Latest in Gear

Image credit:

NVIDIA's new GeForce drivers include a framerate cap to reduce latency

You'll also save power if you're playing on a gaming laptop.
50 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Engadget

With CES as a backdrop, NVIDIA has released its first set of GeForce drivers for 2020. Alongside the usual slate of compatibility updates and bug fixes, the software includes a new feature that allows you to set a framerate limit across all your games, whether they individually offer the option or not.

According to NVIDIA, a global framerate cap has been one of the most requested features from its users. It's especially useful on notebooks and gaming laptops since it allows you to conserve battery power by stopping your graphics card from running at full load if it doesn't need to. In some instances, limiting a game's framerate can also lead to reduced latency. Combine those with the fact that not all video games include the option, and it's easy to see why NVIDIA is adding the setting.

NVIDIA Control Panel

Once you've installed the new drivers, you can set a max framerate by launching the NVIDIA Control Panel. Click on the "Manage 3D settings" menu item under the 3D Settings heading, and then scroll down through the "Global Settings" panel until you see the "Max Frame Rate" option. Once there, turn it on and then decide on a limit. Usually, it's best to go with one that's equivalent to your monitor's refresh rate. So, for example, if you have a 144Hz monitor, set a 144 FPS max.

Variable Rate SupersamplingThe update also adds a new rendering technique called Variable Rate Supersampling (VRSS) that can improve how virtual reality games look. NVIDIA claims the feature can make a VR game look better without negatively impacting performance since it only turns on when there's extra GPU headroom. At the moment, approximately 24 DirectX 11-compatible VR games can take advantage of VRSS.

Besides those new features, the update also includes support for eight new G-Sync Compatible displays, and adds ray tracing to Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

Follow all the latest news from CES 2020 here!

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
50 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Xiaomi unveils a ridiculous see-through TV

Xiaomi unveils a ridiculous see-through TV

View
‘Red Dead Online’ is so broken it’s hilarious

‘Red Dead Online’ is so broken it’s hilarious

View
A 'GoldenEye 007' fan remake is dead after a cease and desist demand

A 'GoldenEye 007' fan remake is dead after a cease and desist demand

View
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can try xCloud in beta today

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can try xCloud in beta today

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr