If you have a computer with multiple graphics processors (GPUs), Windows 10 now gives you the option of choosing which graphics processor an application or video game should use.
This new feature has been available since Windows 10 1803. Previously, you had to go through NVIDIA Control Panel or AMD Catalyst Control Center software.
In this tutorial we will see how choose graphics processor that an app or video game should use for better performance or to improve battery life, directly from Windows 10.
Choose the GPU to use for an application
To set which graphics processor (GPU) to use for an application or video game, follow these instructions:
- Open them Settings.
- Go to System> Display.
- Click on Graphics settings.
- Under Graphics performance preference, select the type of app to configure: a desktop app (Win32) or a Microsoft Store app (UWP).
- For a desktop application (Win32), click Browse then select the desired application .exe file. The .exe files for most applications are located in the “C: Program Files” and “C: Program Files (x86)” folders.
- For a Microsoft Store (UWP) app, simply select the desired app from the drop-down list and then click Add.
- Click on the button Options under the application to configure.
- Choose the graphics processor to use:
- Let Windows decide : Windows 10 will automatically choose the most suitable GPU
- Energy saving : use the low-power GPU (generally the integrated GPU such as Intel HD Graphics)
- High performance : use the high performance GPU (usually the GPU of a dedicated graphics card such as NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon)
- After clicking on Save, check that the graphics processor you have chosen is associated with the application.
- Restart the application for the changes to take effect.
✓ Congratulation ! You have defined the graphics processor that an application or a video game must use thanks to Windows 10. 👍
Check the GPU used by an application
To check the GPU used by an application, follow these instructions:
- Open the Task Manager.
- In the tab Performance, identify the number associated with each GPU. In the screenshot below, “GPU 0” is associated with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics processor; “GPU 1” to the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card.
- In the tab Process, look at the column GPU Engine and identify the graphics processor used. In the screenshot below, the “AOE II DE” application uses GPU 1; Firefox, Settings, and Spotify apps use GPU 0.