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

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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.)

Launch NVIDIA Control Panel from the Windows desktop

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.

Managing global 3D settings in the NVIDIA control panel

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.)

Global activation of maximum frame rate in NVIDIA drivers

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

Apply NVIDIA control panel settings in Windows 10

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.

Management of 3D parameters for an individual game in the NVIDIA control panel.

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.

Definition of a frame rate ceiling for a specific game in NVIDIA GeForce drivers.

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

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

This functionality was added in version 441.87 NVIDIA GeForce drivers, which were released on January 6, 2020.

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