Modern games are extremely demanding; they push the Graphics cards to the limit. There is always a need to increase game performance and FPS. New modern games like GTA 5, Assassin Creed Valhalla, and Witcher 3 are graphic intensive; you need the best PC hardware to run them on high FPS.
What to do if you are facing issues in getting good FPS in any PC game? How to increase Your Graphics card Performance?
Here are 8 useful tips that will increase GPU performance for free. Most of these tips are useful; for Gamers using a PC or Laptop with a discrete GPU.
If you are an advanced PC gamer, you would know most of the techniques. For PC Gamers who are just beginning; these can make a lot of difference to the gameplay experience and help in making the games lag-free.
Tip 1: Stop Nvidia Streaming Service – Gain 2% to 5% FPS
The recent Nvidia Drivers update caused a little bit of performance issue as reported by some of the Reddit users, which is causing higher CPU usage by the streaming service. The service tries to stream the game to the Nvidia shield. If you have an Nvidia shield, then don’t disable it else disable it get additional FPS in games.
How to disable the Nvidia Streaming Service :
- Open Task Manager
- You need to click on the services tab
- Click on the Nvidia Streamer service
- Click on the properties
- Disable at the Startup
This will help PC Gamers who have core I3 or FX 6300 processors or lower; the performance benefit will be there for high-end processors, but less visible.
This may get enabled when you update the Nvidia drivers again, so you may have to disable the service again after the driver update.
Let's Look at 3 More tips to Optimize the Game performance, and How to get the best FPS from your graphics cards.
Tip 2 - Disable Anti-aliasing and V-Sync – Gain FPS in Games
While I was playing Watchdog on the AMD Radeon graphics card, I had a terrible time with sudden FPS drop and GPU throttling, which partially was due to the driver's optimization which AMD did later on. But one thing that helped to increase FPS was to turn off the VSync and Antialiasing.
You can turn AA off or lower it to a minimum. HBAO/MSAA/SSAO turned off or at the lowest level will give you better FPS if you are struggling for FPS.
Even the games like Assassin’s Creed or GTA 5 put a lot of load on the GPU and CPU with AA set to high; it is better to turn it off for getting better FPS and smooth gameplay. The quality of textures may deteriorate, but that’s better compared to non-playable below 30 FPS settings.
Tip 3 – Update Graphics Card Drivers
Always update the Graphics card drivers, whether you have Nvidia or AMD graphics cards keep the drivers upto date. Also, don’t forget to update the motherboard chipset drivers and ME, drivers, for Intel processors to make your system more responsive. Game performance and frames per second(FPS) increase with the latest drivers.
We recently carried out a test to check How much is the Impact of running a game with old drivers Vs. New drivers – The result was shocking, we got more than a 15% gain in graphics card performance in some of the titles in comparison to the old drivers.
You can read more about it here - How much impact does graphics card driver Impact FPS in games?
Tip 4 - Defragment the Hard disk once a week
I also De-fragment all the hard drives at least once a week and keep 15% space empty in each drive to facilitate effective de-fragmentation of clusters.
This not only will speed up your PC and will reduce the game loading time but also may help in gaining a small percentage of FPS.
Use a program like AVG tune-up or CC cleaner to remove bloat from the startup and remove unwanted programs installed on your system, which may be using resources, no matter how small saving but do it to make PC or Laptop faster. Remove all unnecessary start-up services to reduce the startup time for laptops or PC.
Move to Windows 8.1 if you are still using Windows XP or any other OS. Windows 7 is also fine.
Tip 5 - Overclocking Graphics Card
This is the single most effective technique to get the maximum out of your graphics card and gain additional FPS. It is mostly safe to overclock the graphics cards, provided you don’t go overboard and try to push it beyond the safe voltage limit.
Here are the Overclocking Results that I got by pushing my AMD graphics card. The gain in FPS was more than 20%.
You can always boost 10-15% or more graphics card performance using the overclock software like MSI afterburner, Sapphire Trixx, or Asus overclocking utility.
Overclocking is relatively easy, you can increase the core clock and memory clock of your graphics card along with the board power to gain maximum frames in any game. You can read the Detailed Guide on How to Overclock an AMD or Nvidia Graphics card.
For Intel integrated GPU users, you can check in the display properties that your Intel integrated GPU is set for maximum performance rather than quality.
Also for Laptop users need to go into power options and change the settings to maximum performance, in case it's on the balanced or power-saving mode to gain a good amount of frames.
Tip 6 - Overclocking CPU
This is another most beneficial technique to increase the performance of your system by 5-10%. You may require to invest in a processor cooler like Hyper 212X which will help increase the airflow to your processor and help you overclock the processor. You can read more about CPU overclocking and how to buy the right processor cooler and use it guide here.
There is one pre-requirement for a CPU overclocking your CPU and Motherboard should also support the overclocking feature. All Intel K series processors support overclocking and AMD FX series and older CPUs also support OC. You can check on the manufacturer's website for your motherboard, before ordering a CPU cooler.
You can also overclock PC RAM with an intel XMP profile and use the high-speed ram which can further push the game performance. DDR3 Vs DDR 4 RAM, there is not too much FPS gain from using a DDR4 Ram, you can explore more on this option.
Tip 7 - USE An SSD (Solid State Drive) or Increase Ram
This will cost money. Using an SSD may not increase your FPS, but will definitely reduce the game load time if you are waiting too long for the game to load.
If you have less than 4 GB of RAM adding more RAM will also help 6-8 GB is more than enough for most gaming setups. Beyond 8 GB is not recommended unless you are looking for an extreme performance machine.
Tip 8 - Improve the Airflow
This may be the issue due to which the performance of the Graphics card and processor reduces over time.
The dust covers the fans and blocks the free airflow and heat dissipation. If you have not opened your PC cabinet for years it is time to open it and clean your GPU, motherboard, CPU Fan, and Ram with compressed air or can use a small brush.
You will see less throttling and better temperatures and even Higher Overclocking from your machine. If there are fewer fans, you can even buy 1-2 affordable fans and add to the case.
Do a test and record temperatures before and after making the changes.
Tip 9 - Try Game Boost Software
There are many software that is available free that can help you boost the game performance, or that is what they claim. I don’t have much positive experience with any of this software. You can download some of the popular software and try it if it helps.
- Lucid Virtue we used on the Asrock motherboard.
- Game Booster from www.Iobit.com
- Razor Cortex From www.razerzone.com
If you are still unhappy with your GPU performance, I have a last tip for you.
It is time to take out the graphics card from cabinet, click good pictures and post the Ad on OLX or Quicker.
Upgrade that old horse Graphics card of yours, you have already mounted on it for years. Take out some of the cash from the millions stacked under your mattress and get a new DirectX-12 ready graphics card. If you have any queries or concerns regarding game performance, please share them in the comments.
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