Best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Season 5

Best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Season 5 ...

Youll want to optimize your game to ensure you're getting the best FPS (frames-per-second) possible when you play Call of Duty: Vanguard on PC. Here's all you need to know about how to achieve the best Vanguard PC settings.

With Vanguard, the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise to be available on Battle.net, PC players have more options to customize how the game appears and improve performance.

Of course, with so many different settings to choose from, finding the perfect balance between performance and visual effects can be tricky. Luckily, we have everything you need to maximize the game on your PC.

Here are the best Vanguard PC settings to use in Season 5.

CoD: Vanguard system requirements

MinimumRecommended
OSWindows 10 64 Bit (1909 or later)Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
CPUIntel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600XIntel Core i7-4770k or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
RAM8 GB16 GB
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / GTX 1050Ti 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
HDD45GB HD Space45GB HD Space

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements youll need to run Call of Duty Vanguard. For the minimum requirements, you'll need only a slightly larger rig than if you were to play Warzone.

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To meet the recommended requirements, you'll need a fairly beefy PC, with a GTX 1070 8GB of RAM to get a solid frame rate and visuals.

How to update graphics drivers

Before you try out Vanguard on PC, we recommend you ensure that your graphics drivers are up to date. This way, your system will perform at its best performance.

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How to Update Your Graphic Drivers

The GeForce experience app will handle this for you if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

If you have an AMD GPU, you may update your drivers using the Radeon Settings.

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Vanguard Season 4

NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) allows players with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards to see far more frames at higher resolutions. DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, increasing performance, but giving the appearance of a high resolution.

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The process of turning on DLSS in Vanguard is quite straightforward, as it is included in the Post Processing Effectstab in the Quality Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the best frames, but it will not be as visually appealing, and Quality will keep the outstanding picture.

Low-end hardware may benefit from Vanguard's high-quality graphics settings.

You should aim for at least 60 FPS when you are somewhere between the minimum and recommended settings in Call of Duty Vanguard.

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Vanguard still performs admirably on low-light conditions, and youll have a much smoother and more enjoyable experience when you reach a decent frame rate.

If you're using lower-end hardware, here are some suggestions.

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 144)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 144)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitors resolution (e.g 19201080)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off
  • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 144)
  • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
  • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 144)
  • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
  • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15

Your Framerate limit must be compatible with your monitor's refresh rate. If youre seeing frames that are significantly higher than your monitor can display, you may see the screen tearing.

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 80%

If your VRAM Usage Target is too high, you may notice stuttering and hitching. If this is happening to you, keep decreasing the amount until you see smooth gameplay.

Details and Textures

  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Off
  • Tesselation: Off
  • Level of Detail: Low
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: Low
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Off
  • Spot Cache Size: Off
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Off
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Medium
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Low
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Anti-Aliasing should be set to either off or the lowest setting, but Vanguard requires you to use either SMAA T2X or Filmic SMAA T2X. Filmic can make your game look blurry, so we recommend using the regular T2X.

This is a must have setting for Filmic Strength, because it creates unnecessary visual noise in your game, making it worse for no reason.

  • Field of View: 95-105
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • ADS Field of View: Affected

If youre on lower-end equipment, you should have your FOV set somewhere between 95 and 105. Youll still benefit from seeing more of the world in front of you, but you wont suffer from the performance loss.

And for other options, such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you will always want them set to off.

For high-end hardware, Vanguard graphics settings are the best.

If you aren't going to spend hundreds, if not thousands, on the finest hardware, there's no point in investing in it. NVIDIA 20 and 30 Series GPUs will be able to easily display high-quality graphics and high frame rates.

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If you're using high-end hardware, here are some suggestions.

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 165)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 165)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitors resolution (e.g 25601440)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off
  • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 165)
  • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
  • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitors refresh rate (e.g 165)
  • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
  • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15

You want to make sure that your Framerate limit matches your monitor's refresh rate. If youre entering frames that are significantly higher than what your monitor can display, your screen may be tearing.

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 90%

High-end hardware should have a VRAM Usage Target of 90%, but make sure to lower it if you begin experiencing stuttering or hitching.

Details and Textures

  • Texture Resolution: Medium
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: On
  • Tesselation: Nearby Only
  • Level of Detail: High
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: High
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: High
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Medium
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Spot Cache Size: Medium
  • Cache Sun Shadows: On
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: High
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Medium

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Although Filmic SMAA T2X is the higher option, it will make the game appear blurry, so it should be avoided. Again, Filmic Strength should always be set to 0.

  • Field of View: 105-120
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • ADS Field of View: Affected

If youre using higher-end equipment, you can probably crank your FOV up to 120 without experiencing a significant performance loss. However, some players prefer the way the screen distorts and shrinks, so you may want it slightly lower.

You want to have all of the other options, such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, set to off.

And that's the best PC settings for Call of Duty: Vanguard! You can also check out the best PC settings for Warzone Pacific Season 5.