System Configuration & Software
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition
- Mobo: ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
- Ram: 16GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3200MHz C16
- SSD: Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB
- Chassis: Streacom Open BenchTable
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
All testing was performed at stock settings with the exception of system memory that had its XMP profile enabled.
Nvidia’s software consists of the Nvidia Control Panel and GeForce Experience.
The additional tested software is comprised of only TechPowerUp’s GPUz. The new Nvidia Scanner isn’t available as a standalone but is provided to board partners for integration into their own utilities. A pre-launch copy of EVGA’s new X1 utility was provided for the purpose of this review.
Nvidia Control Panel
The NVIDIA® Control Panel is NVIDIA's next-generation hardware control application that unlocks the award-winning features of NVIDIA drivers. The NVIDIA Control Panel was designed by NVIDIA's dedicated user interface team to revolutionize software ease-of-use and ensure that set-up and configuration of your NVIDIA hardware have never been easier.
Featuring innovative multimedia, application, and display management, as well as gaming features, the NVIDIA Control Panel, ensures compatibility, stability, and reliability for all NVIDIA platforms. In addition, the NVIDIA Control Panel is architected for Microsoft® Windows Vista™ and will be fully integrated with the new software infrastructures of its next generation, visually oriented operating system.
Historically, NVIDIA’s Control Panel has contained a wealth of settings and adjustments for NVIDIA GPUs and MCPs. In similar fashion, the NVIDIA Control Panel now applies the same depth of control to the rest of the core components within the system. Without ever leaving Windows or entering the BIOS users can optimize and adjust nearly every system component to minimize noise, increase stability, and maximize performance.
Nvidia’s control panel covers almost everything you need to get the best experience from your Nvidia GPU. You have access to Nvidia features such as G-Sync and SLI, as well as more generic features such as setting resolution, refresh rate, and configuring multiple monitors.
Capture and share videos, screenshots, and live streams with friends. Keep your drivers up to date and optimize your game settings. GeForce Experience™ lets you do it all, making it the essential companion to your GeForce® graphics card.
Many of the features of GeForce Experience are only accessible once you sign in.
The first time you sign in, GeForce Experience wants to scan your installed game library and optimize graphical settings for optimal performance and quality based on your personal hardware.
You can see it had no problem finding the games used for benchmarking in our Steam library.
You can view settings for each game, and optimize them in one click if you wish.
Drivers can be updated from here as well.