Modern Warfare 2

Fix Modern Warfare 2 Stuttering & FPS Drop

Are you experiencing frame drops, stuttering, and other performance problems with the Modern Warfare 2 beta? The second Modern Warfare 2 beta weekend is going on. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II beta is now being tested by gamers on Xbox, PC, and PlayStation. However, problems are currently plaguing gamers across all platforms. In addition to the “Verify Phone Number” problem and the 0x00001338 (0) N Error Code, PC players are also seeing severe performance problems. Here are a few potential solutions if you’re experiencing FPS drops, stuttering, or lag when playing Modern Warfare 2 Beta on PC.

Fixing the Performance Issues, Stuttering, Lagging, and Frame Drops in Modern Warfare 2

For those who pre-ordered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox and PC, the COD MW2 beta is now available. Many problems, unfortunately, plagued the PC beta’s first day, but that was to be expected. People complain about the MW2 beta’s terrible PC performance, among many other issues. Beta testers report many frame drops, unplayable stutter, lag, and screen tearing on forums, social media, and Reddit. The situation is awful even for players with high-end PCs, who should have no such problems.

Let’s first emphasize something before moving on to potential answers. The game is still in beta, and it will be another month before it is officially released. As a result, poor optimization and performance concerns are somewhat predicted. Hopefully, the creators will have enough time to address these issues before the game’s release. Having stated that, let’s look at what you can do right now to solve these issues:

System Requirements

You should verify the game’s minimum and recommended system requirements before running the beta. Also, adjust your expectations in accordance. Make graphics adjustments to ensure your game runs as smoothly as possible if you don’t meet the requirements.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10/11
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580

Turn off Overlay and Third-Party Apps

Switching off any unnecessary background third-party applications while playing the MW2 beta is advised. It’s common knowledge that many applications can interfere with and clash with video games. This is especially true for programs that use overlays during gameplay. This applies to apps like the Discord overlay, the Steam overlay, the NVIDIA overlay, and others.

Try Enabling Nvidia DLSS

If your game has been stuttering, enabling the Nvidia DLSS may reduce the stutter. The game, by default, runs on the FidelityFX CAS; you need to disable this setting first to enable the DLSS. Set the DLSS to quality, and you should see some improvement in frame rate and stutter.

Set Game’s Priority to Low

Another fix you can try is to set the game’s priority to low from the Task Manager. Right-click on the application in the task manager and choose the Priority option. Set the game to run on low priority. it’s a weird fix but it works. Here is how to perform the fix:

  1. Right-click on the task bar and open Task Manager
  2. Right-click on COD MW2 and “go to details”
  3. Right-click on cod.exe and choose “set priority”
  4. set it to low

Set CPU Affinity from Task Manager

This is another fix that can work from the task manager if you run a 6-12 core CPU. Set the CPU affinity from the task manager. Here are the steps you can follow to replicate the fix.

  1. Right-click on the task bar and open Task Manager
  2. Right-click on COD MW2 and “go to details”
  3. Right-click on cod.exe and click “Set Affinity”
  4. check the CPU cores to use as CPU 0,1,2,3 and uncheck all processes.

Check for Driver Updates

Old GPU drivers may be the source of many COD Modern Warfare 2 beta performance issues. Therefore, before playing the game, ensure your graphics drivers are up to date. Using the links below, you can download the most recent drivers, or you could search for them using the GPU software that came with your computer:

Verify Integrity of Game Files on Steam

To confirm that there are no corrupted or missing files, use Steam’s “Verify integrity of game files” option. If you had the game pre-loaded, previous data might have problems because the Modern Warfare II PC beta received a major update at launch. Here’s how to accomplish it on Steam:

  • Right-click the Modern Warfare 2 Beta when you find it in your Steam library, 
  • Click on Properties.
  • Choose the “Local Files” tab.
  • Select “Verify integrity of game files” from the menu.
  • Wait till the process is completed.
  • Once finished, restart your computer.
  • Start the Modern Warfare 2 Beta on Steam.

If you are using Battle.net to play the MW2 beta, pick ‘Scan and repair’ from the drop-down menu next to the ‘Play’ button to see if there are any potential bugs. 

That is all you can do now to address the Modern Warfare 2 beta’s frame drops, latency, and stuttering issues. We will update this guide if we come across any further solutions that might be useful. Before we wrap up this post, we’d like to point out that the beta has only just begun so things will improve in the future. Please check out more content on different titles from our homepage. Thank you for reading this article.

1 Comment

  1. this fixed the stuttering with my radeon card… in game settings, turn on dynamic resolution, set frame rate target to your monitors refresh rate (mine was 100hz). fixed it for me all the stutter gone.

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