The graphics card is the most critical component inside your PC. It oversees all the graphics and frames sent to the monitor and the picture.

It’s usually the first part you upgrade when the performance is lacking. And it’s essential to configure the drivers and power management to get the most out of your GPU.

Below you will find information and resources about the following

  • What GPU optimization is
  • Why it’s essential for your performance and
  • How to optimize every part of your setup.

What is GPU optimization?

Your graphics card relies on drivers from Nvidia or AMD to run games and for general operations.

Newer drivers often come with specific optimizations for current game releases, while older more established titles are left in a legacy state.

A lot of focus is on ease of use and visual fidelity however which is not always the best option for competitive gameplay such as CS:GO, Fortnite and Overwatch.

To configure your system for improved Input-lag and frame-timing proper optimizations must be made.

Why is GPU performance important?

Your graphics card is the most vital component of your computer.
Especially for modern games with high-resolution textures, your GPU takes the center stage.
As the resolution on the best monitors goes up towards 4k this will only increase.

Windows Graphics Options

Disable Full-screen optimizations

  1. Right-click on executable
  2. Go to compatibility
  3. Check to disable full-screen optimizations
  4. Go into “Change high DPI settings” and make sure “Override high DPI scaling behavior” is also selected

Activate High-Performance mode

windows high-performance graphics settings

Activate High-Performance mode for each game under display settings.

  1. Right-click on desktop
  2. Scroll down to Graphics settings

Set display layout & scale to 100%

Other scaling options may tax the system, meaning any form of scaling is a process that will add latency to the game.

Consider using third-party applications for the final changes like limiting FPS, optimized voltage curves, and various other optimizations.

MSI Afterburner

Voltage Curve Editor

  • Click Ctrl+F to open “Voltage/Frequency Curve Editor”
  • Mark the highest point from Voltage/Frequency

While this is to be considered a safe way to optimize your GPU, make sure to monitor your temperatures during and after you apply these options.

  • Apply settings on startup.

The Conclusion

If you follow the steps in this guide, you will get a more responsive system with less input lag.

In addition, this guide will increase your privacy and free up some network bandwidth that can impact lag during online gaming.

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