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Call of Duty Blackout: Best FPS settings guide

A list of settings to help you optimise COD Blackout on PC.

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Our COD Blackout Best Settings guide contains a list of the best PC graphics you need to boost your FPS and make your game look sharper.

If you’re aiming to get ahead of the competition in Call of Duty’s Blackout mode, then one of the first things you’ll want to do is get your setup just right. Sure, you can up your tactical awareness, but if you’ve not got the right tools and settings in place you’re only hamstringing your potential for improvement.

For those who aren’t used to tinkering with the innards of their PCs or tweaking graphics settings in their favourite games, knowing how to go about the process of boosting FPS will be a tricky task to undertake.

Fortunately, all of these things aren’t nearly as hard as they may seem initially, and we’ve put together a guide for newcomers - and even hardened veterans of the COD franchise - to help achieve buttery smooth FPS so you won’t miss a beat in battle.

Best Competitive PC Settings

Here’s what settings you’ll need to tweak in order to get the best performance out of your PC.

  • First of all, load up Blackout.
  • Head into the Graphics menu.
  • Go to the Display tab.
  • Set Display Mode to Fullscreen.
  • Set Display Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution (likely 1920x1080).
  • Set Render Resolution to 100.
  • Set Gameplay Framerate Limit to Unlimited.
  • Head into the Details and Textures tab next.
  • Set Texture Quality to Low/Medium for lower end PCs. You can go higher if you’ve got a powerful system, but be aware that you’ll be sacrificing a little FPS for a better looking game.
  • Set special Effect Quality to Very Low/Low if you’re on a budget system as this can save you a couple of FPS.
  • Set Texture Filtering Quality to Low or Medium.
  • Set Model Quality to Low or Medium.
  • Set Shadow Quality to Low as it uses a lot of resources and can save you some serious FPS.
  • Set Screen Space Reflections to Off as it’ll save you some big FPS.
  • Turn Dynamic Shadows off.
  • Set Weapon Shadow to Off.
  • Set Anti-Aliasing Quality to Very Low, Low or Medium depending on your system. Going Very Low won’t make the game look great, but it’ll boost your FPS.
  • Turn Ambient Occlusion Off, or go up to Medium if you can.
  • Set Motion Blur to Off.
  • Turn Subsurface Scattering On.
  • Set Order Independent Transparency to Off, or bump it up to Medium if your rig can handle it.

These are by no means definitive settings for all set-ups, as it’ll largely depend on your system’s power. Play around with some of these settings and see what works for you!

Best Nvidia Settings

If you’ve got an Nvidia graphics card then there are a few extra steps you can take to further optimise your system to run Blackout. Here’s what you’ll have to do:

  • Open NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to Manage 3D Settings.
  • Click on the Program Settings tab and find Call of Duty Black Ops 4. If you can't find it, click on Add and scroll down until you find it.
  • Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
  • Set Monitor Technology to G-SYNC (if you've got a G-SYNC compatible monitor).
  • Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode.
  • Set Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance.
  • Turn Vertical Sync off.
  • Enable Threaded Optimisation.
  • Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest Available.

Other things to consider

Finally, it’s worth taking note of a few other factors that might affect your FPS, or create some odd hitches in-game like stuttering - even if you’ve got the optimal settings all turned on.

Drivers

Make sure your graphics card drivers are all bang up to date as this can impact performance significantly.

Both Nvidia and AMD regularly update their drivers, so make sure you’re checking your Windows notifications tab, GeForce Experience, AMD Crimson or their official websites just in case you’ve missed out on a crucial download!

Close your browser

If your PC’s a budget system then chances are you don’t have a CPU that’s powerful enough to run both a game like Call of Duty Blackout, and keep your thousands of tabs open at the same time.

Keeping the likes of Google Chrome open can tank your FPS, so just close it before heading into game!

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