NVIDIA Control Panel Settings Guide For Best Performance

There is no bigger satisfaction for a true gamer than to play a AAA game on high-quality settings without any lags and drops in FPS. Most gamers believe only three things are needed to run such demanding games at a good FPS.

  • The latest Intel/AMD CPU with good clock speed and a high number of cores.
  • A decent amount of RAM (16 GB or higher).
  • The latest NVIDIA/AMD Graphics Card with a decent amount of Video RAM (2 GB or higher).

But this is not the case in reality. You can have all of these things but still not get good in-game performance and picture quality. If you’re using an NVIDIA Graphics Card then the reason behind this is you haven’t optimized the NVIDIA Control Panel for the best gaming performance.

In this guide, we’ll share the perfect settings for your NVIDIA Control panel that increases your FPS, reduces input lag, improves the visual quality, and unlocks the true potential of your NVIDIA Graphics card.

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The Perfect NVIDIA Control Panel Settings

Before I share the different settings, you must update the NVIDIA Graphics Card drivers. The easiest way to do it is by downloading the NVIDIA GeForce Experience. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the NVIDIA GeForce Experience, click on the Download button under the Automatic Driver Updates section. This will download a program that detects your Graphics card model and automatically installs the appropriate driver for you. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

Now that you have the latest drivers installed you can follow through with the Control Panel Settings. Right-click on the home screen of your computer and open Control Panel.

3D Settings

The first option inside 3D settings is the Adjust Image Settings with Preview. Simply select the second option Use the advanced 3D Image Settings and press the Apply button.

Manage 3D Settings

This is the most important setting and we will tweak each sub-setting inside this.

Image Sharpening

This setting increases the overall sharpness of images and enhances the visual quality of the games. This option should be turned ON for the best image quality. Select the Sharpen level to 0.5 and the Ignore film grain to 0.17. Also, enable the GPU Scaling option. Click OK to apply the settings.

Ambient Occlusion

This setting improves the depth perception and adds realism to the in-game scenes. This also provides a soft shadow for images inside the game. This setting should be turned ON and selected to Performance.

Anisotropic Filtering

This setting improves the overall image quality by eliminating all kinds of blurred textures that appear at certain camera angles. The setting for this option should be Application Controlled.

Antialiasing FXAA

This setting improves the in-game visuals and reduces the performance effect on other aliasing settings. This should be turned OFF.

Antialiasing Gamma Correction

This improves the visual quality of 3D images by enabling Gamma correction for antialiasing. This setting should be turned ON.

Antialiasing Mode

This setting allows you to determine how antialiasing is applied in your 3D applications. Select this to Application-controlled.

Antialiasing Transparency

This setting allows you to minimize the visible aliasing on the edges of images with transparent textures. This should be switched OFF.

CUDA GPUs

This allows you to select the applications where CUDA cores are used. This should be selected to All.

DSR-Factors

DSR or Dynamic Super Resolution enhances the image quality by rendering images at high screen resolution. This setting decreases your FPS and increases Input Lag. This setting should be turned OFF for better performance.

Low Latency Mode

This setting reduces latency by limiting the number of frames the CPU can prepare before the frames are processed by the GPU. This should be turned ON for higher FPS and lower Input lag.

Max Frame Rate

This setting limits the FPS of the games to a certain number beyond which the FPS cannot go. This setting should be turned OFF for better performance.

Monitor Compatibility

This setting selects the technique used to control the refresh policy of an attached monitor. It is only applicable if you’re using an external monitor. For laptops, this is turned OFF by default. For desktops, select G-Sync Compatible if available or else select Fixed Refresh Rate.

Multi-Frame Sampled AA

This setting makes overall sample patterns irregular by re-programming the coverage sample locations. This setting reduces the FPS of games. You should turn this OFF for better performance.

OpenGL Rendering GPU

This setting allows you to select the GPU for running OpenGL applications. This setting should be selected to your NVIDIA Graphics Card.

Power Management Mode

This feature allows you to select the Graphics Card’s performance level when running Games and 3D applications. This should be selected to Prefer Maximum Performance.

Preferred Refresh Rate

This setting allows you to override the refresh rate in full-screen applications. This option should be selected to Highest Available for the best image quality.

