Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War PC Performance Review & Optimisation Guide

Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War PC Performance Review & Optimisation Guide

Graphics Options & System Requirements

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War boasts some high system requirements. While the game will run on GPUs as low end as Nvidia’s GTX 670, 60 FPS at Medium settings requires Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super or AMD’s Radeon RX 580. 60 FPS is what Call of Duty players should be aiming for, making GPUs below the game’s recommended standard hard to, well… recommend. 

While Windows 7 support is possible for Black Ops: Cold War players, it is also not recommended. Black Ops: Cold War may support older systems, but these systems are far from ideal from a gameplay perspective. 
  

  Minimum Recommended
(60FPS at Medium)
Recommended
Ray Tracing On
Recommended
High Refresh Rate
Recommended
4K RTX
OS Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 10 64-bit
Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
DirectX DirectX 12 DirectX 12 DirectX 12 DirectX 12 DirectX 12
CPU Intel i3-4340
AMD FX-6300
Intel i5-2500K
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Intel i7-8700K
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Intel i7-8700K
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

Intel i9-9900K
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 

RAM 8GB 12GB 16GB 16GB 16GB
GPU Nvidia GTX 670
Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB
Radeon HD 7970
Nvidia GTX 970
Nvidia GTX 1660 Super
Radeon R9 390
Radeon RX 580
Nvidia RTX 3070 Nvidia GTX 1080
Nvidia RTX 3070
Radeon RX Vega 64
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080

 
PC Settings 

The PC version of Balck Ops: Cold War features a wealth of graphics options, so much so that most of these specialised settings have little impact on Cold War’s performance and visuals on their own. 

Strangely, none of our systems would allow us to enable Screen Space Reflections using its highest settings, moving back to Low after each setting change. This happened regardless of the driver of graphics cards we used. We expect this bug to be addressed soon. That said, the SSR within Black Ops: Cold War didn’t look bad at low, making this a non-issue. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War PC Performance Review & Optimisation Guide