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CSGO Settings Guide

In the world of online gaming, to get better, you need to pay attention to every aspect of the game. You’re against real players and there’s almost always going to be someone who got to know the game and the game’s mechanics better than you do. The goal is to minimize the amount of those people, learning more about the game yourself. So to remain competitive and continue having fun, you need to learn a lot of tips and tricks as well. To help, we’ve made this CSGO settings guide. This applies to LoL, DOTA, StarCraft, basically every popular online game, and it includes our favorite, too – CSGO.

So, if you want to be better at CSGO, you need to pay attention to all aspects. Movement, aiming, even in-game settings we’re going to be talking about in this article. Movement is also fundamentally important for your performance, so click the Related link to find out more about that.

Related: CSGO Movement & Simple Tactics Guide

Now, let’s take a look at the standard settings most professionals use.

Mouse CSGO Settings Guide

Let’s start with the most obvious and important thing – your mouse. There are a few mouse settings that should be optimized to give you a better grip against the enemies. We’ll cover terms like sensitivity, raw input, and mouse acceleration.

To start it off, it is recommended for you to acquire a good mouse of your choice.

The settings are by no means the same for everyone. Depending on your role, you will need to adjust them accordingly. If you are wielding an AWP, you will have different settings than if you were running around with a rifle.

The most important thing about the mouse is called eDPI and it is important that you know what that is.

There are two different factors that affect sensitivity – DPI and in-game Sensitivity. They both affect the speed of your crosshair while playing the game. One is hardware in your mouse, the other is software in-game.

What is eDPI?

DPI (effective Dots Per Inch) measures the sensitivity of your mouse (higher=faster). It is the hardware part of your crosshair speed, and Sensitivity is the software part. There is a huge amount of mice out there and they’re all slightly different. In order to find a value that is similar to the pro’s, you need a combination of mouse settings (DPI) and personal sensitivity (in-game) settings. This in total is called eDPI.

Gaming Mouse

For example, 600 dpi and a sensitivity of 2 is the same as 400 dpi and a sensitivity of 3. That’s why we use the “in total” measurement, eDPI, to compare sensitivity settings. You can calculate it by multiplying the DPI with sensitivity.

What is the Average eDPI of CSGO Professional Players?

Average eDPI of CSGO professional players: 876

Of course, the average includes all classes in the game. You should find an eDPI what fits you the most, depending on what you play. It is a personal thing and you should find your own preferred value.

Average eDPI of CSGO professional RIFLERS: 856

Average eDPI of CSGO professional AWPERS: 955

So, keep an eye on this value!


Sensitivity is the in-game aspect of your crosshair speed. The sensitivity you should choose depends directly to the DPI you have on your mouse. That means we can’t give you any exact numbers, so you’ll have to calculate your eDPI yourself based on your settings.

Zoom Sensitivity

Zoom Sensitivity refers to how fast you aim while being zoomed in using scoped rifles. This value is especially important for AWPers, so if you plan to snipe, adjust it properly. We can, however, give you some values in this CSGO settings guide. If you want to stay nimble while unscoped and a steady aim while scoping, you might want to increase this value.

If you are a Rifler and prefer to use the same sensitivity while being scoped and unscoped, use this in the command bar: zoom_sensitivity_ratio_mouse “0.818933027098955175”

The average zoom sensitivity of professional CSGO AWPers: 1.

Mouse Hertz (Hz)

Mouse Hz is the polling rate and it determines how often per unit of time does your mouse send info to your PC. Most mice, especially gamer ones have different settings you can choose.

A polling rate of 125 Hz means your mouse sends information every 8 milliseconds. 500 Hz means every 2 milliseconds. This is the setting most of the professionals use. Many mice have a 1000 Hz setting, but at this point it’s unnecessary  – the difference between 2 milliseconds and 1 millisecond is negligible, and it requires double the workforce from your mouse. As a result, many mice have problems dishing out 1000 Hz, which is why it’s the most rational to stick to 500.

