How to Get More FPS in Counter-Strike 2: CS2 FPS Increase Guide

Mahir Faisal
By Mahir Faisal
10 Min Read

Counter-Strike 2 is finally out. Here is a comprehensive guide on how you can optimize your PC and settings so that you can enjoy the game with the maximum FPS possible.

The new era of CS has begun. Counter-Strike 2, the most anticipated update to the franchise, is here. The game is available as a free update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and with this, the legacy of CS:GO has also ended.

Counter-Strike 2 borrows the fundamentals of CS:GO and takes it to the next level. Utilizing the power of the Source 2 engine is marked as the most significant technical leap forward in Counter-Strike’s history. The new game features better lighting and environment rendering, new responsive smokes, sub-tick servers, and an overall better visual and sound experience.

As CS2 is updated with modern features, it requires a better system to run the game smoothly compared to CS:GO. So many gamers who enjoyed CS:GO with high FPS might not experience the same with CS2.

But you can obviously make the experience better. So, in this guide, we will help you optimize your settings so that you can boost your FPS in CS2 and have better, smoother gameplay.

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Best Video Settings to Increase FPS

Having high FPS in competitive shooter games always gives you an edge over your competitors. CS2 is no exception. Although it is heavier on system resources as compared to CS:GO, proper tweaks in settings can increase your FPS.

The first step to increasing fps is to tweak in-game video settings. Here, we will list the best video settings for maximum fps in CS2.

Video Settings

CategoryOptimal SettingsDescription
Main Menu Background ScenaryAnyThe background scene is only applicable to the main menu
Color ModeComputer MonitorApplicable for color accuracy
Brightness110%*Increases visibility
Aspect Ratio4:3*Stretched mode increases FPS
Resolution1280×960*Lower resolution increases FPS
Display ModeFullscreenFullscreen decreases input-latency
Refresh RateMaximumSet it to your monitor’s native refresh rate (Hz)
Laptop Power SavingsDisabled
best cs2 video settings for FPS

Advanced Video Settings

CategoryOptimal SettingsDescription
Boost player contrastDisableIncreases FPS slightly
Wait for vertical syncDisabledEnabling will lock FPS and increase input lag
Current video values presetCustom
Multisampling Anti-Aliasing ModeNone*None will provide better FPS
Global Shadow QualityLow*Low will provide better FPS
Model / Texture DetailLowLow will provide better FPS
Texture Filtering ModeBilinearBilinear will provide better FPS
Shader DetailLowLow will provide better FPS
Particle DetailLowLow will provide better FPS
Ambient OcclusionDisabledLow will provide better FPS
High Dynamic RangePerformancePerformance will provide better FPS
FidelityFX Super ResolutionPerformance*Improves FPS slightly but makes the visual blurry and edgy.
NVIDIA Reflex Low LatencyDisabledFor weaker CPU increases FPS

Note: These settings will provide more FPS. However, some of the settings can also degrade visual clarity. So, we recommend you change the (*) settings according to your personal preference. For better guidance, we suggest you go through this link.

Best Windows Settings to Increase FPS

Some Windows settings tweaks can improve performance and increase fps in CS2.

Windows Power Plan

  1. Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options .
  2. Choose High Performance under Preferred Plans
Best Windows Settings to Increase FPS CS2
windows power options

Disable Visual Effects

  1. Go to the Windows search bar and type Advanced System Settings. Select View Advanced System settings.

2. Select Advanced tab. Go to Settings under Performance.

3. Select Visual Effects tab. Choose Adjust for best performance options and press Ok.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Applications

Some applications start up automatically when you boot your Windows. These applications use resources that you can free up to make game performance better.

To disable Startup Applications, follow these steps :

  1. Go to Windows Task Manager.
  2. Select Startup tab. Here, you will see the applications that are enabled to start up automatically with Windows. Search for the applications that are not necessary and set the status to Disable for those.
startup applications for cs2
windows startup apps

Windows Game Mode Settings

Windows 10 has a built-in Game Mode setting. Enabling this mode allows Windows to allocate your computer’s resources efficiently. This will help to run CS2 with fewer lags and stutters.

