The NVIDIA GPU Power Management tool, which is developed by a third-party, allows for a great deal of customization when it comes to optimizing the performance of GeForce GPUs in various applications.
Games like Cyberpunk 2077 demand a lot of graphical power, and when path tracing is enabled, high-end cards such as the RTX 4090 can draw over 450W. But for older games that don’t require such power, it’s a shame that the extra performance is wasted when the same cards are drawing over 400W, producing frames that exceed the refresh rate of the monitor.
To limit power or fix the framerate, people often use popular applications like MSI’s Afterburner, which is among the top GPU applications available, or NVIDIA System Management Interface command lines (NVIDIA-SMI). However, the latter requires manual alterations. Fortunately, a new application called NVIDIA GPU Power Management allows users to easily control the power with a user-friendly interface.
NVIDIA GPU Power Management tool isn’t created by NVIDIA themselves. Instead, it makes use of the NVIDIA GPU driver application and lets users tweak the power management and memory settings for each individual application. This way, users can customize all of their titles to their liking without having to be in the actual game or application. What’s great about this tool is that it comes with a graphical user interface (GUI) that simplifies the process of making these changes, which would normally require the use of command lines.
The NVIDIA GPU Power Management app, which was developed by Simon Macer, can be downloaded from Sourceforge. In addition to this, Macer has also designed the AMD Radeon Setup Tool Project. This tool enables users to select the components they want and customize various options before installing it.
- Automatically apply Power Limit after booting the system: Automatically apply GPU Power Limit after booting OS.
- Power Limit Profile Management (NVPL Profile): You can define power limits for your application on NVIDIA Power Management. The range of power limit depends on your graphics card. Usually, GeForce RTX 4090 has more power max/min range.
- Adaptive VRAM Clock Control: Adaptive VRAM Clock. App whitelist automatically adjusts the minimum VRAM Clock to prevent GPU from deep power saving.
- NVIDIA GPU Performance State Monitor
Since the NVIDIA GPU Power Management tool is not an official application or tool from NVIDIA, there are certain risks associated with downloading any software that alters the user’s system. It’s always a good idea to evaluate any potential risks or issues before installing new software and perform a system backup as a precautionary measure. Although virus detection software has flagged this tool as safe, it’s important to keep in mind that the risk cannot be completely eliminated. As a general rule, it’s wise to exercise caution when installing any software from third-party sources.