We tested and chose the Best Graphics Cards for Call of Duty Warzone in terms of Performance, Cooling System, Price and more.
Above you can see the results in the ranking and below you will find more info about Call of Duty Warzone and the in-depth reports of each Graphics Card in the Ranking.
The latest update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is more than a mere expansion: The battle-royalty mode Call of Duty: Warzone is available for free to everyone. And it implements the recipe for success in a more entertaining and accessible way than any of the competing titles – the test reveals why.
Guide: Call of Duty Warzone
The blackout mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was the compulsory, Call of Duty: Warzone is the freestyle. Two and a half years ago, the first-person shooter primus merely reacted to the Battle Royale hype:
Blackout worked well, ran mostly clean and also made a good mood – but the game mode did not leave a footprint according to Call of Duty claims.
The puristic perennial hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the colourful youth phenomenon Fortnite and last but not least Respawn’s co-op approach in Apex Legends are still the measure of all things in the popular shooter sub-genre.
Call-of-Duty inventor Infinity Ward is now shipping the Warzone project with Raven Software – and may have the necessary trump cards in hand to keep Battle Royals fans in the long run.
Those who own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will receive the new game type via update. But much more important: The game is also available as an independent product for all non-owners. For free!
After you have scooped absurd 100 GB onto your console or computer, the free-to-play fun can begin. Warzone can be played for free for an unlimited time, but you can only unlock the first 20 tier levels of rewards.
Those who have purchased the $10 Battle Pass from Modern Warfare can look forward to up to 100 Tiers full of upgrades, improvements, visual gimmicks & Co – after all, the XP earned in Warzone improves the general character level.
Newcomers, on the other hand, feel overtaxed: The menu structure around classes, rewards, visual improvements, weapon kits and consorts is confusing and overloaded – an ecosystem of its own!
But that doesn’t mean that newcomers who don’t have any money left for Activision can’t have fun with Call of Duty: Warzone…
Because Warzone is Call of Duty through and through: For one thing, of course, that means it feels great. Running, aiming, shooting, changing weapons, opening doors & Co. feel as soft as butter. The action runs at a steady 60 frames per second, and the graphics, while not outstanding, are appealing for such a large map.
In my many rounds from day 1 on I had no problems whatsoever with matchmaking, jerking, bugs, game crashes or similar things on the Playstation 4 Pro. However, PC gamers report waiting times of sometimes minutes until a round is completed.
Basically there are two game types available in Warzone: Battle Royale and the loot mode.
Ranking First: Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme
- Best Performance you can get for Call of Duty Warzone
- Great Cooling
- Perfect for 4K / VR Gaming
After the Founders Edition is before the first custom design: With the Asus Geforce RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC in the test, we sent the first overclocked RTX 2060 model into our benchmark course.
The RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC clocks with 1.365 MHz (1.830 MHz boost). Thus, Asus increases the graphic chip’s guaranteed boost clock by 150 MHz in comparison to the RTX 2060 Founders Edition.
Buyers can increase the chip clock by another 30 MHz with the performance mode, which can be enabled via GPU Tweak II tool. In order to guarantee the higher clock rates, Asus increases the TDP from 160 to 190 watts. The graphic card therefore also has a 6-pin and 8-pin power connector.
The top model of Asus’ RTX 2060 range corresponds to the RTX 2070 ROG Strix OC, including board and cooling, apart from the performance data and the omission of the USB-C port.
Thus, the RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC is also equipped with the 2.5 slot high cooler as well as three 90 mm axial fans, a two-part aluminum radiator and six heat pipes.
Due to the lower TDP of 190 watts instead of 215 watts for the RTX 2070, the RTX 2060 could thus achieve better measured values for volume and temperature.
Also the further equipment with two, per switch changeable bios versions (Quiet and Performance), RGB lighting including physical switch for deactivation on the back, backplate for stabilization of the graphic card and connections for two case fans and RGB accessories turns out identically.
However, Asus did change one detail: In opposition to the current ROG Strix series based on Turing, the RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC is delivered with activated Quiet Bios instead of Performance Bios.
The Asus RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC can assert itself in our benchmark course a few percent ahead of the RTX 2060 Founders Edition due to the higher chip clock. The ROG Strix OC clocks 130 MHz higher than the unoverclocked reference design with an average clock of 1.980 MHz.
If we switch from the standard enabled Quiet Bios to the Performance Bios with an aggressive fan curve, the chip clock increases to an average of 2,000 MHz.
Due to the low clock difference, the performance increase turns out correspondingly restrained: Whilst the Asus RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC in The Witcher 3 achieves 44.5 fps in UHD resolution with maximum details in the Quiet Bios, we measured 44.9 fps in the Performance Bios – an increase of 0.9 percent.
