If you use your PC to play video games, then you probably rely on your video card in order for your games to run smoothly. Today, we’re going to teach you some of the best tips and tricks to squeeze every ounce of performance out of your video card.
Every video card manufacturer will periodically release driver updates for their products. This helps your PC communicate with the video card efficiently, and in some cases, the driver update may optimize your card’s performance during a certain game. Check your manufacturer’s website (usually either AMD or Nvidia) and download the latest driver update if you haven’t done so already.
Video cards heat up to incredibly high temperatures during periods of heavy performance – like gaming. If you want your card to perform its best, then you need to keep it cool. Ensure that your case has adequate airflow, and don’t be afraid to buy a new fan if you feel that you need one. To monitor your video card’s temperature, use software like Nvidia’s System Tools or AMD’s Catalyst Controls. Keep in mind that some video cards can safely reach temperatures of over 110 degrees!
If you’re keeping your video card sufficiently cool, and feel that it can perform better, then you might want to overclock it. Overclocking is a fairly straightforward process for video cards, but you do risk damaging the components if the card overheats. By reading overclocking guides online and keeping your computer cool, you could be able to squeeze a surprising amount of extra performance out of your video card.
One sure way to increase your graphics card’s performance is to double its power by buying an identical card. Using Nvidia’s SLI or AMD’s Dual Graphics setups, you can easily link two (or even three) identical graphics cards together in order to double your computer’s visual processing power. While you won’t quite double your computer’s gaming performance, you will speed up your PC by quite a large margin.
If you want to stay up to date on the latest games, then you’re going to have to upgrade your video card at some point in the future. While squeezing extra performance out of an older video card is great, you will eventually reach a point where you have to say goodbye. If you know when it’s time to upgrade, then you will never have trouble keeping up with even the most graphics-intensive video games.