GPU Optimization For Competitive Gaming 2021

The graphics card is likely the most important component inside your PC. It handles 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.

In order to configure your system for improved Input-lag and frame-timing proper optimizations have to be made.

Why is GPU performance important?

Your graphics card is arguably the most important 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.

NVIDIA Control Panel

NVIDIA Control Panel comes bundled with your graphics card drivers and provides configuration options for various scenarios.

As usual with these applications, they are meant to be compatible with a wide range of use cases.

Hence optimizations are necessary for competitive gaming.

How to optimize your graphics card performance

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

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 touches like limiting FPS, optimized voltage curves, and various other optimizations.

The Final Result

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 also free up some network bandwidth that can impact lag during online gaming.

By Linus Feldt

I wish I was a professional gamer, but I love marketing.

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