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How to play CS:GO in 4:3 Stretched Resolution for NVIDIA Users

by Juandi

If you are one of the many CS:GO players who just found out that we can change the appearance of our CS: GO drastically, you’re in the right place.

In case you didn’t know, the majority of CS:GO professional players use a 4:3 stretched configuration on their monitor. Changing aspect ratio and resolution can be a crucial factor in a player’s performance. They have their own good reasons why they chose the 4:3 stretched aspect ratio over 16:9 and vice versa.

First of all, the 4:3 aspect ratio can be divided into 2, namely stretched and black bars, with both configurations having its own advantages. While stretched itself has wider gaps and models, making us easier to see the enemy. For black bars itself, the models are ‘skinnier’, and won’t move as fast across your screen. It is also enabling AWPer to have a good time in a small more concentrated FOV. And if you’re playing on a low-end computer, and have a lower FPS, a 4:3 aspect ratio can also boost your FPS compared to 16:9. However, Both has their own weaknesses, one of them is we might not really see things.

For statistics, it is known that more than half of the top 20 players in the world use a 4:3 stretched aspect ratio. However, there are still many who use the 4: 3 black bars, especially players coming from CS 1.6. Overall, each player will have their own preference after trying both options. Therefore, we will show you how to change your CS:GO aspect ratio to 4: 3 black bars and stretched.

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Let’s Get Started

For NVIDIA users, you can just right-click on your Desktop and select the NVIDIA Control Panel. The next step is to select Adjust desktop size and position on the left side under the Display categories.

You will find some settings that you want to adjust here. First, make sure you choose the monitor you want to use to play CS:GO if you’re using more than one monitor. After that, it’s your turn to choose the black bars or stretched option.

Stretched 4:3

For Stretched, you want to select Full-screen in the scaling mode and make sure to choose GPU for it. After that, hit the apply button and make sure you confirm the changes before 20 seconds. The NVIDIA Control Panel user interface would be something like this:

Black Bars

For Black Bars, you can just click the Aspect ratio option in the scaling mode, and don’t forget to choose GPU on your performance scaling. After that, hit the apply button and make sure you confirm the changes before 20 seconds.

You may want to tick up the Override the scaling mode set by games and programs option if it doesn’t work in the end.

In some cases, your monitor might have settings that can override the scaling mode. If you’re using BenQ ZOWIE monitors, press the monitor’s on-screen display (OSD) menu. Navigate to Picture Advanced, and then you can choose “Full” for stretched ratio, or choose “1:1” or “Aspect” for black bars configuration.

For LG monitors users, you shouldn’t have any configuration related to your monitor that can override NVIDIA’s settings. But just in case all of the methods above don’t work, you should check any settings related to the ratio/display mode in your monitor manual.

The final step is to make sure you have configured your video settings in CS:GO to the 4:3 aspect ratio and choose your preferred resolution. If you have a low-end computer spec, you may want to use a lower resolution, and see if it can improve your FPS.


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