Modern Warfare 2 Beta Performance Fix (Stutter & Frame Drops)

Are you suffering from Modern Warfare 2 beta performance issues, like stutter, lagging, and frame drops? The second MW2 beta weekend is now live. Players on Xbox and PC are joining the PlayStation gamers in testing the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II beta. However, gamers on all platforms are currently encountering issues. When it comes to PC gamers, aside from the 0x00001338 Error Code and the “Verify Phone Number” issue, they are also experiencing really bad performance issues. If your Modern Warfare 2 Beta experience on PC is being plagued by FPS drops, stuttering, and lag, here are a few possible fixes.

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Modern Warfare 2 Beta Performance Fix, Stutter, Frame Drops, Lagging
Modern Warfare 2 Beta PC FPS drops, Stuttering, and Lag Fix

How to fix Modern Warfare 2 Beta Performance Issues, Stutter, Lagging & Frame Drops

The COD MW2 beta is now officially live for those who have pre-ordered the game on Xbox and PC. Unfortunately, but also somewhat expected, the first day of the PC beta is marked by a myriad of issues. Among many other problems, players report abysmally bad MW2 beta performance on PC. Beta testers on forums, social media and Reddit report huge frame drops, unplayable stutter, lag and screen tearing. The situation is equally terrible even for the players with high-end PCs, which should have no such issues.

Before we jump to possible solutions, let’s first stress something. The game is still in beta, and there’s still a full month before the official release of the full game. Thus, performance issues and bad optimisation are somewhat expected. The developers still have enough time to, hopefully, fix these problems by the time the game launches. With that said, let’s see what you can do right now to alleviate these issues:

Check Modern Warfare 2 Beta System Requirements

Before starting the beta, you should check the game’s minimum and recommended system requirements. And, plan your expectations accordingly. If you don’t meet the requirements, set graphics settings so that your game works optimally.

Minimum system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470

Recommended system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10/11
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580

Update GPU drivers

Many of the beta performance issues in COD Modern Warfare 2 can be a result of outdated GPU drivers. Thus, make sure to have the latest version of your video card drivers before playing the game. You can search for the latest drivers either via your GPU software or you can download them from the links below:

Turn off 3rd-Party Apps and Overlays

When playing the MW2 beta, it is recommended to turn off any nonessential third-party apps that are running in the background. Many of them are known to cause problems and conflicts with video games. This is particularly the case for apps that have overlays in-game. This includes Discord overlay, Steam overlay, NVIDIA overlay, and other similar apps. A number of players report that AMD Adrenalin overlay causes “insane stuttering”. There are also reports that Steam Overlay is causing some strange glitches as well.

Verify Modern Warfare 2 Beta files

Use the “Verify integrity of game files” option on Steam in order to make sure that there are no missing or corrupted files. The Modern Warfare 2 PC beta had a big update at launch, and there might be some conflicts with old files if you have pre-loaded the game. Here’s how to do it on Steam:

  • Right-click on Modern Warfare 2 Beta in your Steam library.
  • Select “Properties…”.
  • Select the “Local Files” tab.
  • Click on the ” Verify integrity of game files..”.
  • Let Steam do it’s work.
  • When complete, restart your PC.
  • Launch Steam, and start Modern Warfare 2 Beta.

If you are playing the MW2 beta on Battle.net, then click on a small blue cog icon next to the “Play” button and select “Scan and repair”, and let it find any potential issues. If you are still having performance problems, try using the “Shader optimization” feature in Graphics settings, under “Details and Textures”. This can potentially fix many issues. Finally, absolutely make sure that the “Texture streaming” feature is turned off. For more info on how to maximize your FPS, check our “Modern Warfare 2 Best PC Graphics Settings” in-depth guide.

For now, that’s about all you can do in order to fix the Modern Warfare 2 beta performance issues, such as stutter, lagging, and frame drops. If we stumble upon any other potential solutions, we will add them to our guide. Before we end this article, we want to remind you one final time that this is just the beta, and things will probably get better later.

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23 COMMENTS

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    GeezerGamer

    None of these suggestions fixed my problems. I am getting huge FPS stutters where my frames swing wildly from 30 down to 15, and that’s just in the menus where they should be very consistent. Once I’m in the game they jump from 15 to 150 and everything in between. I also get latency jumps from 30 to 250. It’s just insane watching the latency meter jump all over the place. I have an AMD 5800X, RTX 3080, and 16GB of Ram so it’s a very capable rig that I get great play performance within all other COD titles. Funny thing is that I loaded the game on my streaming PC that has a lower-end AMD processor, an RTX 2070 Super, and 16GB of RAM and it runs great. The only difference is that the streaming PC is running Windows 10 and my gaming PC is on Windows 11. I really think it has something to do with the combination of my hardware and Win11. I have tried every workaround I can find on the Internet and nothing fixes the issue. Hopefully, this is something that will get patched/fixed before the final version comes out.

