How force your laptop to use GPU enabled card instead of Intel HD Graphics adapter

Windows Fall Creator’s Update for windows 10 have introduced one very neat feature: GPU tabs & other GPU related information in Task Manager:

Pretty nice indeed!

But it revealed something I wasn’t aware of. I use laptop with built-in Intel graphics adapter and additional NVidia GPU (a standard setup these days). As you can see on the picture – only the built-in card is actually being used. That’s strange, because I’d set up High performance profile and the laptop is plugged to the power supply. My expectations were that in this situation Windows will pick the most powerful GPU (i.e. NVidia) but clearly that’s not the case.

There’s easy solution to that! Go to NVidia’s Control panel and select NVidia GPU to be used as prefered graphics processor:

You may need to restart any opened program / browser or simply restart your computer.

The result is way better:


Keep in mind that this may increase power consumption i.e. this setting will drain your battery faster (if using laptop).

2 thoughts on “How force your laptop to use GPU enabled card instead of Intel HD Graphics adapter

  1. It is supposed to be that way. Your PC doesn’t need a powerful GPU in order for Windows and light tasks to be running smoothly. That’s why laptops are made to use a specific, built-in gpu that consumes small amounts of energy and still offers great performance. When it comes to graphically intensive tasks – programs/applications that’s where the dedicated GPU comes in handy. By default such applications use the dedicated GPU on start, but nevertheless you can always choose which GPU you want your program to be using.
    Apart from that, that’s a very well-written article. Good job!

  2. In my case my laptop is always plugged to the power source. If I run 3D Studio max (an intensive GPU app) it also uses Intel’s card despite the fact “Auto-Select” was chosen in nVidia control panel. I.e. Intel HD Graphics adapter is used all the time – very annoying. If I set a custom profile for 3ds max to use nVidia GPU – it works. May be it is driver related.

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