Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Graphics Performance

By Julio Franco · 59 replies
Nov 11, 2009
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  1. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Honestly I have no idea why your system is performing so poorly and I suggest that you check your drivers if you have not already done so.

    Your performance is similar to that of our GeForce GTX 275 which leads me to believe that for whatever reason SLI is not working in Modern Warfare 2 for you. Having no idea how your system is set up I cannot determine if this is a matter of the processors being different or a problem with the graphics card or some other piece of hardware.

    On a side note if the title of the article was “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 System Performance” rather than “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Graphics Performance” then yes I would agree with everything you have said.
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    yeah somewhere you need to enable duel video cards because your only using 1 card as the performance suggests.
  3. camuss15

    camuss15 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Well unfortunately, my system is severely CPU limited because COD MWF2 utterly unplayable on my 9600 GT with no AA and the texture settings left at auto at 1680x1050. I was hoping for 25-30 fps (15-20 fps less than this review states a 9600 GT should perform at with no CPU bottleneck) because I knew my system is no match for a Core i7 system.

    I am only able to get about 15 fps and every few seconds, the screen freezes and the audio repeats itself for a little bit until the video catches up, making the game unplayable.

    Too bad my computer is a piece of two year old trash, it looks like a good game....
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    No that's not right, unless you have an old Pentium 4 processor or something. What CPU are you using exactly?

    Guys this is not a brand new game engine, it is very old with some new tweaks but really if you could play Call of Duty 4 okay then you should be right to play CoD6 without much trouble.
  5. very good article.

    Unfortunately I am using an older MacBook Pro with only an ATI x1600, I can play CoD4:MW2 but all the text is scambled. If anyone can help, I will be forever in their debt!

    Then even looking at the new MacBook Pros, their gpu cards arnt that great (9600M).


  6. Im surprised for a game that looks so great, it runs almost perfectly on my 8800GT and i get anything between 45-60fps.
    24" monitor at full resolution and everything at max.
  7. camuss15

    camuss15 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    I have a Core 2 Duo E4300 @ 1.8Ghz with 2 gigs of DDR2 533 (It is a Gateway system, so no BIOS oc possible.) I just played with every setting turned off and the texture settings to low at 1680x1050 and it dipped to about 24 fps in heavy shooting scenes, but it stayed at 60 fps for the majority of the time.

    I have a factory overclocked MSI 9600 GT (700mhz Core and 1900mhz memory), and the temps aren't bad, so that shouldn't affect it any. I played CoD4 with all max setting and forced 8x AA and 16x AF in the Nvidia Control Panel no problem a while ago.

    By the way, I am using 195.39 forceware drivers and Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I don't know what the problem is. According to the review, you used the 191.07 drivers, so I wonder if that has any effect since mine are beta drivers.
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    That ties in with the 64fpt we saw with the 9800 GT which is the same product.

    I would certainly look to update your drivers.
  9. camuss15

    camuss15 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    I am using the latest drivers on Nvidia's website (released October 30th), they just happen to be Beta drivers (195.39). Anyway:

    I just did a benchmark of my system on the first level with max settings, 4x AA, and Extra Texture settings and did a few Fraps benchmarks and I recorded temps of my GPU and CPU.

    My Video Card peaked at 54 degrees C and my CPU peaked at 49 degrees C. I got 0 fps minimum (from the nearly constant freezes), 56 fps max and 18.6 fps average.

    This is from a total of 8 minutes of the first level. I got to the room with the RPG's on the table before giving up and checking my temps and fps.

    I just figured I would share that. I plan on playing with normal texture settings and no AA, which seems to be ok for my system.
  10. camuss15

