AAA Shooters are all about Ping and FPS. These two metrics determine how smooth your gameplay will be. And in COD: Warzone, many gamers keep reporting a stuttering and FPS drops issue. If you happen to be on the same boat, here’re some easy fixes you can try.
Try these fixes:
You might not need to try all the solutions. Simply work down the list until you hit the one that does the trick.
- Change your power plan
- Update your graphics driver
- Install all Windows updates
- Turn on HAGs
- Run Warzone on DirectX 11
- Modify the config file
- Lower in-game graphics settings
Fix 1: Change your power plan
The first quick fix is to change your power plan to Ultimate Performance, a new plan that is not widely known. This plan is designed to make the most out of high end setups.
And here’s how:
- On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the r key) at the same time. Type or paste powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
- Select Ultimate Performance. If you don’t see this power plan, simply continue to the next step to unhide it.
- On your keyboard, press Win (the Windows logo key) and type cmd. Select Run as Administrator.
- In the command prompt, type or paste the following command and press Enter.
powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61If you see a prompt similar to this, return to step 2 to enable the Ultimate Performance power plan.
After changing the power plan, launch Warzone and join a game to test.
If this fix doesn’t solve your issue, take a look at the next one below.
Fix 2: Update your graphics driver
One of the most common causes of game stuttering is that you’re using a broken or outdated graphics driver. In most cases, AAA titles like COD: Warzone work better with the latest GPU driver. So if you haven’t claimed this zero-cost benefit, definitely do it now before trying anything more complicated.
There’re mainly 2 ways you can update your graphics driver: manually or automatically.
Option 1: Update your graphics driver manually
If you’re a tech-savvy gamer, you can spend some time updating your GPU driver manually.
To do so, first visit the website of your GPU manufacturer:
Then search for your GPU model. Note that you should only download the latest driver installer that’s compatible with your operating system. Once downloaded, open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to update.
Option 2: Update your graphics driver automatically (Recommended)
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your video drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact graphics card, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- 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 – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
Once you’ve updated your graphics driver, restart your PC and test the gameplay in Warzone.
If the latest GPU driver doesn’t give you luck, you can take a look at the next solution.
Fix 3: Install all Windows updates
Microsoft updates Windows 10 frequently with security patches and new features. The update process normally happens periodically, but you can always check for the latest patches manually so as to keep your PC in tiptop shape.
Here’s how you can check for updates manually:
- On your keyboard, press Win (the Windows logo key). At the bottom left corner of your screen, click the gear icon to open Settings.
- Scroll down and select Update & Security.
- Click Windows Update.
- Click Check for updates. Then wait for the process to complete. After that, restart your PC.
Once done, restart your computer and check if Warzone stutters again.
If this method doesn’t do the trick, you can try the next one below.
Fix 4: Turn on HAGs
HAGs is short for Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling, a new feature comes with the 2004 build of Windows 10. It’s designed to improve high end GPU performance, and some gamers reported that HAGs solved the stuttering issue in Warzone. You can try the same and see how things go.
- In the empty area of your desktop, right-click and select Display settings.
- Under the Multiple displays section, click Graphics settings.
- Under the Default settings section, click Change default graphics settings.
- Turn on Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.
- Reboot your PC and test the gameplay in Warzone.
If your hardware doesn’t support HAGs, or it failed to solve your problem, simply continue to the next fix.
Fix 5: Run Warzone on DirectX 11
The default DirectX 12 might show compatibility issues with Warzone. You can add launch parameters manually to force Warzone to run on DirectX 11 and see if this helps fix the stuttering.
Here’s a quick guide for that:
- Open your Battle.net client.
- From the left menu, select Call of Duty: MW and click Options > Game Settings.
- Select Game Settings. Then check the box next to Additional command line arguments and enter -D3D11 in the text field.
- Now save the changes and check if Warzone runs smoother.
If the stuttering remains under DirectX 11, you can check out the next fix to tune some in-game settings.
Fix 6: Modify the config file
Feedback shares that modifying certain values in the Warzone configuration file presents a drastic boost in performance. It might be a potential fix to your stuttering issue too.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Go to This PC > Documents Call of Duty Modern Warfare > players, then open adv_options.ini with notepad.
- Change the value of RendererWorkerCount to the number of your CPU’s physical cores. Then press Ctrl+S to save the changes.
Now enter the game and test the improvement.
If this trick doesn’t give you luck, take a look at the next one.
Fix 7: Lower in-game graphics settings
In most cases, you can lower your in-game graphics settings to alleviate the stuttering issue. And for your reference, we have prepared the recommended settings down below. You can change the settings according to your PC setup.
- Open your game and navigate to the GRAPHICS tab. Under the Display section, change the Display Mode to Fullscreen or Windowed. Set Screen Refresh Rate to the highest value.
- Set Sync Every Frame (V-Sync) to Disabled, Custom Framerate Limit to Unlimited.
- Now test the gameplay.
So these are the fixes for your stuttering issue in COD: Warzone. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to leave a comment down below.