CSGO is a game where precise mouse movements and pinpoint accuracy are highly important, like any other First Person Shooter. Here we will discuss the best eDPI for the game to maintain a crisp aim and land those headshots.
The first part of being good at any shooting game is being good at the shooting aspect. To be effective at hitting your shots before the enemy shoots you, you need to have better aim. Good aim, like all skills, require talent and hard work to acquire and polish, but having the right settings can go a long way into acquiring that. This is why having proper eDPI is so important.
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- What is eDPI?
- Why is eDPI important?
- In-game sensitivity
- Factors to consider while setting your eDPI
- Low eDPI vs High eDPI for CSGO
- Setting your DPI for CSGO
- Setting your Sensitivity for CSGO
- Best eDPI for CSGO
- Best eDPI Settings of notable Professional CSGO players
What is eDPI?
eDPI stands for Effective Dots Per Inch, which is the product of your Mouse DPI multiplied by your in-game sensitivity. For example, if your mouse is set to 800 dpi and your in-game sensitivity is 3, your eDPI would be 800 x 2 = 1600.
Why is eDPI important?
DPI and sensitivity are the two things that directly affect your hand movements being translated in-game. You can have a higher dpi with lower sensitivity or lower dpi with higher sensitivity, which won’t make much of a difference. For example, 400 dpi and 4 sensitivity are the same as 800 dpi and 2 sensitivity. So we will be talking about eDPI as it will cover both DPI and sensitivity together.
DPI or Dots Per Inch refers to how your mouse measures physical movement. The higher the DPI, the more your cursor will move with respect to mouse movement. The lower the value, the less your cursor will move with the same amount of mouse movement. All gaming mice and many office mice now have a DPI function where you can check and even change your DPI. The most common DPI values are 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. There are gaming mice that go up to 16/18k DPI, but that’s just for marketing, and no one in their right mind should be using that. Well, I guess you could if you have restricted hand movement due to reasons like an injury or a pea-sized desk.
One thing to note here is that DPI will affect your mouse movements across the whole computer, so a lower value like 400 will make normal PC usage quite tedious. Also, if you have a high-resolution display like 2k or 4k, consider increasing that dpi to 1600 or even 3200.
In-game sensitivity is self-explanatory, and this is the specific multiplier CSGO uses with your DPI to translate to in-game movement. This can be changed from the menu or with the console command “sensitivity x,” with X being a number representing your sensitivity.
Factors to consider while setting your eDPI
Pixel skipping relates to your eDPI being set at such a combination having a low DPI which translates to some pixels your mouse simply does not land on due to the DPI and sensitivity combo. There might be very rare cases at extremely long ranges where you try to aim at an enemy, but you miss the hitbox because your cursor cannot go to that pixel because of your eDPI. You can check out this tool which will calculate the presence of pixel skipping to a set DPI and sensitivity.
Some pros like EnVyUS Taimou swear that pixel skipping is real, while others believe it’s a myth. Neither has been proven, but you’re free to try out the tool to see if you get any noticeable difference.
Mouse Acceleration has been implemented into certain mice, games, and even operating systems to assist in moving the mouse to a corner of the screen relatively fast and in a small hand movement. This is also known as Pointer Precision in Windows. This translates to a fast cursor movement to cover more distance than usual to snap to a corner of the screen. In contrast, a slow mouse movement would cause your cursor to move less distance than usual to make a selection more accurately.
This was intended to aid in casual PC use from the early days. Although it might help with regular use or office work, it is always a must to turn it off if you play shooting games. Because the movement of the cursor should always be proportional to mouse movement regardless of the movement speed, this will develop muscle memory which is the building block of good aim.
How to turn off Mouse Acceleration
- For Windows, to turn off Mouse Acceleration by going to Mouse Settings > Additional Mouse Settings > Pointer Options and uncheck “Enable Pointer Precision”.
- For your Mouse, open the associated software if applicable and disable the Mouse Acceleration or Pointer Precision options.
- For CSGO, you can checkmark “Enable RAW Input” or use the console command “m_rawinput 1”
Low eDPI vs High eDPI for CSGO
Tactical shooters like CSGO are comparatively slower-paced and reward precise aim and accurate flicks compared to fast-paced games that heavily rely on tracking a speedy target. This is why it is ideal for playing on a lower eDPI as it helps you become more consistent, develops muscle memory, and allows more space for hand movement adjustment. Also, on days when you’re tired, or it’s cold out, any inconsistencies in your hand movement will be exaggerated in your aim if you’re on a higher eDPI but will be far less noticeable on a lower eDPI.
It’s not like you absolutely cannot use higher eDPIs for CSGO, you could have desk space restrictions and whatnot, but it is ideal to use a lower sensitivity across a decent-sized area if you want to get good in CSGO.
Setting your DPI for CSGO
Many pro players use from 400 dpi to 2000 dpi, but values 1600 and above are very rare. The most popular option is 400 dpi and 800 dpi, with the former being slightly more used by pros across the board. But 400 dpi is tedious in most cases for regular use as it’s going to require you a full extension of your arm to close a browser window in the time.
Regardless 400 dpi is the better choice if the majority of the time you spend on your PC is playing CSGO, but for an overall rounded experience of casual use and CSGO, 800 dpi is still a solid choice.
Setting your Sensitivity for CSGO
There is no rule set in stone for what sensitivity you should use in CSGO because it truly is up to personal preference. Also, your sensitivity largely depends on what dpi you’ll be running with so if you’re running 400 dpi, consider a higher sensitivity, and 800 dpi consider a lower sensitivity.
Best eDPI for CSGO
According to the settings used by the pros in 2022, the eDPI ranges from 3500 to 376 eDPI but the average used by most players range from 750 to 850 eDPI. So if you’re using 400 dpi, you should have a sensitivity of 1.875 to 2.125; for 800 dpi, you should be using 0.9375 to 1.0625 sensitivity. Note that these are very low eDPIs used by the absolute pros in the scene, so realistically, an eDPI of under 1000 should be fine.
Best eDPI Settings of notable Professional CSGO players
- Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (NaVi) – DPI: 400, Sensitivity: 3.09, eDPI: 1236
- Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut (Vitality) – DPI: 400, Sensitivity: 2.00, eDPI: 800
- Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz (Astralis) – DPI: 400, Sensitivity: 2.00, eDPI: 800
- Nikola “NiKo” Kovač (G2) – DPI: 400, Sensitivity: 1.3, eDPI: 520
- Marcelo “coldzera” David (SK) – DPI: 800, Sensitivity: 1.1, eDPI: 880
- Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (FaZe) – DPI: 400, Sensitivity: 1.7, eDPI: 680
So there you have it, these are the best eDPIs for CSGO. However, it is to be kept in mind that eDPI always boils down to personal preference.
Try not to change your eDPI frequently as it takes a lot of time to build up muscle memory again, and if you’re set to change your eDPI, always change it in small differences instead of jumping right into your new eDpi.