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How To Improve Gaming Performance Without Buying A GPU | Digital Trends Spanish

The global GPU shortage has made it almost impossible to buy a graphics card. Fortunately, you don’t need to update your GPU to improve game performance on your computer. We have five ways to optimize your equipment and you can configure it in a matter of minutes. The best part it is free.

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To test each of the changes, we set a benchmark with 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. This rating represents performance when everything is done wrong. We then test the changes individually, not cumulatively, to get an idea of ​​how much performance you could recover.

Keep in mind that each build is different, so performance increases can vary widely. We also use a synthetic benchmark to measure changes, not games.

Some games will benefit more and others less, so keep that in mind. We only cover games here, but we have a separate guide to speeding up Windows computers that offers some additional optimization steps.

Change your power plan

Windows generally uses the Balanced power plan by default, and there are dozens of settings you can change, including minimum and maximum processor utilization. You may be using the power saving plan, which could have a big impact on your computer’s performance.

The power plan allows your processor to reach its maximum utilization, but will reduce the speeds before increasing the use of the fans. Make sure the Balanced or High Performance plan is set.

The Balanced plan is best for most people, but you can try the High Performance if you don’t mind consuming extra power and your cooling system is good enough to handle the increased heat.

To enter the configuration, type in the search bar “Choose a power plan”, a window will open, select the option in the menu on the left side Create a power plan. There, make sure you have selected the Balanced or High performance option.

Also, you can force your graphics card to its most efficient state in the Nvidia Control Panel. Open the software and go to Manage 3D settings. Scroll down to Power Management Mode and select Prefer high performance.

Going to the balanced power plan and making that Nvidia switch, we got roughly 10 percent on the final 3DMark score. It should be noted that you will not see a 10 percent improvement in games; each title is a little different. However, your power plan could leave additional performance on the table.

Enable XMP

XMP configuration in BIOS.

Your RAM does not run automatically at the speeds indicated by the manufacturer as it defaults to a certain speed, and you must overclock to unlock the speed for which it is rated.

Although you can manually overclock memory, it is a long, complicated and tedious process. The good news about it is that you can do it automatically.

Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP), is an overclocking profile that comes preloaded in your RAM. You must enable this profile in your motherboard BIOS for your memory to run at its rated speed.

Every motherboard is a little different, so be sure to check the manual. In the case of the Asus Tuf Z490 board that we tested, it was listed on the main BIOS screen under XMP.

Unfortunately, our data doesn’t show a huge increase – our final 3DMark score only showed a 0.3 percent difference with XMP on, which is probably just a test variation.

That said, we did test with an Intel processor. AMD Ryzen processors, in particular, benefit from higher memory speeds, so enabling XMP could represent a solid increase in performance.

Regardless, you should have XMP enabled. It might not make a big difference in every game, but it’s the free performance that you leave on the table if you don’t activate it. There is no downside to allowing your memory to run at its rated speed.

Overclock your GPU

MSI Afterburner screen, to improve gaming performance

Overclocking your graphics card may seem scary, but it’s easy to do. A manual overclock is a trial and error process that requires some hardware knowledge. Fortunately, many programs allow you to overclock with a single button.

The best GPU overclocking program is MSI Afterburner, but Nvidia and AMD also have options in their respective suites. Download the program or open your graphics card software and search for a one-click overclock. In Afterburner, you can find it in the toolbar on the left.

AMD cards have Rage Mode, which is the same, and Nvidia offers one-click overclocking via GeForce Experience (though you’ll need to enable experimental features in settings).

Regardless, run the overclock scan and then use the built-in stress test or a free benchmark like Unigine Superposition to test stability.

If the computer doesn’t crash, the overclock worked. The goal is not to push your graphics card to the limit. It is to squeeze a little more performance. Cooling and power demands apply, so make sure you have an adequate power supply and plenty of fans.

Using one-click overclock, we were able to get around 100 MHz out of the GPU clock speed, resulting in a solid 4 percent increase in our 3DMark score.

It may not sound like much, but it’s important to note that this overclock is the result of about 20 minutes of hands-on testing. If you take the time to manually overclock, you can probably increase the speed.

Use a game enhancer

Razer Game Booster software.

You should avoid most programs that claim to improve game performance. The exception is Razer Game Booster, which automatically kills applications and background processes every time you start a game.

Basically, it tells your processor and memory that the game is the most important task, so all available resources should go to it. It also has several other optimizations, such as disabling indexing in Windows and moving it to a higher power plan.

In almost all cases, it is a bad idea to install new software to increase the performance of your computer. That said, Game Booster does include some legitimate optimizations, and while you can do them on your own, doing it through the software is much faster.

We tested the Razer Game Booster and noticed a 10 percent increase in our final 3DMark score. Again, the performance increase in games will likely be less and will vary between titles. Still, the increase is a testament to what freeing up additional resources can do for your computer when you play games.

It is important to note that Game Booster automatically enables a higher power plan. Some of the extra performance is backed by that, which you can do manually by following the steps above.

You don’t need Razer’s software, but it makes the process a lot easier. If you are not interested in installing even more programs on your computer, you can regain some performance by exiting background applications from the Windows tray.

Also, you can remove apps from your startup programs list in Task Manager so you don’t have to worry about anything running in the background.

Update your drivers and software

Nvidia GPU Drivers.

It’s almost a joke at the moment, but you should definitely update the drivers for your particular GPU. This type of upgrade gradually improves the performance of graphics cards after launch, offering free extra performance.

We can’t put that into numbers, as the performance increase depends on the hardware you have and the version of the driver you installed.

In 2021, the AMD RX 6800 XT increased around 9 percent in average performance, largely thanks to updated drivers. As new drivers appear, you should keep an eye on them to make sure everything works as it should.

In fact, it is a good idea to update all drivers in general, that being said, you may have untapped optimization if you are using outdated software. Fortunately, you don’t need too much to update them.

Avoid driver installation software and use Windows Update instead. That will find everything you need, including the processor and chipset drivers. After that, install the ones for your GPU with the software from Nvidia or AMD.

Putting it all together

Three graphics cards on a gray background to test improve gaming performance

With all optimizations in place, we increased our final 3DMark score by almost 15 percent. That’s as great as moving to the next graphics card in a range.

While you won’t get a 15 percent boost on every game, following our optimization steps will give you additional performance before you can upgrade your GPU, and it’s free too.

All of our recommendations are configurations that you can do in a matter of minutes. If you spend some time overclocking and upgrade your cooling system, you could increase your performance even more.

If you haven’t cleaned your computer in a while, simply dusting everything can give your components a bit of thermal headroom for increased performance.

Your hardware is not dead until you can no longer play the titles you want. With the right optimizations, you can extend the life of your graphics card and processor, and with a little technical knowledge, take them further than you might expect.

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