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To get the best possible Call of Duty: Vanguard experience, you will need to apply the best settings. Here are the best PC builds for Vanguard in Season 3, no matter your hardware.

Since cross-play has become the standard in Call of Duty, more and more players are switching over to the PC version. It offers enhanced visuals, higher frame rates, and many more options to tweak.

By applying the correct settings, you can find the perfect balance between images and frame rate. To get the most out of Vanguard on PC, these are the configurations you should be running, no matter how powerful your hardware is.

CoD: Vanguard system requirements

Minimum Recommended
operating system Windows 10 64-bit (1909 or later) Windows 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
CPU Intel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Intel Core i7-4770k or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
RAM 8GB 16 GB
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / GTX 1050Ti 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
HDD 45GB HD space 45GB HD space

These are the minimum and recommended system requirements that you will need to run Call of Duty Vanguard. For the minimum requirements, you only need a slightly more powerful team than if you were going to play Warzone.

You’ll need a fairly beefy PC to meet the recommended requirements, and you’ll need a GTX 1070 8GB to get a solid balance of frame rate and visuals.

How to update graphics drivers

Mechagodzilla Skin Vanguard

Before you dive into Vanguard for PC, we recommend that you check to make sure your graphics drivers are up to date to ensure that your computer is reaching its optimum performance.

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers.

How to update the NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce Experience app will take care of this for you.

  1. Download the GeForce experience via NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce Experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the top right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click the Start icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ at the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for updates’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Vanguard Season 3

Vanguard Season 3 Operators

NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) enables gamers with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards to get significantly more frames at higher resolutions. DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, increasing performance, but giving the appearance of high resolution.

Enabling DLSS in Vanguard is simple as it is included in the Post Processing Effects tab in quality settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the most frames, but it won’t be as visually appealing, and Quality will keep the awesome picture.

Vanguard’s best graphics settings for low-end hardware

vanguard sphere map

If you’re somewhere between the minimum and recommended settings for Call of Duty Vanguard, you’ll want to prioritize hitting at least a consistent 60 FPS.

Vanguard still looks great on low settings, and will have a much smoother and more enjoyable time when it hits a decent frame rate.

These are the settings we recommend using if you’re on low-end hardware.

To show

  • Display mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Update frequency: Your monitor’s refresh rate (for example, 144)
  • Synchronize each frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Frame rate limit: Habit
    • Game custom frame rate limit: Your monitor’s refresh rate (for example, 144)
    • Custom menu frame rate limit: 60
    • Minimized game custom frame rate limit: fifteen
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Activated
  • Screen resolution: The resolution of your monitor (for example, 1920 × 1080)
  • Screen Range: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Monitor adapter: your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure your frame rate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you are hitting frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

world quality

  • Processing resolution: 100
  • Purpose of VRAM usage: 80%

If you have your VRAM usage target set too high, you could see stutters and hitches. If this happens to you, keep lowering the lens until you see smooth gameplay.

Details and Textures

CoD Vanguard Low End PC Setup
  • Texture resolution: Under
  • Anisotropic Texture Filter: Means, medium
  • Particle quality level: Means, medium
  • Particle resolution: Under
  • Bullet impacts and aerosols: Off
  • Tessellation: Off
  • Level of detail: Under
  • Level of detail Distance Quality: Under
  • Volumetric quality level: Under

shadow and lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: Under
  • Sunshade waterfalls: Under
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Off
  • Point Cache Size: Off
  • Sun Shadow Cache: Off
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Under
  • Particle illumination: Means, medium
  • Ambient occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Under
  • Screen space reflection: Under

Post Processing Effects

  • Smoothing: SMAA T2X
  • film strength: 0

Normally we recommend having Anti-Aliasing off or on the lowest setting, but Vanguard forces you to use SMAA T2X or Filmic SMAA T2X. Filmic can make your game look blurry, so we recommend using the regular T2X.

And for Filmic Strength, you should always have this setting at 0. It adds unnecessary visual noise to your game, making it look worse for no reason.

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  • Field of view: 95-105
    • Ad Field of View: Affected
  • Camera movement: Less (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • depth of field: Off

If you have low-end hardware, you should have your FOV set to somewhere between 95 and 105. You’ll still benefit from seeing more of the world in front of you, but you won’t suffer the performance hit.

And for the other options, like Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you’ll always want to have them turned off.

Vanguard’s best graphics settings for high-end hardware

Lucas Riggs fighting in Call of Duty Vanguard

There’s no point in shelling out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. NVIDIA 20 and 30 series GPUs will easily be able to display high-quality graphics and achieve high frame rates.

These are the settings we recommend you use if you have high-end hardware.

To show

  • Display mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Update frequency: The refresh rate of your monitor (for example, 165)
  • Synchronize each frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Frame rate limit: Habit
    • Game custom frame rate limit: The refresh rate of your monitor (for example, 165)
    • Custom menu frame rate limit: 60
    • Minimized game custom frame rate limit: fifteen
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Activated
  • Screen resolution: The resolution of your monitor (for example, 2560 × 1440)
  • Screen Range: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Monitor adapter: your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure your frame rate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you are hitting frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

world quality

  • Processing Resolution: 100
  • Purpose of VRAM usage: 90%

High-end hardware should manage a 90% VRAM usage target, but be sure to lower it if you start experiencing stutters or issues.

Details and Textures

Best Call of Duty Vanguard High-End PC Setup
  • Texture resolution: High
  • Anisotropic Texture Filter: Means, medium
  • Particle quality level: Means, medium
  • Particle resolution: Under
  • Bullet impacts and aerosols: On
  • Tessellation: only close
  • Level of detail: High
  • Level of detail Distance Quality: High
  • Volumetric quality level: Under

shadow and lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: High
  • Sunshade waterfalls: Means, medium
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Point Cache Size: Means, medium
  • Sun Shadow Cache: On
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Under
  • Particle illumination: High
  • Ambient occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Means, medium
  • Screen space reflection: Means, medium

Post Processing Effects

  • Smoothing: SMAA T2X
  • film strength: 0

Although Filmic SMAA T2X is the best option, it will make the game look blurry and should be avoided. And again, Filmic Strength should always be set to 0.

how to play

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  • Field of view: 105-120
    • Ad Field of View: Affected
  • Camera movement: Less (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • depth of field: Off

If you have high-end hardware, you can probably push your FOV up to 120 without a significant performance hit. But some gamers don’t like how it distorts and shrinks the screen, so they might want it a bit lower.

And for the other option, like Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you always want to have them turned off.


And that’s the best PC setup for Call of Duty: Vanguard! You can also check out the best PC settings for Warzone Pacific Season 3.

Image Credit: Activision/Sledgehammer Games

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