With graphics cards like extreme hot commodities lately, it’s more important than ever to squeeze more performance out of your existing GPU. Good news! Nvidia recently added an automatic performance tuning feature to its GeForce Experience software that can boost the speed of your GeForce RTX 20 Series or 30 Series graphics card (if you’re lucky enough to own one) with one click. With this free tool, you can maximize the already great performance of modern GeForce GPUs.
Manual overclocking has always been a niche for enthusiasts, and understandably not everyone wants to tinker with their expensive (now even more!) graphics card for fear of possible demise. Don̵
Here’s how to automatically overclock your GeForce graphics card with Nvidia’s performance tuning feature.
Using Nvidia Performance Tuning
You don’t need much to take advantage of Nvidia’s automatic overclocking tool:
Before you get started, make sure you have the latest version of Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software and the most recent Game Ready driver. Once these are installed, open GFE, go to the settings (the gear icon next to your username) and make sure the “In-game Overlay” option is enabled.
Next, it’s time to set up Nvidia’s automatic overclocking. Press Alt + Z to invoke the GFE overlay and then click the Performance option on the right side of your screen. The Nvidia performance panel appears. In the middle you will see the option ‘Turn on automatic tuning’. Just click on that and the performance tuning process will begin. Note that it may take a while as the software evaluates your GPU with “an advanced scanning algorithm”, but the tool will show you a progress bar while scanning.
After it’s done, GeForce Experience will automatically tune your GPU and improve your performance. Keep in mind that every time your GPU is tuned, there’s a chance it could be unstable in certain games or apps, although we didn’t experience any issues with Nvidia’s conservative automatic overclocking results. If you run into problems, reset the reconciliation and try again. Otherwise, it’s a simple one-click speed boost.
Nvidia offers a few more options within the performance window if you want to expand your tuning further, such as increasing the power limits or the temperature target. All that can help you squeeze out a little more performance, but your mileage may vary, and tinkering with those options complicates the tuning process. Keep in mind that the more you push your GPU past the one-click automatic scanner results, you may see an increase in heat, power consumption, and potential instability.
So what kind of performance improvements can you expect from Nvidia’s performance tuning feature? On a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the scanner increased the GPU’s boost clock by an additional 121MHz. When tested with the extreme preset in Unigine’s Heaven benchmark, it resulted in an increase of about 7 frames per second, going from 217 to 224. It also generated a higher score of 5956, up 5471. A modest gain, for sure. , but free extra achievements is free extra achievements. If you’re looking to upgrade your hardware to get more gaming speed, be sure to check out our guide to the best graphics cards.