Mouse Acceleration

This is generally not advised to be used. Basically, what this does is that if you move your mouse faster, the cursor will travel further vs if you moved your mouse slower in the same distance. This creates non-linear feedback and prevents you from developing muscle memory.

Raw Input

We advise you to turn this on. If you keep it off, your windows sensitivity is an active factor in determining your eDPI we talked about earlier. If it’s on, it means CSGO ignores any other input that would come outside the game (drivers, Windows).

Video CSGO Settings Guide

Just as your mouse is fundamentally important for your gameplay, output devices are not to be ignored either. The monitor is the thing that gives you the feedback to your input, so it’s only logical that it is important.

Gaming Monitor

There are many different opinions regarding Video Settings. There are pros and cons to each resolution, aspect ratio, and video settings and ultimately it’s up to you to choose your preferred setup.

Resolution and Aspect Ratio

Of course, when it comes to Resolution, bigger is better – taking into account you’re using your native resolution. However, in CSGO, the resolution is not the primary thing we’re chasing after – it’s the FPS. As this is a really fast-paced game, you’ll need a good framerate and if possible, a 144Hz monitor.

The refresh rate, Herz in monitor works generally the same way as it does on mice. It tells you how many times per second can the monitor update the picture you’re seeing. Having a good PC is obviously recommended, however, if you can’t afford a gaming rig, lowering your resolution will help with framerates.

Generally, we strongly advise that you play on a 16:9 aspect ratio, because you can see more on your screen. This is the part that’s the most controversial about CSGO In-Game settings. Most professionals use the 4:3 aspect ratio with the reasoning that it helps you focus on the important part of the game, the middle. Of course, this is real neat-picking and for you, me and most people, 16:9 is simply better. You can focus on the middle of that screen as well.

If you’re using a 4:3 aspect ratio, you can choose between a stretched display and Black bars. Most pros use stretched, however some use black bars too.

In-Game Video Settings

  • Brightness

Should be increased to spot enemies in dark places. Use a setting you feel the most comfortable with. A good spot to check your brightness levels is the dark corner on bomb spot B on de_inferno.

  • Color mode

It is advised to use the Computer Monitor setting.

  • Laptop Power Savings

Obviously, this is used to preserve power. If you are gaming and are trying to keep your FPS high, this should remain off.

  • Global Shadow Quality

If you don’t have the most powerful rig, having them on high settings can be a real FPS drainer. However, you need shadows as they can help you spot players, so we recommend using the Low setting.

  • Model / Texture details

Details of textures in the game. There’s not a lot of visual difference between high and low. Set up according to your hardware and wishes.

  • Effect Detail

Apart from the obvious advantage of the game looking prettier, the only practical advantage you get from this is being able to see better through Molotov. Only up this if you have a better PC.

  • Shader Detail

This has no practical advantages from a competitive point of view. As FPS is our main goal here, keep this low.

  • Multicore Rendering

This enables the game to use multiple cores on your CPU. Keep this on.

  • Multisampling Anti-Aliasing Mode

This smoothes out the edges of models and objects in the game. It does eat a lot of FPS, though, so only keep this on if you have a good PC.

  • FXAA Anti-Aliasing

Keep this disabled. It causes input lag (really not good) and works worse than Multisampling aesthetically. Keep this off.

  • Texture Filtering Mode

Basically removes blur from textures that are far away. The difference in visibility is nonexistent, so it’s best to keep it at bilinear.

  • Vertical Sync

The job of this setting is to reduce screen tearing issues. However, it adds a sort of a buffer, so it adds a form lag. If you don’t have issues with screen tearing, keep it off.

  • Motion Blur

Keep this disabled. It adds blur to crosshair movements, keeping your visibility worse.

