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Best PC Settings for Warzone Pacific Season 3

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

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Warzone Pacific Season 3 PC settings

Making sure you have the best FPS and PC settings in Warzone Pacific can give you an advantage over your opponents, so we’ve put together the ultimate guide to make the most of your hardware in Season 3.

Warzone Pacific Season 3 has brought fresh content for players, introducing several new weapons, brand-new Caldera POIs, and major weapon buffs and nerfs. With all the new content, some may think figuring out the best weapons to use is the key to victory. However, as always, having the best settings can improve your output massively, especially on PC.

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

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.

By looking at these settings, you’ll have a strong indication of how well Warzone will run on your PC. However, they may not be completely accurate now that Warzone has shifted to Caldera.

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 Pacific

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 Vanguard and Warzone at a high resolution.

DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, increasing performance, but giving 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 Caldera, we’d recommend setting it at Ultra Performance or Performance. If you have a 30 Series graphics card, Balanced or Quality are excellent middle grounds.


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 Caldera 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 monitor’s 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 Pacific

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 back 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 to make Caldera look great.

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: 33%
  • Clarity: 57%
  • HDR Toning: 25%
  • Bloom: 0%

Color

  • Tint Color: 0%
  • Tint Intensity: 0%
  • Temperature: 0
  • Vibrance: 56.8

Brightness / Contrast

  • Exposure: 0%
  • Contrast: 9%
  • Highlights: 0%
  • Shadows: -40%
  • 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 Pacific.

Image Credits: Activision / NVIDIA

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Warzone devs finally nerf broken speed boost attachments

Vanguard SMGs could be built to have incredibly fast sprint speeds in Warzone Season 4, but the devs fixed the issue in a June 25 hotfix.

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Warzone player sprinting in Caldera

Warzone players could move faster than ever thanks to Vanguard weapons’ speed boost attachments receiving major buffs in Season 4. However, they were never meant to be that powerful, and the devs have now fixed the issue.

Getting around as fast as possible, using your movement speed to finesse opponents and break their ankles, is a huge part of Warzone’s skill gap. This gap only got larger with the Season 4 update and the new Marco 5 SMG, as Vanguard SMGs could be built to have game-breaking sprint speeds.

This was a divisive change, with high-skill players loving the new movement mechanics. However, it didn’t last long, with Raven’s Senior Game Designer explaining why they dialed back the movement speed.

Taped Grip on Warzone Marco 5 SMG

Warzone players were moving so fast with the Taped and Leather Grip attachments that they could actually walk faster than someone with a Modern Warfare weapon could run. But, Warzone’s devs clarified that these attachments weren’t working as intended and set them right.

Raven Software released a small hotfix on Saturday, June 25, that finally nerfed these speed attachments. Tully Ackland, Raven’s Senior Game Designer, took to Twitter to confirm that the “Taped Grip (and Leather) are now ‘as intended.'”

Many players were upset to see the speed boost attachments nerfed, explaining that they helped to increase the skill gap. Ackland understood the frustration but said he owns up to the mistake — “fostering a healthy skill gap is a goal, but this was pretty insane.”

“The primary goal of the attachment tuning was to enable choice when building a load out,” he explained. “‘Some’ increased mobility on Taped is still a valuable pick when going for your ‘gotta go fast’ builds.'”

However, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see incredible movement speed like this again, as he teased that it “has good potential for an LTM.”

We can also expect the NZ-41 to be nerfed in the coming weeks, as Ackland also said it’s “not where I’d like it to be right now.”

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Warzone’s overpowered NZ-41 could receive major nerf soon

Warzone’s Senior Game Designer has hinted that the NZ-41 could receive a nerf soon, admitting that the AR is too easy to use.

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Warzone NZ-41 nerf

The NZ-41 has emerged as Warzone’s number one weapon in recent weeks, and the Assault Rifle’s dominance has continued into Season 4. In response to calls for a change, devs have now hinted that the NZ-41 could be hit by a serious nerf very soon.

Despite the two new weapons introduced in Warzone Season 4 so far, the NZ-41 has remained the go-to for many players. The Vanguard Assualt Rifle overtook the STG-44 as the game’s most popular weapon towards the end of Season 3 and has stayed on top of the tree ever since.

This may not be the case for much longer, however, as Raven Software’s Senior Game Designer, Tully Ackland, has revealed that he thinks the NZ-41 has actually become too simple to use, hinting that a change could be on the way very soon.

NZ-41 in Warzone

After tweeting to announce that the Taped and Leather Grip attachments, which were were granting incredibly fast sprint speeds early in Warzone Season 4, had been fixed, many players responded to Ackland calling for an NZ-41 nerf.

