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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I'm just wondering, is it better to use a high DPI on your mouse and a low sensitivity in game, or a high sensitivity in game and a low DPI?

I currently have my Windows sensitivity set to 6/11 so it tracks 1:1

Should I set my sensitivity in game to track 1:1?
post #2 of 29
General rule of thumb is - at least if you buy into the DPI race:

The higher sensitivity you play naturally at, the more DPI you "need".

The lower your natural sensitivity, the less DPI you "need".

My suggestion would be to play at your mouse's sensor's native resolution and adjust your sensitivity accordingly.
post #3 of 29
Set the game to 1.0 sens and select the DPI that feels best.
post #4 of 29
I would have recommended leaving in game sensitivity at default and adjusting DPI accordingly to what you felt comfortable with, though recent game devs have proven that this is potentially bad advice. (I don't agree with them)
post #5 of 29
Since I figured this out before hand. What I do is choose the resolution I will play at for a certain game and style. Then choose the closes CPI that is under that width.

For instance with CS 1.6, if I choose 1280x1024, I use 900 CPI with a sensitivity of 1.33-1.36, with pitch and yaw at 0.022. If I use 800x600, I use 450 CPI with a sensitivity of 1.5-1.6 with pitch and yaw still at 0.022.

As you can see with those two examples. One is for a higher sensitivity style of game play and the other for a lower. Yet I keep my in-game sensitivity as low as possible for my 16 inch mouse pad.

So in general choose your play style, then start from 1 in-game sensitivity and increase it until it suits you. If it starts to get to high from 1 then increase your CPI, but keep your CPI below your width of your resolution. Which means you might have to change resolutions. Eventually you will find a combination that fits you.
Edited by popups - 10/23/12 at 12:01pm
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
I play mostly CoD at 1080p. I have a 5600 DPI Lachesis and 3500 DPI Death Adder.

CoD default sensitivity is 5. Should I leave sensitivity at default, or set it to 1?
post #7 of 29
The lower the better.

Use 900 CPI and start at the lowest in game sensitivity. Increase the sensitivity until you find what works for you.
post #8 of 29
It's all preference in the end. The only advice I can give you is to pick a DPI range that you can effectively control. For most people this is under 2000.
post #9 of 29
For first person games the best is to use the highest sensitivity available on your mouse and to lower the in-game sensitivity.
Why ?
You'll get a smoother movement, more inbetween steps. Unluckily some games like CS wont let you lower your in-game sens to less than 1.

For RTS and other genres where you actually see the mouse, use 1:1 sensitivity and your preferred cpi setting.
If your mouse performance varies between cpi steps sometimes you can try a 1:2 ingame sensitivity and doubling your cpi.

I mainly play LoL and some other games like ME3, Dishonored, etc. For all of them I use 1:1 sens (which is normally the default setting) and 3500cpi in a 1080p screen.
Its a high sensitivity but once you get used to it you get the advantages right away, mainly you wont need lots of space, wont need high max perfect speed, wont be wearing the skates that much, wont need to move your arm at all, can do lightning fast 180 turns, hit the edge of the screen with a single swing, etc.
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post #10 of 29
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I've heard death adder runs better at 1800 DPI, is this true?
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