Here are the best cs:go settings and launch options


In this guide, we take a look at the best settings to give you a competitive sầu edge in CS:GO.

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16 Feb 21



It can be quite overwhelming to lớn try and figure out which settings are the best to give you the competitive sầu edge. Libraries worth of nội dung have sầu been written on the subject of the most optimal settings for CS:GO. From absurd theories to lớn lists of numerical values, you quickly kết thúc up seeing the forest for the trees. In this guide, let’s condense all of this information và filter the nonsense from the applicable.

Mouse Settings

If you have, at any time, looked up mouse settings for CS:GO, you might have sầu been bombarded with a barrage of numbers that became more meaningless the more you looked at them. Instead of trying to explain all of the scientific theory that underlies these settings, I will just explain the possibilities you have sầu, so you can adapt your settings lớn your preference. lưu ý that each mouse will offer different possibilities khổng lồ change these settings: some come with physical buttons on the mouse, while others require software.

Polling Rate

Your polling rate means the frequency at which your mouse reports data to your PC per second. Not all mice offer the setting to change this. There is a good reason for this, as the industry standard is mix at 1000hz (once every millisecond) & there is very little reason lớn change it. This frequency is also the one that most of the pros use. A small minority opt for 500hz, but there is no reason khổng lồ switch lớn this if you’re not used to lớn one or the other yet.

Recommended Setting: 1000hz


Next up, DPI. Basically, this means how many dots on your screen your cursor will move if you physically move your mouse one inch. Consequently, the higher your DPI, the faster your crosshair will move with less movement of your mouse. The most optimal choice is less clear cut here. While the majority of players use the lowest possible DPI of 400, a good number of players also up this to 800 and some even go as far as 1600. The main reason for this is that a higher DPI setting will make your mouse very sensitive lớn very small và accidental movements, which may lead khổng lồ inconsistent shots. Moreover, it will make small adjustments a lot harder as even a slight physical mouse movement leads to lớn a large in-game cursor movement.

Recommended Setting: 400 DPI

Windows Settings

Next, let’s change your Windows settings. xuất hiện this window by going to lớn ‘Mouse settings’ in the tìm kiếm bar and then clicking ‘Additional mouse options’ in the top right corner of the window that just opened. Set the pointer tốc độ khổng lồ the 6th out of the 11th bar & make sure that the box khổng lồ ‘Enhance pointer precision’ is unchecked. Enhanced pointer precision will merely distort your natural movements.


Some mice also come with their own software to change things lượt thích DPI, RBG lighting, & other things. If you have sầu this software installed, make sure to check its settings too for any things like pointer precision or mouse enhancements. Disable these, as they will also change your movements virtually which is often not beneficial in-game.

In-trò chơi Settings

Let’s dive inlớn the game settings. Before we look at sensitivity, we need to lớn make sure that our preliminary settings are in order first.

Raw Input

First of all, you want to enable raw input đầu vào. This means that CS:GO will ignore the Windows settings và take the đầu vào straight from your mouse. You might wonder why we changed the Windows settings earlier then. Mainly this is done as a fail-safe: even if this setting gets rephối in an update or by accident, your effective in-game settings will remain the same.

Recommended Setting: Raw Input Enabled

Mouse Acceleration

More important is khổng lồ disable mouse acceleration. This is identical khổng lồ the ‘Enhance pointer precision’ setting in Windows &, consequently, would mess with your crosshair movement even if raw đầu vào was enabled.

Recommended Setting: mouse acceleration disabled


This is a big one & highly personal. Your DPI will be multiplied by your sensitivity, which gives you your eDPI & will ultimately determine how fast your crosshair moves in-game. A player who uses 400 DPI with a sensitivity of 2 will have sầu the exact same feeling as a player using 800 DPI with a sensitivity of 1. Sensitivity choices range anywhere from 1 to lớn 4, with many pro players landing somewhere in between. For example, if we look at some of our players, Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg uses a sensitivity of 3.20 while Håkon ‘hallzerk’ Fjærli uses a sensitivity of 1.90. 

