Silent Overclocking on User-Login

Using NVIDIA Inspector a scheduled task can be created in order to silently overclock the graphics card whenever any user logs-in - a preferred method for some who do not appreciate the bulkiness of other tools.

Assuming that an overclock shortcut has been generated using NVIDIA Inspector, right-click the shortcut and copy the value of the Target field to a text file. For instance, let's assume that the line reads:

"C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Inspector\nvidiaInspector.exe" -setBaseClockOffset:0,0,300 -setMemoryClockOffset:0,0,320 -setPowerTarget:0,100 -setTempTarget:0,0,70 

Next, open the Windows Task Scheduler (from Administrative tools, available on all Windows versions), and create a new task (follow the menu Action→Create Task….

Now, the following configuration has to be made:

  • General tab:
    • Enter a descriptive name and optional description,
    • Click Change User or Group, type in Users in the pop-up window, press Check Names and press the OK button,
    • Tick the box Run with highest privileges.
  • Triggers tab:
    • Press the New… button,
    • Select At log on from the combo box from Begin the task,
    • Select Any user from Settings,
    • Press OK to return back to the main form.
  • Actions tab:
    • Press the New… button,
    • Select Start a program from the Action combo box,
    • Press the Browse button and browse to the nvidiaInspector.exe executable,
    • In the Add arguments box, enter the parameters retrieved from the shortcut previously. As an example, in this case, the Add arguments text box should contain the string: -setBaseClockOffset:0,0,300 -setMemoryClockOffset:0,0,320 -setPowerTarget:0,100 -setTempTarget:0,0,70 ,
  • Conditions tab:
    • Deselect the Start the task only if the computer is on AC power and the Stop if the computer switches to battery power.

You can now press OK and return to the Task Scheduler main form. Select and right-click the newly created task and select Run… from the pop-up menu. When the task runs, NVIDIA Inspector should not pop up, there should be no prompt requesting elevated permissions and the task should run in the background, overclock the graphics card and then stop.

The effects can be tested by restarting the machine and then manually launching NVIDIA Inspector to make sure that the settings have been applied when the user logged-in.

More configurations are possible due to the flexibility of the Task Scheduler but, most importantly, using this method will not make Windows UAC prompt and the overclocking should be performed silently in the background.

fuss/hardware/nvidia.txt · Last modified: 2018/12/18 22:33 by office

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