How can I set up my Windows PC with my GeForce NOW RTX 3080 Membership?

Updated 05/10/2022 11:05 AM
How can I set up my Windows PC with my GeForce NOW RTX 3080 Membership?

This article is a guide to help GeForce NOW RTX 3080 members set up their Windows PC for the best streaming experience with GFN.

For other platforms, please view these other guides:

WINDOWS

Regional Availability

Before you get started, make sure to check the regional availability website to ensure GeForce NOW RTX 3080 memberships are available in your country. Note that we also require your latency to be less than 80ms from an NVIDIA data center, but we recommend less than 40ms. Please make sure you have run our in-app network test to measure your latency. We do not recommend using Speedtest, or other internet speed test services, as they do not test your speed to our data centers. 

Internet Speed Requirements 

GeForce NOW requires at least 40Mbps for streaming up to 3840x2160 and at least 35mbps for streaming up to 2560x1440/2560x1600 at 120 FPS. We also recommend a hardwired Ethernet connection, or a router with a 5 GHz WiFi connection.

Hardware Requirements

Your RTX 3080 membership works with 60 or 120 FPS streaming. Most GPUs built since 2015 can support up to 3840x2160 60 FPS and 2560x1440/2560x1600 120 FPS streaming. In addition, your OS must be running Windows 10 or later. Please see below for a full list of GPUs and their streaming capabilities.

Manufacturer and Model

Max Resolution and FPS

AMD R9 285 (UVD5) and later*

2560x1440/2560x1600 at 60 FPS 
2560x1440/2560x1600 at 120 FPS
3840x2160 at 60 FPS

Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) and later

1920x1080 at 60 FPS
1920x1080 at 120 FPS

Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) and later

2560x1440/2560x1600 at 60 FPS

Intel HD 510 and later

2560x1440/2560x1600 at 60 FPS
2560x1440/2560x1600 at 120 FPS
3840x2160 at 60 FPS

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 and later**

2560x1440/2560x1600 at 60 FPS 
2560x1440/2560x1600 at 120 FPS
3840x2160 at 60 FPS

* Note R9 200, R9 290, R9 290X, R9 295X2, R9 360, R9 370, R9 370X, R9 390, R9 390X are based on UVD 4.2 or earlier and do not support 2560x1440/2560x1600 resolutions.

** Note GeForce GTX 760, 770, and 780Ti do not support 2560x1440/2560x1600. GeForce GT 1030, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 960 Ti / 970 / 980, GTX 960M / 980M / 980MX, GTX 910M / 920M / 920A, GTX Titan X, MX150, MX230, MX250, MX330X do not support 3840x2160.

Maximum Resolution and Frames Per Second

With an RTX 3080 membership, the maximum streaming resolution and frames per second is 3840x2160 at 60 FPS, 2560x1440 at 120 FPS, or 2560x1600 at 120 FPS. You can only enable these settings on our native Windows app.  They are not available on our Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser apps.

Monitor, Port, and Adapter Requirements

Users with any type of monitor or notebook will immediately see performance and latency reductions with the RTX 3080 membership.  A monitor or notebook with 120Hz refresh rate or more is not required to use your new membership.  

However, if you want to enable up to 120 FPS streaming with the lowest latency on GeForce NOW, we recommend that you have a monitor that has a 120Hz refresh rate, or better, such as an NVIDIA G-Sync monitor

If you use a monitor with a refresh rate higher than 120Hz, the maximum frame rate GeForce NOW supports remains 120 FPS. However, you can still set your refresh rate to the highest that your monitor supports and get lower latency.  

NOTE: While GeForce NOW does not currently support NVIDIA G-Sync variable refresh rates, you should leave G-Sync enabled on your monitor.

Next, check your PC for a compatible video port to output to your 120Hz, or better, monitor. You will need to connect to the monitor using USB-C with DisplayPort/Thunderbolt, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, or DisplayPort. 

 We find that connecting the monitor via USB-C to DisplayPort provides the best experience.  

 
  • USB-C 
    • Check your USB-C port to see if it has a DisplayPort or Thunderbolt logo or icon. If it does, you can use either to connect to your monitor.
    • If you do not see the logo, you may need to check your PC’s manual or specifications. You may also want to update your system’s firmware to see if that improves support.

