Here are a couple of system utilities that may help you to squeeze maximum performance out of your hardware (to speed up Revit, of course).  Actually, my FX580 was struggling a bit with Showcase, so I wanted to overclock it a bit to make the augmented reality plugin work a bit more smoothly…

GPU-Z is a handy information tool for your video card.  If you are overclocking, it will tell you the current clock speed, as well as the default.  It will also tell you the driver and Forceware version that you are running, as well as additional advanced performance information.

Download TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.6.4 | techPowerUp

(also, if you are overclocking a GPU, check out hwbot – it will give you an idea of the average overclock you can achieve using air cooling only for a given GPU model)

Core Temp will give you advanced processor information, including temperature and load for each core on your CPU.

Dev Eject will help you remove USB devices safely, even if Windows is struggling to do so.

This is the first WHQL-certified driver from the R295 family of drivers. It is the recommended upgrade for all GeForce users…

These drivers come packed with GeForce-exclusive performance and quality enhancements and are now Microsoft WHQL-certified.


295.73 WHQL

Release Date:


Operating System:

Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit


English (U.S.)

File Size:

157 MB



My main video card is a Nvidia Quadro FX 580.  However, I wanted to run more than two monitors.  So I borrowed a old GeForce 7300 LE and installed it into one of the other PCI-E slots on my Gigabyte EX58-UD4 motherboard.

This is NOT an SLI rig.  But I can run it in a ‘hybrid mode’ where I’m essentially getting access to 4 monitors.  I try to make sure that I always run my main Revit instance on the monitor that is plugged into the ‘good’ FX 580 video card.

The main lesson here is that you need to install GeForce drivers to make this all happen properly.  The Quadro drivers do not seem to work very well in this hybrid setup. 

I am running 275.33 drivers, which you can download from here:
GeForce 275.33 Driver

This GeForce driver also includes cool stuff like overclocking options in the Nvidia Control Panel.

Have you struggled to install nview on Windows 7 64-bit?  Here are the steps:
Step 1 – Download the latest Drivers from the nVidia website

Step 2 – Download WinRAR (you could use 7-zip)

Step 3 – Open the Driver file with WinRAR and extract the nView.CAB file (onto your desktop for now)

Step 4 – Open the file with WinRAR and extract all the files into a folder on your desktop

Step 5 – Run the nviewsetup.exe file as normal. 

I found these steps at:
These steps may help you install nview in a number of different situations.
What does nview do?
nVIew display management software provides:
  • Intuitive interface for easy display management
  • Customizable desktop by various usage models
  • Robust IT management tools for easy deployment and maintenance
  • Tested compatibility with industry-leading business applications
  • Proven stability – over millions of enterprise installations