How to set up Counter-Strike: Global Offensive like the pros

Are you among the fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? If yes, then this article is definitely for you! In this article, we have provided complete information about the mouse and video gaming setting that can make or break your game. To know about each and every setting and their suitability in detail is to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Here, we will observe the mouse and video gaming settings of 5 CS: GO professionals and compare them to understand what it shows about a player’s specific play style.


DPI is a measure of the distance your actual physical mouse movement with the distance it moves in the game. You can see that every professional gamer except Coldzera (DPI-800) has a DPI at or near 400. The former (DPI-800) will give an in-game sensitivity of 1.1, while the latter (DPI-400) will give 2.2. Now the question arises here is why would Coldzera is different from the native 400 DPI. What we have concluded is that with a 400 DPI along with increased in-game sensitivity, there are fewer jitters in your crosshair during movement. On the other hand, higher DPI and lower in-game sensitivity, the jitters don’t happen at all.

You can observe the same by zooming in on the in-game screen. For this, use “fov_cs_debug” in the console. Putting “1” as a value will do the purpose, while “0” will zoom out the in-game screen. Another question that comes up to the surface of the mind is that if the higher DPI gives high precision, then  why the professionals use low DPI. The answer is:

“When you are in-game, the sensitivity works great. But when you visit the menu for game settings, buying or choosing a team, the cursor movement speed up, which makes it a bit difficult to control the sudden change in the cursor movement. So, it all depends on your personal preference.

USB Rate

USB rate is measured as the speed at which a mouse sends data to a computer system. In the aforementioned facts, you can see that two USB rates used by the pros are 500 and 1000. The 1000 setting sends the computer system a more precise reading of the actual position of the mouse. This would obviously use a bit more of the CPU. This rate doesn’t matter much!

Windows Sensitivity

Setting Windows sensitivity is a bit complex task. You can see that each player on the list except “ScreaM” (Sensitivity-5) has a Windows sensitivity of 6. This sensitivity is the actual speed that the OS moves the mouse cursor by one pixel. 6 is the default sensitivity setting used by most of the gamers. The difference in “ScreaM” Windows settings is simply because this suits him well.

In-Game Sensitivity

The professionals featured in the list have the in-game sensitivity ranging from 1.1 (Coldzera) to 2.5 (ScreaM). Selecting the range depends on the success rate, i.e. some games get success with high-sensitivity (even 5.0) of the mouse pointer, while others with low. A few decimals up or down might be needed to get the optimal sensitivity.

Zoom Sensitivity

This setting is the measure of the speed the in-game zoom happens. Most of the gamers set it to 1.0, while for “Niko”, 0.8 goes perfect. This simply means he wants a slightly slower zoom. To have a better idea of it try out different sensitivities while playing. However, 1.0 seems to be a perfect standard.

Mouse Acceleration

This affects the movement of the crosshair on the screen. If it is turned off, the ratio between the crosshair and movement of the mouse will be 1:1. It means your crosshair will be proportional to the distance you moved your mouse. On the other hand, if you turn on the mouse acceleration, the movement of the crosshair screen will be directly linked to the speed of your mouse. Most professionals don’t use mouse acceleration in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


This setting makes sure whether CS: GO receives its data from the mouse driver or the Windows. If the value is “0”, then the Windows is sending the data and “1” means the other. The drivers for gaming mice are improved and particularly designed for gaming purpose. This helps them in getting a better data input rate than the Windows driver. From the list, four pros have their m_rawinput setting at “1”, except “Coldzera” has it at 0. Using “1” helps in aligning some of the other settings of your Windows.


There is no clear conclusion as to which resolution is the best. Most of the popular players use 4:3 resolution; but most of the professionals as well as analysts report that center is most significant part of a screen. This setting varies wildly. It is recommended to get used to whatever display you are using.

AR (aspect ratio)

A ratio of 4:3 is the commonly used AR amongst most pros. This is the actual ratio being used in the stretched-to-fit settings which makes it a full 16:9 panel with no black bars. In this, the pixels are stretched horizontally in order to make the things show wider, which helps in playing. So, 4:3 is perfect to go!


Three of the five pros aforementioned use the black bars that appear at the top and the bottom of the screen. Some pros believe that the game runs faster when using black bars while others believe that the scaling has been made for a faster experience. You can try both to have an idea of what suites you.

Refresh Rate

The last factor is Refresh Rate. As per all the pros, this should be 144. It is believed that higher the refresh rate, the better it is. So, if you have a decent screen display, then 144 MHz would go perfect for you.

The aforementioned information has been provided on the observation of what settings most pros of CS: GO use. You can also use these settings for other FPS games. Try any of them and also try playing with your own settings as the right setting will make you play like a professional. All the best!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *