The NVIDIA Control Panel is a modest selection of checkboxes, sliders and dropdown menus but, it is the key to getting the most out of your GeForce graphics card. A few tweaks here and there can make any game sharper, clearer and smoother. The panel features configuration, anti-aliasing and other specific settings to affect everything you play. But, the sheer number of settings can be overwhelming. Check out this review to know which features you should focus
Get full control of your game
Nvidia offers a single download page no matter what driver or graphics card model you use. Even with this large driver package, you’ll still experience a swift and astounding installation process. Expect to find two versions of drivers: a speed-tweaks version, and WHQL certified version. The second one is much older but more reliable. If you’re worried about crashes, you can uninstall pre-installed drivers or opt for a clean installation when you update to a newer version.
Astounding viewing experience
At the top of Nvidia’s best features is the image settings. Their straightforward approach to adjusting visual quality makes it easier for you to modify your game’s resolution and imagery. It hosts control factors like texture quality, anti-aliasing, resolution etc.. At first, it’s hard to avoid the “Use my preference emphasizing” option. It may look good - since it provides control over image speed and quality - but the results are just bland. Instead, check the “Use the advanced 3D image setting” command. This will let you override certain presents, or apply new effects that are not native to a game. By allowing these enhancements to be made, the result is a hardware-optimized rendering.
Play it your way
Every option in the settings list has a big effect on speed and quality. So, it’s best to start on features that impact your game the most.
This simple tool lets you see your game in a new light - literally. It will improve shadow and lighting details. But, be warned. It could significantly affect the game’s framerate. If that’s the case, check out the Performance option.
When it comes to image quality, texture filtering is often taken for granted. This will significantly improve your game’s image quality, making it appear crisp and lifelike. PCs with the latest graphics card and Intel i5/i7 shrug off any changes you make.
Retro games tend to have jaggy details and poor physical motion. Tap this resource-friendly version smoothens out images on demanding rigs. It will lack the crispness of similar tools, but its a great option to have when you’re playing games without anti-aliasing tools at all.
Dynamic Super Resolution
Your monitor may be great, but can you make it greater. With DSR, you can! It allows you to render a game’s resolution higher than what the monitor usually supports. It will display the game’s native size, but its method significantly improves the quality of every area of your game.
The features mentioned are great tools to start tinkering around with; Nvidia offers loads of other features like Power Mangement Mode, Texture Filtering and Vertical Sync. So, don’t be afraid to play around with them. If you get in over your head, you can always tap the reset button to return to default settings.
Where in the world is Nvidia Control?
The only downfall of the Nvidia Control Panel is that it goes missing. Nvidia offers no explanation why it happens, only how to solve it. The simplest way to head to C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Control Panel Client and double-click on nvcplui.exe.. Otherwise, you will need to find it in GeForce Experience or worse, reinstall your driver.
Where can you run this program?
It doesn’t take an impressive rig to run Nvidia Control Panel, all you need is:
OS: Windows 10 version 17134.0 or higher
DirectX: Version 9
Memory: 1 GB
You could also take it a notch higher by adding a DirectX version 11 and an NVIDIA DCH Display Graphics Driver
Is there a better alternative?
The Nvidia Control Panel is definitely for more experienced users; by offering more features, you’re free to fully customize your gaming experience. For the more casual gamer, you’re better off with Nvidia’s lightweight version: GeForce Experience. It offers all new and powerful tools to amp up your gameplay in a semi-automated package. Starting with Game Optimization, it eliminates the need to tweak the settings yourself. All that's left to do is to click a pre-installed game to optimize. If you’re not yet satisfied with your game’s new look, there are still settings you can adjust. Another great feature is the Driver & Game Profile Updates. It automatically checks on new enhancements for your drive. It also rigorously downloads new game profiles - a preset of controls for your graphics driver when it launches specific games. It’s really easy to install; devices running on Windows 7 and older can install it without having to start your PC. Overall, GeForce Experience is a frontend to Nvidia’s latest graphics features. Its aim is to help both experienced and new PC gamers easily run, stream, and record their gameplay. If you want your rig to basically run itself, this is the tool for you.
Should you download it?
yes, absolutely. It’s a great way to visually improve your game and enhance your capability to play.