Best Nvidia Control Panel Settings [High FPS & Performance]

This guide will cover the best Nvidia Control Panel settings for maximum gaming performance in 2024 for Laptops and Desktops.

Whether you own the latest Nvidia flagship RTX card or have an older GTX one, you’ll need to optimize its settings to get the most performance out of it. These best Nvidia Control Panel settings will boost general PC and gaming performance. Therefore, it’s about time you got familiar with all the options!

Key Highlights
  • Make sure to update your Nvidia GPU drivers for the latest performance improvements and new settings in the Nvidia Control Panel.
  • Access the Nvidia Control Panel by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting the Nvidia Control Panel option.
  • The most important settings to configure are in the 3D settings section.
  • In the 3D settings, select the “Use the Advanced 3D image settings” option and apply changes.
  • In the detailed 3D settings, turn off Image Sharpening, Anisotropic Filtering, FXAA, and Gamma Correction-Antialiasing for best performance.

To properly utilize the horsepower of your GPU, Nvidia Control Panel offers several features you can play around with. Each feature in the Nvidia Control Panel has its own use, and figuring out the right combination is a bit tiresome. 

Lucky for you, we did a bit of research of our own and a heck of a lot of testing to bring you the best Nvidia Control Panel settings there are. So, whichever Nvidia card you are rocking, this guide will unlock your GPU’s hidden potential and allow it to perform noticeably better in games. 

Install The Latest Nvidia Drivers

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Installing Latest Nvidia Drivers [Image by eXputer]
Before we start tinkering with the Nvidia Control Panel settings, we must ensure that your GPU drivers are up-to-date. New updates from Nvidia sometimes pack a host of fixes and performance improvements while adding a new setting or two in the Nvidia Control Panel.

You’ll need to open up the Nvidia Geforce Experience Application on your PC to check for updates. Here’s how you can do that.

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Accessing Nvidia GeForce Experience [Screenshot by eXputer]
  • Click on the taskbar and expand it by clicking on the “^” icon.
  • Right, Click on the Nvidia Logo and select “Nvidia GeForce Experience” from the context menu. 
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Check for Driver Updates in Nvidia GeForce Experience [Screenshot by eXputer]
  • Once you open Nvidia Geforce Experience, open the “Driver” tab. This will take you to the driver updating section of the Geforce Experience.
  • Click on the “Check for Updates” option to see if you have any new updates for your Nvidia GPU. If you have updates, a button will prompt you to download it and later “Express Install” it. If it doesn’t show any new updates after the scan, it means you’ve already got the latest drivers.

After updating your Nvidia GPU drivers, let’s start applying the other Control Panel settings. 

Best Nvidia Control Panel Settings

Now that we’ve updated the GPU driver to the latest version, it’s time to go through each setting in the Nvidia Control Panel and select the best ones. To access the Nvidia Control Panel, simply follow the steps below. 

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Access the Nvidia Control Panel from Desktop [Screenshot by eXputer]
  • To access the Nvidia Control Panel, you only have to “Right-Click” anywhere on the desktop.
  • After the context menu has opened, select the Nvidia Control Panel option.
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The Nvidia Control Panel [Screenshot by eXputer]
Doing so will open the Nvidia Control Panel. As you can see, there are several settings we need to cover. I’ll go through each and help you configure the Nvidia Control Panel settings for all sections. 

NOTE: Depending on if you’re on a laptop or desktop, some settings might be available to you while some won’t. So don’t worry if you can’t find a specific setting in your Nvidia Control Panel.

3D Settings

When you open the Nvidia Control Panel, 3D settings are the first row of settings that you’ll need to configure. This is the most important section to help you achieve optimal graphical performance in games.

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Image Settings with Preview [Screenshot by eXputer]
  1. Here, click on the first tab, and on the right, you’ll see Nvidia Icon spinning. 
  2. Select the second option that says, “Use the Advanced 3D image settings.”
  3. After selecting the second option, apply the changes. 
  4. Once you’re done, click the “Take Me There” option next to the second option to open detailed 3D settings. 
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Manage 3D Settings [Screenshot by eXputer]
Here’s where things start to get serious. There are a lot of settings that can be confusing and overwhelming. However, I’ll walk you through each setting individually and show you how to configure them for optimum performance. So let’s get started. Here’s a quick overview before getting into the details:

