Optimize Graphics Card Performance in Two Simple Ways

You just bought a new graphics card. You get it installed, set up your new drivers, and you’re ready to go. You start playing a game, but problems arise with freezing or crashing. Perhaps your game doesn’t crash, but you keep getting strange frame drops, artifacts, or stuttering. You test your CPU, your memory, your GPU and everything seems stable. What’s going on? You might only need to optimize a couple of simple things to run smoothly.

Optimize Drivers and Power Connections

Recently, I found two major issues with installing new graphics cards. I personally enjoy using Crossfire. This naturally leads to more potential issues. That said, it also helped me to narrow what the two problems were. Whether it’s overwriting an older driver, or only using Windows to uninstall it, there’s a better process to actually scrub an old driver off a system. The other issue is making sure your card(s) are getting ample power. This isn’t about PSU wattage either. Check out the video below for the full details, but I’ll quickly highlight them as well.

Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU)

The first step is to use the program DDU to scrub your video driver. The process is fairly straightforward, but there is one important step you don’t want to miss. For starters, make sure you have your new graphics card driver downloaded. Next, you can wait until you start the program and check for updates. The important step is that you disconnect your internet connection. Windows likes to automatically reinstall a base driver that can still cause issues. Afterwards, you can choose three options to run the scrub, but I recommend using the restart or shut down option. Once you have your new card in, you can install the driver and turn your network connection back on.

Proper PSU Connections

Many people shop for wattage when shopping for a PSU, but cables are just as important. In order to ideally optimize graphics card performance, you want an individual cable for each connection, on however many graphics cards are in your system. The problem is many PSU manufacturers split the single cable by adding an additional connector at the end. In my testing, I didn’t have a problem in Far Cry 5 using an 8+6 pin connection on a single cable going to a single card. However, when I had two 8 pin connectors from two RX 570s on a single cable, I would get random benchmarks that would completely drop the frame rate. Using two separate cables for the two cards resolved the gaming issues.

So there’s a quick summary of what’s in the video. While scrubbing a driver is free and easy, you might find yourself shopping for a new PSU in order to get proper power delivery with ample cables. EVGA usually does a good job of providing plenty of cable options. Another great option is the Enermax MaxTytan. The Sleemax cables are individually sleeved, meaning there is only one connection per VGA cable. Let us know in the comments or forums if this helps out and we’ll catch ya’ later!

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