Optimising O/S and GPU performance Pt1

line chartPhoto processing applications are notorious for their demands on a computer’s storage CPU, GPU and RAM. The following actions can help you get the most out of your computer. In part 1 we will be discussing actions you may consider following if you use MS Windows 10 and a nVidia GPU.

Initial Steps

    • Make sure there are no other programs demanding high levels of cpu or memory hogs.
      • Task manager – Cntrl / Alt / Del > Task Manager
    • Use separate drives wherever possible
      • One for the O/s and application software
      • Put pagefil.sys on a separate drive to C: (preferably SSD)
      • A drive for scratch & cache files (SSD)
      • Separate original photos and completed work

In Win10 

    • FIRST – Check GPU driver is up to date – WIN Device Manager > Display Adapter > Nvidia > Update Driver
      graphics settings


  • THEN – WIN Home > Settings > Graphics >
  • Browse for your file system for the application you wish to add
  • THEN – Options > High Performance.
  • Save




For an nVidia GPU

  • FIRST – Through GeForce Experience, select Drivers (top left), make sure Studio Driver is ticked and Check for Update. https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4931/~/nvidia-studio-faqs
  • nvidia settings
  • THEN – Right click on the Desktop and choose “Nvidia Control Panel”
  • Within the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on “Manage 3D Settings” on the left
  • If NOT there – Click on the “Program Settings Tab” and choose your application within the drop down Menu
  • Add your application.

Click “OK” and “Apply” to save these changes and restart your computer.

Then you will need to performance tune within the application – future Quick Tips will cover each application.

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