What exacty is card gpu ? Solved

  1. Posts : 117
    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
       10 Jan 2018 #1

    What exacty is card gpu ?

    Have a NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 running my 3 monitor system....have noticed I have a few icons in the system tray that say they are running on the NVIDIA GPU ? What exactly is this 'GPU'...I must have set something in the NVIDIA control panel recently to activate this since is only been displaying for a few weeks.

    Does this mean these programs are running of the NVIDIA rather than the system GPU ?? and what's the benefit/advantage/drawbacks with this ?

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  2.    10 Jan 2018 #2

    Notmallysoftware run on the CPU but often a GPU is more powerful for some types of load so then it can be used for greater speed and to lessen the load on the CPU
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  3.    10 Jan 2018 #3

    The icon is an option in the nVidia Control Panel->Desktop->Display GPU Activity Icon...

    It indicates that those applications are using the nVidia chip for any number of reasons. For instance, Firefox uses hardware acceleration for video decoding. Other applications (including Windows itself) use 3D rendering APIs for GUI display.

    As Samuria says, the system uses the GPU when it's better at some task than the CPU. You shouldn't be concerned with this, especially since you only have one GPU in your system. Laptop users may need to be more careful since the discrete GPU uses more power than the integrated GPU, and having Dropbox powering up your discrete GPU so it can display some windows would be a waste of power.
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    Windows 7/64 Professional
       10 Jan 2018 #4

    From post #1
    What exacty is card gpu ?
    Read this and it should answer your questions.

    GPU Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia

    Definition of: GPU. GPU. (Graphics Processing Unit) A programmable logic chip (processor) specialized for display functions. The GPU renders images, animations and video for the computer's screen. GPUs are located on plug-in cards, in a chipset on the motherboard or in the same chip as the CPU (see diagram belowhttps

    Your GeForce GT 740 is a GPU video card.

    Your CPU specs.


    Integrated peripherals / components
    Integrated graphics None

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  5. Posts : 995
    Windows 10
       10 Jan 2018 #5

    You have one GPU in your system the Nvidia GT 740. That just shows you some of the applications which are using the GPU.
    Rather pointless as everything is using that GPU. I would switch it off, totally useless info.
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  6.    11 Jan 2018 #6

    Practically any program that displays anything on a screen is using a GPU otherwise you would see nothing. To complicate things further, there are ways to use GPU without displaying anything, like Bitcoin miners for instance, so that data may not be completely useless.
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