Nvidia Forceware Tweak Guide

Author: Koroush Ghazi

Last Modified: March 2012

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Nvidia has gone through a rollercoaster ride over the last few years. There was a time when Nvidia was the undisputed king of graphics card chipset makers. If you were a serious gamer you had an Nvidia graphics card in your system, and that was that. The Nvidia Detonator driver package was known for its stability and functionality, and was considered far better than anything offered by ATI. Then along came ATI's Radeon series of graphics cards, in particular the Radeon 9700 Pro, and a revamping of the ATI Catalyst driver package - all of a sudden Nvidia's reign was shakey to say the least.

Over time Nvidia regained a lot of the ground it lost to ATI, and Nvidia graphics cards are once again considered to have excellent 'bang for the buck'. Nvidia is also making great strides in the development and use of new graphics technology such as SLI, CUDA and PhysX. To match these hardware developments, the Nvidia Forceware drivers remain an excellent driver set packed with features such as per-game profiles, Ambient Occlusion and user-controlled power management to help you get more out of your Nvidia graphics card.

This Nvidia Forceware Tweak Guide covers the optimization of the Forceware drivers from start to finish. Everything from correct driver installation and setup and how to clean your machine of older drivers and devices, through to clear descriptions of all the Forceware Control Panel settings, how to enable and use advanced tweaks, as well as initial advice about overclocking. All this in one handy reference source for Nvidia graphics card users.

Update: This guide is now in need of a complete overhaul due to recent developments with Nvidia drivers and tweaking utilities. Stay tuned.

Note: This guide refers to the latest Official Nvidia Forceware drivers Version 296.10. Make sure to check back regularly as the guide is updated for each new Forceware release, including features found in newer Beta Forceware versions.