Best NVidia settings for Path of Exile 2

If you use a PC build or gaming laptop with an Nvidia GPU and play Path of Exile 2, you can optimize your gaming experience by adjusting the graphics settings and other features in the Nvidia Control Panel. Having the best Nvidia Control Panel graphics settings for Path of Exile 2 will enhance your gameplay and overall performance.

If you want to improve your computer’s performance, you can learn how to optimize your Nvidia Control Panel settings by following this guide.

best NVidia Settings for Path of Exile 2

Below is a brief summary of the best NVidia settings we will discuss below in case you want to copy/paste them.

  • Image Scaling – Off
  • Ambient Occlusion – Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering – Off
  • Antialiasing – Off
  • Antialiasing – Off
  • Antialiasing Mode – Off
  • Antialiasing Transparency – Off
  • Background Application Max Frame Rate: Off
  • CUDA GPUs – All
  • DSR Factors – Off
  • Low Latency Mode – Depends
  • Max Frame Rate – Off
  • Preferred Refresh Rate: Highest Available
  • Multi-Frame Sampled AA – Off
  • OpenGL Rendering GPU – Main GPU
  • Power-Management Mode – Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Shader Cache Size – Driver Default
  • Texture Filtering -Anisotropic sample optimization – On
  • Texture Filtering – Negative LOD Bias – Allow
  • Texture Filtering – Quality – High Performance
  • Texture Filtering – Trilinear Optimization – On
  • Threaded optimization – On
  • Triple buffering – Off
  • Vertical Sync – Off
  • Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames: 1

Best NVidia Control Panel Settings for Path of Exile 2

If you want to understand the impact of each NVidia setting and why we recommend modifying them, keep reading.

I highly recommend you download the best NVidia driver for Path of Exile 2 and install it before moving on to the 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 Scaling

Image Scaling replaced the old option called Image Sharpening. Image Scaling will downscale the resolution and then sharpen the image in Path of Exile 2. It’s like DLSS, but it’s not even close. Just keep it disabled.

Recommendation: OFF.

Image Scaling
Increases the overall sharpness and details of the application

Ambient Occlusion

Keep it off on the NVidia Control Panel, and if you want to enable it, do it through the Path of Exile 2 settings. It makes the shadows look a little better, but it’s not worth it.

Recommendation: Off

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

Anisotropic Filtering

Turn it off here and enable it in Path of Exile 2 if needed. It makes everything sharper, more precise and looks better.

If you enable it on the NVidia Control Panel and start noticing weird graphics in Path of Exile 2, come back to the NVidia settings and disable it.

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

Budget” less FPS taxing anti-aliasing option. Keep it off.

Recommendation: Off

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

Antialiasing – Gamma correction

Almost every modern game, including Path of Exile 2 has Gamma Correction already enabled. Useless setting; keep it off.

Recommendation: Off

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

Antialiasing – Mode

As I said above, keep it OFF and enable it in Path of Exile 2 if you want it ON.

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
Amount of antialiasing sampling used

Antialiasing – Transparency

Doe’s nothing in Path of Exile 2, so keep it off.

Recommendation: Off

Antialiasing - Transparency Setting on NVidia Control Panel
A special form of Antialiasing, the frame rates decrease as the quality increases.

Background Application Max Frame Rate

If you are in a game and you alt+tab out Path of Exile 2, then having this setting set will cap the FPS when you tab out. But it only works for Windowed mode or Borderless. If you are playing on full-screen, this setting will not work.

Recommendation: Off


CUDA – GPUs

If you have only one GPU, you can skip this setting. If you have multiple GPUs, select the most powerful one because if you run a GPU-accelerated application that uses CUDA, it will come and use that specific one.

Recommendation: All

CUDA - GPUs Setting on NVidia Control Panel

DSR – Factors

Dynamic Super Resolution(DSR) should be set to OFF unless you know what you are doing.

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

Turn it OFF in the NVidia Control Panel and turn it ON in Path of Exile 2.

Recommendation: High-Medium systems, turn OFF. For low-end systems, try ON / Ultra and see which one works best.

Low latency Mode Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Max Frame Rate

There are many more efficient ways to cap your maximum frame rate, so there is no reason to use this one. In most modern games, including Path of Exile 2, you can cap your FPS via Path of Exile 2’s settings.

Recommendation: Off

Max Frame Rate Setting on NVidia Control Panel
Locks your FPS

Preferred Refresh Rate

Recommendation: Highest available for the smoothest experience in Path of Exile 2.

Highest refresh rate
Always Highest Available

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 Size

Recommendation: Driver Default

Shader cache size
Stores shaders for games locally on your disk to improve loading times significantly. 

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 unless your GPU is overheating.

VSYNC Setting on NVidia Control Panel

Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames

Recommendation: 1

Virtual Reality pre-rendered frames Setting on NVidia Control Panel

That was fast

Please note that these settings may not be appropriate for every person on this planet, and we all have different playstyles and preferences regarding quality and performance. To summarize, the above NVidia settings are intended for gamers who want the absolute best performance possible in Path of Exile 2.

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