To turn Game Mode on, follow these steps :

  1. Go to Windows Search Bar and type Game Mode settings.
  2. From the Settings, toggle the Game Mode option to On.

Delete Windows Temp Files

Windows saves temporary files on memory while running applications. These files are unnecessary after some period and are just junk files. You can delete these temporary files to clean up some memory and boost your PC performance.

To remove Temp files, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Windows Search Bar and type Run.

2. A dialogue box will pop up. Type %temp% in the dialogue box and press enter. This will redirect you to your Windows Temp folder.

3. Delete everything inside the Temp Folder. You may need to authorize administrator permission to do that.

Steam Launch Options

You can use these commands in the Steam launch options of CS2. These commands will help to optimize your game settings and, therefore, increase FPS.

  • -novid: Skips the game’s intro video, reducing the time it takes to launch.
  • -tickrate 128: Set the game’s tick rate to 128.
  • -high: Sets the game’s priority to high CPU usage, which can improve performance on some systems.
  • +fps_max 0: Removes the default FPS cap, allowing the game to run at the highest possible FPS.
  • -nojoy: Disables joystick support, which can free up system resources and improve performance.
  • +violence_hblood 0: Disables blood effects, which can improve performance on some systems.
  • -softparticlesdefaultoff: Disables soft particles, which can improve performance on some systems.
cs2 best launch options
cs2 launch options

Nvidia Control Panel/ AMD Radeon Settings

You can optimize your GPU settings to make the best output from CS2. These settings will make the game more responsive, smoother and boost your fps.

Nvidia Control Panel Settings

Open the Nvidia Control Panel and go to Manage 3D settings.

Set the settings like below :

  • Image Scaling – Off
  • Ambient Occlusion – Off
  • Anisotropic filtering – Off
  • Antialiasing – FXAA – Off
  • Antialiasing – Gamma correction – Off
  • Antialiasing – Mode – Off
  • Background application Max Frame Rate – Off
  • CUDA – GPUs – All
  • DSR – Factors – Off
  • Power management mode – Prefer maximum performance
  • Preferred refresh rate – Application-controlled
  • Shader Cache Size – Driver Default
  • Texture Filtering – Anisotropic sample option – OFF
  • Texture Filtering – Negative COD bias – Allow
  • Texture Filtering – Quality – High performance
  • Texture Filtering – Trilinear optimization – On
  • Threaded optimization – Auto
  • Triple buffering – Off
  • Vertical sync – Off
  • Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames – 1
  • Virtual Reality – Variable Rate Super Sample – Off
  • Vulkan/OpenGL present method – Auto
nvidia control panel settings for cs2
nvidia control panel
nvidia control panel settings for cs2
nvidia control panel

AMD Radeon Settings

Open AMD Radeon Software. Go to Gaming tab and choose Graphics. Set Global Graphics Profile to Custom.

AMD Radeon Software settings for cs2
AMD Radeon Software

Set the Graphics Option settings like below :

  • Radeon Super Resolution – Off
  • Radeon Anti-Lag – Off
  • Radeon Chill – Off
  • Radeon Boost – Off
  • Radeon Image Sharpening – Off
  • Radeon Enhanced Sync – Off
  • Wait for Vertical Refresh – Off
  • Frame rate target control – Off
  • Anti-Aliasing – Use application settings
  • Anti-Aliasing method – Multisampling
  • Morphological Anti-Aliasing – Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering – Off
  • Texture Filtering Quality – Standard
  • Surface Format Optimization – On
  • Tesselation Mode – AMD optimized
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering – Off
  • 10-Bit Pixel Format – Off
AMD Radeon Software settings for cs2
AMD Radeon Software
AMD Radeon Software settings for cs2
AMD Radeon Software

That’s it! Following all these steps will allow you to have an optimized in-game performance in CS2.

Note that this setting is provided to maximize the overall FPS in CS2. It may not result in the best visuals. If you want to optimize the settings more for a better visual experience, check out this guide.

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Mahir, an Electrical Engineering student currently working as an FPS writer at GameRiv, prefers to introduce himself as a video game enthusiast. Mostly keen on competitive FPS titles like VALORANT and CS: GO, he also enjoys exploring casual story games.