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    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 takes elements that fans enjoyed about the first Black Ops, and improves upon them in almost every way. Aside from continuing the Cold War plot established in the first game,


     

    General Optimization

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    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Tweak Guide, By Koroush Ghazi

     Black Ops 2 also provides an interconnecting storyline set in 2025, expanding the Call of Duty series into futuristic warfare. This time, with branching storylines, the choices you make during the campaign will directly influence the outcome. If you enjoy fast-paced multiplayer, then Black Ops 2 provides a solid enhancement to the online gameplay style of the first game. And for PC gamers everywhere, the good news is that Treyarch has listened to your requests: Black Ops 2 drops support for DirectX 9 in exchange for the more advanced DirectX 10/11, and features a range of settings to utilize your PC\\\'s capabilities above and beyond those available on consoles.

    The aim of this guide is to allow you to better understand and best utilize all of the configuration options available in Black Ops 2.

    Before proceeding further, make sure you meet the game\\\'s minimum requirements as provided below:

    • Processor: 2.4 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2GB RAM (32-bit OS), 4GB RAM (64-bit Windows OS)
    • Hard Drive: At least 16GB of free space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (XP not supported)
    • Internet: Initial installation requires Internet connection for Steam authentication

    What follows are full descriptions for all of the settings available in the various Black Ops 2 options menus. Screenshot comparisons are provided where relevant to highlight the impact on image quality of changing these settings. Performance information is also provided for every setting, although bear in mind that the precise impact on your particular system depends on your specific hardware combination and your other game and system-wide settings. The aim here is to give you enough information so that you can make an informed choice as to the settings you enable or disable to obtain a balance of visual quality and performance acceptable to you.

    General System Optimization

    Almost as important as any in-game setting is the way your Windows installation is configured. A great many problems and performance issues, especially stuttering, crashes and slowdowns, can be traced directly to sub-optimal settings in Windows and out-of-date or badly configured drivers. Go through our Stable Gaming Guide to get your PC in the best shape. At the very least make sure to update your Graphics Drivers to the latest available version.

    Performance Measurement

    To successfully conduct any tweaking, you will need some way of objectively measuring your performance in Frames Per Second (FPS). The easiest way to do this is to use the built-in Draw FPS option, found under the Advanced section of the in-game Settings menu. Enabling this option will result in a yellow FPS counter being shown at the top right of the screen.

    Pay attention to your FPS during the game, particularly during graphically intense scenes, such as combat with multiple enemies, or when special effects such as smoke or explosions are visible. If your FPS dips to a very low level at any point, or is constantly spiking, then this is a good indication that you need to adjust various settings, whether to raise your minimum FPS to at least 30 FPS, or simply to stabilize your framerate to prevent stuttering and variable responsiveness. Keep in mind that since Black Ops 2 is a very fast-paced game, for multiplayer you may need a minimum FPS that is much higher than 30 FPS to maintain sufficient responsiveness to remain competitive.

    General Settings

    To access the full suite of in-game settings, launch Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and select the Options item on the main menu, then select Settings. The main graphics-related options are covered in detail later in this guide. First we examine the general gameplay, sound and control options in this section. None of these settings has any significant impact on performance.

    Gameplay

    Subtitles: If set to Enabled, text subtitles will be shown at the bottom of the screen during conversations and cut scenes, while Disabled removes all such subtitles. This option is specific to campaign mode.

    Graphic Content: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 contains content which some players may find disturbing. If this option is set to Disabled, as much of these elements as possible is removed from the game without changing the storyline. This includes blood and gore effects, foul language, and any violent historical footage shown during the campaign. This setting has no impact on multiplayer mode.

    Player Name Indicator: This setting controls the information displayed above player heads in multiplayer mode:

    • Full Name - The player\\\'s rank icon and rank, any clan tag, and name will be displayed, in that order.
    • Abbreviated - Only the player name, devoid of rank or clan tag, is shown.
    • Icon Only - Only the rank icon and rank level is shown, without any name or clan tag.

    Color Blind Assist: If set to On, this option changes the colors used in the minimap so that they are more easily distinguishable for people who are color blind.

    Chat Messages: If set to Show, this option will allow the display of player text chat messages on the screen in multiplayer mode. If you find these messages distracting or annoying, you can remove them by selecting Hide for this setting.

    Sound

    Volume: There are multiple sliders here allowing control of the volume level for various game audio elements. This includes: Voice for spoken dialog, Music for in-game background music, SFX for special effects such as gunfire and explosions, a Master volume slider that controls the overall volume of all elements, a Cinematic volume slider that determines the level of audio for in-game cut-scenes during campaign mode, and Codcaster sliders to control the volume of gameplay and commentary when watching a pre-recorded game. None of these sliders has any impact on performance, so set them to suit your taste.

