Last month, we told you about Nvidia's GeForce Experience, a new software package designed to configure in-game graphics settings automatically based on your system's hardware. The software was in closed beta when we wrote about it, but Nvidia has now opened the doors to the general public. You can download the GeForce Experience beta right here.
Now, I know what you're thinking: "why use separate software when most games have auto-configure routines built in?" Because in-game optimizers don't always recognize newer graphics cards. They also tend to be relatively conservative when it comes to turning on eye candy, which means manual tweaking is usually required to get the best experience. Fiddling with graphics settings might be second nature to seasoned enthusiasts, but the list of graphics options presented by most games can be a little daunting for the uninitiated.
GeForce Experience is fueled by a combination of automated and manual testing conducted in Nvidia's labs, and it weighs both the visual impact and performance hit when deciding how to modify each setting. The nature of the game is taken into account, too; twitchy shooters have higher FPS targets than slower-paced strategy games. You'll need a Fermi- or Kepler-based GeForce to take advantage of the optimization mojo. The number of supported games is still somewhat limited, but it's grown since December and includes recent releases like Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Hitman Absolution.