but it can also deal with opponents farther.

The Swiss K31 comes with a fast ADS speed and bolt time, making it a fun and effective weapon to push players at close-medium range. You can make good use of its clean iron sights and fast bullet velocity.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 

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Best PKM loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

The PKM is one of Warzone’s strongest LMGs, and with these attachments and perks, you’ll be using the best Warzone PKM loadout.

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Best Warzone PKM Loadout

The PKM is one of the strongest LMGs in Warzone Season 5, excelling at range with a high damage potential and large magazine size, so using the best Warzone PKM loadout will help you find success.

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded has seen a few weapons rise to the top of the meta, such as the C58, Cold War AK-47, and Gallo SA12, especially after the dominant Krig 6 was nerfed.

If you’re looking for something new to try, look no further than the PKM LMG, which can keep up with any meta weapons builds. It’s especially effective against snipers as its ammunition belt allows for heavy suppressive fire.

The PKM is an excellent addition to any Warzone squad and holds its own in BR solos and the Iron Trials mode. Here are the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone PKM loadout to maximize this LMG’s potential across Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island.

Best Warzone PKM loadout

Best Warzone PKM loadout

Best Warzone PKM loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ Extended Barrel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Snatch Grip

The best Warzone PKM loadout is much slower than Assault Rifles in the primary category, so make sure you have a strong close-range weapon as your secondary such as the MAC-10 or MP5.

Stick to the outdoors or hold down buildings with this loadout, and you’ll find squads running for cover as you relentlessly rain down rounds on them.

As this PKM is built for range, the Monolithic Suppressor and 26.9″ Extended Barrel are necessary for maximizing its damage potential.

The VLK 3.0x Optic also helps with range with its solid magnification and hidden buff to recoil control. In most circumstances, 100 rounds will be enough but be careful of using the PKM out in the open as it has a slow reload time.

Warzone PKM

All these attachments, which maximize range, slow the best Warzone PKM loadout down. Adding a Tac Laser and the Snatch Grip counters these heavy attachments, vastly increasing its ADS time and recoil control. If you get caught in an ambush or spot a sniper glint, you’ll still have time to react and get accurate shots downrange.

Best perks to use with PKM class

A Warzone loadout is nothing without its perks, so you want to run upgrades that will help you to survive in any situation.

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  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill then Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

Explosives are incredibly lethal in Warzone, which is why so many players run semtex as their lethal equipment. If you have any hope of surviving a barrage of explosives, you need to run E.O.D. As long as you have any armor, you’ll be able to tank explosions.

When carrying the best Warzone PKM loadout, you’ll need something for CQB in your pocket. An SMG or shotgun will be crucial to winning close-range fights, and Overkill allows you to receive two primary weapons from one loadout drop.

You’ll also want Ghost from your next loadout to keep you hidden from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

As the best Warzone PKM loadout is a light machine gun, it’s extremely heavy. Swapping weapons while carrying an LMG is a tedious task and will probably get you killed while in a pinch. Amped vastly increases your weapon swap speed, meaning you can almost instantly pull out a sidearm like the MP5 or FFAR.

Most recent PKM buffs and nerfs

Raven Software has not made any significant changes to the PKM LMG in some time, but we will update this section with the latest changes if they are ever made.

How to unlock the PKM

Warzone PKM

The PKM is an easy weapon to unlock in Modern Warfare and Warzone, considering it is unlocked by default. You won’t have to do anything to obtain this weapon for the best Warzone PKM loadout.

Best alternatives

If you’re not feeling the best Warzone PKM loadout after some gameplay, you should try out some other LMG’s, like the Bruen Mk9 and the Stoner 63. Or, if you want a long-range Assault Rifle, the Kilo 141 remains a solid choice.

Try out the best Warzone PKM loadout in Warzone Season 5, and you are sure to rack up plenty of kills and wins with this heavy-duty monster.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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