Shader Cache

This setting reduces the CPU usage by reducing completed shaders to a disk cache. Turn this option ON for best performance.

Texture Filtering – Anisotropic Sample Optimization

This setting limits the number of anisotropic samples used based on texture pixel size. This setting should be turned ON.

Texture Filtering – Negative LOD Bias

This setting is used to sharpen stationary images and enable texture filtering. This should be set to Allow.

Texture Filtering – Quality

This feature allows you to set the texture filtering to Quality, Performance, or Balanced. You should switch this setting to High Performance.

Texture Filtering – Trilinear Optimization

This setting allows Texture filtering performance by allowing bilinear filtering on textures. Turn this option ON for better performance.

Threaded Optimization

This setting allows you to use multiple CPU cores. You should turn this setting to Auto.

Triple Buffering

This setting allows triple buffering for games and other OpenGL applications. Turn this setting OFF.

Vertical Sync

This setting controls how the GPU render rate interfaces to the refresh rate of a monitor. You should turn this setting OFF.

Virtual Reality Pre – Rendered Frames

This setting limits the number of frames the CPU can prepare before the frames are processed by the GPU. This setting should be selected to 1. After applying all of the settings click on the Apply Button.

Configure Surround, PhysX Settings

Leave the Surround Configuration as it is. No need to mess with that. Inside PhysX Settings, click on the drop-down menu and select your NVIDIA Graphics Card. Once done, simply click on the Apply button.

Display Settings

Here we will adjust various options that affect the display of your laptop or desktop monitor.

Change Resolution

Select the highest possible Screen Resolution under Resolution section.  Similarly, select the highest possible Refresh Rate under the Refresh Rate section.

Scroll down below and select Use NVIDIA Color Settings. For the different sub-settings, select Desktop Color Depth to Highest(32-bit), Output color format as RGB, and Output dynamic range as Full. Click on Apply to save the settings.

Adjust Desktop Color Settings

Scroll down below to Apply the Following enhancements section. Under this section, increase the Digital Vibrance to 80%. This makes the colors appear more saturated and vibrant. Keep the rest of the settings as it is and click on the Apply button.

Rotate Display

Choose the Orientation to Landscape and click on the Apply button.

View HDCP Status

Nothing to change here. Use the default settings.

Set Up Digital Audio

Again, keep all the settings as default and don’t change anything.

Adjust Desktop Size And Position

Select Scaling Mode to No Scaling and adjust the Screen Resolution and Refresh Rate to the highest possible settings. Once you’re done with that click on the Apply button.

Video Settings

Here we will adjust the Video Color settings that allow us to enhance the color settings for the video content of the display.

Adjust Video Color Settings

Under How do you make color adjustments section, select the second option With the NVIDIA settings. After that, click on the Advanced tab and increase the Dynamic Range to Full (0-255).

Adjust Video Image Settings

Keep all the settings to Default and don’t change anything. Click on the Apply button to save all the changes. After you have applied each and every setting, restart your computer to apply all the changes.

These settings are set back to default once you update your driver again. You have to change the settings after every new driver update.

That is all about the guide to tune your NVIDIA Control Panel Settings for the best possible performance while playing AAA games. You can also increase the performance of your GPU by overclocking it. If you want to read tutorials on them make sure to check out The Shared Web.

Conclusion

This guide provides a thorough explanation of all the NVIDIA Control Panel settings needed to optimize your NVIDIA Graphics Card. This is only applicable to NVIDIA GPUs. You can use the AMD Pro Control Center for fine-tuning your AMD Graphics card.

If you have any other questions feel free to comment below.

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    prince 1 year

    for the image sharpening, you said to enable the GPU Scaling. But when you go to the Adjust desktop size and position, the Select Scaling mode section is grayed out

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    Hello, great post! very helpful. However, on the Adjust Desktop Size and Position tab. You say to select Scaling mode to No Scaling. But previously on the Image sharpening section, you said to enable GPU Scaling. If you enable it, it grays out all the option on the Scaling Mode section. Could you help me here?

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    Peter 1 year

    Hi,

    DSR-Factors cannot be completely turned off in the latest Nvidia driver version 452.06. It can only be configured from 1.20x to 4.00x (native resolution).

    Secondly, I used the Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 utility to compare the default settings of the Nvidia driver with the above suggested performance settings. My testing actually revealed the opposite for some reason.

