This mostly helps high end graphics card and mid range graphics cards. Would also recommend another program like MSI Afterburner to set a custom fan profile but this is up to you.
- This option will not work for integrated mobile graphics cards.
- If you have ever rolled your drivers back or the option is not available this could be the reason why its not there. My suggestion is a clean driver install which I explain how to do with the the current driver 256 series and above in the driver installation section.
- XP drivers may not have the Power management options that Window Vista and 7 have.
Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
Following steps will be taken from this image.
Click on Manage 3D settings.
Click on the Program Settings tab.
Note this is an important step because if you leave it set to global settings your gpu will never idle even in windows desktop.
If you do not see World of Tanks in the drop down list in the Program Settings menu please add the WorldOfTanks.exe (WorldofWarplanes.exe for WoWP) to the list from the root folder for world of tanks (World of Warplanes). If doing this for World of Warplanes please just substitute the locations for those that run WoWP.
Once you have World of Tanks or World of Warplanes selected in the drop down menu look for the Power management mode option and set it to Prefer maximum performance.
Apply the settings and start or restart your game.
Please note that if you update your drivers you will have to reapply these settings.
But these settings will make your graphics care in World of Tanks Stay at 100% usage meaning your getting the full power and not just what the driver thinks you need because the game doesn't load it enough. This should fix low FPS for The game. If you need anything explained any more in depth please let me know what needs further explanation and I would be happy to edit it.
My one other recommendation if you have a dedicated GPU and not an integrated one is that in the Graphics settings in game that you set texture compression to OFF. This makes the game render the textures and store them for use on your GPUs memory instead of your systems memory. This can help is your at all experiencing the Game crash or low resources warning for the game. The change uses about 500-600MB of GPU memory.
I recommend a clean driver install with 314.22 WHQL. The link for the driver can be found at the bottom of the tutorial.
Please note that the Windows Vista and Windows 7 drivers are now also the drivers you download for Windows 8.
GeForce 314.22 WHQL for desktop GPUs: [Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista, 32-bit] [Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista, 64-bit]
GeForce 314.22 WHQL for desktop GPUs: [Windows XP, 32-bit] [Windows XP, 64-bit]
Verde 314.22 WHQL for notebook GPUs: [Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista, 32-bit] [Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista, 64-bit]
Important Information in Spoiler for Notebook GPUs
If have a request for a specific driver that is not listed here please just ask and I and get you a link.
When installing drivers I would suggest going to the Custom section instead of standard and checking the box at the bottom that says Clean install.
This will remove your current driver and ask you to restart. Upon restart the driver install will begin and when its finished it will ask you once more to restart. After this your driver is installed and you shouldn't have any issues.
August 9th, 2011 - Updated possible reasons for option not to be available. Fix suggested is Clean driver install.
August 9th, 2011 - Added Sections Updates, Driver Recommendations, and Installing Drivers.
February 14th, 2012 - Updated Drivers list, Driver Recommendation.
February 26th, 2012 - Updated Driver list for WHQL release of 295.73 drivers, Driver Recommendation Updated.
March 16th, 2012 - Updated Driver list for WHQL release of 296.10 drivers. Driver Recommendation Updated.
March 28th, 2012 - Updated Driver list for GTX680 release for its exclusive 301.10 WHQL drivers.
April 3rd, 2012 - Updated Driver list for release of Windows 8 Customer Preview Certified drivers. *Note that this driver only works on Windows 8*
May 2nd, 2012 - Fixed text size issue.
May 29th, 2012 - Updated Driver list for WHQL release of the 301.42 Drivers. Also removed the GTX680 section as the 600 series is now supported by these drivers.
June 6th, 2012 - Added Warning for updating to 301.42 driver if you have a factory overclocked card or a card with a Non-Reference PCB.
Sept 17th, 2012 - Updated drivers for release of 306.23 WHQL drivers. Removed the Windows 8 drivers section as they have been rolled into the Windows 7 and vista drivers. Updated supported GPU lists for new GPUs.
Dec 1st, 2012 - Updated driver links for windows 8, 7, Vista for 306.97 WHQL driver. Updated Driver links for Windows XP for 306.81 WHQL driver.
Feb 25th, 2013 - Updated Driver links for 314.07 WHQL Driver.
Mar 29th, 2013 - Updated Driver links for 314.22 WHQL Driver.