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Old 11-12-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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Lightbulb BO2 Optimizations Summary

This 1st post in thread is kept updated.
New NVidia driver 337.50 is out and has some performance changes for Black Ops 2.
The new Twitter go-to person for Black Ops 2 is pcdev_assist. Link below.
Drivers: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us and http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-arti...dows-beta.aspx
Twitter: pcdev_assist https://twitter.com/pcdev_assist
Official support site: http://support.activision.com/pkb_Ho...n=Black_Ops_II
NVidia's tweak guide: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/gui...-tweak-guide#1
If lagging after patches, verify integrity of game cache on the multiplayer game and defrag hard drive if it's not SSD.
The most important things to notice below here are marked with a green asterisk *.

Graphics Menu
Screen Resolution: Options such as 1920 x 1080, etc.
Display Mode: Fullscreen or Windowed (Fullscreen) are both good options. See which works better for you.
Monitor: Tells the game what monitor it should display the game on.
Brightness: ....
Field of View: 65 - 90 Adjust your FOV to allow a wider or narrower view in game.
Shadows: * Lower shadows perform better but users on higher end machines may find Medium is a good choice because it doesn't degrade game performance too much for the visual improvement they get.
Ragdoll: Disabled gives better performance.
Player Name Indicator: Full Name is one of the options.
Color Blind Assist: On or Off
Chat Message: Show or Don't Show

Advanced Menu (Graphics)
Texture Quality: Extra is the best-looking choice - Adjust the resolutions of the textures used by the game.
Texture Filtering: High is the best-looking choice.
Anti-Aliasing: * - Fairly low AA set in game menu plus high amounts of AA added onto that with NVidia or AMD software outside of the game may show you a benefit as far as being a lag-reducer. See Most Kills Settings section down below.
FXAA: * Off - Many seem to prefer the other AA choices instead. The in-game FXAA will override the NVidia Control Panel FXAA so use the in-game FXAA if you're going to use any at all.
Ambient Occlusion: * Off in the game menu but may perform better if turned on with NVidia Inspector instead.
Depth of Field: Low performs the best but the setting may not matter if you never zoom in.
Sync Every Frame: * Off - To keep your FPS from being capped by your display's refresh rate.
Max Frames Per Second: * It depends. The more high you have your Max FPS, the less high you need to have the amount of antialiasing you use. The less high you have your Max FPS, the more high you need to have the amount of antialiasing used. Either way desirable high GPU-usage can be achieved. Sync Every Frame usually must be off to be able to set this.
Draw FPS: Gives the ability to see what your FPS is while in the game.

Most Kills Settings ***
You don't want the enemy to see you before you see them. High GPU-usage which is consistent will get you the most kills. High FPS gives high GPU-usage, but so does large amounts of Antialiasing. Setting moderate amount of antialiasing in the game menu + a fairly high amount of antialiasing outside of the game menu seems to be best for moderate to high-end machines. This technique makes the GPU-load/CPU-load ratio more like that of a game console and improves the timeliness of the network packets you send to the server. With these combos use medium Shadows, no Ambient Occlusion, no FXAA, and low DoF. Three different suggested settings combos:

2x TXAA (game menu) + 3x3 Supersampling (NVidia Inspector) + MaxFPS set to 60 (game menu)
2x MSAA (game menu) + 3x3 Supersampling (NVidia Inspector) + MaxFPS set to 60 or 90 (game menu)
2x MSAA (game menu) + 8xSQ AA (NVidia Inspector) + MaxFPS set to 120 (game menu)

To add on additional AA with NVidia Inspector, Antialiasing Mode must be set to Enhance Application Settings and some amount of AA (other than FXAA) needs to be set in the game menu. The Supersampling setting mentioned here is not Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling, but rather fullscreen Antialiasing Supersampling.

Antialiasing Descriptions
Supersampling increases the natural resolution by 2, 3, or 4 times the original for the whole screen and is then down sampled. MSAA is basically polygon edge AA, while Coverage Sample AA (CSAA) extends MSAA with less sampling of shaders and textures while applying coverage samples to polygons (at a higher resolution) to sample the whole rendered image. Transparency AA detects transparent/opaque textures and re-samples those over the chosen AA (SSAA/MSAA) used. Sparse Grid Super Sampling AA (SGSSAA) renders the whole image/scene with Super Sampling but with a lower number of samples. Not all games support SGSSAA as it can conflict with some post processing effects.

