Originally Posted by OTR joeyTminus
I own a Sager np8250-S and I'm new to pc gaming and had a few questions about Nvidia control panel settings. I have it set for performance but what can I do to reduce screen tearing? And what are some good settings to use overall (examples), I don't care if I lose a little fps, I just want a good balance. Also I'm running the 320.49 driver and seems ok but will it be ok for bf4 and cod ghosts, I hear the new drivers that were just released are full of issues. Any info would be much appreciated on best settings and best driver for this newb, thx.
There should be a setting in NVIDIA control panel under V-sync called 'Adaptive'. Adaptive V-sync will cap FPS at 60 FPS to prevent tearing but also allow it to drop under 60 without the mouse lag and frame rate hit of regular V-sync. Highly recommended.
Traditionally, these settings drop fps the most:
high resolution textures
fog, smoke or particle effects
and any setting that increases shadows
As a general rule, I always keep anisotropic filtering (AF) to its highest setting (usually 16x) in NVIDIA control panel (and turn the AF option off in-game)
I also recommend visiting this site to learn more about optimizing graphics settings for individual games: