Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Optimized Competitive Settings [2022]
By xen
These are the settings I use for competitive gaming (CS:GO, Valorant, StarCraft 2, PUBG, etc.). Use at your own risk! GLHF
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DISCLAIMER: WORK IN PROGRESS
WARNING: THESE TWEAKS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO HELP YOUR PERFORMANCE. THIS IS SIMPLY WHAT I USE. YOU MUST DO YOUR OWN EXPERIMENTS TO FIND WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.

This guide is always subject to change over time as new information is discovered.

I am not responsible for any damage done to your computer, operating system, or game by using this guide. However, I will take some credit if it helps you :-)

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Network Settings Configuration
Network Settings can be the most important settings that affect your hit registration in CS:GO, especially if you already have your computer set up correctly. So, we will go into this first.

There will be two parts to optimizing your network settings: Network Adapter (hardware) settings and your Windows (software) settings. It is very important you do both of these for best results.

Hardware
Open your Advanced network adapter settings:
  • Open Device Manger
  • Network Adapters
  • Right click your current network adapter
  • Properties
  • Advanced tab
Apply the following values as closely as possible:

PROPERTY
VALUE
Adaptive Inter-Frame Spacing
Enabled
Flow Control
Disabled
Gigabit Master Slave Mode
Auto Detect
Interrupt Moderation
Enabled
Interrupt Moderation Rate
Extreme
IPv4 Checksum Offload
Enabled
Jumbo Packet
Disabled
Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4)
Disabled
Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6)
Disabled
Locally Administered Address
Not Present
Log Link State Event
Enabled
Maximum Number of RSS Queues
8 (Maximum)
Packet Priority & VLAN
Enabled
Receive Buffers
(Maximum Value, usually 2048)
Receive Side Scaling
Enabled
Speed & Duplex
Auto Detect
TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4)
Enabled
TCP Checksum Offload (IPv6)
Enabled
Transmit Buffers
(Maximum Value, usually 2048)
UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4)
Enabled
UDP Checksum Offload (IPv6)
Enabled
Wait for Link
Enabled
Green Ethernet
Disabled

Reboot PC for changes to take effect.
Nvidia Control Panel Settings
Changing some Nvidia Control Panel settings can help reduce latency in your games, if you have an Nvidia graphics card.
  • Right click anywhere on your desktop
  • Click NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Click Manage 3D settings on the left column
Here is the recommended configuration. The most important settings are highlighted.

FEATURE
SETTING
Image Sharpening
Sharpening off, Scaling Disabled
Ambient Occlusion
Off
Anisotropic filtering
Application-controlled
Antialiasing - FXAA
Off (optional)
Antialiasing - Gamma correction
On
Antialiasing - Mode
Application-controlled
Antialiasing - Setting
Application-controlled
Antialiasing - Transparency
Off
CUDA - GPUs
All
DSR - Factors
Off
DSR - Smoothness
Off
Low Latency Mode
On (Not ultra)
Max Frame Rate
Off
Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA)
Off
OpenGL rendering GPU
Auto-select
Power management mode
Prefer maximum performance
Preferred refresh rate
Highest available
Shader Cache
On
Texture filtering - Anisotropic sample optimization
On
Texture filtering - Negative LOD bias
Allow
Texture filtering - Quality
High performance
Texture filtering - Trilinear optimization
On
Threaded optimization
Auto
Triple buffering
Off
Virtual reality pre-rendered frames
1
Virtual Reality - Variable Rate Super Sampling
Off

  • Click Apply
MSI Mode for GPU
Enabling MSI mode for your GPU can decrease your system latency. MSI in this context stands for Message Signaled Interrupts, which has nothing to do with the motherboard company Micro-Star International Co. Ltd., also known as MSI.