    Hearing Impaired: If this option is enabled, spoken dialog will be enhanced over any background audio to make it easier to distinguish.

    Sound Device: This item is may not be selectable if you have only one sound output device connected. It displays the name of the sound hardware that Black Ops 2 is currently using to output game audio on your system. If a connected device is not being identified correctly, or you are having problems with audio output on it, then you will first need to check your Windows sound settings under the Sound component of the Windows Control Panel, then check your sound card or motherboard manufacturer\\\'s website for the latest sound drivers.

    Presets: There are five preset audio mixes here, each determining the way in which game audio is processed:

    • Headphones - Boosts audio response at both ends of the spectrum to provide richer audio on standard headphones.
    • Treyarch Mix - The recommend audio processing for most systems with standard two or more channel speaker setups, as well as high-end headphones.
    • Bass Boost - Increases the low frequency response to provide heavier bass. Suitable if you prefer more bass, or have small speakers.
    • High Boost - Increases the high frequency response to provide crisper audio.
    • Supercrunch - Provides exaggerated sound output at all frequencies. This can make it easier to detect any noise, particularly during multiplayer.

    Once a preset is selected, you can click the System Test option to initiate a brief test sequence. However, any changes to the presets during the test sequence will not be reflected until the test is run again.

    Controls

    The Controls section of the settings allows you to remap your mouse, gamepad and keyboard control assignments. Make sure to go through this section, not only to customize it, but to also become aware of all the various settings. Of note are the following:

    Invert Mouse Look: If set to Yes, pushing your mouse forward will make your character aim down, and moving your mouse back will make him aim upwards. If set to No, the arrangement is reversed.

    Mouse Sensitivity: This slider determines the level of responsiveness of the mouse to your movements. The further to the right the slider, the more responsive the mouse will feel. Keep in mind that if your mouse movements feel laggy, even after raising the Mouse Sensitivity, there are several other things you should check:

    • If your framerate falls below around 30 FPS at any time, particularly during heavy combat, you will start to notice reduced responsiveness. You will need to adjust your graphics settings to raise your minimum FPS.
    • Check the Max Frames Per Second graphics setting (covered later in this guide) to make sure it isn\\\'t set to a low cap, such as 30 FPS. This is too low a maximum frame rate to allow for sufficient responsiveness in a fast-paced game like Black Ops 2; it should be set to at least 60.
    • If the Sync Every Frame setting is enabled, or you have Vertical Sync set to On or Adaptive in the NVIDIA Control Panel, this can contribute to a less responsive feel to mouse movements. See the Sync Every Frame setting in the Graphics Settings section later in this guide for more details.

    Mouse Smoothing: If set to On, this setting attempts to reduce the jerkiness of mouse movements by taking the average of several input samples, rather than just a single sample at any time. Note that mouse smoothing is not the same as mouse acceleration/deceleration. The main benefit of enabling mouse smoothing is that it can increase precision and, as the name implies, provide a feeling of smoothness in mouse movements. The major drawback is that it can result in noticeable mouse lag, making the mouse feel less responsive, particularly during fast-paced action. On balance it is best set to Off for maximum responsiveness in Borderlands 2.

    Also keep in mind that a high mouse sensitivity, while it can improve responsiveness, may also reduce accuracy.

    On the next page we begin our look at the various graphics-related settings in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

    Graphics Settings

     

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has a large number of graphics-related settings, and these can have a substantial impact on the way the game looks and plays on your system. To access all of the available graphics settings, select Options under the Main Menu, then choose the Settings item. In the following section we\\\'ll go through each of these graphics settings in detail, and see exactly how they affect performance and image quality.

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    In the performance graphs shown, for each setting we start with a \\\"baseline\\\" where all options are set to the maximum possible, as well as 4x MSAA, FXAA On, Depth of Field Low, Sync Every Frame Off, and Max Frames Per Second set to Unlimited. From this baseline, we vary individual settings to measure their effect on performance and image quality. From this baseline, we vary individual settings to measure their effect on performance and image quality. To see how various combinations of settings work for other NVIDIA GPUs, check out the Optimal Playable Settings section of the site.

    Full System Configuration

    • GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
    • Intel Core i7 3960X (3.3GHz)
    • 8GB RAM
    • Win7 64-bit
    • NVIDIA 310.54 WHQL Drivers

     

    Please go read the full guide here:

    http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/black-ops-2-tweak-guide#1

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    Call of Duty: Ghosts will be damned if you peek away from your screen. Boredom is absolutely not allowed as the campaign pelts you with action vignettes—including a scene directly snagged from the opening of The Dark Knight Rises—and repeats its mantra ad nauseam: “Keep moving!”

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     Click here to get the Teamspeak Download  and install it to your computer.