Ultimately, it will come down khổng lồ what you feel comfortable with. Do not believe sầu the theories saying that you should measure sensitivity by figuring out at what setting you can bởi vì a full 180 with one stroke from the left khổng lồ the right of your mousepad. This would mean that you let the size of your mousepad decide, which is a tad ridiculous, especially now that we have sầu extra-large mousepads. The best way khổng lồ figure out your optimal sensitivity is by going inkhổng lồ a custom game & spawning a bot. Put your crosshair on the bot’s head và start strafing in a circle, while keeping your crosshair on its head. Increase your sensitivity if your crosshair is lagging & decrease it if it is skipping ahead. Continuously finetune it until you are comfortably strafing around with your crosshair on its head. It’s also not a bad idea to lớn recalibrate this every once in a while khổng lồ see if you are still as comfortable with this setting a couple of days later and that your results were not affected by, for example, exhaustion.

Recommended Setting: Any number you feel comfortable at between 1 and 4. The average sensitivity used by the pros is 2.20



When it comes lớn crosshairs, much of the same is to lớn be as for the prior considerations. All of this will depover on personal preference and pros use a wide variety of different crosshairs. From wide crosses lớn small little dots, crosshairs come in all shapes & sizes. Generally, you want a crosshair in a color that gives you high visibility và doesn’t blend into the environment. That generally excludes brown & dark green colors. To modify your crosshair, you can use crashz’ Crosshair Generator. Not only does this bản đồ offer you many pro’s crosshairs as a possible starting point, but you can also easily change your settings by shooting the respective option on the maps, which will immediately effect the change. Most professional players stiông xã lớn the standard cross-shaped crosshair with a gap in the middle, while some others prefer a dot or small gapless cross.

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Recommended Setting: A neon green, yellow, or blue crosshair, cross-shaped with a gap in the middle


Keyboard Binds

When you’re playing CS:GO, you find yourself in an environment in which every second counts. Having khổng lồ frantically scroll up to lớn select the right grenade often won’t cut it và sets you up for disaster. That’s why it is important lớn bind a key lớn all of your important actions in-game so that you can instantaneously vì chưng what is required of you in the heat of the moment. Across all players, there are some generally accepted binds. For example, players will generally use the ‘WASD’ keys lớn walk around in-game and the ‘R’-key khổng lồ reload. Spacebar is used lớn jump (often in combination with the mouse wheel down or up) while ‘B’ opens the buy menu. A useful triông xã that can tremendously improve your gameplay is lớn bind each grenade to lớn a specific key. Below you can find an overview of the most commonly used binds by professional players. (Tip: cliông chồng the images to lớn open a larger version of the image in a new tab!)

Recommended Settings:



Finally, there are other keybinds such as those lớn buy items that you can’t easily change from the thực đơn. These must be changed by editing the 'autoexec' file of CS:GO. If you are the only CS:GO player on your computer, you can just go inkhổng lồ your CS:GO folder (C:Program FilesSteamsteamappscommonCounter-Strike Global Offensivecsgocfg) and open the ‘autoexec’ tệp tin. If multiple people play CS:GO on the computer you’re using, you should create an autoexec that is exclusive sầu to your trương mục by finding the same file in a different folder: (C:Program FilesSteamuserdata\730localcfg). You can find your Steam ID by going to the Steamfinder website, entering your name, và checking the number behind ‘steamID64 (Dec)’. Should you be unable khổng lồ locate the tệp tin in these folders, you can simply create it yourself by right-clicking in the thư mục & generating a new text-tệp tin, naming it ‘autoexec.cfg’.

Keybinds khổng lồ Buy Items

To generate keybinds for your Numpad keys to lớn buy items, you can use the site CS:GO Buy Binds Generator. Simply press the corresponding key on the screen and select what you want it to vì chưng. Once you are finished, press ‘generate binds’ & copy the generated text inlớn your autoexec tệp tin.

Jump with Mousewheel

If you want to jump when you scroll down on your mouse, simply paste this command right under the other binds:

bind "MWHEELDOWN" "+jump"

Jump-throw bind

In case you want khổng lồ use a jump-throw comm&, you will have to lớn vì chưng the same for this slightly more complicated command:

alias "+jumpthrow" "+forward;+jump;-attack"

alias "-jumpthrow" "-jump;-forward"

bind "alt" "+jumpthrow"


However, remember that jump-throw commands might not be allowed in every tournament, so make sure to lớn kiểm tra the rulebook on this.

At the over of the document, paste the following command:


Finally, we’ll have sầu khổng lồ make sure that this tệp tin gets read by CS:GO. Go to lớn Steam và right-cliông chồng on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sầu. Press properties & find the ‘launch options’ tab in the window that just opened. There, write the following command & save sầu.

