Last Updated on September 28, 2023
CS2 Lag Fix: CS2, the year’s most anticipated release, will be launched sometime during the Summer. It upholds the tradition of Counter-Strike, yet boasts an updated engine, a sub-tick system for enhanced registry, and superior graphics, among other features.
When the initial reveal occurred on March 22, Valve granted limited access to the closed beta. Only a select few were fortunate enough to gain entry. But worry no more as the game becomes available today.
Like every AAA game, CS2 also suffers from several problems as the game becomes accessible to everyone. As the engine is upgraded, the system requirements will probably increase. Many CSGO players still use lower-end computers and will have a hard time with the improved VFX, Smokes, and Molotovs.
I am writing a few tweaks in this article to help you fix FPS Drops and Lag in CS2. These are a few traditional tweaks that can help you until the developers take note and push an update to fix this.
How To Fix Lag & FPS Drops in CS2
The updated system requirements will be posted here once the new Steam Page goes live.
More CS2 Articles:
Quick Heads Up for those who are feeling input lag in CS2
- Disable NVIDIA Reflex
- Set Low Latency to On in NVIDIA Settings
- Disable Fullscreen Optimization (covered in the of this article)
Custom Launch Options for Performance
There are a lot of things that are not working as they are supposed to. The following custom launch options will also fix rubberbanding and make the game smoother.
CS2 Launch Options: +cl_updaterate “128” +cl_interp_ratio 1 +cl_interp “0.015625” +fps_max “0” +rate 786432 +r_drawparticles “0” +func_break_max_pieces “0”
I will write a separate article on a full list of console commands. Until then, you can use these as they work well for most of my friends.
Change Game Graphic Settings
- Tweak FSR Settings and find out what works best for you.
- Change the pre-set to Custom.
- Use Fullscreen instead of Borderless.
Changing the graphic settings is the simplest way to fix FPS Issues in games. During the launch days, the games are not optimized, and some settings don’t work well with many PCs.
For starters, begin toning down your game settings and keeping high-demanding settings such as shadows low. I will post a detailed blog post shortly after the game releases here.
Change Graphic Control Panel Settings
Note: The in-game Nvidia Reflex setting introduces input lag. However, that is not the case using the Nvidia Control Panel.
For Nvidia Users:
- Open up Nvidia’s Control Panel. Right-click on desktop > click Nvidia control panel
- Click Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings
- Find “CS2.” You can manually add the game if it’s not on the list
- Now, make the following changes:
Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
Threaded optimization: On
Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance
Low Lateny Mode: Ultra (High or Ultra makes sense only for PvP Games)*
Nvidia Low Latency Mode is a feature found in Nvidia’s Control Panel. It is designed to help reduce input latency on Nvidia graphics card systems. Low Latency Mode can be used in games or any other application where you need to reduce the time it takes for your inputs to be registered.
For AMD Users
- Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
- Anti-aliasing Method: Multisampling
- Morphological Filtering: Off
- Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use application settings
- Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
- Surface Format Optimization: On
- Wait for V-sync: Off
- OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
- Shader Cache: AMD optimized
- Tesselation Mode: Override application settings
- Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
- GPU Workload: Graphics
- Chill: Off
- Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled
Update Device Drivers
I am sure most gamers know the importance of always having updated drivers.
Enable Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling
This option was added to the graphic settings page after the Windows 10 May 2020 update. Many YouTubers such as Linus Tech Tips, Jayz2Cents, and Gamers Nexus have tested the performance when turned on or off. They found that setting makes little to no difference, good or bad, on mid to high-end machines and slight improvement to framerates on low-end computers (but also brings instability at times).
To enable Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling
- Open Windows Search, and type “Graphic Settings.”
- Under Default Settings, click “Change Default Graphics Settings.”
- Click the radio button to toggle the setting on or off.
Conclusion: Turn this on or off and compare the difference in FPS
Enable Game Mode
I have noticed considerable improvements in the Game Mode in Windows 11. For Windows 10, we suggest disabling both the Game mode and game bar, whereas this option should be enabled on Windows 11.
To Enable: Type game mode in search and enable it.
Use Compatibility Settings
Of course, not all the titles are optimized for the new operating system yet. This should change soon. Until then, you can use Windows’s inbuilt compatibility setting. To do so:
- Right-click on the app’s exe file
- Go to properties > Compatibility
- Under Compatibility mode, select “Windows 10.”
- Also, click on the “disable fullscreen optimizations” checkbox
- Click Apply and close the box.
One more thing suggested by Reddit users is doing a clean Windows 11 install rather than upgrading it from Win 10. Also, DX12-optimized games benefit while older ones are taking a hit.
These settings and optimizations were tested on PCs with the following configuration:
- i5 8500 with GTX 1060 @1080p
- i3 10300 with RTX 2060 @1080p
- i7 8700 with GTX 1650 @1080p
- AMD Ryzen 5600x with RTX 3080 @2k
- Global Offensive Reddit
- Steam Community Forums for CS2