How to Optimize MW3’s Video Settings for More FPS in Ranked Play

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
3 Min Read
Image via callofduty.com

Ranked Play is the most competitive game mode in Modern Warfare 3. If you’re getting into Ranked Play, here is how to optimize your video settings for more FPS.

Modern Warfare 3‘s Ranked Play arrived with the launch of Season 1 Reloaded. Although it was delayed for performance issues, it is now running. Thousands of players are getting into the game to grind up the rank ladder.

While casual multiplayer focuses less on how many frames per second you get, in Ranked Play, it dictates how well you perform. So, naturally, you would like to get the highest FPS possible. If you’re getting serious about Ranked Play, here’s how to optimize your video settings to get the highest FPS possible.

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How to Get More FPS in Ranked Play by Optimizing Video Settings

Modern Warfare 3 runs on the new IW engine, so it is a resource-heavy game which utilizes a good amount of GPU and CPU from your setup. So, to make your life easier, we played MW3 for a while, and after a few tests tweaking in-game settings, we found out that some settings completely change how the game performs.

So now, after opening Modern Warfare 3, head to in-game Settings and select the “Graphics” tab. Then, start tweaking the following settings depending on your PC setup.

  • Display
    • Display Mode: Full-screen Exclusive
  • High Dynamic Range
    • HDR: Off
  • Sustainability
    • VSync: Off
    • Custom Frame Rate Limit: Custom
      • Gameplay Custom Frame Limit: 250
      • Menu Custom Frame Limit: 60
  • Global Quality
    • Upscaling: NVIDIA Image Scaling
    • Variable Rate Shading: Off
  • Details & Textures
    • Streaming Quality: Low
    • Texture Resolution: Low
    • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Normal
    • Particle Quality: High
    • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Disabled
    • Tessellation: Disabled
    • Dismemberment & Gore Effects: Disabled
    • On-demand Texture Streaming: Disabled
    • Filmic Strength: 0
    • Film Grain: 0
    • NVIDIA DLSS: If you have an RTX graphics card, you can enable DLSS for better performance at the cost of resolution. Give it a shot to see if you like it, but we usually leave this disabled.
    • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Depth of Field: Disabled
  • World Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Enabled
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Enabled
  • Particle Lighting: Normal
  • DirectX Raytracing: Disabled
  • Ambient Occlusion: Disabled
  • Screen Space Reflection (SSR): Disabled

Here’s a preview of how the game looks with the optimized Video Settings:

MW3 Ranked Play Video Settings
Image via u/callme-snow

We tested out these settings in Ranked Play, and we found no performance issues. However, we haven’t included FOV settings as they are based on player preference. The max 120 FOV provides more to see on the screen but makes the game look faster-paced. So, we recommend tweaking it between 90 and 120 and selecting the number that hits the sweet spot for you.

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Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.