    Once you have installed the Teampseak Setup or are not sure how to then please follow all the steps below

    Guide to Using TeamSpeak 3

    Introduction

    TeamSpeak 3 is a voice communications (voice comms) tool for real time voice chat over the internet. This is sometimes referred to as voice over IP.

    It is designed for gamers to be able to chat with each other while playing a game. This takes team based games to a whole new level as you are able to quickly issue orders and report incidents without having to stop and type your message.

     

    This guide will cover:

    • Getting the TeamSpeak software
    • Setting up and connecting to a server.

    This guide is not meant to be a complete guide to using TeamSpeak. If you want more information, then look at the FAQ section of the TeamSpeak website: www.teamspeak.com

     Step 1 – Getting the Software

    Visit the download page

    Assuming you are running a version of Microsoft Windows, you will need \\\\\\\'TS3 Client\\\\\\\' 32 or 64 bit. TeamSpeak is completely freeware, so there is nothing to pay.

    Once the software has downloaded, run the executable and follow the installation instructions. Once it is installed it might be useful to place a shortcut on the desktop (if it hasn\\\\\\\'t already) or even on the \\\\\\\'Quick Launch\\\\\\\' bar. This is entirely up to you.

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  • Call of Duty: Ghosts Graphics and Performance Guide Call of Duty: Ghosts Graphics and Performance Guide

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Graphics and Performance Guide

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By Sean Ridgeley

Call of Duty: Ghosts is Infinity Ward's latest entry in the long-running first-person shooter series. Boasting a new four-player co-op Extinction mode, Squads mode, female soldiers,

 

 peripheral vision when aiming down sniper rifle sights, and more, the game offers some enticing new goodies for veterans and new players alike.

Graphically, Call of Duty has taken its biggest leap in some time, with an upgraded engine and the integration of new, advanced technology from NVIDIA. In this article we’ll examine the new technology, demonstrate how it enhances Call of Duty: Ghosts, and measure its performance impact on the game. We’ll also offer recommendations for game settings, and share some advanced tweaks that’ll help you get the most from your system, and the game.

IW Engine & Umbra 3: Upgrades Abound

Infinity Ward has again used its proprietary engine to build Ghosts, and as with previous titles has introduced a multitude of upgrades that enhance visual fidelity. Headline features such as DirectX 11 tessellation, Sub-D, and HDR lighting make the greatest impact, while upgrades like the Umbra 3 renderer improve performance and efficiency.

These updates are further bolstered by the addition of advanced NVIDIA GameWorks technologies, high-resolution PC textures, and support for 4K gaming resolutions. But before we go into further detail, be sure to go over the system requirements detailed below (recommended requirements are in brackets). Note while 6GB of RAM was previously required, this has since been lowered to 4GB.

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ / AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better (Intel® Core™ i5 – 680 @ 3.6GHz)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM (8GB RAM)
  • Hard Disk Space: 40 GB
  • Video:NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 @ 4GB)
  • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • Internet: Broadband connection and service required for Multiplayer Connectivity. Internet connection required for activation.

 

NVIDIA GameWorks Technologies

NVIDIA GameWorks Technologies: HBAO+, TXAA, Dynamic Fur, and PhysX Turbulence

 

NVIDIA HBAO+

Ambient Occlusion (AO) will be familiar to most gamers due to its frequent use in recent titles, and the ability to add AO automatically to many more games through the NVIDIA Control Panel. In short, AO adds contact shadows where two surfaces or objects meet, and where an object blocks light from reaching another nearby game element. The AO technique used and the quality of the implementation affect the level of accuracy of the shadowing, and whether new shadows are formed when the level of occlusion is low. Technologically there’s more to it of course (if you’re interested, learn more here), but the long and short of it is that Ambient Occlusion increases the realism and fidelity of a scene by calculating the occlusion of light. Without Ambient Occlusion, scenes can look flat and unrealistic, and objects can appear as if they are floating on surfaces.

In Call of Duty: Ghosts, PC gamers can enable NVIDIA GameWorks HBAO+, a new and improved AO technique that is faster, more detailed, and more precise than all other variants, significantly increasing image quality.


HBAO+ enhances this scene by greatly increasing the level of depth and realism of shadows on each part of the house. The result is a richer, more detailed scene.

In Ghosts, HBAO+ dramatically increases the level of visual quality, adding major depth, warmth, and detail to nearly every scene. Every in-game elements is affected, including buildings, bridges, steps, foliage, vehicles, and more, creating richer scenes that cannot be matched by other platforms.


Note here especially the richness of shadows on the bridge.

If you'd like to learn more about the intricacies of HBAO+ please visit our HBAO+ technology page.

