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By Gabriele Asaro
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CS2 Input Lag: My Quick Fixes to Boost Your Gameplay

When it comes to CS2, fixing input lag is a common concern for many players. I've dealt with this issue myself and found many effective solutions.

Here's what worked for me:

First, I deleted the "directx_installer" folder in my CS2 directory. It's usually located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Global Offensive.

Next, I cleaned up my DirectX Shader Cache using Windows Disk Cleanup. Simply search for "cleanup" in Windows, run Disk Cleanup, and select the DirectX Shader Cache option.

After restarting my computer, I verified the game files through Steam. Right-click CS2, go to Properties > Installed Files, and click "Verify integrity of game files."

I adjusted my in-game video settings:

  • Anti-Aliasing: None
  • Nvidia Low Latency: Off
  • Texture: Mid
  • Shadow: High
  • Everything else: Off or Low

These changes made a huge difference in my gameplay, boosting my FPS to over 1000 in some areas.

I also streamlined my autoexec file, keeping only my essential binds and moving it to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Global Offensive\game\csgo\cfg.

For persistent FPS issues, I forced shader precompilation using Steam's hidden console. I opened it by pasting "steam://open/console" in my browser, then entered "shader_build 730" in the console.

Finally, I launched CS2 and played for a few minutes to let Steam build the shaders.

These steps significantly reduced my input lag and improved overall performance. Give them a try and see how they work for you!

I also want to share an image of each advanced video setting and its impact on input lag. By looking at it, you will be able to perfectly understand how much each setting increases your input lag.

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Gabriele AsaroAbout the author

Gabriele Asaro
Gabriele Asaro

I'm the Head of Research at Clash.gg. With over 7 years of experience in the Counter-Strike niche, I have developed extensive knowledge of the game, its strategies, and the competitive scene. My insights are based on years of in-depth analysis and close involvement with the Counter-Strike community.