Image Sharpening Off
Anisotropic Filtering Off
FXAA – Antialiasing Off
Gamma Correction – Antialiasing Off
Mode – Antialiasing Off
Background Max Frame Rate 20
CUDA – GPUS All
Low Latency Mode Ultra
Max Frame Rate Desired Value or Off
OpenGL Rendering GPU Select GPU here
Power Management Mode Prefer Max Performance
Shader Cache Driver Default
Monitor Technology Depends on Monitor
Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) Off
Anisotropic Sample Optimization – Texture Filtering On
Negative LOD Bias – Texture Filtering Allow
Quality – Texture Filtering High Performance
Trilinear Optimization – Texture Filtering On
Threaded Optimization Auto
Triple Buffering Off
Vertical Sync Off

Image Sharpening: Off

Since we’re setting up a global setting, we don’t need to apply image sharpening across the board. If you want, you can individually apply sharpening to the games you want through program settings.

Anisotropic Filtering: Off

Anisotropic Filtering is an option that’s configured in the in-game settings. So, there’s no point turning it on in the global settings. 

FXAA – Antialiasing: Off

Fast approximate anti-aliasing, or FXAA, is a great mode of anti-aliasing that helps you improve textures in-game at a lower cost. However, we don’t need to turn it on across the board. So, best to keep it off.

Gamma Correction – Antialiasing: Off

Turn Gamma Corrections off. It helps you improve image quality, specifically in OpenGL programs, which is why turning it on globally is a waste. 

Mode – Antialiasing: Off

Similar to FXAA, set Antialiasing Mode to off, and these settings are best configured within the in-game settings.

Background Max Frame Rate: 20

If you Alt+Tab out of your games more often and want to save up some GPU power, then turn Background Max Frames to 20. This helps you limit the resources dedicated to your game when you minimize it, giving breathing room to your other tasks. 

CUDA – GPUS: ALL

You should select all CUDA GPUs here. 

Low Latency Mode: Ultra

Low Latency Mode is one of the most amazing features Nvidia provides to its GPU owners. It helps reduce latency in competitive games significantly without affecting FPS negatively. However, not every game requires this feature, so it’s best not to enable it globally. 

Max Frame Rate: Desired Value or Off

If you want to cap your framerate in every application, use the Max Frame Rate feature. It’s a good alternative to V-Sync and simply caps your frame to your desired value, reducing tearing. It also helps you avoid pushing your GPU more than needed. You could disable it if you don’t want to cap your FPS in games. 

Open GL Rendering GPU: Select GPU here

Select your GPU here if you ever want to run any OpenGL games. This way, all OpenGL games will run through your GPU for the best performance. 

Power Management Mode: Prefer Max Performance

If you own a laptop, then leave this option as it is to avoid maxing out your GPU at all times. Instead, set power management to max only for individual games. However, if you want the best performance and all other concerns are secondary, set Power Management Mode to Prefer Maximum Performance.

It’ll ramp up your GPU and give you a noticeable boost in FPS. This will also solve any FPS drops that you’re experiencing.

Shader Cache: Driver Default

Leave this selection as it is. Compiling and storing the game’s shader data on your PC requires the Shader Cache.

Monitor Technology: Depends on Monitor

If you have a monitor with variable refresh rate technology, select G-sync here. If you don’t see this option and you’re on a laptop, chances are Intel Optimus is blocking this option, and there’s nothing much you can do to use Gysnc. Unless your laptop has a MUX switch or Advanced Optimus that will let you activate G-sync.

Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA): Off

MFAA is Nvidia’s proprietary anti-aliasing technology that’s not very useful in most games. Turning it globally might negatively affect your PC’s performance so best keep it off. 

Anisotropic Sample Optimization – Texture Filtering: On

Anisotropic Sample Optimization drastically improves the visual quality in games with no major performance impact. Turn it on for the best visual clarity and optimized game performance.

Negative LOD Bias – Texture Filtering: Allow

Set Negative LOD Bias – Texture Filtering to Allow for texture sharpening in games. 

Quality – Texture Filtering: High Performance

Set the Texture Filtering – Quality option to high performance. As you can already tell, this will result in better performance in exchange for minor visual clarity. If you have a high-end PC, you can set this to Quality. 

Trilinear Optimization – Texture Filtering: On

Turn on Texture Filtering – Trilinear Optimization to make textures sharper. This won’t only make textures better but also positively affect your gaming performance.

Threaded Optimization: Auto

The setting for Threaded Optimization is Auto. Maintain it that way to utilize multiple CPU cores. This guarantees reliable performance in video games.