Кeyboard Settings CSGO Settings Guide

Keyboard, being the second piece of hardware you use for input with while playing games, is incredibly important as well. Having a low-quality keyboard that has a chance to not register sometime you press a button, or even worse having keys that jam are a huge disadvantage. In that case, if your spacebar jams while you are running away or doesn’t register, you will probably end up dead (and angry). So, it is advised to invest in a keyboard, even better a mechanical one with tactile feedback.

Another thing that is important is key binding. For start, we’ll talk about buybinds. This is mostly just convenient, but it does give you a tactical advantage over people who don’t use them because you can get to your position faster.

But the thing we recommend the most when it comes to binds is binding your grenades. Do not cycle through your grenades by pressing 4 or using your mouse wheel. Bind them separately to spare yourself important deciding milliseconds. Some professional still cycle through grenades by pressing 4 multiple times, but this is only due to habit and isn’t the right way to do it.

You can also use the config/autoexec to have exactly the same settings as throughout this guide. These binds will also make you be able to buy said grenades with the same button.

bind “f” “buy flashbang; use weapon_knife; use weapon_flashbang”
bind “t” “buy smokegrenade; use weapon_knife; use weapon_smokegrenade”
bind “q” “buy hegrenade; use weapon_knife; use weapon_hegrenade”
bind “r” “buy incgrenade; buy molotov; use weapon_knife; use weapon_molotov; use weapon_incgreande”
bind “c” “buy decoy; use weapon_knife; use weapon_decoy”

The reason why we use knives with grenades is that the knife stops the grenade throw animation. This means that you will be able to throw them a lot faster.

Audio CSGO Settings Guide

Many video-game players tend to disregard game audio. This is the reason a lot of racing games have fancy visuals but engine sounds that sound like synthesizers, heh. So of course, this CSGO settings guide doesn’t disregard it.

But back to CSGO. Audio is crucial in this game. For this reason, we absolutely recommend getting some good headphones, or just headphones at all. Here’s a video that shows some of the best headsets for gaming.

The audio engine in this game isn’t really good. To make the best use of this subpar audio engine you’ll want your configuration set to Headphones. You can find it under: Settings -> Options -> Audio -> Speaker Configuration -> Headphones.

This will make it easier for you to hear footsteps. This is the important part. Set up your master volume and settings to match your volume tolerance and all, but make sure you can still hear enemies coming.

You can add this to your config if you want to use the recommended configuration:

volume “0.2”
voice_enable “1”
voice_scale “1”
windows_speaker_config “1”
snd_musicvolume “0.04”
snd_tensecondwarning_volume “1”
snd_menumusic_volume “0”
snd_roundend_volume “0”
snd_roundstart_volume “0”
snd_deathcamera_volume “0”
snd_mapobjective_volume “0”

Radar CSGO Settings Guide

Another thing generally overlooked by new players. Radar is really important as you get a huge amount of information through it. The default one isn’t really the best, so this set of settings should meet most of your needs:

cl_hud_radar_scale “o.9”
cl_radar_scale “0.4”
cl_radar_always_centered “0”

This will allow you to have a full overview of your minimap.

Launch Options and Configuration CSGO Settings Guide

This is what executes when you open your game. These settings will help it run as smoothly as possible.

To set your launch options, go into your Steam library, right click on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -> Properties -> Set Launch Options and if you’re using a 144Hz monitor, paste this:

-freq 144 -console -novid -tickrate 128

If you are using a 60Hz monitor, paste this:

-freq 60 -console -novid -tickrate 128

When you did this, go to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\YOURSTEAMID\730\local\cfg. This is where you put your config/autoexec.

So, this is it. At some point in any game, you will start tinkering with options. In many cases, it’s them that make the fundamental difference in your performance. Of course, many of these are highly personal and subjective, so you will probably have to find your own values at some point. Of course, that doesn’t mean the values we’ve shown you can’t be your own. But don’t hesitate to change them to your liking if you feel there’s something off!

Related: CSGO Movement and Simple Tactics Guide

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