What is NVAPI, and Why Do You Need It?
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.*
- Frame Rendering
- Ability to control Video and DX rendering not available in DX runtime.*
- System Management
- Ability to query chipset and system specific information.
- HDTV Controls
- HDTV format and overscan controls.*
- Video Controls
- Extended video engine controls.*
- 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. *
* Use NDA edition for full control of this feature.
NVAPI Components & Documentation
NVAPI components includes the header, lib files for each platform - x86 and x64 respectively.
Documentation is provided as a compiled HTML help (.chm) file in each download.
NVAPI is constantly and rigorously tested not only for end-users, but for internal use at NVIDIA and our closest partners. To discuss common issues regarding NVAPI with NVIDIA and other developers.
NVAPI NDA Customers
NVAPI comes in two "flavors": the public version, available below, and a more extensive version available to registered developers under NDA. Registered developers can log in here, or contact your NVIDIA account manager to make sure you have the latest NDA edition of NVAPI.