One player said: “The NZ is a problem. ARs in general should not be that easy to control… especially at that range.”

Ackland responded agreeing that the NZ-41 isn’t functioning as intended. “Agreed it’s not where I’d like it to be right now. There are weapons designed to be easy to use, the NZ isn’t one of them,” he explained.

Popular YouTuber TheTacticalBrit also messaged calling for a “big shakeup” to the meta, believing that the NZ-41 and STG-44 feel too similar at the moment.

Once again, Tully Ackland acknowledged the problem and admitted that the team may have gone too far when trying to make the AR into a more useable weapon. “We over indexed on the enhancements to make it viable,” he replied.

While the dev didn’t go as far as officially confirming that the NZ-41 will be nerfed, it’s clear that the team isn’t happy with how dominant the gun has been. We’d expect Raven to be working on a nerf that makes the AR less overpowered but still a viable option going forward.

The June 2 update gave the NZ a boost in range and bullet velocity, while also reducing the amount of recoil. Don’t be surprised to see one, if not all, of these areas changed in a future update.

There’s no timeframe on when the nerf could be rolled out just yet, so we’ll have to wait and see what the team has in store for us as we head towards Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.


For more on Warzone, check out the best landing spots on the new Fortune’s Keep map, as well as how to open Mercenary Vaults on Cladera.

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How to earn CDL 2022 Major 4 viewership rewards for Vanguard & Warzone

Here’s how you earn Vanguard and Warzone Weapon Blueprints and more by watching the Call of Duty League Major 4 qualifiers and Champs.

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Call of Duty League Major 4 viewership rewards

Vanguard and Warzone players can unlock unique cosmetics just by watching the Call of Duty League 2022 Season, so here’s how to connect your account and unlock Weapon Camos, Calling Cards, XP, and more.

As is traditional, the Call of Duty League 2022 season provides Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard players with the opportunity to earn some unique in-game rewards simply by watching the matches.

Following Seattle Surge’s victory over Atlanta FaZe at Major 3, June 24 marks the start of Major 4. Let’s go over how you can earn Major 4 rewards such as a BAR Weapon Blueprint, Calling Cards, Emblems, and XP Tokens for watching CDL 2022 matches.

How to earn CDL Major 4 viewership rewards

Call of Duty League 2022 season

If you want to earn CDL 2022 viewership rewards in Vanguard and Warzone then all you need to do is connect your Activision account to YouTube and watch the CDL Major 4 Qualifiers, bracket, and Champs weekend.

The Call of Duty League can either be watched on YouTube or the CoD Companion app, so here’s how to link your Activision account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit Settings
  3. Click on Connected Apps
  4. Locate Activision and hit Connect
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

Then, simply watch the Call of Duty League 2022 season through either YouTube or the CoD Companion app, and you can earn all of the free rewards on offer.

CDL Major 4 viewership rewards for Vanguard & Warzone

CDL Major 4 Qualifiers & Bracket rewards

Vanguard double xp tokens

Players can earn a ton of Double XP and Double Weapon XP by watching live matches throughout the CDL 2022 season.

There will be sixteen 30 Minute Double XP tokens up for grabs in the Major 3 Qualifiers and Bracket, with a new level reached for every hour of watch time. Players will earn a regular XP and Double Weapon XP alternating for each hour watched.

  • 1 Hour: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 2 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 3 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 4 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 5 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 6 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 7 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 8 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 9 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 10 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 11 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 12 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 13 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 14 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 15 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 16 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token

With four hours of Double XP to be gained, you’ll find leveling up your weapons much easier across Vanguard and Warzone.

CDL Major 4 rewards

CDL Major 4 viewership rewards

Vanguard and Warzone players can also earn rewards such as Calling Cards, Emblems, and an exclusive Cooper Carbine Blueprint for watching at least half an hour of July Major 4 Champs weekend hosted by New York Subliners.

Here are the CDL 2022 Major 4 rewards and their requirements:

  • Thursday, July 14
    • A Cup of Joe Emblem (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
  • Friday, July 15
    • Give Me Liberty Emblem (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • Just a Scratch Calling Card (2 Hours)
  • Saturday, July 16
    • Stand Clear Calling Card (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • Tactical Sprint NYC Calling Card (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
  • Sunday, July 17
    • CDL Phantom Emblem (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (45 Minutes)
    • Collecting Fare BAR Blueprint (1 Hour)
    • Let’s Go!!! Calling Card (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)

For more, you can check out the secret Automaton buff, as well as why the BAR is the most underrated AR in Warzone Season 3.

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