In this article you will learn how to configure the perfect CS:GO mouse settings. There is no fixed value that you can take and then everything is perfect, but everyone has to find the perfect mouse settings for themselves. This guide will help you with that!
Windows Mouse Settings
Before we can start with the settings, we have to go into the mouse settings of Windows. You can find them in the control panel under “Mouse”. Next, click on the third tab “Pointer Options”.
The first thing we have to do here is to set the pointer speed to the 6th position out of the 11 possible positions (6/11). When the slider is at position 6 the mouse DPI is taken from Windows without multiplier and thus runs under a 1:1 ratio. This means: 500dpi at the mouse are also 500dpi under Windows.
It is also important to deactivate the pointer acceleration under Windows, so that you have consistency in the mouse guidance and your movements are not distorted. To do this, simply remove the checkmark in front of “Improve pointer acceleration”.
Setting the mouse correctly
Just about every major manufacturer of mice, offers its own management software for their mice. For example, for our gaming mice from Logitech, it’s the Logitech Gaming Software. In this example, we are using Logitech’s G502 in conjunction with Logitech Gaming Software. Here we can set DPI, signal rate and accelerations. Again, you should always disable all accelerations as much as possible!
In my profile I currently work with 3 different DPI levels. The first one with 400 dpi is for CS:GO, the second one with 800 is for Windows and the third one I sometimes use for other games where an increased pointer speed can be useful.
Many will now wonder why such a low dpi should be useful, whereas higher dpi settings are much more precise. That’s exactly the reason, because the higher the DPI, the faster it happens that slight jerks when dragging the mouse, directly transferred to the game and thus a 90 degree turn can quickly turn into a roller coaster ride. With less DPI and a higher mouse sensitivity in CS:GO, which we will get to later, the movement becomes much smoother.
In my opinion, you should always set the signal rate of your mouse as high as possible. In most cases this value will be either 500 or 100. The signal rate tells you how precise the laser of the mouse works. The values tell you how often the surface is scanned. The more often, the more precise you can work with the mouse.
CS:GO mouse settings
So, that’s it for Windows. Let’s go to the settings of CS:GO!
Configure your CS:GO mouse settings as follows:
- Mouse sensitivity: between 2 and 4
- Raw data usage: On
- Mouse acceleration: Off
Of course this means we have duplicated a few settings but it’s always better to be on the safe side! Alternatively you can of course make these settings with the following commands via the console or write them directly into your own CS:GO config.
m_rawinput "1" //Rawdata usage: On
m_customaccel "0" //Mouse acceleration: Off
sensitivity "3" //Mouse sensitivity
What we have achieved so far is that the mouse now only provides unaltered raw data. This means that now the dpi setting of the mouse arrives 100% in CS:GO! On this basis we can now further optimize.
In general, we can say that it is helpful to set the mouse very slowly. Most successful players work with values around 400 dpi and a mouse sensitivity of 2-4.
Finding the perfect settings for you
To find the right settings for yourself, you should plan a little time. Experience has shown that the mouse sensitivity in CS:GO is always lowered a bit over time. A good map to test and practice with is the workshop map “Fast Aim/Reflex Training Map”.
If you manage to stay on the heads of the bots with the crosshairs and then give headshots on demand, you have found the right speed. Of course, this can take some time and there is never a headshot guarantee anyway! Our aiming guide might help you out if you need more aim tips.