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COD Warzone VRAM Usage: How to Fix

COD: Warzone VRAM Usage Season 5: How to Fix

In this COD: Warzone VRAM Usage guide for the latest update, we take a look at an issue plaguing gamers since the latest update to Infinity Ward’s premiere battle royale shooter. We’ll make sure to update our guide as more details about the issue are discovered.

Current Known Fixes for Excessive Warzone VRAM Usage

Following the Season 5 update, Warzone had its VRAM stats split into two bars. Now players can track usage in both Warzone and in multiplayer. Unfortunately, PC players’ VRAM usage seems to have spiked with the new update, and worse, gamers are reporting regular crashes and poor performance overall.

At the time of writing, there are two main fixes that have proven to be effective for players struggling with the current VRAM usage issues.

issues with the VRAM on COD: Warzone can keep you from enjoying this amazing game

Editing the Advanced Options File

The easiest fix is to update the advanced options file. You’ll find the file here:

Documents\Call of Duty Modern Warfare\players\adv_options.ini

Once you open the file with any text editor locate the option named: VideoMemoryScale.

Its default value is 0.85. Try dropping it to 0.65, or even a little lower. Save the file and exit.

Customize the Paging File

If that doesn’t work, you can make tweaks to your paging file on Windows 10 by heading to System Properties. Make sure you have administrator access, and then head to Control Panel > System and Security > System. Then click on Advanced System Settings on the left side of the screen.

Advanced System Settings

From the Advanced tab in System Properties, click the “Settings…” button in the Performance category.

system properties

From the Performance Options menu, head to the Advanced tab, and click the “Change…” button in the Virtual Memory section.

performance options

It’s here where you can manually control your paging file size. To do this, select the Custom Size radio button in the Virtual Memory menu.

Make sure to set the range to be 1.5 times your actual RAM on your system to 4 times the actual RAM. So, if you have 2 gigs (2048 megabytes) of RAM, you’d want your range to be 3072 – 8192 megabytes.

manually set your VRAM for COD: Warzone

Manually setting the size of your paging file has been known to prevent crashes in the game. However, Warzone’s excessive VRAM usage will probably continue.

Repairing Game Files Using Blizzard Launcher

Another potential fix reported on Reddit and elsewhere (including in our comments section!) is to repair your Warzone game files using the Battle.net game launcher for Blizzard and Activision games.

To do this, click Options under Warzone’s logo in the launcher, then press Scan and Repair. This will check the integrity of your game files and repair any issues it detects. Some users have reported that this has fixed the Warzone VRAM usage issue, but you may need to try other methods, too.

Workarounds

If you’re new to PC games, or just unsure about sticking your hands into the muck of advanced option file editing and changing paging files, here are a couple of easier workarounds you can try until Activision or Infinity Ward have a more permanent solution to the issue.

  • Lower your graphics settings to 1080p or less.
  • Disable any hardware monitoring tools you have running.
  • Play the game in full-screen mode instead of borderless or windowed mode.
  • Ensure that your graphics drivers are fully updated.
  • Cap your frame rate to be no more than 60fps.
  • Turn off cosmetic features like post-process effects and advanced lighting effects.
  • Outside of the game, be sure to disable background software to make sure you free up as much RAM as possible.

With our Warzone VRAM Usage guide, you should have all the tools you need to get Infinity War’s amazing game up and running again.

Looking for guides on your other favorite action games? Make sure to check out our guides on more amazing shooters!

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Nishchai

    August 8, 2020 at 8:07 am

    another trick that worked for many people is to scan and repair the game from blizzard

    • Ben Stockton

      August 8, 2020 at 8:50 am

      Thanks, Nishchai! We’ll add this to the article.

      • Pritam Nandkumar Malusare

        September 28, 2020 at 5:45 am

        Hey BEN, I have some different issues. In cod season 4 my vram uses is 1548MB and now in season 5 it gone to 2192MB without any changes in setting. How can I solve this get back to again 1548MB.

      • Pritam Nandkumar Malusare

        September 28, 2020 at 5:49 am

        Hey I have some different issues. In cod season 4 my vram uses is 1548MB and now in season 5 it gone to 2192MB without any changes in setting. How can I solve this get back to again 1548MB.

  2. Nick

    August 8, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    When i lower the value to .65 it drops the max vram line. But putting it at 1 made it go higher.

    • gghrtz

      August 10, 2020 at 8:39 am

      It’s true, but on mine config (5700XT) with 0.85 – which is the default – The game had massive FPS drops. When I lowered the value to 0.65, the game runs perfectly smooth.

      • Dale Balie

        August 24, 2020 at 9:27 am

        How much frames are you getting with that 5700 xt? by avarage?

  3. Destiny

    August 23, 2020 at 12:57 am

    1.5 times your actual RAM on your system to 4 times the actual RAM

    So what would it be if My RAM is 8GB

    • John

      August 28, 2020 at 9:31 am

      If you haven’t changed your settings already

      Your initial size will be – 12288
      And maximum will be – 32768

  4. Lennox

    September 2, 2020 at 12:59 am

    So what would i set mine to if i have 24 GB of ram?

    • 2Scoops

      September 23, 2020 at 8:34 am

      initial is 36000 and 96000

  5. Isaac

    September 30, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    So I am running into this issue with 16 gb of RAM. While running Warzone and discord only my memory usage is 86% and its causing my cpu and gpu to bottleneck. Often having 40 to 50 fps with gpu and cpu times of 20 to 30 ms. I have a 3900X cpu and 2080 super gpu. About 3 weeks ago my system was working fine having 130 to 140 fps. It was after a Warzone update that this happened, so I made sure I have the latest drivers which I do. So this led me to look at they system resources and saw my RAM usage was this high. CPU usage was in the 20-30% so that was not what was bottlenecking. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    • Guedes

      November 28, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      I have the same issue, not same specs, but very similar. Same thing happens.

    • Peet

      December 26, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      At current ram prices one can easyli affort an extra 16gb , to have 32gb in total . 24gb ram is a must with AAA titles and some multitasking .

  6. Blake

    October 18, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Does this mean, change the VRAM limit AND change graphics to stay under the new limit?

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