Ladybird GTX 285 Reviewtacohunter52 - April 4, 2010
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Many users that consider themselves computer enthusiasts enjoy messing around with settings. If you're one of these users, you'll be able to mess around with the settings in the NVIDIA Control Panel. To open the control panel, simply right-click on your desktop and select "NVIDIA Control Panel". Once selected, the control panel window will open. If this is your first time using the control panel, you'll be brought to the "Adjust image settings with preview" section. Here, you'll be able to slightly adjust image rendering settings. You'll move a slider toward "Performance" or toward "Quality". Moving the slider toward "Quality" will make curved lines appear smoother, but may ultimately result in lower FPS. I usually leave it set on "Let the 3D application decide". If you really want to mess around with how 3D images are rendered, enter the "Manage 3D settings" section. Here, you'll be able to change both the global 3D settings, as well as creating "overrides" for specific programs. If you royally mess something, up don't be afraid to hit the "Restore" button, which will restore the default settings.
Right after the "Manage 3D settings" section is the "Set PhysX configuration" section. This section does not allow you to do much, but you will be able to Enable/Disable PhysX. Right after that is the "Change resolution" section. Here, you'll be able to adjust your resolution, adjust your refresh rate, and adjust your color depth. If you want to get a little crazier with the adjustments, feel free to move on to the "Adjust desktop color settings" section. Here, you'll be able to set brightness, contrast, gamma, digital vibrance, and hue. After you've choosen the color settings that are right for you, why not move on to the "Adjust desktop size and position" section. Here, you'll be able to adjust exactly what it says; desktop size and position!
Next up in our list of things to adjust is the desktop orientation. To do this, we'll need to enter the "Rotate display" section of the NVIDIA Control Panel. Here, you'll be able to select between landscape, portrait, landscape (flipped), or portrait (flipped) mode. Once you've done that, why not check to see if your system is HDCP capable? Doing this is extremely easy thanks to the "View HDCP status" section. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's take a look at how we can set up multiple displays. Doing so will require you to enter the "Set up multiple displays" section. Once entered, you'll be able to select any additional displays you have attached to your GTX 285, and choose whether or not you want to stretch, expand, or clone your desktop onto it. If either of your monitors has 3D support, you'll be able to enable stereoscopic 3D by entering the "Set up stereoscopic 3D" section.
If you've enabled stereoscopic 3D, you'll want to make sure it's compatible with your games. To check for compatibility, simply enter the "View compatibility with games" section. After doing so, enter the "Adjust video color settings" section. Here you'll be able to tune the color settings for video content. Or you could do what I do, and just leave the settings untouched. If you do decide to mess with the video color settings, you may also want to mess with the video image settings. To do this, you'll need to enter the final menu of the NVIDIA Control Panel. Here, you'll be able to set how much "Edge enhancement" and "Noise reduction" you want to use. You will also be able to enable/disable deinterlacing.
Now let's find out how this baby performs!