How to Disable Triple Buffering on a PC

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Vertical synchronization stops your video card from outputting frames faster than your monitor displays them, and thus prevents screen tearing. Vsync also effectively caps your frame rate and can induce input lag, making it a tradeoff. Triple buffering alleviates these negative features of vsync by storing an extra buffer of video data. Using a third buffer also requires more video memory and can cause display errors on programs that don't support it, so turning it off may help if your card doesn't work well with it on.

1 Nvidia Graphics Cards

2 Right click your desktop

Right-click your desktop and open "Nvidia Control Panel."

3 Select Manage 3D settings

Select "Manage 3D settings" in the task panel. If you want to disable triple buffering in all programs but those with exceptions, open the "Global Settings" tab. Otherwise, switch to "Program Settings," and then pick a particular application to modify.

4 Click Triple buffering

Click "Triple buffering" in the settings list, and then change the setting to "Off."

5 Press Apply

Press "Apply," and then close the window.

6 AMD Video Cards

7 Right click the desktop

Right-click the desktop and pick "Catalyst Control Center."

8 Select the Gaming'' button

Select the "Gaming" button, and then click "3D Application Settings."

9 Scroll down to the OpenGL Settings section

Scroll down to the OpenGL Settings section, and then uncheck "Triple buffering."

10 Click Apply

Click "Apply," and then close the panel.

  • Some games and programs have an internal video setting for triple buffering that you can use instead of altering your video card's settings or if you have integrated graphics.

Aaron Parson has been writing about electronics, software and games since 2006, contributing to several technology websites and working with NewsHour Productions. Parson holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.