 

  • HDMI
    • An HDMI port that supports HDMI 1.4 for 1080p, or HDMI 2.0 or later 2560x1440 or higher resolution, is required to connect to your monitor.
    • Please consult your manufacturer for your PC’s specifications.
  • DisplayPort
    • GPUs with a full-size DisplayPort may be used, as long as the system supports DisplayPort 1.2 to connect to your monitor.

  • Mini DisplayPort
    • GPUs with  a Mini DisplayPort can be used,  as long as the system supports DisplayPort 1.2 to connect to your monitor.

Once you have selected a port, you may need to use an adapter to connect your PC to the monitor. Some notebook users might want to use a docking station, or a hub, to connect to their notebook. Make sure you check the specifications of those devices, as not all of them are capable of outputting at 3840x2160, 2560x1440, 2560x1600 and/or 120Hz.

As a reminder, we recommend most users try one of the following DisplayPort connections from their PC to the monitor. 

 

GeForce NOW Streaming Settings

You have the option of adjusting your streaming quality settings from the GeForce NOW menu. To access these settings, launch the app and go to Settings > Streaming Quality.

Balanced mode
The built-in network test will automatically detect the best streaming resolution, based on your device hardware and network environment for frame rates. NOTE: 3840x2160 streaming resolution requires a wired Ethernet connection and the connected display set to 2160p or higher to work in balanced mode. If the network test determines that your connection is unable to maintain streaming at your display’s resolution, it may automatically adjust to lower streaming settings.
 
Custom mode
If you wish to override the streaming resolution, or to enable 120 FPS streaming on a Wi-Fi network, you can do so by adjusting values in the Custom streaming quality settings: 
  • Max bit rate. We recommend Auto, but you can select whatever value you want.
  • Resolution. This should match the maximum allowed by your monitor or notebook, but make sure it’s set to your desired resolution.  Some resolutions will not be visible if your device does not meet the hardware requirements. 
  • Frame rate. You will need to set this to 120 FPS if you wish to see the full benefit from your RTX 3080 membership on 120Hz or faster refresh rate monitors or notebooks.  We recommend users with 60Hz monitors set the streaming frame rate to 60 FPS and Vsync to Adaptive. Setting the streaming frame rate to 120 FPS can reduce latency, but will result in tearing on screen. NOTE: 3840x2160 streaming resolution is currently limited to 60 FPS.
  • VSync. We recommend Adaptive for the best latency and smoothest streaming experience. You can try turning Vsync off to achieve the lowest latency, but you may experience some video tearing during gameplay.  

Monitor Refresh Rate

If you are using a monitor or laptop that has a 60Hz refresh rate, there is no need to change your desktop refresh rate.

If you have a monitor that runs at a refresh rate higher than 60Hz, you will need to adjust your refresh rate to take advantage of the higher FPS. There is a great guide on Windows Central that covers how to change monitor refresh rate. Note:  3840x2160 streaming resolution is currently limited to 60 FPS.

In general, we recommend you select the maximum refresh rate that your monitor supports, even if it is more than 120Hz. For instance, if you have a 144Hz monitor, set the desktop refresh rate to 144Hz.

Some users may get a benefit of smoother streaming from setting their desktop refresh rate at 120Hz, to match the GeForce NOW Streaming setting of 120 FPS, when VSync is set to adaptive.

Customized In-Game Graphics Settings

NVIDIA has optimized our most popular games for streaming at 3840x2160 at 60 FPS and, 2560x1440 / 2560x1600 at 120 FPS. For these games, we automatically set the best in-game graphics settings: You should not need to change any settings in-game to get the best experience.  

However, you are free to change these settings if you feel doing so provides you with a better streaming experience. We have provided a new feature that lets you save your own in-game graphics settings for each game. If you disable it, our recommended values will be applied.

Record/Instant Replay
GeForce NOW RTX 3080 members can access many GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU features like NVIDIA Highlights, Record, and Instant Replay by bringing up the in-stream overlay by pressing Ctrl+G.

Note: When using NVIDIA Record or Instant Replay, GeForce NOW can capture at resolutions up to 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 on the Windows PC & MacOS app. If your local device has an NVIDIA GPU that meets the minimum hardware requirements for higher resolution streaming (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 and later), you can capture at resolutions up to 3840x2160.

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