+exec autoexec

Monitor Settings

Refresh Rate

A comtháng mistake people make when they buy a new monitor that supports higher refresh rates is that they forget to check whether Windows is actually phối khổng lồ output said higher refresh rate. The first order of business after connecting a new monitor should thus be to kiểm tra your Windows settings.

To change this setting, click the Windows key & type “Display” into the search bar. Then, select the option lớn change the resolution of your display. Scroll down until you find “Advanced display settings”. You should see a screen where you can choose between your monitors (in case you have sầu multiple). Select the monitor you want lớn use a high refresh rate on, and then cliông xã “Display adapter properties for Display X”. In the new window that opens, select “Monitor” & choose your refresh rate. Then cliông xã “Apply” & “OK”.

Recommended Setting: Highest possible refresh rate on your monitor

Digital Vibrance

As was said before, every split-second decision in CS:GO can make or break a round. Consequently, it’s very important to see enemies as fast as you can. One thing that can help with this is digital vibrance. Basically, this setting increases the saturation of your screen, which makes everything more colorful. It also means that you can much more easily distinguish between different objects, including players. Unsurprisingly, this is a standard setting used by many professional players.

Some monitors come with built-in settings that allow you to lớn change the digital vibrance on the hardware itself. If your monitor has this feature, check your manual on how lớn change this setting on your specific monitor. In case it doesn’t, there is some neat software to lớn change this. You can simply go inkhổng lồ your AMD or Nvidia settings, but that can be quite cumbersome, especially when you want to switch between high vibrance for competitive sầu games và low vibrance for other nội dung such as movies. Luckily, there is a simple tool you can download called VibranceGUI  that works for both AMD and Nvidia cards. This neat little tool allows you to easily change the vibrance on the fly. It even lets you choose whether you want it khổng lồ run for all software or only activate when you launch certain games lượt thích CS:GO. Once installed, just hop in-game and see how much vibrance is optimal for your monitor and taste. Most pros set their digital vibrance khổng lồ at least 80%, with many of them cranking it up lớn the full 100%.

Recommended Setting: Digital Vibrance between 80-100%


When you look at the resolutions used by professional players, you will see that most of them choose to play on lower resolutions with an aspect ratio (width to height) of 4:3. Historically, this can be explained by a laông chồng of availability of higher resolutions when most pro players began khổng lồ play &, in addition, weaker hardware that could not sufficiently drive sầu the higher resolutions even when they became available. Many people lượt thích lớn copy the settings used by the pros, và, consequently, these lower resolutions have sầu been accepted as the generally recommended standard.

However, if your hardware is powerful enough khổng lồ drive CS:GO & gives you at least more FPS than your refresh rate, there is no reason to lớn choose these lower resolutions over your standard settings. In fact, the best player in the world of this year, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, has been using a 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1920x1080. It might even be better to lower your graphic settings to have a higher resolution than the other way around. The most important thing, however, is khổng lồ find the resolution that is right for you và stiông xã to it. 

Recommended Setting: 1920x1080, unless your framerate is too low for comfort on this setting

Graphics Settings

These settings will mainly come down khổng lồ the power of your hardware is và what it can drive. The most important thing in CS:GO is FPS, và usually lower settings will give sầu higher FPS. You can check my settings below, but these are not golden rules & are mainly tailored to my hardware và preferences. You can choose khổng lồ copy them and see if you have any FPS lớn spare. In that case, you can increase the unique and see how far you can push it. There are a few important settings that must be considered though.

Recommended Settings:

Higher brightness will make it easier to spot enemies in darker places. Especially with the recent addition of the new agent skins, this is a very useful setting.Laptop power savings should be disabled as this will tank your FPS.Global shadow unique takes a heavy toll on FPS và since you can see shadows just fine on all settings, there is no reason khổng lồ increase this setting unless you have sầu the hardware to drive it.Boost player contrast makes player models stvà out more & creates a sort of halo around them. Consequently, this setting should always be enabled.Multicore rendering should be enabled to take full advantage of your processor’s cores.Wait for Vertical Sync is only recommended in case you experience screen tearing (i.e. your monitor shows information from multiple frames at the same time.)Motion blur should always be disabled. It makes it harder khổng lồ see enemies when turning fast which is… not igiảm giá.