NVIDIA TXAA

NVIDIA TXAA is a custom-developed anti-aliasing technique designed to tackle temporal aliasing, the movement of anti-aliased edges when the player’s camera or view point moves. Referred to as crawling and shimmering, this movement is a particular eyesore in games with fine detail, most commonly found in urban environments.

Combining Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) with a custom CG movie-style resolve, and a temporal filter, TXAA effectively combats temporal aliasing whilst simultaneously anti-aliasing geometry to a degree comparable to that of 2xMSAA and 4xMSAA.


In this early section of the game, the geometry of the space station and satellite are constantly moving, resulting in significant edge and temporal aliasing. With TXAA, the two are removed, improving visual fidelity by a significant degree.

To enable NVIDIA TXAA, a Kepler-class GeForce GTX 600 series GPU, or higher is required.

 

NVIDIA HairWorks (Dynamic Fur)

A Call of Duty: Ghosts game update has recently introduced the “Dynamic Fur” game option, marking the very first game implementation of NVIDIA's new DirectX 11-based, tessellated, HairWorks technology. With this option enabled, dogs and wolves in single-player and multiplayer feature dynamic, realistically-reacting fur that improves visual fidelity considerably.

NVIDIA’s HairWorks solution eschews the traditional method of applying polygon strips and transparent textures for the rendering hair and fur, and instead renders hundreds of thousands of individual hair strands, each of which reacts to movement and the+ environment, including lighting and shadows. This is best seen in the single-player campaign, where Riley the German Shepard sports up to 470,000 individually rendered, DirectX 11, tessellated hairs.

Compared to his appearance with “Dynamic Fur” disabled, the addition of NVIDIA HairWorks is a paradigm shift in visual fidelity.


Click here for an interactive comparison showing Dynamic Fur Off vs. Dynamic Fur High.

 

For further details, please check out our dedicated Call of Duty: Ghosts NVIDIA HairWorks article.

 

NVIDIA PhysX Turbulence

Also included in the aforementioned game update was the addition of PhysX smoke in multiplayer, which upgrades the game’s smoke grenade effect to one comprised of individual, dynamic particles that are powered by NVIDIA’s GPU-accelerated APEX and Turbulence technologies. These particles react to player movements, explosions, and other forces, swirling around the scene in an accurate, realistic manner.

The addition of these particles greatly enhances the immersion and image quality of the smoke effect, which is further bolstered by the addition of Particle Shadow Mapping, a recent development that enables select particles to cast shadows, and self-shadow one another. This is particularly beneficial for thick, heavy smoke effects, such as the smoke grenade, instantly emphasizing the density of the effect to the viewer, and further increasing image quality.

Resolution & Image Quality

The performance graphs below demonstrate the impact of a specific setting on our i7-3770K, GeForce GTX 780 test system. For each setting we begin with a baseline where all options are set to the maximum, and anti-aliasing set to 4x MSAA. From this baseline, we vary individual settings to measure their effect on performance and image quality, represented by the performance charts, comparison images, and interactive comparison sliders.

Resolution

This setting determines the amount of pixels seen in the game image, as measured horizontally and vertically (eg. 1920 x 1080) – the higher the resolution, the more detailed and crisp the image will be. Note the options available are determined by what your graphics card and monitor allow. Generally speaking, you should pick the maximum resolution available (also known as your native resolution). If for some reason you choose not to, it's recommended to use Windowed or Windowed (Fullscreen) mode in combination with your selection, or choose 'No scaling' under the 'Adjust desktop size and position' section of NVIDIA Control Panel.

Screen Resolution Performance Comparison

The graph shows a small performance impact when moving between lower resolutions, and a drastic impact when moving to higher. While the cost is steep, it's well worth the extreme improvement in visual fidelity, and as such should only be lowered as an absolute last resort. Users with multiple screens should look for a top-end single GPU setup or a multi-GPU SLI setup for strong framerates.

Image Quality

This setting dictates the game’s internal rendering resolution. If set below 'Extra', resolutions progressively lower than those selected in “Resolution” are used for rendering graphics, and the result scaled up to your chosen screen resolution. This ‘downscaling’ significantly impacts image quality and is not recommended


Click here for an interactive comparison showing Image Quality Very Low vs. Image Quality Extra.

As you can see, the result is a drastic hit to visuals once you drop below High (which still shows a noticeable decrease in sharpness). Normal offers an acceptable middle ground for those in dire need of extra frames; high-end gamers will find Low and Very Low completely unbearable, but they may be acceptable for those using minimum spec systems incapable of otherwise playing the game.

Image Quality Performance Comparison

Our testing reveals Image Quality has a major effect on framerate at all levels, and scales appropriately per setting. Like Resolution, however, the impact on visuals is so high that lowering this setting should be considered an absolute last resort.

If you found this valuable, please go read the full guide here:

http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/call-of-duty-ghosts-graphics-and-performance-guide#1

 

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