A how-to-guide to optimize the performance of your indieVelo NVIDIA Control Panel Settings and make the most of the experience.
Image: Post 3D tweaks in NVIDIA Control Panel settings delivered a really high-quality display with better environment details and shaders.
There is no greater satisfaction for an indieVelo user than experiencing high-quality graphic settings without any lags and drops in FPS. Even though the developers designed indieVelo to run on the broadest possible range of desktop and laptop computers, most PC and Mac users believe these few things are needed to run at a good FPS.
- The latest Intel/AMD CPU with good clock speed and a high number of cores.
- A decent amount of RAM (16 GB or higher).
- The latest NVIDIA/AMD Graphics Card with a decent amount of Video RAM (2 GB or higher).
Despite these features, it still may not guarantee satisfactory in-game performance and picture quality. If you’re using an NVIDIA Graphics Card (GPU), you may not have optimized the NVIDIA Control Panel settings for optimal performance.
In this guide, we’ll explore the suggested settings for your NVIDIA Control panel that increase your FPS, reduce input lag, improve visual quality, and unlock your GPU’s true potential for indieVelo.
The Recommended NVIDIA Control Panel Settings for indieVelo
Before taking a deep dive into the various settings, you must update the NVIDIA Graphics Card drivers. You can use the NVIDIA GeForce Experience to download and install the latest NVIDIA driver through the Automatic Driver Updates section.
Restarting your computer to apply the changes is a good habit before making any other changes to the settings.
Now with the latest drivers installed, we can proceed to the Control Panel Settings. Right-click on the home screen of your computer and open the Control Panel.
In the 3D Settings navigation pane, select ‘Adjust image settings with preview.’ Select ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings’ in the open preview pane. It will allow any changes you make to take effect. With this done, let’s get to the next section.
Next, we will have to tweak the various settings within ‘Manage 3D settings‘ to produce the all-important high-quality visual experience we desire for indieVelo.
You will find two settings tabs; ‘Global Settings‘ and ‘Program Settings.’ The settings under ‘Global Settings’ are best left as they are as it applies to most programs on your system.
Select ‘Program Settings‘ and click the Add Button to locate the indieVelo application file in your system (not the launcher file).
Before proceeding with the settings, it is crucial to understand this recommendation is not the absolute optimization as other settings could work better depending on the user’s system setup.
With that done, let us get into the list of settings I have adopted for my system.
- Image Scaling: Off
- Anisotropic Filtering: Off
- FXAA – Antialiasing: Off
- Mode – Antialiasing: Off
- Background Max Frame Rate: 20 to 30; not necessary for high-end GPUs.
- CUDA – GPUS: ALL
- Low Latency Mode: Ultra
- Max Frame Rate: 60 (depends on TV/monitor)
- Open GL Rendering GPU: Select GPU
- Power Management Mode: Prefer Max Performance
- Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA): Off
- Anisotropic Sample Optimization – Texture Filtering: On
- Negative LOD Bias – Texture Filtering: Allow
- Quality – Texture Filtering: High Performance
- Trilinear Optimization – Texture Filtering: On
- Threaded Optimization: Auto
- Triple Buffering: Off
- Vertical Sync: Off
- Virtual Reality Pre – Rendered Frames: 1
- Vulkan/OpenGL present method: Use global setting (Auto)
Note: These features are not available on my system but worth taking note if present
- G-Sync, select “Enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible”
- Shader Cache: Driver Default
The beauty of the NVIDIA Control Panel is it allows us to tweak the settings according to the user preferences freely. These suggestions are based on several NVIDIA settings widely available, selected, and thoroughly tested on indieVelo with a visible performance improvement.
I hope this Nvidia Control Panel settings guide helps you have a better indieVelo experience.
* Tested on Intel i5 13th Gen Processor, 32GB DDR4 RAM, MSI RTX-3070 OC 8GB GDDR6, hard-wired ethernet connection
Contribution courtesy of Beta-tester Patrick Tan. Thanks Patrick!
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