Nvidia control panel offers control over the Nvidia driver’s graphics settings and also a variety of features. When you first install the Nvidia control panel on your computer(Or gets installed automatically by Windows updates), all graphics settings are already preconfigured by Nvidia. Many people will never touch the Nvidia settings, but that doesn’t mean that it is the right thing. If you are not optimizing your Nvidia control panel settings, you are losing performance and most likely facing instability issues like shuttering, and FPS drops.
Don’t worry though, in this post, I will go in-depth on how to properly configure and optimize your Nvidia control panel settings to achieve the maximum performance possible, FPS boost in games, less input lag, fix shuttering, flickering, and fps drops.
Before you start optimizing the Nvidia Control panel settings, I highly recommend you uninstall any previous drivers and download and install the latest Nvidia drivers on your computer. So, let’s start.
How to download and install the latest Nvidia drivers
Head over to Nvidia’s official download page and complete the form depending on your GPU model. Below you can find an example of how it should look like.
At the option “Download Type“, if you are a gamer who prioritizes the latest game titles support, performance gains, DLC support, etc., choose Game Ready Drivers. On the other hand, if you are a content creator who prioritizes creative workflows, including animation, video editing, graphic design, live streaming, etc., choose Studio Drivers. If you do both, then I recommend you choose Game Ready Drivers.
Once you’ve completed the form, go ahead and press the “Search” button, and you will be redirected to a page with the latest Driver available for your GPU. Click the “Download” button and wait for the driver to download.
Once you’ve downloaded the driver, locate the file, right-click on it and choose Run as administrator. You may be asked if you want to install both the driver and Nvidia GeForce on your computer. If you are not going to use Nvidia GeForce, I recommend installing the driver alone. Once you choose your option, click on the “AGREE AND CONTINUE” button.
The next tab will ask you how you want to proceed with your installation. Choose Custom installation and click Next.
Unmark any feature you don’t need and make sure to tick the option “Perform a clean installation” and click on Next.
Now your screen may start flickering and the screen going black for a few seconds, that’s normal. Once the installation is completed, restart your PC and come back to this post, so you start optimizing the Nvidia settings.
Best NVIDIA Control Panel settings
Now you should have the latest driver installed on your computer and ready to start configuring the settings to achieve the best performance possible.
Open your Nvidia Control Panel (Right-click on your desktop and choose the option Nvidia Control Panel) and navigate on the option “Adjust image settings with preview“.
Best NVidia Control Panel 3D Settings
Click on the “Use the advanced 3D image settings” option, and click Apply.
Then move to “Manage 3D settings” tab. Below i will go through all the settings one by one .
Recommendation: Sharpening Off, Scaling disabled.
Increases the overall sharpness and details of the application
Antialiasing – FXAA
Antialiasing – Gamma correction
Antialiasing – Mode
Antialiasing – Setting
Antialiasing – Transparency
CUDA – GPUs
DSR – Factors
DSR – Smoothness
Low Latency Mode
Recommendation: On / Ultra – Test it because it gives different results on different games/computers
Max Frame Rate
Recommendation: Fixed Refresh
Keep in mind that by enabling G-Sync your games will be smoother but you will have a little bit more input lag.
Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA)
OpenGL rendering GPU
Recommendation: Choose your NVIDIA GPU
Power management mode
Recommendation: Prefer maximum performance
Texture filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization
Texture filtering – Negative LOD bias
Texture filtering – Quality
Recommendation: High performance
Texture filtering – Trilinear optimization
Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames
Configure Surround, PsyX Settings
Once you’ve applied all this settings, click “Apply” and let’s move on to the “Configure Surround, PsyX” setting tab.
All you want to do here is to choose your NVidia GPU under the PsyX settings ( Processor ).
Best NVidia Control Panel Display Settings
We are done with the 3D Settings of the NVidia control panel, now let’s move on to the Display settings and configure anything needed.
Navigate to the “Resolution” settings tab, and choose your monitor’s resolution and on Refresh rate, make sure to choose the highest available.
Scroll a little bit and you should see the settings below. By default the selected option will be “Use default color settings“, we want to change that to “Use NVIDIA color settings” and copy the settings from the image below.
Desktop Color Settings
On the Desktop Color Settings tab, you can go ahead and experiment by yourself with the colors. I personally prefer to leave everything default and just tweak my monitor color settings. Even if you mess up everything you can always reset the settings to default, so there is nothing to worry about.
The Rotate Display tab can come in handy if you have a monitor that can rotate 180 or 360 degrees. If you don’t, then you can skip this tab.
You can adjust your monitor’s speakers; if your monitor doesn’t have inbuilt speakers, the features will be grayed out.
Adjust Desktop size and position
Under “Select a scaling mode:” , choose No scaling and then hit apply and you are good to go.
If you want a lower resolution to get stretched on full screen, then instead of No scaling, choose Full-screen.
For most users the best option is No scaling.
Set up G-Sync
If your monitor supports G-Sync this option will be available to you. You can turn it on and off and see what you like the most.
Set up multiple displays
If you have a multi-monitor setup, here is the place to configure them. On the other hand, if you don’t, just leave the default values.
Adjust video color settings
You can experiment by yourself and adjust the colors, i prefer to leave this tab as it is.
Adjust video image settings
Same like the above one, i prefer the default options. You can go ahead and experiment by yourself.
Last but not least
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Install Malwarebytes and then open it. Click on Scanner -> Advanced Scanners ->Configure Scan, and select the option scan for rootkits and also, on the right side, select all your drives and click on Scan. This scan may take a lot of time, but it can save you from serious issues especially if you use your computer for transactions, work, etc.
Once the scan is completed, quarantine everything and restart your PC.
If after following this guide you still can’t optimize NVidia settings or you feel like your GPU / PC is underperforming, you can book a PC Optimization appointment with me and I will be more than happy to help you out and solve all your problems and dramatically improve your pc performance.
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Guides to Optimize your PC
Below you can find some posts from me that will help you optimize your PC even more and possibly increase your FPS.
- Windows 11 Ultimate Optimization Guide
- Best AMD Radeon Settings
- Debloat Windows 10
- Reduce & Stabilize your Ping
- Unpark your CPU cores
- Create a custom Power plan to unlock performance
Please note that these settings may not be appropriate for every person on this planet. We all do different things on our computers and have different preferences in terms of quality and performance. To sum it up, these settings are intended for gamers who want the absolute best performance possible, and they don’t care that much about the graphics quality.
So, those were the best NVidia control panel settings for the best performance possible. There isn’t much more room for optimizations except debloating your NVidia driver and a few tweaks, for which I will upload a post or video soon. If it happens, you have an AMD GPU-based computer.