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How to Set a Maximum Frame Rate in NVIDIA Drivers

How to Set a Maximum Frame Rate in NVIDIA Drivers
How to Set a Maximum Frame Rate in NVIDIA Drivers

In early 2020, NVIDIA released a new GeForce driver with highly requested features. You can now stamp your PC framerate – either for all games on your PC or only for certain games. This is how you do it.

Why Do You Want to Close Your FPS?

This feature is very useful on Windows gaming laptops with NVIDIA hardware, because you can stop the GPU from running as fast as possible. This will save battery power and reduce heat consumption, making your game last longer when you are away from the power outlet.

You might also find the lid useful to reduce screen tearing in the game. You can try setting the maximum FPS to refresh your screen if you don’t have a monitor that supports G-Sync or FreeSync with a variable refresh rate. The NVIDIA Control Panel also said this feature can “[reduce] system latency in certain scenarios.”

How to Set the Maximum FPS for All Games

This feature is built into the NVIDIA Control Panel. To open it, right-click on your Windows desktop and select “NVIDIA Control Panel.”

(If you don’t see this menu option, you might not have installed the NVIDIA driver.)

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Select “Manage 3D Settings” under 3D Settings on the left side of the NVIDIA Control Panel window.

To control the maximum frame rate for all applications on your PC, make sure the “Global Settings” tab is selected.

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In the settings list, click the box to the right of “Max Frame Rate.” By default, this option is disabled, and there is no maximum frame rate.

To set the maximum frame rate, select “Active” and choose your maximum frame per second (FPS.)

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Click “Apply” at the bottom of the window to save your settings.

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How to Control the Max Frame Value for Specific Games

You can also control the maximum frame rate settings for each application. Click the “Program Settings” tab at the top of the settings list. Under “Select the program to be adjusted,” select the application that you want to control.

If a game does not appear in the list, you can click “Add” and specify the .exe file.

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Look for the “Max Frame Rate” option, click, and choose the settings you want. By default, each game is set to “Use global settings” —it uses whatever settings you choose on the Global Settings tab.

However, you can choose different settings here. For example, you might leave the maximum frame rate option disabled on the “Global Settings” tab and configure a different maximum frame rate for each game that you want to stamp. Or, you can set a maximum frame rate globally and exclude individual games from their limits. Up to you.

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Be sure to click “Apply” to save your settings.

If you don’t see this option, make sure to update your NVIDIA driver. You can update drivers in the GeForce Experience application if installed or by downloading the latest drivers from the NVIDIA website.

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