In our graphic card ranking the Asus RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC places itself behind the unoverclocked MSI RTX 2070 Armor 8G, regardless of resolution, and the gap is only 12 percent in each case.
Asus’ overclocked custom design performed a bit better than the GTX 1080 FE on average and gained a lead of between five and six percent over the RTX 2060 Founders Edition.
Heating and Noise Levels
Since Asus uses the same cooling in the Geforce RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC as it already did in the RTX 2070 ROG Strix OC, it was already apparent in advance that the somewhat more economical graphics card newcomer with 190 watts TDP would have to achieve the better measured values – and that’s also the case.
The factory activated Quiet-Bios gives the RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC a silent idle at a chip temperature of 40 degrees.
The custom design remains pleasantly quiet under gaming load with 39.5 decibels and also cool with 63 degrees. The fans run with 1,340 revolutions per minute.
If we switch to the performance bios instead, the fans also turn in Windows mode. At around 970 revolutions per minute, the graphic chip is kept at 32 degrees. We also measured a noise level of an inconspicuous 39 decibels.
In games, as Call of Duty Warzone, the three fans then rotate at 1,620 revolutions per minute and thus produce an audible 41.4 decibels. In return, the load temperature turns out (again) very low with 57 degrees. So low that Asus could lower the fan speeds in both Bios versions.
Nvidia’s RTX 2060 Founders Edition must naturally admit defeat due to the larger cooler and the fan plus. Asus’ 2060 Custom Design is both quieter and cooler in quiet mode, although the reference card already makes a good impression in the test.
In comparison to the RTX 2070 ROG Strix OC, the volume in Quiet Mode turns out identical, but the chip temperature is lower due to the graphics chip’s lower waste heat (190 instead of 215 watts).
In performance mode the RTX 2060 ROG Strix has an advantage in both the measured volume and the load temperature.
The power consumption of the RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC turns out somewhat higher than the RTX 2060 Founders Edition. With 276 watts under load, our test system with the custom design needs three watts more than with the reference card from Nvidia with an additional power of at least five percent.
Verdict and Performance
The Asus RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC convinces in the test with high performance at low noise and low temperatures. Even the RTX 2060 Founders Edition with its good rates is put in its place by Asus’ potent cooler of custom design, which is also built into the RTX 2070 ROG Strix OC to the same extent.
But the cooler needs space in the case, so that the RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC isn’t nearly as compact as the quite quiet and relatively cool reference card from Nvidia.
The upscale equipment with overclocking, extensive RGB lighting and bios profiles currently costs around $460.
The RTX 2060 ROG Strix OC pushes into the regions of cheaper RTX-2070 models at this price. These mostly overclocked custom designs with fully activated TU106 chip are about 12 percent faster in Call of Duty Warzone, but have the future-proof video memory with 8 GByte.
It remains however exciting, how well the RTX 2060 performs, that’s why it is ranking second on the best Graphics Cards (GPU) for Call of Duty Warzone.
Also due to its relatively low price, it won our ‘Best Price’ Category, so if you want to save some bucks, but still need to play demanding games, this is your choice.
Ranking Third: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC
- Good performance at 1080p
- Okay VR performance
- Not the best for Very High-End Gaming
The new Geforce GTX 1660 Ti from Nvidia lures with solid performance and a good price. We send a card of gigabytes through our short test.
The name alone is a handful: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G. The graphic card comes with the GTX 1660 Ti chipset from Nvidia.
It relies on the Turing architecture and should score with a good performance at a comparatively low price.
In addition to the actual graphics performance, the 1660-Ti-Series brings the following features:
- Ansel: Nvidias program for special screenshots. With it, HDR shots or all-round shots are also possible.
- Streaming: Nvidia wants to address (prospective) streamers with the card. The 1660 and 1660 Ti comes with a dedicated hardware encoder that works with the Open Broadcast Studio (OBS).
- Highlights: The feature automatically saves achievements or cool actions as screenshot and video – if the respective game supports the feature, like Call of Duty Warzone does.
The tested graphics card from Gigabyte comes with three fans. It is almost 28 cm long, built in a little more than 10 cm high and 3.5 cm wide. Accordingly, you need a case with the appropriate dimensions.
There are numerous benchmarks and tests that you can use to compare the performance of a graphics card – the only important thing is that you use identical environments. We have chosen the following tests:
The synthetic benchmarks 3D Mark and VR Mark take care of the theoretical comparability. In the 3D Mark, we send the card through Timespy and the Timespy Extreme.
