Modern Warfare 3 Optimal Video Settings for Performance and FPS

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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Are you looking for the best video settings for the best performance and FPS in Modern Warfare 3?

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is finally here. The game is a direct continuation of Modern Warfare 2, using the most recent MW engine that Infinity Ward has created. All CoD games from Modern Warfare (2019) are performance-heavy, causing FPS drops and other issues for most players.

However, Modern Warfare 3 has improved in terms of visual performance and FPS. It can be improved further by fine-tuning or using optimal settings that consume less VRAM and deliver the best performance and FPS. Let’s look at all the in-game video settings that provide the best performance and maximum FPS.

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Optimal Video Settings for Performance and FPS in Modern Warfare 3

To change in-game settings, players must head to the Settings tab, then move to the Video Settings section and apply the following settings to get the best performance and FPS:

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • Dynamic Resolution: Off
  • Upscaling: DLSS on RTX/ XeSS
  • VRAM Scale Target: 80
  • Variable Rate Shading: Off with DLSS/XeSS
  • Texture Resolution: Normal
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Normal
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Detail Quality Level: Normal
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts: On
  • Persistent Effects: Off
  • Shader Quality: Medium
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: On
  • Local Texture Streaming Quality: Normal
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Screen Space Shadows: Low
  • Ambient Occlusion: Statis objects (GTAO)
  • Screen Space Reflections: Normal
  • Static Reflection Quality: Low
  • Tessellation: Near
  • Terrain Memory: Medium
  • Volumetric Quality: Low
  • Deferred Physics Quality: Low
  • Weather Grid Volumes: Normal
  • Water Quality: Wave Wetness

After changing these settings, you can head to the in-game Benchmark setting mode to simulate an in-game combat sequence and check out the FPS and performance level of the video settings mentioned above.

Modern Warfare 3 Video Settings
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If you’re looking for a more in-depth FPS tuning guide to fine-tune your setup for Modern Warfare 3, we recommend you check out our FPS Increase Guide. Also, if you’re a PS5 user, check out our 120 FPS Guide to get the best performance on the console.

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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.