PC performance is the most important thing for many users, especially for gamers like myself.
Squeezing every possible FPS out of your PC is a game in itself, and can be very hard to navigate.
I have been researching this topic for longer than I am willing to admit, and I have found certain tips, I’ll guarantee you that you probably haven’t seen before.
All of these tips have been tested and confirmed to work, but obviously, some tips are more useful than others.
Tip 1 (Enable Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling):
This is a relatively new feature, but it is very useful especially for newer titles.
It basically allows your GPU to decide for itself when to send frames to your monitor, instead of Windows.
This will give you a slight performance boost in older games, but now that it is universally available more and more developers will use this feature in their games for massive performance gains.
Simply go to the “Graphics Settings” of Windows 10 and simply switch the setting from off to on.
Also if you have an Nvidia card, go to the “Graphics Performance Preference” section and add the “NVIDIA Control Panel” to the list set to “High performance”.
If you have done everything right your settings should look like this:
Tip 2 (Windows Performance Options):
Windows 10 actually has something called performance options, and it might give you a small performance boost, especially if you have an old computer that is already running slowly.
Search for “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” and change the selection to either “Adjust for best performance” or “custom”.
Personally, these are my performance options:
Tip 3 (GameMode NO):
If you go into the gaming settings for Windows 10 you will see 4 options, 3 of which are important.
The first one is Xbox Game Bar, just turn it off, you won’t need it ever.
The second one is Captures, which I would also turn off as it will constantly run in the background and therefore hinder performance.
The last one is Game Mode, which might sound useful, but is actually pretty bad if you are running a mid to high-tier gaming rig, so I would recommend turning that off, as it actually lowers performance in some games.
Tip 4 (Power Settings):
Go to your system settings and move over to the “Power and sleep” option and simply move the “Performance and Energy” dial all the way over to “Best Performance”.
Then search for “Edit Power Plan” and then click “Change advanced power settings”.
Then change two of the settings so it looks like the picture below and hit the “Apply” button:
Tip 5 (No notifications, I’m gaming here):
One of the biggest reasons that system memory and your CPU are preoccupied when gaming, is because applications are running in the background to send you notifications, so turn them off.
Simply search for “Notifications and actions” and go in there to turn everything off.
Generally turning things off will give you more performance, but turning off notifications definitely gives you the best results.
Tip 6 (Clean up and optimize storage):
All of your PCs programs and most importantly games are stored on your system storage, be that Hard Drives, Solid State Drives, or the more rare m.2 or PCIe storage solutions.
Your drives need to work at their best to keep load times down and to keep the game stable through gameplay.
Therefore you should clean up your drive and delete unwanted or unused items to free up more space.
Another way of optimizing drives is through optimization for SSDs and defragmentation for HDDs.
This can be done by going to the storage settings and choosing the “Optimize Drives” option.
If the “Current status” is something other than “OK” you should select that drive and press the “Optimize button”.
Another great benefit is faster boot times, as when I optimized my C drive, my computer opened Windows in 10 seconds instead of 14 seconds, simply by pressing a button.
Tip 7 (Enable XMP profile):
This one is going to be a little controversial but hang in there.
If your RAM is rated above 2133 Mhz then you should definitely enable your XMP profile, especially if you are CPU bottlenecked.
Big differences can be seen in RAM speed up to around 3600 Mhz in FPS, but if you go above 3600 Mhz the impact is almost 0.
The sweet spot is really around 3000 or 3200 Mhz, as you can gain up to 10 FPS in some games, and even more in others.
It is very simple to do, but it varies from motherboard to motherboard, so I would search online to find a guide that uses your specific motherboard.
If you are still unsure about basically overclocking your memory, then go to either Intel or AMD’s website and look at your CPUs hardware memory specifications, as maximum frequency can be seen there.
For example, the maximum frequency for a Ryzen 5 2600 is around 3000 Mhz.
For Intel it can be found under “Memory Specifications” and for AMD it can be found under “Connectivity”.
Tip 8 (Nvidia Control Panel Settings):
The Nvidia Control Panel is a great application where you can change how your card works and performs.
You need to simply open the Nvidia Control Panel and then go to “Manage 3D Settings” and copy the settings shown in the picture below:
Extra tip (Nvidia ONLY automatic overclock):
I know the title says no overclock, but this last tip is technically an overclock but it is not permanent or manually done.
In a recent Nvidia driver, Nvidia added their “Automatic Tuning” feature into the performance menu in the Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay, which will automatically overclock your GPU and its memory if it’s stable and if not, then it will revert to the base clocks automatically.
This feature is amazing and really boosts performance especially if you can keep your GPU cool.
Normally I would not have the Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay enabled, but with this feature, it is a must.