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Best PC settings for Black Ops Cold War Season 5

Here are the perfect settings that you can use to get the best performance on your PC in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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

In first-person shooters like Call of Duty, maximizing your frames-per-second can give you a huge 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 5 in full swing and new weapons to master, you’ll want to be playing at your best.

The biggest crutch on your frame output will be your hardware. Here, we’ll be going over everything you need to get the optimal performance from your system when playing Black Ops Cold War on PC.

Black Ops Cold War System Requirements

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

Black Ops Cold War system requirements

From looking at this chart, you’ll be able to tell what kind of performance to expect from your system. Our graphics settings assume you’ve met the minimum requirement, and will give you the optimum settings for visuals and performance, no matter your rig.

How to update graphics drivers

To get the 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.

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 Black Ops Cold War Season 5

What is NVIDIA DLSS?

NVIDIA’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology arrived in 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 the multiplayer in 4K, DLSS will allow you to have amazing visuals without lowering your framerate. It will set your game to a lower resolution but give the appearance of high resolution – the best of both worlds.

How to turn on DLSS in Cold War

Turning on DLSS in Black Ops Cold War is simple, as it’s included in the Post Processing Effects tab in Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the most frames but won’t be as visually appealing, and Quality will retain the impressive picture.

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

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If you’re playing Black Ops Cold War on NVIDIA’s 1000 series graphics card, your best bet is to put most of the settings on low. Although pretty visuals are great, you want BOCW to be running as smoothly as possible so you can be playing at your best.

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

Hardware

  • Refresh rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • Gameplay V-Sync: Disabled (Unless you have bad screen tearing)
  • Menu V-Sync: Disabled
  • Render Resolution: 100 (lower if your system is struggling)
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled (Boosted)

Display

  • Field of View: 90-110
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Vehicle Aiming Field of View: Affected
  • Framerate Limit: Custom

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.

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

Details & Texture

  • Texture Quality: Low/Medium
  • Model Quality: Low
  • Special Effects Quality: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low
  • Object View Distance: Low (This is a CPU heavy option)

Shadow and Lighting

Shadows affect FPS the most. On a lower-end graphics card, shadows will be an unnecessary load for your system to run, so you’re better off setting everything to Low. However, you should set ‘Dynamic Shadows’ to All, as this will allow you to see enemies’ shadows.

  • Volumetric Lighting: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Dynamic Shadows: All
  • Special Effect Shadows: Disabled
  • Weapon Shadow: Disabled

Ray Tracing

Unfortunately, Ray Tracing is a graphically advanced rendering technique that older systems won’t be able to handle.

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: Lowest
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Low
  • Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Subsurface Scattering: Disabled
  • Order Independent Transparency: Low

Advanced

  • VRAM Usage Target: Default 80% (if you are experiencing hitching in-game, try 70%)
  • Display Adapter: The graphics card you want to use

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

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There’s no point in forking out over $1000 dollars for the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. Using the same graphics settings as a lower-end rig will grant you high FPS, but you’ll lose out on the high-quality visuals these expensive GPUs and CPUs can easily handle.

With high-end graphics cards such as the NVIDIA 2080 ti or the 3000 series, you’ll be able to have Cold War looking the best it possibly can, and still have competitive performance.

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

Hardware

  • Refresh rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • Gameplay V-Sync: Disabled (Unless you have screen tearing)
  • Menu V-Sync: Disabled
  • Render Resolution: 100 (lower if your system is struggling)
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled (Boosted)

Display

  • Field of View: 90-110
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Vehicle Aiming Field of View: Affected
  • Framerate Limit: Custom

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.

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

Details & Texture

  • Texture Quality: High
  • Model Quality: Medium/High
  • Special Effects Quality: High
  • Screen Space Reflection: Medium
  • Object View Distance: Medium

Shadow and Lighting

Shadows affect FPS the most. When playing on a high-end graphics card such as the 3000 series, you’ll be able to run these at high without it massively affecting your performance.

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

  • Volumetric Lighting: Medium
  • Shadow Quality: Medium
  • 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 give an unnecessary hit to your performance in multiplayer, but it’s worth using when playing Cold War’s campaign.

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Post Processing Effects

  • NVIDIA DLSS: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: High
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Medium
  • Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Subsurface Scattering: Disabled
  • Order Independent Transparency: Low

Advanced

  • VRAM Usage Target: Default 80% (if you are experiencing hitching in-game, try 70%)
  • Display Adapter: The graphics card you want to use

How to use NVIDIA filters in Black Ops Cold War Season 5

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Various 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 game’s brightness and color saturation, which looks pretty and gives you better visibility. We’d only recommend using these on a high-end system, as it will give a slight hit to your FPS.

Here’s 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 GeForce Experience’s in-game overlay with ‘Alt+Z’
  6. Go to ‘Game Filter’
  7. Use these settings:

Details

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

Color

  • Tint Color: 0%
  • Tint Intensity: 0%
  • Temperature: 0
  • Vibrance: 100

Brightness/Contrast:

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

Your game will now look even more bright and vibrant, making Black Ops Cold War even more pleasing to look at and play.


