If you’ve been playing PC games long enough, you’ll no doubt know how rare it is to see a half-decent benchmark in a PC game. Often, people make up their own stress runs and report everything manually.
Many PC games include benchmarks, although apparently only to check a box and remove it – but no Modern Warfare 2.
Modern Warfare 2’s servers are now online everywhere, including on PC, and one of the few surprises players saw (besides the lack of a cross-play toggle) was a benchmark.
First, it is surprising because Infinity Ward did not communicate its existence before launch, but also because Call of Duty is one of the better optimized PC games at the moment, and its popularity means that there are many tests out there for different system configurations.
The benchmark can be found in the Multiplayer row, which is a somewhat unusual placement for it. Scroll past all the other tiles and you’ll find it at the end of the row.
Once launched, the benchmark will run for just over a minute, playing different impact-heavy scenarios. While it’s running, you’ll be able to track average FPS, CPU rendering time, as well as GPU rendering time and temperature.
That’s all pretty standard, but the results screen is where things get interesting.
As you can see, not only do you get a calculation of the average frame rate, but it’s broken down by 1% and 5% drops. The summary dives even deeper, summarizing all three results again showing GPU and CPU framerate separately.
This is a great way to see which of the two components affects your frame rate the most. In my case, the game is GPU bound, meaning I would need to upgrade my GPU to achieve higher frame rates.
Playing at lower resolutions will change that dynamic, and put you in CPU-limited situations more often.
The right panel displays some other useful information about your system, including RAM and VRAM usage, as well as the actual rendering resolution for your selected upscaling method.
While it’s not as thorough as, say, the Gears 5 benchmark, it’s still quite useful. Try it and share your results.
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