    camuss15 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    I forgot to mention, that my 9600 GT is overclocked from 650mhz to 750mhz core and from 1800mhz to 2000mhz on memory.
  11. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Well it finally unlocked on steam for me last night and i was able to play. I have a i7 920 @ 2.66.ghz, 9gb ddr3 and a 512mb 4850. Performance at 1360*768 was brilliant with all settings on maximum and vsync on. I havent tried forcing the anisotropic filtering yet. I am playing at that resolution on my 26inch lcd tv but I will try out 1680*1050 at the weekend on my other monitor. No need to upgrade my graphics card quite yet. Left 3 dead 2 next please :)
  12. Im also using the Beta 195.39 drivers with 8800GT and i have no issues.
  13. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    camuss15 you might try using driver sweeper to uninstall your nividia drivers it cleans everything out so there is no little files left. the simply reboot and install your drivers over again. My friends 9800 gtx + was having a problem with this game and he did what i just mentioned and it fixed his problem. also how do you run a benchmark on this game?
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    probably used Fraps klepto, I just did the same thing.
  15. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    hey red whats your system pull on this game?
  16. Good Article

    but alot of us, if you check the other forums out there are having big issues with SLI

    i myself use a GTX 295 and im getting even less then 70fps!

    in the end i've put the exe's into the cod4MW1 profile do get a solid 60fps. but in heavy fire fights it drags! even a 275 should be doing better then this!

    I've tried the drivers you guys tested with. but i also tried the new beta drivers from nvidia.

    no bottleneck here

    Q9550 @ 3.8 Prime & OCCT stable
    4GB Corsair Dominator @ 1102
    GTX 295 overclocked to 650/1400/1020

    I do however have a physx card - 8800GTX im wondering if this might be for some totally unrelated reason be causing an issue? i'll probably take it out and try it.

    I can also confirm that SLI works perfectly in all the other games i play. Crysis wars/warhead being one of them.

    I must ask! how did you get SLI to work with those drivers steve? as SLI support for that title isn't native. - fact.
  17. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Nothing special was done the GeForce GTX 295 (SLI) just worked perfectly which I also found surprising given that when we typically write these articles SLI is broken. I didn’t think much of it though as I expected both AMD and Nvidia to get their multi-GPU technologies working perfectly for this major title.

    I just took another look at it today using the GeForce GTX 295 and the performance at 2560x1600 is incredible. The only things worth mentioning are that we are using an X58 board and Windows 7, other than that I cannot think of any reason why it’s working for us.
  18. well it's not windows 7. thats for sure! and i'm failing to see it being the X58. if it is! i'll eat my hat.

    perhaps you could look at the profile for us? maybe look at it through nhancer?

    i reckon this would help alot of us out.
  19. Well! i found a fix! hope this can be of some use to everyone!

    it seems that the normal upgrade to the new beta drivers from nvidia didn't like the transition. despite trying it about 3 times.

    in the end i ran driversweeper and did it from scratch

    now i'm getting 100+fps maxed out. 80~ in heavy firefights.

    Not bad!
  20. swing82

    swing82 TS Member

    Some people are unaware that motherboards using an Nvidia chipset often have problems. I have read here many problem statements from posters with CPU and video cards listed, however, except for [-Steve-], no motherboards were listed [that I can remember].

    Motherboards made with Intel chipsets that support SLI do not exhibit the SLI problems that many motherboards with Nvidia chipsets exhibit.

    Note: Early X58 chipset motherboards has had some problems in various areas, some USB situations for example, however, BIOS revisions have been fixing those problems.
  21. Very good read.

    I have a pair of geforce gtx 260 graphics cards and they work fine in sli with mw2. The performance is incredible at 1920x1080 and for a game that doesnt use a new engine the graphics sure are impressive.
  22. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Thanks for all the feedback and support guys we really appreciate it.

    I am glad to hear you got your SLI setup working and it sounds like you are seeing a similar level of performance to us.
  23. No no Steve,

    thank you for the indepth comparisons. best on the web for sure!

    to the other bloke, im using an intel chipset and i had the SLI issue.

    Like i said. it didnt seem to enjoy a straight upgrade from 191.07 to the betas.

    Driversweep and a fresh install was my cure!

    alot of my friends are having bigger problems however. crashes as soon as it loads! apparently steam and IW are working on the issue.
  24. swing82

    swing82 TS Member

    Put a half way decent cooler on your E4300 and you should be able to overclock it between 3.4GHz and 3.6GHz, more than enough power to feed your 9600GT.
  25. im also having the same problem, I have an macbook pro with this ATI x1600 with 256 MB, i already tryed to reinstall the drivers, but it didnt work


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