How To Enable NVIDIA Low Latency Mode for Gaming

NVIDIA Low Latency Mode is a feature that can significantly reduce input lag and improve responsiveness when gaming. Especially for competitive multiplayer games, enabling Low Latency Mode can give you an edge over other players.

What Is Low Latency Mode

Latency refers to the time it takes for inputs from your mouse, keyboard or controller to register on screen. The lower the latency, the more instantaneous and responsive gameplay will feel.

NVIDIA’s Low Latency Mode reduces latency by limiting the queue of frames waiting to be rendered by the GPU. This allows frames to be delivered to your display as fast as possible once they are rendered.

When To Enable Low Latency Mode

Low Latency Mode is most effective for GPU-bound games running between 60-100 FPS. If your game’s frame rate is consistently exceeding 100 FPS, you likely won’t see much benefit from having Low Latency Mode enabled.

Low Latency Mode is designed primarily for competitive multiplayer games where split-second reactions can mean the difference between winning and losing. For single player games, having it enabled likely won’t make a very noticeable difference.

How To Enable Low Latency Mode

Enabling Low Latency Mode is easy and can be done globally or on a per game basis:

Globally

  1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Go to Manage 3D Settings > Global Settings
  3. Set Low Latency Mode to On or Ultra

Per Game

  1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Go to Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings
  3. Select the game executable
  4. Set Low Latency Mode to On or Ultra

On limits the rendered frames queue to 1, while Ultra delivers frames to the GPU even closer to when they need to be rendered, reducing latency by up to 33%.

Getting The Lowest Latency

To get the absolute lowest latency, there are a few other things you can try in combination with Low Latency Mode:

  • Enable NVIDIA Reflex in supported games
  • Use an NVIDIA G-SYNC monitor
  • Cap your frame rate 3 FPS below refresh rate
  • Overclock your GPU
  • Close unnecessary background processes
  • Set Windows power plan to High Performance

Getting a combination of the above settings tuned properly can help take your system’s latency and responsiveness to the next level.

When Not To Enable Low Latency Mode

While Low Latency Mode delivers big latency reductions in a lot of games, there are some instances where you may get better performance with it disabled:

  • If your game’s frame rate drops below 60 FPS
  • If you experience stuttering and hitches with it enabled
  • If you play games using the Vulkan or DX12 renderers

In these cases, you’ll likely have a better overall experience with Low Latency Mode set to Off.

Conclusion

Taking advantage of NVIDIA’s Low Latency Mode is an easy way to get snappier, more responsive gameplay, especially in competitive multiplayer titles. Reducing latency by up to 33% can give you an edge over the competition.

Be sure to try enabling Low Latency Mode both globally and on specific games. See if you feel an improvement in responsiveness. For the lowest latency, combine it with other optimizations like NVIDIA Reflex, G-SYNC, capping frame rates and reducing background processes.

Getting your system properly tuned to deliver frames as fast as possible to your display can be the difference between winning and losing gunfights. Give Low Latency Mode a try and see if it makes your gameplay feel more instant and reactive.