The most important aspect of the game is the settings in the NVIDIA Control Panel. By changing the settings and customization options in the NVIDIA Control Panel, you can change the look and user interface of the game. When you purchase a new NVIDIA GeForce graphics card for your gaming PC, you have the settings from the NVIDIA control panel. In the beginning, all the functionality of the settings is set by default. But you can customize the settings according to your preferences. In the control panel, you will find many advanced settings.
If you are a new NIVIDA user, you will find it difficult to change the settings. In this article, we have explained all the important settings and how to use it.
NVIDIA Control Panel Settings You Can Change
In the control panel, many settings are available. But to improve game performance and game quality, you can customize a handful of settings in the control panel.
- 3D settings
- Ambient occlusion
- Anisotropic filtering
- Super dynamic resolution
- Anti aliasing
- Multi-frame sample anti-aliasing
- Power management mode
- Texture filtering and optimizations
Before entering the NVIDIA Control Panel, make sure you are using the latest version of the NVIDIA driver. You can check the latest version on NVIDIA website.
The first thing you need to change is the 3D settings. These settings will adjust the visual quality.
(1) Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and click on the 3D settings in the menu bar.
(2) Click it Adjust image settings with preview option on the left side.
(3) You will see a cursor named Performance. To obtain the maximum visual quality, set the slider to its maximum. Make sure you have enabled the Use advanced 3D image settings. You can see the preview on a small window.
(4) Now click on the Manage 3D settings just below the Adjust image settings with preview option.
(5) Explore all the settings, but it is best not to change these settings.
All the features of the 3D settings are pre-optimized for the best gaming experience. If you change the settings, it will make your PC difficult and overload it. The two available tabs, General Settings and Program Settings. Changes you made to Global Settings will be effective on all of your PC games, and changes you made to Program Settings will only affect specific games you choose.
Now we are going to see all the settings available under 3D settings in a detailed view.
Ambient Occlusion is the first setting you’ll see in the 3D Settings window. This function is responsible for shadows and lighting effects. If you want the objects in your game to look more realistic, you can enable this feature. Set the value to its maximum 16X for best results.
But it will consume higher memory bandwidth and lower frame rate. The framerate speed depends on the specifications of your PC. If you have older hardware, you can enable ambient occlusion as you will have a lower frame rate. Make sure your computer meets the required specifications.
The next one is anisotropic filtering (AF). This feature plays a major role in FPV and third person games. When you play FPV game, the path or wall will be blurry. The sight will be like myopia. If you turn on anisotropic filtering, you will get a clear path through the screen. For a better understanding, take a look at the image below.
Beyond the red line the path is a bit blurry and looks dark. When you enable anisotropic filtering, the path will look like the image mentioned below.
Have you noticed the difference? This is the role of anisotropic filtering. For best results, set the quality to 16X. When you enable anisotropic filtering, you are allowed to perform Texture Filtering – Anisotropic Sample Optimization, which will improve the texture quality.
Many PC games are built into this feature. You can change the built-in functionality and if you are happy with it, you can change the NVIDIA Control Panel settings.
Anti-aliasing is a way to turn on pixel smoothing. This feature varies by game, so try it out for individual games and adjust it accordingly. In anti-aliasing, five types of customizations are available.
Antialiasing – FXAA: This provides a smoothing layer and decreases the visibility of irregularities, but the image looks blurry. Antialiasing – FXAA depends on DSR settings. This will show the best results in older games. In modern games, this is not recommended. Most of the time you should leave this as the default.
Anti-aliasing – Gamma correction: This is one of the oldest settings in the NVIDIA Control Panel Settings. This will blend the objects with contrasting backgrounds. It will only work on older games.
Anti-aliasing – Mode: In this, two modes are available. Replace any app setting and improve app setting. Try out these two options on your game and choose the one that suits your game or let it be controlled by the app.
Antialiasing – Adjustment: This function controls the amount of anti-aliasing used. Set the quality that suits your game. For some games, if you set the amount to the maximum, you will see distortions.
Antialiasing – Transparency: This will soften the edges and corners of the walls. This will have a transparent effect on the leaves, wires and objects in the game.
Super dynamic resolution (DSR)
This will make the game at a higher resolution which exceeds the power of the PC. This will dramatically improve the visual quality of the game. But only a PC with strong gaming specifications can handle this feature. Values are available in multiples of the screen resolution.
If a 1080p game is set to a factor of 4X, you will get 4K resolution.
DSR – Sweetness: This will control the amount of softness used in the DSR process. Leave it at default, 33%. Adjusting will result in blurry images.
Multi-Frame Sampled Antialiasing (MFAA)
This function is only available on Series 90 and later. Enable this feature if you want improved performance and picture quality in your game. But not all games are supported, only use it for the game that supports it.
Power management mode
Most modern gaming PCs will run at the required clock speed without any issues. Keep the Adaptive setting if you have problems. If it persists, change it to Prefer maximum performance.
If your gaming laptop is draining the battery, switch to optimum power.
Texture filtering and optimizations
This setting is similar to anti-aliasing. But these settings will not affect modern games from this difference. It can be used on older games to improve the visual quality of objects and characters.
Vertical Sync or Vsync is the property of frame rates. If your PC screen supports 60Hz, this will allow the game to run at 60 frames per second. This feature will eliminate tearing when GPU and screen are not in sync. Set the Vsync to use 3D app settings, this will make the frame rates optimal for individual games.
Other common settings such as Change Resolution can be changed if desired.
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Here are the game settings available in the NVIDIA Control Panel Settings. Change these settings to suit your preferences. Play the games on your PC with the utmost satisfaction. Share your NVIDIA gaming experiences in the comments section.