If you are having graphics problems – slow down, crash, program or game closing alone – this tip will also work for you.
When we buy a new computer we expect it to meet all our needs, whether it’s for games or for work. But are you using 100% of your machine?
Let’s take a simple and very important tip so you can enjoy the full power of your computer.
This tip will be split with brief information on how desktops and notebooks work with respect to graphics power.
Warning: This tip applies only to computers that have a 3D accelerator card (GeForce or Radeon).
We all know that a PC is made up of major components for its functionality: ram, processor, motherboard, etc. But not all desktops come equipped with a 3D accelerator card (the current ones are called PCI Express, because of its slot).
Basically a computer without a video card usually comes with an auxiliary video integrated into the motherboard or processor, such as the Intel HD Graphics family. This video only serves to process the data and generate the image on the monitor, not very advisable for games or work.
Over time, we lack graphics power, a push into the heavier tasks that require more image quality processing. So we bought a 3D card, installed it and started using it. Early on we noticed a very high performance improvement.
But believe me; you are not yet using 100% of her full power. As stated earlier, motherboards or processors come with integrated video and unfortunately generate a slight conflict at the time of processing. The two graphics processors (the integrated and the video card) are disputing who will perform the task of executing the program or game when it runs. The result is a slight drop in performance, notable in many cases, but could be better.
Basically it’s the same concept as a desktop; the difference is that we have a reduced processing power because of its size and thinness (mostly ultra-books). Even though laptops come with an integrated graphics card (usually the processors own) and unfortunately we can’t buy a separate graphics card and install it in the notebook. This leads us to have to spend a lot of money on a notebook that reaches the potential we need.
In notebooks the video card is called “dedicated” because it is dedicated only to 3D processing and separate from the main processor. An example of notebooks is the line Dell Inspirion 7559 Gamer Edition, Samsung Odyssey and Acer VX5-591.
No matter the model or make of the notebook, if it has a dedicated graphics card will conflict with the integrated one.
Every video card from the GeForce – Nvidia line has the same control panel with the same functions. To access it, right-click on the desktop and then select “Nvidia Control Panel.”
This is where you manage the graphic power of the 3D board.
In the left corner is a listing with some 3D settings.
Adjust image settings with preview:
Graphic rendering is a very important detail for 3D card performance. This function balances what the 3D card will prioritize – Performance (more speed) or quality (more produced graphics).
- Let the 3D app decide (not recommended)
- Use advanced 3D imaging settings (not recommended)
- Use my preferences, with emphasis on: Performance / Quality (recommended).
The third option you will choose between performance and quality. Techpod recommends for cards above GTX 960 (also version for notebooks) the quality option. If below it, we recommend performance. If you prefer, you can also adjust and test according to your needs. If you experience crashes and slowdowns, simply return to the initial setup.
Manage settings in 3D:
Here is the main function that will fully devote the 3D card to programs and games. Choosing this option will bring up two tabs: “Global Settings” and “Program Settings”.
– Global Settings:
Click on the box labelled “Preferred Graphics Processor:”. It will probably be marked the option “automatic selection”. This is what makes it difficult for the system to decide which graph to use: integrated or dedicated. Choose the “High Performance Nvidia Processor” option.
– Program Settings:
Even deciding which main graphics to use will still have the possibility that the program or game itself will not run with the dedicated card or 3D graphics card (PCI Express). Just click on the “Add” field and select the program or game executable. If it is not in the list, click “browse” and browse the directories to where the program or game is installed and find the executable.
Solving the problem (Radeon).
AMD’s control panel is simpler to use.
Right-click on the desktop and choose “Catalyst Control Centre.” After will open the Radeon video card control panel.
This interface does not recommend touching anything other than the “games” option (also for programs).
Click on it and another option will appear. Click on “3D application settings.” Then click on “Add”, browse to which directory the game or program is installed and choose the executable.
Despite having the option of “performance”, It is not recommended to touch any other configuration.
Warning: There are tips on the internet for improving computer performance by overclocking. Basically this technique is forcing the graphics card processor to work at maximum. Techpod does not recommend overclocking computers as it may cause irreversible damage to your graphics card over time.