Written by Keith Meyers
If you're an avid computer gamer and you want to add more power to your graphics card, you can adjust the card's settings from the Graphics Control Panel. Depending on the version of Windows OS that you are running on your computer, and the graphics card model, not all of the options will be available. However, if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 on your computer, you can set individual games or applications to use a unique setting to help optimize their performance.
Move your mouse to a blank area on your display screen. Right-click on it and then, highlight and select your graphics card from the drop down menu. The â€śGraphics Settingsâ€ť pop-up window will appear on your screen. Next, highlight and select the â€ś3Dâ€ť option from the drop down menu.
Override the graphics card standard default settings. Click the check box for â€śCustom Settings.â€ť Then, select the â€śAnti-Aliasingâ€ť option from the drop down menu.
Click the â€śUse Application Settingsâ€ť check box. The game or application that you are running will choose the best level that it needs to run effectively.
Highlight and select â€śAdaptive Anti-Aliasingâ€ť from the drop down menu. Next, click the â€śEnable Anti-Aliasingâ€ť check box. This option will help improve a visual image quality.
Select the â€śAnisotropic Filterâ€ť option from the drop down menu. Then, click the â€śEnable the settings.â€ť Next, select â€śMore Optionsâ€ť from the drop down menu and click the â€śTriple Bufferingâ€ť and â€śSupport DTX Texture Formatâ€ť check boxes.
There are a number of ways that you can allocate more power to your graphics card. You can adjust your BIOS (Basic Input Output System) settings or overclock Windows memory. Also, third-party utilities are available for graphics cards that you can download from the Internet. The utilities will allow you to set the operating speed of the GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) and the memory, as well as configure 3D functions for applications that you use.
The easiest way to increase your graphics card performance is by installing the latest drivers and tweaking them. You can always invest in a more powerful graphics card, but if you decide to overclock your present card to boost its frequency, make sure that your system is equipped with powerful cooling fans to help keep the components inside your computer from overheating. Overclocking your computer can put an excessive amount of wear and tear on your system's resources.
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