Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has a lot of performance issues

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has a lot of performance issues

Modding has been announced for Call of Duty Black Ops 3

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has a lot of performance issues


Another year, another sub par version of Call of Duty on PC. Reports are now flying in from hundreds of Steam users and even the the guys over at Techpowerup have reported that there are some severe issues with the latest instalment of Call of Duty. 

Techpowerup had reported that they were able to fix the games issues on their setup by adding additional system memory to their PC, which is very surprising since the system already had 12GB of RAM. This was double the games minimum requirement of 6GB and really should not have been an issue for the game. After upgrading their system to 16GB of RAM the game was said to run "buttery smooth" on their test bed with a GTX 980Ti. 

Before the launch of the game no recommended system requirements for the title were posted online, so many gamer simply assumes that if they ran the beta fine, or if their system was higher than the minimum specification that they would be fine, but this was not the case. 

Right now there are over 700 negative reviews for the title, which is a lot considering that the game is only a day old and all of the voted for "most helpful" reviews are negative. Below is an example from Steam user Zadomos.


     Don't be fooled by all the positive reviews. This game has serious performance issues and is unoptimized. I suggest that if you want to buy this game, just wait. If you already bought it and are having issues with the game, look into the discussions to see if others are having the same problems, and don't play over two hours because a refund will then be unavailable (save your playtime for if there are optimization updates so you can test the waters). If there aren't any updates within the next two weeks regarding optimization or stability improvements, I will get a refund.


Call of Duty Black Ops 3 will run at 30FPS on Last Gen consoles


Below is the games minimum requirements and the features which Treyarch had originally promised.  


Black Ops 3 PC features will include:

  • - 100% Ranked Dedicated Servers
  • - 2-Player Split Screen
  • - Seamless Game Controller Support
  • - Strong GPU scaling, SLI and Crossfire Optimizations, and 4K monitor support make the game look and run great at full 4K resolution
  • - FOV Slider
  • - Framerate Cap Slider
  • - Improved Text Chat features available in-game and also now in lobbies.
  • - Fantastic Steam Trading Cards – collect them all!
  • - Treyarch Anti-Cheat (TAC)


We also have the game’s minimum system requirements, which are not overly high for a modern game. 

  • - Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • - Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom™ II X4 810 @ 2.60 GHz
  • - Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • - Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 470 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon™ HD 6970 @ 1GB
  • - DirectX: Version 11
  • - Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • - hard Drive: 60 GB Available Space
  • - Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


Right now a lot of the games issues seem to be fixed by adding more RAM to your system, though with the minimum requirements being so low it is unknown why certain users are having such high memory usage. Hopefully Treyarch have seen this issue and are working to address it. 


You can join the discussion on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's performance issues on the OC3D Forums.  


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06-11-2015, 14:35:46

That is one seriously bad memory leak.Quote

06-11-2015, 14:55:23

Is that karma someone was said they got a refund on ANNO 2205 to get thisQuote

06-11-2015, 14:55:45

Damien c
Seen mine go up to 10Gb system ram used and 2.9Gb video ram used.

The game won't run at 4K properly though, I have to set the ingame display render to 1080p to get above 60fps.

Still need to play some more but up to now I am happy with it but I am not happy with nvidia's latest drivers but that is a different story.Quote

06-11-2015, 15:07:37

There is definitely a memory leak problem, it just keeps going up and doesn't change. My vram is maxed after about 5 mins and just stays maxed out.
I've not had a problem with it using to much system ram though, it uses about 7.6 of my 8gb but that is with around 3 being used by my browser and windows.

There is also problems with it running on some older i5 processors which apparently they are working on a fix for. There is this work around incase anyone is having problems with lock ups and stutter, it worked for me. Before doing this the game would freeze and stutter all the time with massive framerate drops.


I still get FPS drops but not as bad as it was before doing the work around.

EDIT: patch for the CPU fix has gone live on Steam.Quote

06-11-2015, 15:33:29

Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
Is that karma someone was said they got a refund on ANNO 2205 to get this
Sadly, this made me smirk!

For those that don't know, Anno 2205 has a suspected memory leak too.Quote

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