Counter Strike 2 (CS2): How To Fix Lag & FPS Drops

Last Updated on May 21, 2023

CS2 Lag Fix: CS2, the year’s most anticipated release, will be unveiled shortly after the final CS:GO Major wraps up. 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.

Similar to every AAA game, CS2 also suffers from day-1 problems as the game becomes accessible for everyone. As the engine is upgraded, the system requirements will probably increase. A huge number of CSGO players still use lower-end computers, and they 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.

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Change Game Graphic Settings

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 with 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

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 of us 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

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Written by Vikas

Hey, I am Vikas. I have been writing about computing and gaming since I was 16. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN, and Forbes, to name a few. I love playing PC games (especially online multiplayer ones). Professionally, I have worked as a Brand Enabler and hold a computer science degree. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats. You can read more about me here.

My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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