A brief excerpt from Wikipedia:

MSI increases the number of interrupts that are possible. While conventional PCI was limited to four interrupts per card (and, because they were shared among all cards, most are using only one), message signalled interrupts allow dozens of interrupts per card, when that is useful. - Source[en.wikipedia.org]

To enable MSI mode for your GPU you will be using MSI mode utility v3. This program is free, and can be downloaded from the following link:




EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION. THIS TWEAK CAN CAUSE BLUE SCREENS AND SYSTEM CRASHES IF DONE IMPROPERLY OR IF NOT SUPPORTED BY YOUR SYSTEM. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT YOU'RE DOING LEAVE IT ALONE.
  • Open MSI mode utility v3
  • Look for your NVIDIA GPU on the left column
  • Under "supported modes", look to see if it reads "Msi"
  • If it shows Msi is a supported mode, check the box under the MSI column
  • Change "interrupt priority" to High
  • Press Apply at the top-right of the window
Reboot your PC for this change to take effect.

More information about MSI mode is available on the aforementioned forum post, and from a quick Google search.

Special thanks to Hertz0g and Drax for recommending this tweak.
Maximize Rate
You want your game to be able to send/receive as much data as possible so you get the smoothest and most instant response. This is a commonly known tweak but some people forget to do this. Note: you need a good connection for this to work properly.

 
Settings > Game > Max Acceptable Game Traffic Bandwidth > UNRESTRICTED
 
Alternatively, you can change your rate setting manually:


  1. Launch CS:GO
  2. Open console (~)
  3. Type rate 786432
  4. Press Enter
The most effective method is to add rate 786432 to your autoexec.cfg so it never gets changed when the game receives an update or upon reinstallation. If you are unfamiliar with autoexec files, please refer to the Prosettings.net guide in the link below:

Loudness Equalization
There is a sound tweak that can be used to greatly enhance your ability to hear footsteps and sounds from a distance. Hearing things from further away can help you have an advantage or upper hand over your opponents. Note: This setting will not be available to everyone. It depends on your particular audio setup. You simply have to check and see if it's available. Furthermore, you may not like how it sounds, and it also depends on the game you are playing if it works well.

On your Windows 10 taskbar:
  1. Press Start button
  2. Type sound output device properties
  3. Click on Sound Output Device Properties when it appears in the search
  4. Make sure Spatial Sound is turned off
  5. Scroll down to Related Settings
  6. Click Additional device properties
  7. Navigate to the Enhancements tab
  8. Check the box beside Loudness Equalization if the option is available


This tweak effectively compresses sounds in CS:GO (and anything else you do on your PC). This makes quiet sounds the same volume as loud sounds. There is a noticeable difference in the audio.

This can be disorienting at first, until you adapt to it, therefore some people may not prefer it. Distant, faint sounds will sound very close to you, but at least you can hear them. You can always go back if you don't like how it sounds. For me, I strongly prefer this setting because I want to hear everything clearly.



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104 Comments
ᴬᵍᵉⁿᵗᴷ Jan 1, 2021 @ 2:21am 
+rep bro, really good. On the loudness equalization section, as you say some may not like this. I am one of those....So my team mate has his set to that and told me to do it, which I did, I gave it a fair bash but switched back.

The major diff between the two settings is pin point accuracy. I know exactly where the steps or molly being lit or whatever the sound may be is coming from on my original settings.

Eg. I was in Mirage and when I was at the top of the steps in con, I could hear steps in what I thought was window to jungle, I stepped out to stairs and prefired at someone running in ct!!!!! It was a really funny situation since it was a clutch and the team knew my setting test situation.
If my settings were as I usually play I would have heard him running down ct and not thought for a second that he was jungle.

Just my experience XD


bolekutt Dec 8, 2020 @ 12:57pm 
+rep very god tweeks but am wonder about bluescren pls reply
how toget the green factor Dec 7, 2020 @ 1:31pm 
+rep
ArMaG3D0N Nov 24, 2020 @ 3:49pm 
and for radeon ?
Kof Nov 24, 2020 @ 1:39pm 
+rep
Lasssek Nov 24, 2020 @ 10:46am 
+1
JamYoung Nov 24, 2020 @ 10:27am 
gave u a mind blown, thanks
wildcard99 Nov 24, 2020 @ 9:03am 
+rep
Px Nov 24, 2020 @ 6:09am 
exelent
B๏̯͡๏ t︻eデ s一 Nov 24, 2020 @ 2:31am 
+nice