Before we jump into the benchmarking phase, we will take a moment to show you some in-game screenshots (that BTW look amazing). Please note that unlike some of our previous GPU performance articles there will be no image quality comparison as we are only testing Modern Warfare 2 using the highest possible graphics settings.
Generally we like to test with three different quality presets, but in the absence of this option in CoDMW2 we just went on with what made the most sense to us. For example, adjusting the texture quality from Low to Extra provided a significant difference in visual quality, while performance only changed by a few frames per second.
For those running lower-end hardware that tends to struggle in this game the best way to gain additional performance is to either reduce the resolution or turn shadows off. Doing so will significantly reduce the image quality and make the game somewhat less immersive, but at least you will be able to run the game fluidly.
When playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in all of its visual glory this is what you can expect to see...