COD Modern Warfare 3 (2023) Best Graphics Settings

In this article, we have a list of the best Graphics Settings you can use when playing the all-new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. We will also state the reason for choosing that choice as and when required. But rest assured, our suggested Performance boost settings will help you run the game on any mid-range Gaming PC.

MW3 Best Graphics Settings for Performance Boost

MW3 Best Graphics Settings for Performance Boost

Display Settings

Display Mode Fullscreen Exclusive Keep Full Screen Exclusive to prevent performance issues
Display Monitor MSI MAG241CR Pick your Monitor
Display Adapter Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060Ti Your specific GPU
Screen Refresh Rate 144Hz Set the Refresh Rate of your Monitor
Display Resolution 2560×1440 You will get more FPS if you are playing on 1080p
Dynamic Resolution Off Keep it off to prevent quality reduction when the game demands more resources to render
Aspect Ratio Automatic Keep it at Default Settings
V-Sync Gameplay Off Turning it on reduces performance in the game
V-Sync Menus Off On refuses performance on the Menus
Custom Frame Rate Limit Custom Gameplay Custom Frame Rate Limit – 250
Menu Custom Frame Rate Limit – 120
Out of Focus Custom Frame Rate Limit – 30
Display Gamma 2.2 SRGB Default Settings
Focused Mode Off Off as always

Quality Settings

Quality Preset Custom So that you can change the variables
Upscaling or Sharpening AMD FSR 2.1 With a Balance Preset
Anti-aliasing Filmic SMAA T2X Lowers your performance if increased
Variable Rate Shading Off Keep it Off
Video Memory Scale 90 Increasing it leads to various errors
Texture Resolution Low For best performance in multiplayer
Texture Filter Anisotropic Low Never affects Performance
Depth of Field Off Please turn it off, as it won’t affect performance anyway
Detail Quality Level Low Keep detailing low for multiplayer
Particle Resolution Low Keep it Low, as it doesn’t affect performance
Bullet Impact and Sprays Off Disable it completely
Persistent Effects Off Keep this off, as it doesn’t affect performance
Shader Quality Low Doesn’t make any difference
Tessellation Off Get a Performance Boost
Terrain Memory Max Never lower this
On-Demand Texture Streaming Off Please turn it off, as it will download HD Textures
Local Texture Streaming Quality Normal Keep this normal
Volumetric Quality Low Keep it low for performance
Deferred Physics Quality Off Turning it had a performance impact on the game
Water Quality Default Personal Preference
Screen Space Shadows Off Demands a lot of performance
Shadow Quality Low Increasing it affects performance
Ambient Occlusion On Keep Occlusion on Static Objects
Screen Space Reflections Off Add reflections on the metallic surfaces
Weather Grid Volumes Low Weather Quality Effects
Nvidia Reflex Low Latency On + Boost Always keep it on + boost
World Motion Blur Off Makes me feel nauseous, so it is better to turn it off
Weapon Motion Blur Off Animations look smooth without the blur
Film Grain Zero This isn’t a film, lol.

Note: In Call of Duty games, Visual Quality in PVP modes doesn’t matter, so whatever settings we have kept (especially the Low ones), don’t bother to upscale them as they you won’t even get a chance to notice the difference between High, Medium, or Low. Also, most Pros play at the lowest possible setting.

View Settings

Field of View FOV 100 This is a personal Preference
ADS Field Of View Affected If you Aim down the sight, you will have a completely different field of view if not set to Affected
Weapon Field of View Narrow Please keep it on Narrow
Vehicle Field of View Default Keep it Default
First Person Camera Movement Default 100% Keep it Default
Inverted Flashbang Off Keep it off
Default Spectator Camera Helmet Camera I love the view from this camera angle

Specifications of the Test System

CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
GPU Nvidia RTX 3060Ti Founders Edition
RAM 16GB DDR4 3600Mhz
OS Windows 11 64-bit
SSD Samsung 970 EVO 500GB SSD
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix B550 Gaming Wi-Fi Motherboard
Display Samsung Odyssey G7 240Hz
Monitor Resolution 2560×1440
Driver GameReady Driver v537.58

Although the minimum requirements do state that you can play the game if you are running a GTX 1650 or a GTX 960, it is always recommended to have a better GPU if you are looking to play MW3 smoothly. Call of Duty Modern Warfare is graphically intensive, and using lower-end GPUs will completely ruin the experience, even for the first-timers.

Call of Duty MW3 Performance Analysis

Minimum FPS (1% Low) Average FPS Maximum FPS
1 FPS 138 FPS 250 FPS

Here is how the game played during my testing:

We are having a blast playing the game on Medium to low settings because, to be honest, FPS games like Call of Duty need to have at least 100+ FPS so that you can enjoy it with any lags or performance issues. Since the beta came out, it was evident the game will be a bit graphically intensive, and if you don’t have a medium-end GPU, it might be difficult for you to get a smooth experience. By smooth experience, we mean to achieve more than 100-120 FPS. So, the question arises whether you should try out the game if you have a lower-end GPU.

Well, you should, because the minimum requirement for this game is a GTX 1650 or a GTX 960 with 4GB VRAM. You can try running the game, tweak the settings to everything as low as possible, and see if you have a decent 60+ FPS Constant. The game is optimized, so you should have a great experience playing it. Even if you have a mid-tier GPU like the GTX 1660Ti or the RTX 2060, you can play the game with medium to high settings. Our RTX 3060Ti is a great GPU, and with the settings we recommended, we easily get more than 130+ FPS, irrespective of what is going on in the game. These settings are suggested to provide you with the best possible performance paired with visuals (because why not?).

We love Modern Warfare 3, and although the game is quite demanding regarding the recommended settings, it didn’t have many performance issues apart from minor stuttering and launching issues (initially). We are playing the title on our 1440p display, and if you are still rocking a 1080p Monitor, you will be getting more performance out of the settings we have suggested.

So this was all about the best Graphics Settings for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

If you think this guide has helped, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Modern Warfare 3 guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue and bug of the game. Good luck!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on December 29, 2023

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