Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: how does the beta run on PC?  DLSS, FSR, Reflex... Graphics options broken down

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: how does the beta run on PC? DLSS, FSR, Reflex… Graphics options broken down

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Game News Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: how does the beta run on PC? DLSS, FSR, Reflex… Graphics options broken down

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta is in full swing, with early access kicking off yesterday on PC. It’s time to tell you about the different graphics options and the level of performance observed after a few games.

The next Call of Duty has the daunting task of taking over from 2019’s Modern Warfare, which was for many the episode of renewal. As is now tradition, a beta phase has been launched by Activision, allowing you to get your hands on some new maps and multiplayer modes. Available on PS5, Xbox and PC in early access for those who have pre-ordered the game, this beta will be offered to everyone from September 24 until the 26th.

Here we will focus on the PC version, which offers some technical specificities. We tested the game on a Razer Blade 15 laptop with an Intel Core i7 12800H processor, 16GB of RAM and a “mobile” GeForce RTX 3070Ti.

What are the recommended PC specs for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Beta?

Before going into detail, let’s take a quick look at the recommended PC to play the beta of this new Modern Warfare correctly. As usual, it is necessary to separate the minimum configuration from the recommended configuration. The first will be just enough to start the game and the second will allow you to be comfortable. As you will see, the title remains undemanding:

Minimum configuration

  • Operating system :Windows 10
  • Processor : Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Graphic card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeaon RX 470
  • Memory (RAM) : 8 GB
  • Disk space : 25 GB of free space

Recommended Setup

  • Operating system :Windows 10
  • Processor : Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • Graphic card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
  • Memory (RAM) : 16 GB
  • Disk space : 25 GB of free space

If these indications are only valid for the beta, the requirements for the full game should not be much higher. No need for a racing machine to enjoy Modern Warfare 2, therefore, and for good reason: the game is based on an improved version of the Modern Warfare engine from 2019, which was already running very well.

DLSS 2.0 and FSR 1.0 to increase performance

Very flexible in its recommended configurations, the Modern Warfare 2 PC beta is also loaded with graphics options, some of which can only be activated if you have a recent graphics card. Let’s first talk about the big absent, namely ray-tracing : this beta, and very probably the final game, is thus devoid of it, whereas it was present on Modern Warfare and on Black Ops: Cold War. But let’s be honest: RT reflections never really added much to either game, especially on the multiplayer modes where the frenetic action isn’t much to contemplate. Not too many regrets, then.

Modern Warfare 2 is based on an improved version of the Modern Warfare engine.

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On the other hand, we find with pleasure THE flagship upscale technology of recent years: DLSS, here in version 2.0. Remember that DLSS uses cores dedicated to artificial intelligence within GeForce RTX graphics cards, in order to virtually increase the definition of a game, without impacting performance. We’ve already talked about it time and time again, and it’s clearly an essential function on a AAA coming out on PC in 2022. The game, however, is not announced as being compatible with the DLSS 3 presented by Nvidia on the occasion. of the GeForce RTX 4000 announcement.

DLSS 2.0 offers different levels of settings.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: how does the beta run on PC?  DLSS, FSR, Reflex... Graphics options broken down

On this beta of Modern Warfare 2, DLSS 2.0 – set to “balanced” allowed us to play at 85 FPS on average, with maximum graphic detail and in 3840×1600 pixels (21:9 aspect ratio). A very comfortable framerate, which drops to 65 FPS when DLSS is disabled (which is still quite correct).

Between 80 and 90 FPS, in 3840×1600

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: how does the beta run on PC?  DLSS, FSR, Reflex... Graphics options broken down

For those who are on an AMD GPU or a GeForce GTX, there is still the FSR solution, which you have also heard about on many occasions. Disappointment here that said: it is the FSR in its version 1.0very effective in terms of gain of images per second, but very perfectible concerning the quality of the rendering. And that’s largely felt on this beta: its activation in “balanced” mode certainly allows you to play at more than 100 FPS, but there is a lot of aliasing and textures that tend to drool. It is quite incomprehensible that we are not entitled to FSR 2.0, much more efficient. Maybe it will come via a future update.

FSR is offered… but only in version 1.0

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: how does the beta run on PC?  DLSS, FSR, Reflex... Graphics options broken down

Nvidia Reflex to decrease latency and align kills

Another interesting option spotted in the Modern Warfare 2 beta, vidia Reflex decreases in-game latency, which can make a difference in multiplayer. This Nvidia API reduces the image calculation time by the GPU and thus increases responsiveness. To be able to activate it, all you need is a GeForce graphics card, from the 900 series (yes, it’s getting old). Activation in “Boost” mode is the most effective, but will in return increase the consumption of your graphics card. Watch out for overheating, then.

Nvidia Reflex works from the GeForce GTX 900.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: how does the beta run on PC?  DLSS, FSR, Reflex... Graphics options broken down

This PC beta phase on Modern Warfare 2 confirms in any case what we already suspected: with a proven graphics engine, Activision’s new FPS shouldn’t hold any bad surprises when it’s released. So of course, we must again struggle with the compilation of shaders at startup, with each new update, and the complete game should occupy, once again, an XXL disk space. But it’s not the title that will force you to change your graphics card either, especially if you have the option of activating DLSS.

As a reminder, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is released on October 28 on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series and Xbox One.


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