Many shooter aficionados are reporting FPS drops in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. If you happen to be one of them, don’t worry. Here’re some useful tips you can try to boost your FPS, easily & quickly.

Try these fixes:

You might not need to try all of them. Simply work through the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Make sure your specs meet the requirements
  2. Change Display Mode
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Check for Windows updates
  5. Clean up resource-hungry processes
  6. Change power plan to Ultimate Performance

Fix 1: Make sure your specs meet the requirements

As a AAA title in 2019, Modern Warfare is challenging, both to your game skills and computer hardware. So if you’re sticking with a PC built five years ago, chances are you won’t find this “slow-motion” game enjoyable. If you notice your FPS is dropping constantly, and even worse during a shoot-out, the first thing you should do is to check your specs and see if they meet the game requirements. Because if they don’t, then maybe it’s time for an upgrade.

Minimum requirements of Modern Warfare (30 FPS):

Operating System:Windows 7 64-bit (SP1)
CPU:Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
Graphics Card:Nvidia GeForce GTX 670/Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
Storage:175 GB

Recommended requirements of Modern Warfare (60 FPS):

Operating System:Windows 10 64-bit
CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X
Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon R9 390/AMD Radeon RX 580
Storage:175 GB

If you’re confident with your gaming rig, simply continue to the next fix.

Fix 2: Change Display Mode

Some Modern Warfare gamers reported that changing the Display Mode from Fullscreen Borderless to Fullscreen fixes their FPS dropping issue. You can give this a try as it may boost your FPS right away.

You can do it with only 2 steps:

  1. Open Modern Warfare and go to Options.
  2. Navigate to the Graphics tab. Under the Display section and to the right of Display Mode, click the box and select Fullscreen.
  3. Join a game and see if your FPS gets better.

If changing Display Mode doesn’t give you any luck, you can check out the next solution.

Fix 3: Update your graphics driver

When you’re experiencing FPS drops during gameplay, nine times out of ten you’re using a faulty or outdated graphics driver. That’s also why we recommend gamers to always keep their graphics driver up to date. Driver updates come with not only bug fixes but improvements of compatibility with new titles.

You can update your GPU driver manually: first go to the manufacturer’s website (NVIDIA/AMD/Intel), then search, download and install the graphics driver step by step. But if you don’t like playing with device drivers, you can use Driver Easy to do these automatically. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and installs any driver updates your computer needs.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy, then click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. 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.) 
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

Once you’ve updated your graphics driver, restart your computer and join a game in Modern Warfare. You can now test the gameplay and see if the driver update helps your case.

If updating the driver doesn’t do the trick for you, take a look at the next fix below.

Fix 4: Check for Windows updates

If the last time you check for windows updates feel like ages ago, you need to do it right now. Every once in a while, aside from regular security patches, Windows updates install some edgy features on your computer, which might be a potential fix to your Modern Warfare FPS issue.

And it’s quite easy to update too:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time to open the Settings app. Then click Update & Security.
  2. Click Check for updates. Windows will then check and install updates automatically. This might take a while depending on your Internet speed.
  3. Once you’ve installed the updates, restart the computer.

To install all the available updates, you might need to repeat these steps several times until Windows prompts that you’re up to date when you click Check for updates.

After updating your system, launch Modern Warfare and check if your FPS has been improved.

If this method doesn’t help your case, please move on to the next one.

Fix 5: Clean up resource-hungry processes

Sometimes your game becomes laggy when you have some background tasks eating up your RAM or CPU resources. Before opening a game in Modern Warfare, first make sure you’ve exited programs like Chrome, Discord, Skype or Windows Update that might exhaust your computer resources.

If you’re sure you’ve left enough resources for Modern Warfare and the FPS issue is still there, check out the next fix to change your power plan.

Fix 6: Change your power plan to Ultimate Performance

Microsoft has added a new power plan called “Ultimate Performance” to Windows 10 April 2018 Update. This plan aims to fully exploit the potential of your computer, so it might be a solution to your FPS dropping issue.

Here’s how to enable this power plan:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run command box. Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Select Ultimate Performance. If you don’t see this power plan, please continue to the next step to unhide it.
  3. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type cmd. Select Run as Administrator.
  4. In the command prompt, type or paste the following command and press Enter.
    powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
    If you see a prompt similar to this, return to step 2 to enable the Ultimate Performance power plan.

After changing your power plan, you can then test the improvement in Modern Warfare.

So there you have it. These are the fixes that can more or less boost your FPS in Modern Warfare. Hopefully, you’ve fixed the FPS dropping issue and can start refreshing kill records. Once again, if you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to drop a comment down below.

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