Mouse Raw Input CSGO Guide

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If you’re a fan of tweaking your playing performance, join us for this brief guide on raw input CSGO setup.

This is one of those things you don’t think about on a daily basis, but are really worth considering if you want to minimize the hardware obstacles in your playing. When you think about the best mouse setup, the first thing that comes to mind is getting a mouse with decent DPS and setting up the sensitivity. However, the topic of optimizing your mouse input is way more complicated than that.

Here we will focus on the CS GO raw input mouse setup – describe what it exactly is, how to turn it on and how it influences the mouse movement in the game.

What is Raw Input?

The meaning of raw input is pretty intuitive. Enabling it causes the game to receive the mouse input directly from the hardware mouse to the game engine. This causes the movement of the crosshair to be more precise and dependent on nothing else but the game’s amount of frames per second.

Without the raw input enabled, the mouse input first goes to the operating system processor, then is filtered through the system sensibility options, calculated in the proportion of the resolution, rounded up, and only then adapted to the frame rate.

These calculations are done very fast, however, it has been shown that they might impede your reaction time and precision. Thus, most pro players would by default choose the raw input.

Turning on CSGO Raw Input

It’s very simple. Go to your CSGO settings, enter Mouse & Keyboard tab, and there you will find a switch for the raw input. 

Alternatively, you can switch it while you’re in the game with the help of the console. Open it up with the ‘~’ (tilde) key and enter “m_rawinput 1” to enable raw input. To turn it back off, use the same command with a 0 parameter – ‘m_rawinput 0’. This will surely allow you to try and test the difference between both modes on the go.

Facts or myths?

Unfortunately, as many Reddit posts and discussion board threads there are, it’s hard to find definitive conclusions. Some people claim that there is a significant computing performance loss to windows-intermediated mouse input, even quoting loss of data packages in the process. Others, on the other hand, will claim that this is not fact-based, asking what data packages have to do with client-sided calculation performance. You can also find people that think raw mouse input is broken in Global Offensive and you should bypass it in different ways, but given Valve’s current crackdown policy on any external influence on game files and performance, it might not be worth the risk.

Whatever you choose to believe, there is a logical difference between having the input reach the game in a short notice and it being intermediated by system calculations. However, one size does not fit all and it’s necessary to check it all with your own setup.

Mouse Sensitivity Calculation

One of the topics that is parallel with raw input mouse setup is the exact calculation for mouse sensitivity. Having a “feeling” for a certain sensitivity is one thing, but when it comes to ultra-precise movement, you need to match it with your mouse DPI and your field of movement.

A calculator provided by Aiming.Pro allows you to match your sensitivity setting throughout the games you play, including CSGO. It will also show you how much physical space you need to perform certain movements with the chosen setup.

(*) It has been brought to our attention by one of our readers that the aforementioned website does not offer precise calculations for setting up the sensitivity for given resolutions. After an additional research we can recommend either using Mouse Sensitivity calculator with its constant updates and community support or checking in directly with the producer of your mouse and fine-tuning it on your own.

By optimising the in-game sensitivity this way, you will probably be able to see more of a difference when using raw input. Some people also suggest capping your FPS rate so that the changing frame rate doesn’t influence your aiming, but again, this is something you need to see for yourself and decide if it actually works for you.

Raw Input CSGO – Summary

Is it a myth that mouse raw input setup influences crosshair movement? No, absolutely not, but some people might exaggerate the impact it has on your performance. As with most such setups, the best way to see is to try it yourself. Whatever’s your eventual choice, we hope that article has shed some light on the issue of mouse input in CSGO!