A Reddit user just recently posted a tweak on Reddit that results in a 3-5% increase in frame rates on computers with an Nvidia GPU. You might as well get the most performance out your hardware.
This only works on computers with an Nvidia GPU and the tweak is related to the ShadowPlay tool.
The user noticed that his GPU was trying to stream games to a Nvidia Shield handheld console. The only problem is that the Redditor does not own such a device and therefore wastes CPU/GPU cycles. In Windows, the feature is handled by the Nvidia Streaming service, which by default is set to automatically run when Windows loads. It is always running in the background, but you can easily disable it if you want to. Just keep in mind that the same service is also used for ShadowPlay, so if you use that, you will either have to manually enable it or not even bother disabling it in the first place.
Here’s how you disable the service:
- Press Start
- Search for services.msc and press enter to open Services
- Scroll down and double-click on NVIDIA Streamer Service in the list
- Stop the service if it is running (it probably is) and change the startup type to Disabled.
- Press OK and reboot your PC
It’s possible that you have to repeat these steps when you update your GPU driver. You might not notice the little performance boost, but you might as well keep your PC free from unnecessary services, so it’s always worth a try.