Mouse Drivers
Mouse drivers, and how they are configured, are another major factor for getting the most kills. Logitech mouse users may see a benefit from increasing the mouse report rate to 1000. Razer mouse users, on the other hand, may see a benefit from lowering the mouse report rate to a low value. It's also possible that best benefit can be had by uninstalling your gaming mouse drivers and just use the default Windows USB mouse drivers.

NVidia-Specific *
Power Management Mode in NVidia Control Panel/3D Settings/BO2 game profile:
"Prefer Maximum Performance" may reduce any stutter you have in the game because card won't ever throttle down.
"Adaptive" may be the better choice because it would make your machine appear to be weaker before match when server is evaluating how much antilag to apply to you.

Quality of Connection to Server *
You can set the quality of your connection to the server by going to Multiplayer menu/Public Match/Find Match/Search Preferences (bottom right corner)/Max Ping and lower or raise the value. Those who are getting into laggy games or it takes too long to join a game will want to lower their Max Ping.
Also verify your Download Region in Steam settings/Downloads+Cloud. Steam might have changed it to somewhere which is not close to you. Reduce the value for Max Pings/Min in that same menu if you have connectivity issues.

Game Process Priority
There are some people who have found a performance benefit in lowering the process priority at which the game runs on their PC. Most of us won't need to change it. Windows 8 instructions here:
First start up game. While in game menu press Windows Key to get to desktop/do Ctrl + Alt + Del/Task Manager/right-click the running game exe/Go to Details/right-click t6mp.exe/Set Priority/change to Below Normal or Low/confirm change/exit Task Manager windows/go back into the already-running game seen in your desktop tray.
This procedure would have to be done each time you start up the game.

Sound
Original issue of crash occurring when a PCI-e soundcard and motherboard onboard sound are both enabled at the same time may have been corrected in later game patches.

Config File & Game Console
The game's config file is encrypted and cannot be modified.
The game's console cannot be accessed.

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:15 AM   #2
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Allright I was hoping for you to create one like this again. Dowloading the beta driver now. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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Allright I was hoping for you to create one like this again. Dowloading the beta driver now. Thanks in advance!
:-) I'm a tech support person. The game runs best on my machine when the others in the game have optimized their settings too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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thanks for the heads up mate) downloading
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:56 AM   #5
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Oh look it's this thread again from the same guy that posted one in mw3 and black ops that had some false info alongside commands that doesn't work in those games because they have been locked. Yay
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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Oh look it's this thread again from the same guy that posted one in mw3 and black ops that had some false info alongside commands that doesn't work in those games because they have been locked. Yay
Keep us posted which things need to be changed. Some of the config file lines in MW3 did get locked after a certain patch.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:14 AM   #7
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What about ATI?
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:31 AM   #8
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What about ATI?
Pray your computer doesn't die (I'm just kidding).

Normally amd is out the door within a week of nvidias driver release for new games. Mind you this ge was coded for an ATI card so I imagine it will run better on AMD/ATi systems (when I say coded let's be honest it's a console port and was mainly developed for consoles which both Run AMD based hardware for video).
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #9
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Why did they encrypt the config files?!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:28 AM   #10
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Field of View: Adjust your FOV to allow a wider or narrower view in game.
Question :

Can you access the Field of View option in Single Player and Zombies this time around ?
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #11
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Question :

Can you access the Field of View option in Single Player and Zombies this time around ?
It has been reported that you can.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #12
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Why did they encrypt the config files?!
I imagine they did that so players can't go changing things or maybe it was so that modified servers won't be able to change your config file.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:50 AM   #13
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I imagine they did that so players can't go changing things or maybe it was so that modified servers won't be able to change your config file.
But how would modified servers exist, since Treyarch owns all of the servers...
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:52 PM   #14
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Config File & Game Console
The game's config file is encrypted and cannot be modified.
I assume some will still find a way to modify it and giving advantage to themself in multiplayer i guess...

That's sad, and as it's a config file, they probably don't be VAC banned.


VALVe i hope you will find a way to detect those.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #15
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DAmn, i just upgraded my drivers for 680, and im gona reinstall it with beta drivers.
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