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The best Counter-Strike 2 settings to get better FPS without losing quality and being competitive

 These are some of the key aspects when setting up CS2 to get the most FPS possible and still remain competitive.

Counter-Strike 2 debuted yesterday on PC, becoming the new great free-to-play competitive shooter and attracting, already during its first hours, more than 1 million players around the world.

With the arrival of the new game and its change in graphics engine, many of you may have wondered about the minimum requirements or what is the best configuration to obtain the maximum FPS. In this section of our guide we are going to try to clarify it, although keep in mind that CS2 is a game in constant evolution and that in a few months, they may change some parameters at a technical level that could end up altering these recommendations. Also, keep in mind that we are going to focus on video and graphics settings, as we will dedicate other sections of the guide to how to properly configure the radar or launch parameters for the game.

The best configuration to increase FPS without losing too much quality to be competitive

For us, maintaining the balance between having the highest amount of FPS possible without affecting certain graphical areas such as shadows (which can be crucial to detect the enemy in certain situations during the game) is key, so below we are going to offer you our opinions. suggestions thinking about this balance between performance and "competitive visual quality".

Video Settings What resolution is best for playing CS2?

Let's start first with the basic video settings and the debate that is sure to take place over resolution. We will always recommend playing Counter-Strike 2 at the resolution of your monitor, which will usually be 1080p. It is, like CS: GO, a game created with this standard resolution in mind and although some professional players chose others in the previous title, we believe that it is something that will probably end up in CS2, especially as new players arrive. For the rest, the parameters that we recommend are the following:

  • Main menu background scenery: Your choice
  • Brightness: 100%
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (or the one corresponding to your screen)
  • Presentation mode: Fullscreen
  • Refresh rate: The one corresponding to your monitor, in our case 144 Hz.
  • Energy Saving Mode: Off

Advanced Video Settings: NVIDIA Reflex, Player Contrast...

Entering the advanced video settings, some things have been simplified and others have been added to improve the quality of life of the players.

A little further down you can read our recommendation but, to begin with, something that we believe is essential is that, if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you must activate the NVIDIA Reflex low latency option to obtain a clear competitive benefit, since it reduces the system latency so that everything we do on our computer is recorded more quickly on the servers.

Another issue is the AMD FSR texture rescaling and smoothing system that is present in Counter-Strike 2. We recommend deactivating it because these technologies add latency to the system, something crucial at a competitive level, so we recommend deactivating it in most cases, except if you have a very humble PC in which whether or not you reach the speed rate depends on this. FPS that matches the refresh rate of your monitor.

For the rest, we have looked for a configuration that, as we say, maintains a balance between trying to obtain the maximum FPS, but preserving key graphic details for the games:

  • Increase player contrast: On
  • Enable vertical sync: Off
  • The current default selection of video values: Custom
  • Multi-sampled smoothing: 4x MSAA (Disabled for older computers)
  • Global shadow quality: High (shadows can be key in certain situations, you can lower it to medium on more humble teams)
  • Models/Textures Details: Medium
  • Texture filtering mode: Anisotropic x4
  • Shader details: Low
  • Particle Detail: Low
  • Ambient occlusion: Off
  • High dynamic range: Performance
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution: Off
  • Low latency (NVIDIA Reflex): On