NVAPI is NVIDIA's core software development kit that allows direct access to NVIDIA GPUs and drivers on all windows platforms. NVAPI provides support for categories of operations that range beyond the scope of those found in familiar graphics APIs such as DirectX and OpenGL.
Initially exposed only to OEMs and game developer tools, NVAPI is now available for download to all developers interested in building Windows applications on NVIDIA GPUs.
NVAPI allows full access to NVIDIA GPUs and drivers in any UI and non-UI application. Under Windows Vista, the application context using NVAPI must be launched in Session 1 or higher.
NVAPI Feature Categories
- Driver Management
Initialization and driver version controls.
- GPU Management
Enumeration of physical and logical GPUs. Thermal and Cooling controls.
- Display Management
Enumeration of NVDIA displays, display postion and timings controls.
- GPU Topology
Ability to enable SLI and Hybrid GPU topologies. Requires NDA Edition for full control of this feature.
- Frame Rendering
Ability to control Video and DX rendering not available in DX runtime. Requires NDA Edition for full control of this feature.
- System Management
Ability to query chipset and system specific information.
- HDTV Controls
HDTV format and overscan controls. Requires NDA Edition for full control of this feature.
- Video Controls
Extended video engine controls. Requires NDA Edition for full control of this feature.
- Connecting and Configuring Monitors
Ability to set views on multiple target monitors.
- GPU Overclocking
GPU overclocking APIs allows apps to run apps at maximum possible clocks. Requires NDA Edition for full control of this feature.
NVAPI Components and Documentation
NVAPI components includes the "lite" headers, grouping mostly often used functions by purpose, one header that includes all functions for power users, and lib files for 32 and 64 bit Windows.
NVAPI is constantly and rigorously tested not only for end-users, but for internal use at NVIDIA and our closest partners.