    I ran two benchmark tests (windowed and full screen) using the default settings and two tests with the above optimised settings, and the default settings scored higher on both occasions. In between each test I rebooted my PC.

    Test 1 (default settings, windowed)
    FPS: 84.1
    Score: 2118
    Min FPS: 25.7
    Max FPS: 180.0

    Test 2 (default settings, full-screen)
    FPS: 84.4
    Score: 2125
    Min FPS: 25.3
    Max FPS: 171.9

    Test 1 (optimised settings, windowed)
    FPS: 80.5
    Score: 2027
    Min FPS: 25.9
    Max FPS: 127.6

    Test 2 (optimised settings, full-screen)
    FPS: 83.3
    Score: 2099
    Min FPS: 24.7
    Max FPS: 163.4

    Hardware
    Platform: Windows NT 6.2 (build 9200) 64bit
    CPU model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ CPU @ 2.80GHz (2807MHz) x4, 16GB RAM
    GPU model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 27.21.14.5206 (8GB VRAM) x1
    Unigine Heaven Settings
    Render: Direct3D11
    Mode: 1920×1071 8xAA
    Preset: Custom
    Quality: Ultra
    Tessellation: Extreme

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    Amin 11 months

    I have screen tearing when I turn off the Vsync. Should I turn it on?

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    GlyphX 11 months

    Thanks for the tip! even after months of overclocking I couldn’t get this much extra performance out of my system, It gave me a 30-40fps boost in war thunder ultra settings!!

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    Words 11 months

    You cant select No scaling under adjust desktop size and position, if you’ve selected Gpu scaling under Image sharpening with the Manage 3d settings

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    Hadrian Briggs 11 months

    What a useful post.
    I have followed this in every single stage.
    My modded fallout 4 now looks glorious.
    I have bookmarked this.
    Thank you so much.

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    Fred 11 months

    First of all, many thanks for “The Perfect NVIDIA Control Panel Settings” article or post. I am just getting into gaming and purchased the GeForce RTX 2060 and the Dell S2721HGF 27″ monitor. It would be impossible for me to figure out everything you explained, by myself. And you explained it in an easy to understand manner.

    I have a few questions that I hope you will answer:

    1. Under the Change Resolution section there is a Scaling Resolution section, Ultra Hd,Hd,SD section, and a PC section. Under Ultra HD section there is a 1080p, 1920 x 1080 setting. Under the PC section there is a 1920×1080 (native) setting. I selected the 1080p, 1920 x 1080 setting. Is this correct?

    2. Under Adjust Desktop Color Settings- Choose How Color is Set you did not check the Use the NIVIDA settings. On everything else we did check it. I didn’t check it, and if that is ok, you don’t have to answer.

    3. In my Control Panel there is a “Set up Gsync” setting. You did not mention it. I selected Enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible and Enable for windowed and full screen mode. The other setting is “Enable for full screen mode”. Also in the Display Specific settings section I selected Enable settings for the selected display model. Do you see anything wrong with my choices?

    Thanks again for this post. I’m sure it will help a lot of folks!!

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    Kunal Dutta 9 months

    Does this only change settings for a particular application or the whole system in general?

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    Eric Blanchard 9 months

    For the adjust desktop size and position under display, should the override scaling mode set by games and programs be checked and applied? I know this seems almost a personal preference question, but why would I change anything if I’m just going to let the game manage the setting anyway?

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    Goutam 5 months

    i have 2gb graphic card in my dell inspiron15 5000 series 8gb ram , when i use some adobe softwares my pc heats up sometimes shut down ,will changing settings in nvidia control panel work.

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    Gab 5 months

    As soon as I set these options and enter a game, it’s FPS drop fest. I did not have any issues I was just curious to try these.

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    devin demuth 2 weeks

    I had no idea about the no scaling while increasing the monitor resolution to maximum.

    I have 6 monitors 3 bottom are 4k and the 3 top are 1080.

    Because I wouldnt select no scaling the monitors would not be aligned correctly.

    Thank you so much for this insightful writeup!!

    Now I can use the moonlight streaming app correctly to my main monitor resolution of 4k.

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    Tino 1 week

    Thank you! I gained about 40-50 FPS and the games look so much better now.