After a one month delay, Activision has finally released Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered on the PC. COD MW2 Remastered comes with improved textures, animations, physical rendering, HDR lighting, and more. As such, it’s time now to benchmark it and see how it performs on the PC platform.
For this PC Performance Analysis, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3600Mhz, AMD’s Radeon RX580 and RX Vega 64, NVIDIA’s RTX 2080Ti, GTX980Ti and GTX690. We also used Windows 10 64-bit, the GeForce driver 445.87 and the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.4.2 drivers. NVIDIA has not added any SLI profile for this game, meaning that our GTX690 performed similarly to a single GTX680.
Infinity Ward and Beenox have added a lot of graphics settings to tweak. PC gamers can adjust the quality of textures, normal maps, specular maps, anisotropic filtering and shadows. There are also options for screen space ambient occlusion, depth of field, motion blur, subsurface scattering and depth prepass. Beenox has also added a FOV slider, and there are also options for ragdolls, dynamic lights and anti-aliasing.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered does not feature any buil-in benchmark tool. As such, we’ve used the beginning sequence of the “Team Player” mission in order to benchmark it. We also disabled the “Fill Remaining Memory” setting as it introduced instability issues.
In order to find out how the game scales on multiple CPU threads, we simulated a dual-core, a quad-core and a hexa-core CPU. Without Hyper Threading, our dual-core system was unable to run the game due to major stuttering issues. When we enabled Hyper Threading, though, our simulated dual-core was able to offer a smooth gaming experience.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered uses the DirectX 11 API and runs significantly better on newer CPUs. While our Intel i7 4930K was able to push a constant 60fps experience at 1080p/Ultra settings, it was noticeably slower than our Intel i9 9900K.
At 1080p/Max settings, most of our CPUs were able to run the game smoothly. For instance, our AMD Radeon RX580 was able to run our benchmark scene with an average of 86fps. As such, a wide range of PC systems will be able to run the game at fullHD resolutions.
At 2560×1440, our three most powerful GPUs were able to offer a constant 60fps experience. As for 4K, the only GPU that was able to offer a constant 60fps experience was the RTX2080Ti. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 came close to it, though there were some drops to 52fps.
Graphics wise, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered looks amazing. Infinity Ward and Beenox have improved the game’s lighting system and most of its assets. The game looks great even by today’s standards, so kudos to the teams for overhauling it. In short, this isn’t a simple remaster, and feels more like a proper remake.
In conclusion, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered looks and performs great on the PC platform. The game looks significantly better than its original version. Moreover, it can run smoothly on a wide range of PC configurations. We also did not experience any mouse smoothing or acceleration issues, and there are proper K&M on-screen prompts. Not only that, Beenox has added a FOV slider; something that the remaster of the first Modern Warfare was lacking.