Counter-Strike 2 (CS 2) Best settings for max FPS

Today we will learn how you can boost FPS for the most popular game steam game of all time: Counter-Strike 2. This guide will help you get the best possible FPS, and the gameplay advantage is Counter-Strike 2 (CS 2 for short). So here is a noobs2pro special guide on CS 2 graphics settings to fix lag and boost fps. So without further ado, let’s begin.

The graphic settings and Steam launch options can be edited in Counter-Strike 2 to boost FPS and improve your gameplay as well as fix lag in the game.

Note: There are many CS 2 config files on the internet. I personally don’t prefer using them because you don’t know what will be changed by those files. If you are playing for competition or professionally, then might get banned because you used config files in some cases. Not worth the risk.

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Steam Launch Settings for CS 2

How to set steam launch options for CS 2

  • Open Steam
  • Go to the Library tab
  • Right-click on CS 2
  • Select Properties and then the General tab
  • Click “Set Launch Options
steam launch options for cs 2

Now type the following in the steam launch options dialogue box as shown in the image:

-tickrate 128 +fps_max 0 -novid -nojoy -high

Graphics settings for CS: GO 2

Launch CS 2, click on the Settings Menu on the left, select Video Settings. I will show you how to set up each option graphics setting for maximum performance and FPS.

cs 2 graphics settings for best fps


Aspect Ratio: use your native one.

It depends on your display. Nowadays, the majority of the monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio. Generally, your aspect ratio will be automatically detected, so don’t worry about it. Use the aspect ratio that suits your screen size.

Resolution: Max

Using your actual system resolution for CS 2. The higher the resolution, the better you will see and enjoy the game, but if you badly need a performance boost, decreasing the resolution will greatly improve your fps but will make the game blurry on larger screens so not recommended unless it is the last option and you are playing CS 2 on potato PC

Display Mode: Fullscreen.

Full Screen is the best choice performance-wise. Firstly, it allows you to play with non-standard resolutions. So in case you are playing stretched resolution fullscreen is the way to go. Secondly, r_fullscreen_gamma, a console command, works only in fullscreen mode. Use this command in the dev console by pressing “~” or “`” key on your keyboard and set it for 2.8 or 3. It makes the game look brighter and enemies easier to notice when hidden in corners.

Refresh Rate: Max

Use max refresh rate for a lag-free gaming experience. Also, higher refresh rates reduce eye strain so they are recommended.

Laptop Power Savings: Disabled

Always disable it since it caps fps and lowers performance.

Advanced Video

cs 2 graphics settings

We will review each option individually so that we get the best possible balance between graphics and performance in CS 2 settings.

Boost Player Contrast: Enabled

Must be enabled. It helps spot players in dark tunnels such as the one in Dust 2. Better and much easier to spot people and get easy kills. I personally recommend it.

Wait for Vertical Sync: Disabled.

It adds input lag, and you definitely do not want that for competitive shooter games.

Global Shadow Quality: Low for potato PC. Medium for everyone else

Shadow Quality is one of the settings with the biggest impact on fps. Set it to low if you have a potato PC. For everyone else always medium. The reason is that you can spot enemy shadows before the player peeks. Letting you pre-fire on enemies beforehand.

Model/Texture Detail: High.

Texture Detail has a small negligible fps drop as it mostly depends on VRAM. If your graphics card has at least 3-4GB VRAM, I suggest putting it at High so that the game looks better and you will be able to spot enemies easily using these CS 2 graphics settings. If you have a really potato PC then go with low settings.

Multisampling Anti-Aliasing Mode: Billinear

This setting has a moderate impact on FPS and performance. I recommend setting it to bilinear to reduce lag and boost fps in CS 2. If you have a good GPU Then 4x MSAA might be better for you since it will give you cleaner textures and help you spot enemies better. Only useful if you have a big screen.

Shader Detail: Low

When you put this setting to low, it can help you get some extra FPS at the cost of some visuals. If you have a good GPU With 6GB VRAM or higher then go with high otherwise stick to low.

Particle Detail: Low

Particle detail impacts smoke and Molotovs a lot more than anything else. I recommend low for max fps.

Ambient occlusion: Disabled

Disable for better FPS.

High Dynamic Range: Quality

This helps with color accuracy and makes the game look a bit better. The key reason you keep it at high is to spot players more easily.

FidelityFX Super Resolution: Disabled

I personally am not a fan of any upscaling tools since they tend to add extra overhead and input lag on some systems. I recommend disabling it entirely so there is less processing in general. Helps reduce GPU load.

Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost for Nvidia GPUs. Off for AMD GPUs

If you have one of the newer RTX Nvidia graphics cards you can enable this option. If you don’t then disable this.

On some systems, it does reduce input latency. On some systems, it increases it. I recommend testing what works for you.

Click on apply and save the graphics settings for CS 2.

In-game settings you can set max acceptable game traffic Bandwidth to unrestricted if you have a good internet connection.

Buffering to smooth over packet loss should be set to none if you have a good internet connection.

You can use 2 packets if your internet connection is really bad in CS 2.

cs 2 graphics settings for best fps

Now restart the game and enjoy a lag-free performance and gameplay experience in CS 2.

I hope this article has been informative for you. And I thank you for reading. If this guide did not help you get the performance you need, then you probably need to upgrade your system. I hope you have fun playing, CS 2 settings. Do let us know what you think about our guide.

For more tips on optimizing windows 10 read: How to make your pc faster

Also read: How to make your wifi faster for gaming

See you in-game

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  • This website is called noobs2pro, you say don’t go below 720p but many, many actual professional players use 1024×768 as their resolution.

    Posted November 25, 2020
    • To be honest Most players have started using higher resolutions. 1024×768 is actually 720p so it’s technically in line with what I said. 1366*768 is a widescreen 16:9 ratio. and 1024*768 is 4:3 as far as I know. And pros have really high-end gaming monitors compared to the low and medium quality monitors we use. You can play at lower resolutions brother. But unless you have a really good monitor your simply gonna mess up your eyes.
      That’s just my opinion on the subject.

      Posted November 25, 2020
    • I do agree with what you said. But at the same time many players have gotten killed during tournaments because of 4:3 resolution. They could not see players hidden because of the fov.

      I personally prefer 16:9 and works well for me so I use it. You are always free to use 4:3 resolution

      Posted September 13, 2021
  • I agree with you

    Felix Bajko
    Posted February 21, 2021
  • I agree with you

    Jennine Zielonko
    Posted April 23, 2021
    • I agree with you

      Jackson Violet
      Posted September 13, 2021
  • Very nice, thats helps me a lot, thank you gays

    Apzelus Pizda
    Posted September 7, 2022

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