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CS:GO has many settings that you can optimize to your advantage. But if you are new to the game, it may seem difficult. Lucky for you, I have professional experience and will teach you how to set up the game for maximum competitive advantage.

This guide tells you how to turn off some annoying things and improve FPS. Of course, you will need to get used to the new settings, play a certain number of rinks. Most of my configuration is personal preference, but there are also universal tweaks that can be made to Nvidia settings, key bindings, and more to help anyone beat the competition.

Determining the screen resolution

I’ve played at all resolution settings and my personal favorite is 1680×1050. This resolution makes the game a bit stretched, but it allows me to see the models better and bigger without compromising the field of view. Most players play on 24in. Monitors with these settings won’t have a problem, however, I’ve played on smaller monitors and these settings don’t work very well for them.

If you play CS:GO on 17 inches. In a laptop, you’ll be better off with 4:3/800×600 so you can see the models. However, there is no “one size fits all” so you have to play around with them and find what works best for you.

I have noticed that many professional players use 4:3/800×600 resolution, but keep in mind that most of them are 1.6 era players and are used to it. This setting allows players to achieve very high FPS rates, but reduces your field of view to 74 degrees, while a 16:9 configuration will have 90 degrees.

I’ve been playing 4:3 for a while, but I’ve developed tunnel vision, which may bother some players, but it’s a great way to increase FPS.

Optimizing launch options

Few people know that it is possible to customize the launch options of CS:GO. If you haven’t already, changing these settings will almost put you on the same level as CS:GO power users. There are countless launch options, but I’ll show you my screenshot and also give you a popular one:

screen resolution optimization

My settings are based on a lot of trial and error, but if you want to do something easy, here are some popular settings:

-novid -high -threads 4 -nojoy + cl_forcepreload 1 -nod3d9ex

Here’s what these settings do:

  • “-novid” skips Valve’s animation on startup
  • “-high” prioritizes CS:GO for CPU
  • “-threads 4” dictates the threads used by the processor (use 2 if you are using a dual core processor)
  • “-nod3d9ex” speeds up ALT + TAB
  • “-nojoy” removes joystick support
  • “+cl_forcepreload 1” increases FPS by preloading maps

These things may seem a bit confusing to you. Don’t worry, you only need to do these settings once and then only spend time playing CS:GO.

Graphics settings

I will say as simply as possible: the lower the video settings, the higher the FPS. I understand that you all want to see quality graphics, especially if your computer hardware allows it, but if you’re looking to play like a pro, graphics are the last thing you should worry about. The main thing is the gameplay!

Look at the screenshots of how I set up my game settings:

cs go settings

Here’s what these settings mean:

Global Shadow Quality: this parameter does not solve much, but there is one catch. The quality of the shadows in this game consumes a lot of FPS. If you want everything to look nice, play at low fps. You will also have the ability to see player shadows much farther away.

Model/Texture Detail: This is the number of parts that each model in the game should have. This setting does not consume a lot of FPS, so there is not much difference between high and low.

Effect Detail: responsible for how beautiful the game looks. This setting has little effect on maps such as Dust II, which has no visual effects other than a few clouds and a burning car. However, I often change it depending on the card. On small compact maps it is set to low, and on large maps it is set to high or medium. This is because this setting also determines how far away from the player’s field of view the rendering of the models should start. If you set it to low on large maps, it will increase the chances of sudden models appearing that you may not have time to react to.

Shader Detail: just useless, and there is no other way to say it. In fact, this parameter controls reflections, for example, on glass. On maps with windows (Nuke, Office, etc.). Looking through windows through reflections is difficult, so this setting only interferes with the game, it should always be at a low level.

Multicore Rendering: allows CS:GO to use more than one core from the CPU. The more cores, the more FPS, I think everything is clear here.

Multisampling Anti-Aliasing Mode: This setting eats up your entire FPS. CS: GO doesn’t look that bad once you get used to it. All this setting does is just smooth edges and make textures more realistic. If you have a good gaming PC, you can set it to 2x.

Texture Filtering Mode: Tells the system the difference between a texture depending on the distance to it. Bilinear and trilinear do not have a significant difference for FPS. Anisotropy consumes a bit more FPS because it uses square mipmaps.

FXAA Anti-Aliasing: also eats up some FPS and should be disabled. The parameter finds all edges and smoothes them. It makes the game more beautiful and realistic, but you can also play without it.

vertical sync: Players usually advise others to turn off Vertical Sync (VSync) to reduce game lag, but they are actually missing an important feature. Monitors have different refresh rates, and those rates determine how many times the screen refreshes per second. VSync prevents the graphics card from doing anything with the current frame on the screen until the monitor has completed its refresh cycle. During this short period of time, the video card either quickly copies off-screen graphics to the screen (double buffering), or simply switches between them, or performs both functions (triple buffering). Enabling this setting may result in input delays due to the remaining time in the update cycle. Disabling may result in split screen, where two or more frames are played at the same time.

motion blur: Do yourself a favor and just leave this setting as it is. Trust me!

We configure the video card

A guide on how to optimize CS: GO would not be complete without talking about the video card. Not all graphics cards are the same, so you’ll have to experiment a bit.

Generally, you don’t want to change too many settings unless you know what they do. However, if you’re an experienced gamer, take a look at my Nvidia Control Panel:

The choice is yours

CS:GO (and any other PC game) is all about entertainment. In the pursuit of results, you often lose the fun of the game. Consider if it’s worth it. Ultimately, the choice is yours and it’s up to you to decide what will help you become a better player.

I hope this quick guide will help you improve your FPS and gameplay.

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Shubham, a passionate gaming expert with over a decade of experience in the gaming industry. Shubham has been an avid gamer since he was young, and his love for video games has only grown over the years. He's an expert in all things gaming, from the latest trends and technologies to the most popular games and platforms.

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