As one of the most played games on Steam, Counter Strike Global Offensive offers its players a multitude of different settings they can tweak to improve their gameplay to their liking. However, beyond the game settings menu, there’s a lot of different parameters that players can modify that influence their gameplay in a significant manner.
In this article, you will learn what you need to know about Counter Strike GO rates, how to modify them using console commands, and what settings are the best for you.
What Are The CSGO Rates?
When you’re playing Counter Strike Global Offensive, the CS GO server transfers data packages to your PC via the internet. Your CS GO rate setting determines how fast the server can deliver data to your PC.
Although all players start with the same default rate setting in their client, different internet connections might benefit from different CS GO rates.
Why Is It Important To Choose The Best CSGO Rate?
Depending on your internet connection speed, different rates might work better for you. If you choose a rate that’s too low, your client will have problems synchronizing with the Counter Strike Global Offensive server, meaning that you will most likely experience delay as the game will struggle to load all of the data properly. If you set your CS GO rate too high, however, your client will start glitching and skipping some of the data packages which are transferred too fast for your internet connection to handle. This can result in visual glitches or lag and make your game unplayable. Because of this, rate settings can affect every aspect of the game, such as behaviour of smoke grenades or weapons handling.
Does Changing Your CSGO Rate Give You Advantage Over Other Players?
This question has actually remained a subject of debate. Some players claim that they struggle with the game due to low-rate settings. Other players would say that their good performance is partially due to having higher rates, allowing for smoother gameplay.
In reality, there is most likely a very negligible difference between individual rate settings, which is very difficult to tell apart with the naked eye. Rate settings won’t really influence competitive gaming tournaments. However, your rate settings can significantly impact your gameplay experience if they are not adjusted to your bandwidth speed.
How To Choose The Best Rate Settings?
To really understand CS GO rates, you should first become familiar with the possible CSGO rate settings. The possible rates are all fixed values. These values are:
- .5 Mbps – rate 62500 (the lowest value you can set)
- 1.0 Mbps – rate 125000
- 1.5 Mbps – rate 187500
- 1.57 Mbps – rate 196608 (default rate value for every player)
- 2.0 Mbps – rate 250000
- 2.5 Mbps – rate 312500
- 3.0 Mbps – rate 375000
- 3.5 Mbps – rate 437500
- 4.0 Mbps – rate 500000
- 4.5 Mbps – rate 562500
- 5.0 Mbps – rate 625000
- 5.5 Mbps – rate 687500
- 6.0 Mbps – rate 750000
- 6.2 Mbps – rate 786432 (maximum rate value possible)
As you can see, every rate setting corresponds to a different internet speed. Choosing the appropriate rate setting that fits your internet speed is important if you want to avoid any potential issues while playing.
How To Use CSGO Rate Commands?
The best way to change your Counter Strike Global Offensive rate settings is via an autoexec file. However, you can also change these settings in-game using console commands. It’s best to try different rate settings in a practice lobby so that you won’t have to test it in multiplayer game modes.
When you have the console enabled, bring it up (the default keybind for this is the tilde) and type in ‘rate’, followed by the appropriate rate setting that you want to enable.
As you can see, changing your Counter Strike Global Offensive rate settings is very easy. You can try practicing various different rates to see which one would be the best for your internet speed. Try practicing shooting some weapons to see how you handle the new rates.
In addition, if you want to further experiment with different rates for your game, you can try some additional console commands. The ‘cl_interp‘ command determines the interpolation time. Different interpolation settings can also affect your overall gameplay, helping you deal with possible lag. Although ‘cl_interp 0’ is the most common setting for the majority of players, if you’re dealing with a slower bandwidth speed, you can try changing it to ‘cl_interp 2’ for smoother gameplay.
Can I Get Banned For Changing My Rate Settings?
VAC bans are feared by all the players of Counter Strike Global Offensive, and not without a reason. VAC bans are final and indisputable, meaning that if your account receives a VAC ban you’ll be permanently banned from multiplayer games.
Thankfully, you can’t be banned for using CSGO rate commands. This is one of the many different hidden parameters, which you can change using the game console. VAC bans are only handed out to the players who manipulate the integrity of the game files for unfair advantage. Changing game settings doesn’t fall in this area.
What Are The Best CSGO Rates?
Ultimately what is the best rate setting depends on your individual situation. If you encounter technical problems while playing with the default settings, try switching them with different console commands. This can give you better handling of weapons by eliminating unnecessary lag. It’s always worth it to experiment with different CS GO settings to see what works best for you. After all, you should take any edge over your opponents that you can get.
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