With COD Black Ops Cold War available, many players are looking for tweaks to dramatically boost FPS and increase the performance. If you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place. Here in this article, we’ll walk you through several methods to increase FPS for your game.

Try these methods

You may not need to try all of the methods below; just work from the top down until you find the ones that help you improve your FPS.

  1. Update your graphics drivers
  2. Close programs running in the background
  3. Disable fullscreen optimizations
  4. Disable overlays
  5. Optimize Windows 10 for gaming and performance
  6. Set priority to high
  7. Change NVIDIA graphics card settings
  8. Change in-game settings

Method 1: Update your graphics drivers

Game performance, such as slow frame rates or occasional slow frames, can be caused by an outdated or faulted graphics driver. So to boost your FPS, you need to update your graphics drivers.

There are two ways you can update your graphics drivers:

Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way because you need to find exactly the right driver online, download it and install it step by step.

OR

Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Option 1 – Manually update your graphics drivers

NVIDIA and AMD keep updating drivers. To get them, you need to go to the official websites, find the correct drivers, and download them manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the drivers, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers.

Update NVIDIA graphics drivers

To update the NVIDIA graphics card, all you have to do is open up Geforce Experience and check to see if there’s an update.

OR through NVIDIA Control Panel

1) Right-click on your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel

open NVIDIA Control Panel update graphics drivers

2) When the window opens, click Help > System Information.

check for system information through NVIDIA Control Panel

3) Now you can check your current Driver version.

check for system information through NVIDIA Control Panel

4) Navigate to the NVIDIA Driver Downloads page.

5) Now simply punch in your graphics card type, series, product, OS, download type, and language. Then click SEARCH.

NVIDIA Driver Downloads page

After this, you’ll see the latest version of your graphics card driver available for your current setup. If the version shown on the page isn’t the one you’re running, you’re supposed to click DOWNLOAD to download and install the latest version manually.

download NVIDIA graphics drivers

Option 2 – Automatically update your drivers

As described above, manually updating graphics drivers does take some time and patience. Also if you encounter other issues related to drivers updates while playing the game in the future, you’ll again have to bother downloading and installing the latest drivers on your own. So to save your time, we highly recommend using Driver Easy as your best pick for drivers updates.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running or risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

update drivers automatically

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

update drivers automatically with Driver Easy
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating your drivers, restart your computer and launch your game to check if you can get higher FPS.


Method 2: Close programs running in the background

Programs like browsers, game launchers, anti-virus software are CPU intensive. So if you have them running when playing the game, you’re most likely to get lower FPS. To fix that, you should end programs that you don’t need to be running when in-game. Here’s how you can do this:

1) Right-click on the taskbar. Then select Task Manager from the list of options.

open task manager from the taskbar

2) In the Processes tab, check the programs that are using more CPU from the list. Then right-click on those programs and select End task.

check cpu usage and end the tasks that are using more cpu

3) In the Startup tab, you can additionally prevent some programs from starting up on system boot. This will lower your overall cpu usage when using your PC.

stop-programs-running-at-startup

After you’ve done these, try launching your game to check if it works. If it doesn’t, try the next fix.


Method 3: Disable fullscreen optimizations

Fullscreen Optimizations was designed for gamers to take up the entire screen, run at full speed, support fast alt-tab switching, and support overlays. But certain games, such as Call of Duty, are particularly affected by low FPS issues when you enable fullscreen optimizations. So to fix it, you need to disable it.

1) Open your Battle.net launcher and Navigate to the game Call of Duty: BOCW.

the-game-call-of-duty-in-Battle.net-launcher

2) Click on the Options menu and select Show in Explorer.

This will bring you to the installation directory of your game.

3) Double-click on the folder Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Beta.

call of duty black ops cold war in the installation directory

4) Now navigate to Black Ops Cold War Launcher. Right-click on it and select Properties.

5) Select the tab Compatibility. Make sure Disable full-screen optimisations has been checked. Then click Change high DPI settings.

disable fullscreen optimizations and high DPI settings

6) Make sure Override high DPI scaling behaviour has been checked. Then click OK.

disable high DPI settings

7) Click Apply > OK.

disable fullscreen optimizations and high DPI settings

Then repeat the steps for BlackOpsColdWar application.

BlackOpsColdWar application

After disabling fullscreen optimizations, you’re supposed to get better performance. If that didn’t work, move on to the next fix.


Method 4: Disable overlays

It’s very important to remove all those overlays, Steam, Discord or whatever overlay you’re using. It’s usually causing some issues like stuttering and thus affecting your performance.

You can disable overlays on Steam, Geforce Experience and Discord by following the instructions below:

Disable Steam overlay

1) Launch the Steam client and select the tab LIBRARY.