In the VR Mark the three scenarios Orange Room, Cyan Room and Blue Room test. The Orange Room is the simplest environment, she tests the card for its suitability for current VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.
The Cyan Room challenges the card a bit more, it is a DirectX 12 benchmark and requires more performance than the Orange Room.
The connections of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G.
The Blue Room is the hurdle for future headsets according to the VR Mark makers.
It renders content in a 5K resolution and relies on volumetric lighting effects: In short, it demands a lot of power.
We used two DirectX 12 benchmarks in 3D Mark. Timespy renders content in 1440p resolution, while Timespy Extreme uses 4K resolution.
Next up are two benchmarks integrated into games, for which we use Call of Duty Warzone and Far Cry 5. In Call of Duty Warzone we test in 1080p, 1440p and UHD resolution, each with all graphic details on touch.
In Shadow of War we also test the three resolutions, each with high, very high and ultra graphic details from the game’s default settings.
The last benchmark is based on “real” gaming. We play Call of Duty Warzone with all graphic options on touch in the three resolutions 1080p, 144p and UHD, each in the same section. We record the FPS via OCAT in order to get a solid statement about performance.
All tests are carried out on our Intel-based hardware test platform, so that all graphics cards have the same starting position. Parallel to the benchmarks we measure the power consumption of the complete system.
In the VR Mark the card shows solid values. They lie between the 1080 Ti and the RX 580, which is not surprising. Thus, the graphics card is definitely suitable for current headsets.
Even the next generation should still get enough frames per second, it only gets tight in the Blue Room. But it is also very demanding, not even the 1080 Ti can cope with it without problems.
What comes out very nice is the ideal resolution. The Gigabyte graphics card delivers very good values at Full HD and can also maintain these at 1440p – especially if you tweak the settings a bit. In UHD it’s a bit tight, so you have to tweak the settings a bit.
The Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti proves to be more frugal in terms of power consumption than the RX 580 or the GTX 1080 Ti. That’s no wonder, with a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 120 watts and a single eight-pin connector, it can draw significantly less power from the motherboard.
During the 3D Mark, the system drew a maximum of 210 and 215 watts respectively. For comparison, we recorded the values for the Geforce 1080 Ti and a Radeon RX 580 during the same benchmarks.
The Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G delivers a solid performance in the test without getting too loud or using too much power.
The Gigabyte card is worth a look for anyone who wants to build a decent PC with a solid price point, which is why it is Ranking third on the best Graphics cards for Call of Duty Warzone.
Call of Duty Warzone: Minimum / Recommended Graphics cards
In this section, you will learn more about the minimum requirements for the new Battle Roy game Call of Duty Modern Warfare Warzone. In contrast to the title Call of Duty Modern Warfare, the system requirements are much higher.
Minimum Requirements (GPU) for Call of Duty Warzone
- If you only care about being able to play Call of Duty Warzone, you should have at least an NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670 / GTX 1650 or a Radeon HD 7950 graphics card. Your processor should be an Intel Core i3 4340 or an AMD FX 6300.
- The main memory should be 8 gigabytes and the video memory 2 gigabytes. The operating system should be Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 10 64 bit.
Recommended Requirements (GPU) for Call of Duty Warzone
See this section for recommended system requirements for the game.
- Recommended graphics cards include NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 / GTX 1660 or Radeon R9 390 / RX 580 and the processor should be an Intel Core i5 2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X.
- The main memory should be at least 12 gigabytes, the video memory should be 4 gigabytes and the operating system should be Windows 10 64 bit.
- Besides the above mentioned requirements, there are also the system requirements to play the game competitively on a high level. If you want to do this, it is necessary to have very strong computing power and the latest hardware.
New Drivers for Nvidia Graphics Cards specialized in playing Call of Duty Warzone
The GeForce drivers from Nvidia are now available for download in the new version 442.59. The game-ready drivers are especially interesting for PC gamers, because with them your graphics card is perfectly set up for various games. A new addition is the latest offshoot of the “Call of Duty” series.
Graphics card manufacturer Nvidia now offers the latest version of the Game Ready drivers for its graphics cards for download. According to the manufacturer, this brings some new functions that are especially interesting for PC gamers.
Among other things, the GeForce drivers have been optimized for an exciting new release. The free Call of Duty: Warzone has only been available for a short time and enriches the popular series with a Battle Royale title.
An overview of all changes and innovations in detail can be found in the official release notes of the GeForce drivers 442.59.
Updating the graphics card drivers can be absolutely annoying and time-consuming every now and then. But nevertheless you should consider an update as soon as possible.
Not only are errors in the interaction of individual hardware components or software problems usually corrected, but the performance of your installed Nvidia graphics card is also optimized.