Before you install new NVIDIA drivers it’s recommended to carefully remove the old ones, whether you are upgrading the graphics card or just updating to a newer version.

The official uninstallers from NVIDIA (and AMD) are notorious for leaving leftover files that may interfere with performance.

This guide focuses exclusively on NVIDIA graphics cards, for the time being, check out our PC guide for our hardware recommendations.

The Ultimate NVIDIA Drivers Guide

In this NVIDIA driver’s optimization guide you will learn the following.

  • What GPU driver optimization is
  • Why it’s important to optimize your GPU drivers
  • How to optimize your Graphics drivers

What are Nvidia drivers?

NVIDIA and AMD make drivers for their graphics cards containing software and instructions on how to run their hardware on a PC.
The Graphics card drivers contain optimizations and instructions for specific games.

Why are GPU drivers important?

Fresh drivers are released to increase the performance of new games and established titles alike.
Updates may also introduce features and bug fixes for existing drivers and will improve compatibility with newer games.
It’s recommended to use the latest version for the most up-to-date features (NVIDIA Reflex etc.)

(It May or may not be worth it to evaluate older drivers for specific competitive titles that have reached maturity.)

How to optimize your GPU drivers

nvidia drivers optimization guide

To completely optimize your GPU and game graphics, you need to professionally install drivers.
Configure the drivers for improved performance, responsiveness, and limited Input-lag.
Follow the steps below to remove your current drivers.
Install the latest version without the unnecessary features that may interfere with your gameplay.

Total Time: 20 minutes

  1. Download DDU and NVCleaninstall

    Use these applications whenever you upgrade the GPU, re-install Windows, or between major Nvidia GPU driver updates.

  2. Launch Display Driver Uninstaller

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    Use the self-extracting archive to unzip DDU and double-click the *.exe file to start the application.
    Close the smaller pop-up window for now and move on to the next step.

  3. Configure DDU options


    Make sure your options look like the picture above.

  4. Restart the application

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    This will trigger the option to reboot in fail-safe mode.
    Click to reboot and wait for the computer to restart.
    (You need your Windows password to log in to Fail-safe mode.)

  5. Uninstall drivers

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    The application will start automatically once you log in to Windows.
    Select your graphics card brand from the drop-down and confirm remove and reboot.
    (Make sure to preserve the option to prohibit Windows from installing new drivers.)

The Result

The installer has now installed the optimized NVIDIA drivers with the configuration we set above. This will limit the amount of additional bloatware and improve performance and lower network lag.

In conclusion, by following the tips in this article, you can optimize your Nvidia drivers for 2022. This will help improve your gaming experience and ensure that your hardware is running at its best. So, be sure to try out these tips and see how they work for you!

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