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CPU Performance Help
This guide has tips and suggestions that may help to improve your GPU or discrete graphics performance.
General Performance Tips
Update your operating system and graphics drivers
Check for graphics card firmware updates from your vendor's website
Note: Firmware updates are less frequent, and differ from graphics driver updates.
Check temperature - (In Novabench on Windows, click "Temperature")
High temperature can throttle back your performance.
Ideal temperatures vary by GPU. Ensure your temperature is within an ideal range under load.
Ensure fans are working and clear of dust.
Install the graphics card in the fastest PCIe slot
Installing in a slower slot can limit performance in some applications/games.
Check your motherboard manual.
Ensure the card has an adequate power supply
Check that all additional power cables are plugged into the card.
Check that your power supply (PSU) wattage meets your system's power requirements.
Even if your system is performing where it should be, it may still be possible to push the performance further.
Overclocking configures your graphics card to run faster than the manufacturer default.
Not all graphics cards can be overclocked.
Many guides online cover overclocking in depth.
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