Triple Buffering: Off

Since we’re not using V-Sync, we don’t need to activate Triple Buffering. So simply turn it off. 

Vertical Sync: Off

Here, disable V-Sync because it limits the in-game frame rate to the refresh rate of your monitor. Turn on V-Sync in the game rather than the Nvidia Control Panel if you are experiencing screen tearing.

In the end, make sure to click on the “Apply” button to save all the settings.

That wraps up the best Nvidia Control Panel Settings for managing the 3D settings section. These settings will give you improved performance on your PC. Other than these, there aren’t any more settings in the Control Panel you can tweak to increase performance.

If you’re on a desktop or using a laptop with a mux switch, you’ll have access to the following settings. Even though these settings don’t give you better FPS in games, they’re essential to optimize.

What’s a MUX Switch?

The latest gaming laptops have Intel Optimus or AMD’s smart access graphics features. A display controller called IGP essentially switches the workload between your integrated GPU and the dedicated GPU to favor efficiency or performance.

Now, whichever GPU is currently running an app on your laptop, its signal is passed through the IGP controller.  This controller becomes a bottleneck and oftentimes limits the performance of your GPU. 

What MUX switch does is directly let your display connect to the dedicated GPU, boosting performance and letting you use GPU-specific features. However, it’s a nightmare for battery life.

These settings can give you the best performance, but there might be game errors that you might need to tackle.

Changing Resolution In Nvidia Control Panel

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Change Resolution Settings [Image by eXputer]
Here, you can set your resolution and other display settings. The settings you need to configure are:

  1. Change the resolution to your monitor’s native resolution e.g. 1920×1080, 2560×1440, etc. 
  2. In the refresh rate section, choose the highest value available. 
  3. The “Customize” button will allow you to create custom resolutions. Leave this option for now unless you specifically need it. 
  4. In the color settings, select “Use Nvidia Color Settings.”
  5. Select the “Highest (32-bit)” option in the Desktop Color Depth option.
  6. Set Output Color Depth to 10bpc. 
  7. Click Apply to save changes.

These settings will mainly improve your display’s visual quality and improve color depth. 

Set-Up G-Sync In Nvidia Control Panel

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Setting Up G-Sync [Image by eXputer]
If you have a variable refresh rate monitor or laptop display that’s compatible with G-Sync, here’s how you can set up G-Sync in Nvidia Control Panel. 

  1. Go to the Set-Up G-Sync tab on the Nvidia Control Panel sidebar. 
  2. Select the “Enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible” option. 
  3. If you mostly play your games in exclusive fullscreen mode, select the “Enable for Full-Screen Mode” option. If you’re also playing games in windowed or borderless windowed modes, select “Enable for windowed or full-screen mode.” This second option will enable G-Sync for all applications. 
  4. Click Apply to save changes.

Nvidia Control Panel is an amazing place where you can freely tweak several options according to your preferences. The settings conveyed in this guide were thoroughly tested and results showed visible FPS improvement in games. However, your mileage may vary.

We hope that our best Nvidia Control Panel settings guide was able to help you gain better performance in games. 

FAQs About Nvidia Control Panel Settings

How to get the Nvidia Control Panel?

You don’t have to download the Nvidia Control Panel separately as it comes packaged with your Nvidia GPU driver package. After you install drivers, simply restart your PC and right-click on the desktop to see Nvidia Control Panel option.

I only see manage 3D settings in the Nvidia Control Panel. Where are the others? And what’s this Mux switch?

The reason you see limited Nvidia Control Panel settings is that you’re on a laptop whose display is connected to an integrated GPU (i.e. Intel UHD 6xx, etc.) You’ll have access to other settings only if either you’re on a PC or your laptop has a mux switch. A Multiplexer (MUX) switch disables Optimus and connects your laptop’s display directly to Nvidia GPU. This not only gives you a 15-20% boost in performance but also gives you complete control of Nvidia Control Panel settings

Are the Nvidia Control Panel and Geforce Experience the same thing?

Not at all. Nvidia Control Panel and Geforce Experience are two separate software that comes with your GPU drivers.

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Ayyoun is a Senior Writer & Editor for Error Fixes, and Game Settings guides on eXputer. He’s been passionate about games and technology since he got his hands on the PlayStation 1. He has a software engineering background and loves to play games from a technical perspective. He has a knack for uncovering solutions for the latest games and presenting them in easy-to-follow guides for his audience. You can keep up with his gaming activity on his Steam profile.

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