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

You can also check out our guide on getting high frames on Warzone, no matter your system.

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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 6 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 6, 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 6 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 6

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will be for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and will officially start on October 22 and end on October 15 with a second Double XP Weekend taking place between October 29 and November 1.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up during Warzone Season 6 and Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

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 6 Battle Pass to earn the new Grav Assault Rifle and .410 Ironhide Shotgun 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 LAPA loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 6

The LAPA is the final SMG to arrive in Black Ops Cold War and the here’s how to make the best Season 6 loadout with attachments and Perks.

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The LAPA SMG has been added in Cold War Season 6 and looks to send Treyarch’s shooter off in style. So to celebrate it, here’s the best LAPA loadout you can put together, attachments, and Perks, and all.

Alongside the LAPA SMG, the .410 Ironside, Grav, and Battle Axe help to make up the final batch of weapons for Black Ops Cold War in Season 6.

To make the LAPA SMG a beast to match up with the likes of the TEC-9 and LC10, we’ve got the perfect attachments and Perks you should be running in Cold War Season 6.

Best Cold War LAPA loadout attachments

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Vandal Speed Loader

To make a great LAPA SMG loadout, we begin with a simple Microflex LED optic to improve its visual cleanliness.

The Agency Suppressor is a tried and trusted attachment that emphasizes vertical recoil reduction and aids concealment. Whereas the 10.2″ Ranger barrel provides some very welcome range and bullet velocity.

To round this loadout off, we’ve opted for the ever-popular Field Agent Grip for a massive recoil boost and the Vandal Speed Loader sacrifices a tiny bit of ADS speed for more starting ammo and greatly reduced reload speeds.

Best Perks to run with the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket / Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger / Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost / Ninja

You only need five attachments for the LAPA SMG in Cold War, meaning Perk Greed can be selected to allow an extra Perk in each slot.

Flak Jacket is immensely useful for overcoming the large number of explosives and Scorestreaks you’ll face in each match of Cold War. Whereas the Tactical Mask is vital to surviving the large number of Gas Mines that will also be placed.

With the LAPA being an SMG, there’s always the chance you’ll munch your way through clips of ammo, so Scavenger will keep your ammo count healthy. Assassin is a nice way of earning bonus points during games and will help you to earn some of the game’s higher Scorestreaks.

Our last two Perks are Ghost, which will hide you from Spy Planes, and Ninja will allow you to run more quietly, freeing you up in a way.

How to unlock the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

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The LAPA is available to players that successfully complete all 9 challenges for The Haunting event, on either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone.

Follow our guide on how to complete The Haunting challenges to unlock LAPA SMG to add this powerful weapon to your inventory.

Best alternatives to the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

If you’re not interested in the LAPA then don’t worry, maybe try out a punishing Assault Rifle like the Krig 6 or XM4 to make light work of your opponents.

And that’s everything you need to build the best LAPA loadout in Black Ops Cold War Season 6! You can also check out our weapons tier list for the best gun overall.

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How to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer & Zombies

One of The Haunting challenges players with opening a Scare Package in Black Ops Cold War, here’s how to do it in multiplayer and Zombies.

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Scare Packages have dropped into Black Ops Cold War’s The Haunting event, and players are tasked with opening one of these spooky supply drops for a challenge. Here’s where you can find them in Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

The Haunting event is in full swing in Black Ops Cold War, with plenty of spooky content for Halloween fanatics to dive into.

Among the new skins and maps is a host of creepy challenges to be completed, one of which asks players to open an aptly named Scare Package in multiplayer or Zombies.

Here’s our guide to completing this challenge in both modes.

How to open Scare Packages in multiplayer

Scare Package and Care Package BOCW comparison

Scare Packages come as reskinned versions of the normal Care Packages called in as a Scorestreak. You’ll be able to them apart thanks to their orange color and the Halloweeny music that plays when the helicopters drop it off.

Coming across Scare Packages in multiplayer is probably the trickier method of the two because devs have made it a game of chance.

The problem is that not every Care Package comes as a Scare Package, so you will have to keep getting scorestreaks to have a chance of one dropping.

There’s also the issue that other players could swoop in and steal your Scare Package after it lands, so make sure you’re in a safe space when you call it in.

How to open Scare Packages on Zombies

Scare Package in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

To open a Scare Package in Zombies, instead of players calling them in they will spawn in a random location on the map every five rounds.

It’s far more straightforward here because you don’t have to compete with other players but just a hoard of AI Zombies.

Unfortunately, they won’t show up on your mini-map, but thanks to their bright color you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking them down.

We recommend saving one Zombie at the end of the round so you can freely explore the map without worrying about being eaten alive.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War The Haunting event challenges rewards

That was our guide on how to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, check out how to complete the Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg, and how to unlock the Ghost of War Ultra Skin.

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