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      Wizard

      I’m having exact same problem mate, day 1 of beta I had no problems all day, running smoothly at 100-120fps, the second day I can barley get over 15 on the pre game lobby’s, I’ve loaded up other cod titles like warzone and modern warfare 2019 and I’m getting my usual 120+ FPS, I’ve reinstalled latest gpu drivers restarted pc 6355 times and can’t figure it out

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        manny

        same its really annoying paid all this money to not play the game wish i played more day 1 so i could’ve gotten all the beta exclusive stuff

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      william

      windows 11 has had a notorious problem with gaming especially with AMD hardware atm so thats more than likely your problem

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        liam

        nah im on windows 10, same stuff

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      Hangelbum

      same problem here. i have a rig which should be capable of running the game (AMD Ryzen 2600 overclocked to 4.1ghz, AMD Radeon RX5700XT and 16gb ram). My frames don’t get over 50 fps. but last night i played without an issue. it is so fucking weird.

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    NearlyRobin

    I’m having all the same issues with a very capable setup that runs other games flawlessly. I’ve been through all the work arounds and none of it has helped even a little.

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    Brian

    Heb het zelfde probleem wanneer word dit opgelost?

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    Nick

    Im having the same issue. Im on windows 10 with a ryzen 3600 and a radeon 5700xt. I played it for a few hours with no issue right around 150fps in game. Then the game crashed and when I restarted the game it asked if it would like my settings to be optimized for my hardware, i hit yes and after the game loaded up ive had terrible fps issues usually sitting from 10-30fps in menu and 1fps in game.

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      William

      So for my pc when i did this it redlined all my settings for vram and mad it way more unstable go to your settings and check/ change them

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        Nick

        How would i do that?

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    toby

    this fixed it for me everyone. go into game settings, under dynamic resolution, turn that on then set target fps to your monitor refresh rate, mine was 100hz so i set to 100fps target.

    fixed it, no more stuttering.

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    Adexu

    Seems like PoS optimization to me. 3-10 fps with 1080 ti, 32 gb ram i7 processor
    GPU usage was 3%…

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    Djouker

    I had same issue on my ryzen 3700x 32gb ram with 3080 incredible stuttering with fps drops below 20. fixed it with network driver update and also bios update to latest mb vendor version.

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    William

    Game played fine for me for the last 2 days 22nd and 23rd now on the 24th its been rough maybe 3 of the 5 attempted games i played i got into and they were all so atrociously bad quality, like their servers just may not have been prepared but i had to quit the matches because they were just unplayable from the lag like its starting to give me halo infinite vibes a bit and im worried af now because those 2 days were some of the most fun I’ve had in a fps game in a couple years

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    Alex

    Im having a horrible time trying to place this game.
    Yesterday I was getting 30 fps then it would drop to about 4 fps anytime I saw an enemy….
    I did upgrade my gpu today and I was hoping that’d help but heres my specs
    Intel I9 10900k
    64 gigs DDR3 3200
    2060 super that I upgraded to a 3080 TI Founders edition

    My system should have 0 issues running this game yet ive tried everything on this list and it still runs like DOO DOO

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    Chris

    First day of the beta my game ran great, launched it the second day and I was averaging 40 frames inconsistently and stuttering. I have a 3060ti and no other game runs as awful as this beta is for me.

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    cory

    downloaded the beta yesterday and it ran fine all day, woke up this morning and suddenly im getting huge issues with latency and frame drops. open nat type, less than 10ms ping and throughout the playtime my ping will shoot up to 150+ and frames will drop to 150ish im on an i9-11th overclocked with a 3090ti overclocked 128gb ram and 1.5gb fiber hard wired cat6 i can play cold war and warzone at the same time and still not have any issues like i am with the new beta

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    Tobias

    How come that the first 2 days it runs just fine? And now I cant even play because of the fps-drop? I’ve payed 99,99 f***** dollars för the game and now I rly don’t know if I can play it after the beta? The hell is this?!

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    Kilavomudo

    If u have a 6-12 core CPU,use Task manager and set affinity to CPU 0,1,2,3… or change your priority to low in task manager

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    CallofHalo

    Im just glade to read all the comments here, bc in the first place i thought im the only one having this problems
    Latency between 100-500ms
    FPS = not available

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    Jake

    Change your dynamic resolution, i use mid/high tier components and was getting 60-70 frames with mad stutters. Changed that setting to my monitors refresh rate and i get 100-110 frames. Im running on a 2070 and ryzen 7 5800x and its great now

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