In this article, we will analyze in detail all the features of the NVIDIA Control Panel, what changes in settings affect, how to increase performance in games and improve graphics quality.
What is NVIDIA Control Panel
The NVIDIA Control Panel is NVIDIA’s proprietary component management application, which is supposed to make the software easier to use and easier to install NVIDIA devices.
Key features of the application:
quick access to all settings in one panel;
all parameters have a detailed description;
preview mode of changed settings in 3D;
HDTV quality setting.
The NVIDIA control panel is installed along with the driver for the graphics card.
When you start the application, the welcome screen displays the version of the Nvidia drivers used and the model of the installed discrete graphics card. On the left is a panel for switching sections available in the application. Let’s consider each one in detail.
In this section, changing the settings only affects the video playback display.
Adjusting video color options
Adjusting the color settings for video allows you to choose the optimal settings for displaying video on the display. If several displays are connected, the display on each of them is configured separately. Color settings can be trusted to the video player, or adjusted manually by selecting “With NVIDIA settings”. It becomes possible to adjust the color, gamma, and also determine the dynamic range.
Based on the description of the settings, choosing the full dynamic range is more preferable. It allows you to display more detail in dark and white areas in some types of video.
Adjusting picture settings for videos
Similar to the previous tab, for each display, you can separately set up edge enhancement and noise reduction when playing video, or leave the control of these parameters at the discretion of the video player. Edge enhancement enhances the contrast of the movie image by increasing the contrast around lines and objects. Noise reduction improves video quality by eliminating unwanted artifacts.
If you are watching DVDs on a computer or watching TV channels using a digital TV tuner video card, there is a de-interlacing function. It provides more accurate playback of movies and superior picture quality by restoring the original picture of movies converted to video format.
This section sets the resolution, color rendering, scaling, and advanced features of the connected displays.
Here you can adjust the display resolution, refresh rate, color reproduction. In addition to the factory settings of the monitor, through the “Settings …” button, you can add a custom resolution and change the screen refresh rate.
Thus, by increasing the screen refresh rate, you can overclock the matrix. The “Test” button checks the stability of the applied changes.
Let’s get back to color reproduction. Its settings can be set by the operating system or by the NVIDIA control panel. Allows you to adjust the color depth, format, and dynamic range. These settings affect all content displayed on the screen.
Adjust desktop color settings
You can adjust the desktop color settings for displays. Reference Mode Selection – Displayed pixels undergo only standard color range conversions. In the color enhancement section, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, gamma, color intensity, and hue.
The display rotation function allows you to change the orientation of the desktop. This is useful if you are using a portrait monitor, for example.
View HDCP Status
High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a technology designed to protect high-definition content. This page displays whether your video card and display support HDCP.
Setting digital audio
On this page, you can select displays for audio playback. This is a list of video card connectors that support audio output. From here you can go to the Windows sound settings panel.
Adjusting the size and position of the desktop
As the name implies, here you can adjust the size and position of the desktop on the screen, as well as adjust the image scaling modes. The process is done by the graphics card, but the display can also scale the image created by the GPU on its own.
Setting up G-SYNC
NVIDIA G-SYNC is an NVIDIA technology that improves the performance of G-SYNC-enabled displays to deliver the highest quality images with low latency and tear-free performance. If your monitor supports G-SYNC, you can enable this setting. G-SYNC must first be enabled in the settings menu of the monitor itself. If your display does not support G-SYNC, you will see the following:
If your monitor does not support sync technologies, there will be no G-SYNC Setup option in your NVIDIA Control Panel.
Installing multiple displays
When connecting multiple displays to a graphics card, they can be combined using NVIDIA Surround technology .
We select the necessary displays, arrange them in the right order, indicate the resolution and refresh rate. Thus, out of three connected monitors, we get one, with a resolution of 5760 × 1080 pixels.
After setting up in games, when you select an image resolution, this extension will become available. Content will be stretched across all selected monitors.
This section adjusts the quality of the image and 3D rendering.
Adjusting picture settings with preview
On this page, you can see the results of changes made to the image and rendering settings. There are three display settings to choose from.
Settings according to the 3D application – the video card will use the 3D hardware acceleration settings from the application;
Advanced settings for 3D images – takes us to the next page “Manage 3D settings”;
Custom settings focusing on… – This option allows you to quickly prioritize your graphics card for performance , quality , or balance .
Manage 3D settings
A page with an extensive number of 3D options. There are two tabs.
Global settings – settings apply to all 3D applications
Software settings – it is possible to adjust the 3D settings for each application individually.
Accordingly, the built-in graphics settings will be replaced when starting an application for which individual 3D parameters have been configured. Let’s consider all the parameters in order.
This feature allows you to scale and sharpen an application using the GPU. Tested in 3D application at 50% and 100% sharpening. This did not affect the frame rate in any way for the better, but the image became much worse, pixelated, blurry. The most interesting thing is that when you take a screenshot of the screen, the image does not show any difference.
CUDA – GPUs
Allows you to specify GPUs that can be used by CUDA applications, including PhysX.
Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) – Renders the game at a higher resolution, then upscales it to the monitor’s native resolution using advanced filtering.