In early 2020, NVIDIA released new GeForce drivers with much-requested functionality. You can now cap the speed of your PC, whether for all games on your PC or only for specific games. Here’s how.
Why would you want to cap your FPS?
This feature is especially useful on Windows gaming laptops with NVIDIA hardware, because you can prevent your GPU from working as quickly as possible. This will save battery power and reduce heat consumption, allowing you to play longer when you are away from a power outlet.
You can also find the cap useful for reducing screen tearing in games. You can try to set the maximum FPS on the refresh rate if you don’t have G-Sync or FreeSyncmonitor compatible with variable refresh rates. The NVIDIA Control Panel also indicates that this feature can “[reduce] system latency in some scenarios.
How to set maximum FPS for all games
This feature is integrated 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 probably haven’t installed the NVIDIA drivers.)
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 that the “Global settings” tab is selected.
In the list of parameters, click the box to the right of “Maximum frame rate”. By default, this option is disabled and there is no maximum frame rate.
To set a maximum frame rate, select “On” and choose your maximum frames per second (FPS.)
Click “Apply” at the bottom of the window to save your settings.
How to control the maximum frame rate for specific games
You can also control the maximum frame rate setting for individual applications. Click the “Program Settings” tab at the top of the settings list. Under “Select a program to customize”, choose the application you want to control.
If a game does not appear in the list, you can click “Add” and specify its .exe file.
Find the “Max Frame Rate” option, click on it and select the desired setting. By default, each game is set to “Use global setting” – it will use the setting you chose in the Global settings tab.
However, you can select different settings here. For example, you can leave the maximum frame rate option disabled on the “Global Settings” tab and configure a different maximum frame rate for each game you want to limit. You can also set a maximum frame rate globally and exempt individual games from the ceiling. It’s yours.
Make sure to click “Apply” to save your settings.
This functionality was added in version 441.87 NVIDIA GeForce drivers, which were released on January 6, 2020.