Best Nvidia Control Panel Settings – Comprehensive Guide 2021

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.

An example of how to complete the Nvidia form to download the latest Nvidia drivers.
On download Type choose: Game ready

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.

Downloading NVidia drivers from the official NVidia website

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.

The installation process of Nvidia drivers

Unmark any feature you don’t need and make sure to tick the option “Perform a clean installation” and click on Next.

The installation process of Nvidia drivers, choosing the best options.

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.

Set NVIDIA Control Panel settings to performance.

Then move to “Manage 3D settings” tab. Below i will go through all the settings one by one .


Image Sharpening

Recommendation: Sharpening Off, Scaling disabled.

Image Sharpening Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Increases the overall sharpness and details of the application

Increases the overall sharpness and details of the application


Ambient Occlusion

Recommendation: Off

Ambient Occlusion Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Adds realism to the scenes

Anisotropic Filtering

Recommendation: Off

Anisotropic filtering Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Increases and sharpens the quality of textures on surfaces that appear far away or at odd angles.

Antialiasing – FXAA

Recommendation: Off

Antialiasing - FXAA Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Improves image quality by reducing jagged edges from textures. It the lowest form of antialiasing.

Antialiasing – Gamma correction

Recommendation: Off

Antialiasing - Gamma correction Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Gamma correction for Antialiasing

Antialiasing – Mode

Recommendation: Off

Antialiasing - Mode Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Allows you to choose how antialiasing will be applied on the applications.

Antialiasing – Setting

Recommendation: None

Antialising - setting , Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Ammount of antialiasing sampling used

Antialiasing – Transparency

Recommendation: Off

Antialiasing - Transparency Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Special form of antialiasing, as the quality goes up the frame rates goes down.

CUDA – GPUs

Recommendation: All

CUDA - GPUs Setting on NVidia Control Panel

DSR – Factors

Recommendation: Off

DSR - Factors Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Renders a game at a resolution higher than the monitor can physically support

DSR – Smoothness

Recommendation: Off

DSR - Smoothness Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Smoothness used in the downsampling process of DSR

Low Latency Mode

Recommendation: On / Ultra – Test it because it gives different results on different games/computers

Low latency Mode Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Max Frame Rate

Recommendation: Off

Max Frame Rate Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Locks your FPS

Monitor Technology

Recommendation: Fixed Refresh

Monitor Technology Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Depending on the usage and hardware, you can set it to G-Sync.

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)

Recommendation: Off

MFAA Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Another Antialiasing method, High quality textures.

OpenGL rendering GPU

Recommendation: Choose your NVIDIA GPU

OpenGL rendering GPU Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Not many games/apps use the OpenGL API nowadays, but for those who do(Here is a list), this setting can give you a smoother experience.

Power management mode

Recommendation: Prefer maximum performance

Power management mode Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Power saving feature

Shader Cache

Recommendation: On

Shader Cache Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Stores shaders for games locally on your disk to greatly improve loading times. 

Texture filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization

Recommendation: On

Texture filtering - Anisotropic sample optimization Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Texture filtering – Negative LOD bias

Recommendation: Allow

Texture filtering - Negative LOD bias Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Texture filtering – Quality

Recommendation: High performance

Texture filtering - Quality Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Texture filtering – Trilinear optimization

Recommendation: On

Texture filtering - Trilinear optimization Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Threaded optimization

Recommendation: On

Threaded optimization Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Triple buffering

Recommendation: Off

Triple buffering Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Vertical sync

Recommendation: Off

VSYNC Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames

Recommendation: 1

Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames Setting on NVidia Control Panel

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 ).

Configure Surround, PsyX  best settings

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.

Change Resolution

Navigate to the Resolution” settings tab, and choose your monitor’s resolution and on Refresh rate, make sure to choose the highest available.

Best Resolution settings in NVidia control panel

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.

Best Resolution settings in Nvidia control panel , part 2

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.

Best desktop colors in Nvidia control panel

Rotate Display

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.

Rotate display in NVidia control panel

Digital Audio

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.

Best Adjust Desktop Size and position settings in Nvidia control panel

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.

Best Set up G-Sync settings for Nvidia control panel.

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.

How to setup multiple displays/monitors in the Nvidia control panel.

Video

Adjust video color settings

You can experiment by yourself and adjust the colors, i prefer to leave this tab as it is.

Best video color settings

Adjust video image settings

Same like the above one, i prefer the default options. You can go ahead and experiment by yourself.

Best video image settings

Last but not least

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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.

Conclusion

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.

Comments

  1. Some of the options are missing and some don’t exist anymore, perhaps an update?

  2. If Windows, Microsoft, Nvidia, AMD, Mac and other forms of well known tech companies can make it as transparent and simplified as possible, it would wholly benefit everyone else involved.

    The reason behind the why as based on the current settings might indeed soothe our troubles of lacklustre gaming experiences not found entirely on consoles

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