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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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Best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s our best compelte with Attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

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The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and players can’t wait to try it out in multiplayer matches. Here’s our breakdown of the best UGR loadout to run in BOCW.

Even though CoD Vanguard is now in its third season, and Modern Warfare 2 is arriving this year, support for Black Ops Cold War is still going strong. After a huge Zombies patch on April 25, Treyarch have now added a remastered version of the Jungle map, as well as a new weapon.

The UGR SMG is an interesting close-range option, as it’s an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.” It doesn’t have the bullet velocity to take enemies out at distance, but it’s formidable in close-quarters combat.

If you’re looking to run it in multiplayer, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. Check out our best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War.

Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments

Operator underwater using UGR
  • Barrel: 12.8″ VDV Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Explosive Flechettes
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

We kick things off with the 12.8″ VDV Reinforced Barrel to seriously boost the UGR’s bullet velocity and damage range. The UGR is severely lacking in both departments, but this attachment makes it far more competitive in longer-range battles.

Next up, we went for the Spetsnaz Grip to keep the recoil in check and make it far easier to control. Then we chose KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap for a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and ADS speed, allowing you to get shots earlier while rushing around the map.

Many were surprised to see that the UGR comes with explosive rounds, so we couldn’t resist equipping Explosive Flechettes to our loadout. Aside from the obvious boost in overall damage, they also increase ammo capacity which is vital in a fast-firing weapon.

Best Cold War UGR Perk & Equipment

Flak Jacket Perk in BOCW
  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stimshot

We think the UGR is still effective with only five attachments, so we’re equipping Greed Wildcard to use extra Perks in each slot in BOCW multiplayer matches,

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are incredibly important in the first slot, as they’ll keep you protected from incoming explosives and Gas Mines, which can be frustrating when running and gunning.

Next, we picked Scavenger to make sure you never run out of ammo, as well as Assassin to keep the Scorestreaks rolling in. In the final slot, we recommend Ghost to stay invisible on enemy radars, as well as Ninja to help with flanking, which you’ll want to do a lot of with the UGR.

In terms of equipment, Semtex is an easy-to-use lethal, while Stimshot will give you a handy health boost when things get tough out there.

How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War

UGR in Warzone

To unlock the UGR SMG, players must kill an enemy revealed by their Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. If you’re not a big multiplayer fan, it can be earned in Zombies by eliminating 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

You can also bypass the challenges altogether if you don’t mind spending 2,400 CoD Points on the new Lazar bundle.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR

Black Ops Cold War has some powerful SMGs if the UGR isn’t working for you. The TEC-9 and LC10, in particular, remain incredibly strong in multiplayer matches and rank as two of the best weapons in the entire game.


For more, be sure to check out the best UGR loadout to use on Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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How to unlock UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

Here’s everything you need to know about the new UGR SMG including how to unlock the weapon in Cold War and Warzone.

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Treyarch continue to release new weapons for Cold War and the latest is the UGR SMG based on the APS underwater rifle that will be making its way to both Cold War and Warzone. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

Although Vanguard is now in Season 3 and 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has been announced, Treyarch are still releasing content for 2020’s Black Ops Cold War. Alongside a ton of Zombies changes that arrived with the April 25 update, Treyarch confirmed the classic Jungle map and a brand-new weapon would arrive in the “coming weeks.”

On May 6, the new UGR SMG made its way to the game alongside a remastered version of the Jungle map. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

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Those who played Call of Duty: Ghosts may recognize Cold War’s new UGR SMG as it’s based on the APS underwater rifle that appeared in the campaign. The in-game description says it’s a “full-auto submachine gun” and an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.”

The weapon is projectile-based with quite a low bullet velocity, so you won’t be beaming enemies at range with ease. Players were also surprised to see that it comes with explosive bullets.

How to unlock UGR in Cold War & Warzone

Players can unlock the UGR by killing an enemy revealed by your Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. You can also unlock the UGR in Zombies if you eliminate 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

The new UGR SMG has the same unlock challenge for both Cold War and Warzone, so it’ll be up to you to decide which game you’d like to complete it in. In addition, you can also receive the UGR straight away by purchasing the new Lazar bundle for 2,400 CoD Points.


The Nikita AVT and M1916 have also arrived in Warzone with Season 3, so you can check out how to unlock the new Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle.

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Treyarch confirm Jungle map remaster & new weapon arriving in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War devs Treyarch have confirmed a new long-range weapon and Jungle map remaster coming soon.

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Treyarch have confirmed brand-new content is on the way for Black Ops Cold War, including a new weapon and remastered version of the classic Jungle map.

While Black Ops Cold War’s seasons have ended, the Call of Duty title received additional content through an update in March, including the arrival of the WMD map and the Vargo 52 Assault Rifle.

Now, Treyarch have announced more new additions that they have planned for Black Ops Cold War in May and beyond, including a long-range weapon and a remastered version of a classic Call of Duty map.

Cold War Jungle map remaster release date

Treyarch confirmed that the remastered Jungle map will make its way to Black Ops Cold War on Friday, May 6. The new map hit the game at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM UK.

Treyarch originally confirmed their plans for brand-new Call of Duty content in a blog post on April 14, including the addition of the classic map Jungle. When the map hits the game on May 6, players will be able to jump into a Jungle 24/7 playlist.

When this map first made its debut, it consisted of a ruined village and military base near a river in the middle of a Vietnamese jungle. Players could take advantage of its many slopes and ladders to move quickly between levels.

Jungle won over players with its impressive layout and was added to other CoD titles like Black Ops III and Black Ops 4. Now, a remastered version will be added to Cold War’s standard 6v6 playlists in a new update.

New Cold War weapon

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Treyarch also teased the arrival of an “all-new ranged weapon” that players will be able to use in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. This new weapon arrived alongside Jungle on May 6.

Adding new weapons often shakes up the meta of CoD titles, so we can expect major changes after this new content drop arrives.


For more Black Ops Cold War, be sure to check out Treyarch confirming that Cold War won’t receive more Zombies maps as well as the leaked Scythe weapon and its unlock requirements.

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