It appears that NVIDIA has enabled a streamer service that impacts performance on PC systems that are equipped with its graphics cards. According to the research of Reddit’s “lhikary”, NVIDIA has automatically enabled NVIDIA Sheild Streamer Service on its drivers; a service that is useless to all those not owning a Shield device.
According to reports, this service impacts performance by 3-6% in games, so those without any Sheild devices should disable it in order to gain more framerates in their games.
All you have to do is follow lhikary’s guide:
1) Click the windows icon in the bottom left and search “services” http://i.imgur.com/NF1TAXr.png (in Windows 8.1 it’s called “local services’ )
2) Next open up services and locate “NVIDIA Streamer Service”http://i.imgur.com/JQQmRVr.png
3) Open the service and stop the service if its running then disable the service.http://i.imgur.com/lNvZSyg.png
4) Do all this and hit apply and you’ll be able to see a noticable framerate boost and drop in your cpu usage
A lot of gamers reported better results with NVIDIA’s Shield Streamer disabled.
Since this is an easy fix and does not have any negative effects on your whole gaming experience (that is if you don’t own and use a Shield device), we strongly suggest disabling this feature.
Do also note that this fix will benefit those with weaker CPUs (as you’re basically saving some CPU cycles by disabling this feature).
Have fun everyone!