2) Right-click on the game you’re using overlay and select Properties.

3) Select GENERAL and uncheck the box Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

disable steam overlay

After applying the changes, exit Steam and run your game to see if this fixed the issue.

Disable Geforce Experience in-game overlay

1) Click on the Settings icon.

disable overlay Death Stranding crash

2) Under the GENERAL tab, scroll down and switch IN-GAME OVERLAY to OFF.

disable overlay Geforce Experience Death Stranding crash

After you’ve applied the changes, remember to quit the app.

Disable Discord Overlay

If you have Discord running, you can disable overlay by following these steps:

1) Click on the Users Settings icon.

2) Click on Overlay and switch Enable in-game overlay to OFF.

disable overlay Discord Death Stranding crash

After applying the changes, quit Discord.


Method 5: Optimize Windows 10 for gaming and performance

If you’re a Windows 10 user, you will have Game Mode turned on by default. It’s a feature that was supposed to make gaming a much better experience. But many PC gamers have noticed that with Game Mode enabled, many games actually encountered poorer frame rates, stutters, and freezes. So to increase your FPS, you need to turn off the game mode.

Here’s how you can do this:

1) In your Search bar, type game mode settings. Click Game Mode Settings from the results.

game modes settings windows black ops cold war

2) Click to toggle Game mode Off.

toggle game mode off

3) Select the Captures tab, make sure to additionally disable the Background recording option.

disable background recording

After applying the changes, launch your game to check if you have higher FPS.


Method 6: Set priority to high

“Priority” has something to do with CPU resources and RAM allocation. So if you still have to have many programs running, you can set priority to high in order to increase FPS and also get rid of stuttering. Here’s how you can do this:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key windows logo keyand at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type taskmgr, then press Enter on your keyboard.

open task manager


3) In the Processes tab, navigate to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. Right-click it and select Go to details.

set priority to high

4) In the Details tab, the BlackOpsColdWar.exe program should be highlighted. Simply right click it and select Set priority > High.

set priority to high call of duty black ops cold war

5) Click Change priority.

change priority call of duty black ops cold war

This will in turn allocate more resources to playing the game and should increase your performance especially if you have other programs running in the background.

After applying the changes, launch your game to check if you get higher FPS.


Method 7: Change NVIDIA graphics card settings

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can increase your game FPS by optimizing NVIDIA Control Panel settings. Simply follow the instructions below to do this:

1) From your desktop, right-click on the empty space and select NVIDIA Control Panel.

2) From the left panel, click Manage 3D settings. Then select the tab Program Settings. Click Add to select to add a program to customize and then add Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War from the program list. Now click Add Selected Program.

3) Now you need to change a few settings:

Make sure that CUDA setting is set to your main GPU.

Scroll down and set the Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance.

 set the Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance

And set the Texture filtering Quality to Performance.

set the Texture filtering Quality to Performance

After you’ve made these changes, try playing your game to check if it helps.


Method 8: Change in-game settings

The in-game settings by default may not always give you the best possible result for your game. Some changes can really make a difference when you want to have higher FPS.

Here are the best settings for your game, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War:

1) GRAPHICS SETTINGS

First, in the HARDWARE section:

For the Display mode, make sure you’re playing Fullscreen. We suggest not going with windowed or borderless mode because you might lose a couple of FPS and also you can get some stuttering.

Also, remember to disable Gameplay V-Sync and Menu V-Sync. Disabling them can prevent input lag.

graphics settings call of duty black ops cold war

Second, in the DETAILS & TEXTURES section:

Reduce the Texture Quality and Texture Filtering Quality to Low/ Medium depending on your system specs.
Disable Screen Space Reflection.
And set the Object View Distance to High.

DETAILS & TEXTURE section in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

Third, in the ADVANCED section:

In case you’re getting random lag on a high-end system, then you should Restart Shaders Compilation, which will take about one minute to complete.

restart shaders compilation Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War low fps

2) INTERFACE SETTINGS

In the TELEMETRY section:

Make sure that you’re showing your FPS Counter, GPU Temperature, GPU Clock, GPU Time, CPU Time, VRAM Usage, and System Clock. Everything needs to be as Shown. You need to have a look at your GPU temperature. If your GPU gets a high temperature, you probably have some throttle. This is why you’re losing FPS. So if your GPU is overheating, you should check if it’s caused by poor ventilation or by dust accumulating on the vents, fans, and heat sinks.

fix Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War low FPS

So these are the methods you can try to dramatically boost your FPS and improve your performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. And most of these tweaks also work for other PC games.

If you any ideas or questions, please leave us a comment below.

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