NVIDIA video card owners should definitely take a look at the NVIDIA System Tools Pack, which can be downloaded from NVIDIA. It is a set of system tools that must be installed together with the video card drivers. The suite consists of three different tools that are installed separately during setup: NVIDIA Performance Group, NVIDIA System Monitor, and NVIDIA System Update. Unfortunately, there is no way to choose which tools to install, all three will be installed on the system together.

The interesting question for NVIDIA video card owners is obviously about the new features offered by those system tools after installation. Adds two new entries to the NVIDIA Control Panel that can be used to modify various graphics card settings. NVIDIA System Tools adds a Performance and Update entry to the Control Panel.

The Updates entry can be used to check for updates to the video card driver and schedule these checks to occur on a regular basis. The Performance tab adds an option to create usage profiles that use specific clock and fan speeds and voltages. Those profiles can then be loaded automatically by defining rules in the Profile Policies menu.

A user could, for example, create the rule to load the profile at high speed that uses an overclocked video card and full fan speeds whenever the Crysis game is loaded on the system.

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In addition to switching profiles, three other actions can be specified when certain conditions are met: send a warning tone, display a pop-up warning message, and run an application. Conditions include the temperature reaching certain levels, the loading of applications, or when a certain time is reached.

NVIDIA System Monitor is the latest tool in the NVIDIA system toolset. It displays some widgets on the screen that show CPU and system memory usage by default, but can also include video card and BIOS information.

The downside of NVIDIA’s system toolset is that it uses a lot of computer memory and is therefore only recommended for use on systems with sufficient computer memory.

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