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    Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10

    Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10

    How to Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10
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    06 May 2018
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    How to Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, Microsoft is introducing a new Graphics settings page for Multi-GPU systems that allows you to manage the graphics performance preference of your apps. You may be familiar with similar graphics control panels from AMD and Nvidia, and you can continue to use those control panels. When you set an application preference in the Windows Graphics settings, that will take precedence over the other control panel settings.

    This new setting allows you to specify which GPU you prefer to use by default for specific Store (universal) and Desktop (classic) apps. Preferences may provide better app performance or save battery life. Choices may not take effect until the next time the app launches.

    Generally, the power saving GPU is the integrated GPU on a system, and the high performance GPU is the discrete GPU or external GPU. If you have both a discrete GPU and an external GPU on a system, the external GPU is considered the high performance GPU.

    Applications are always allowed to have the ultimate choice of which GPU to use, so you may see additional applications that do not follow the preferences you set. In that case, look for a setting within the application itself to choose a preference.

    This tutorial will show you how to set a preferred GPU to use for specific apps for your account in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:






    Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10
    Add Apps to Set Preferred GPU for in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2. Click/tap on Display on the left side, and click/tap on the Graphics settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Do step 4 (Desktop apps) or step 5 (Store apps) below for which type of app you want to add.


     4. To Add Desktop (Classic) App to Set GPU Preference for

    A) Select Classic app in the "Choose an app to set preference" drop menu, and click/tap on the Browse button. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Navigate to and select the .exe file (ex: "mspaint.exe") you want to add, click/tap on Add, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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     5. To Add Store (Universal) App to Set GPU Preference for

    A) Select Universal app in the "Choose an app to set preference" drop menu. (see screenshot below)

    B) Select an app (ex: "Paint 3D") in the drop menu you want to add.

    C) Click/tap on the Add button, and go to step 6 below.

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    6. When finished adding apps, go to step 3 in Option Two below to set the preferred GPU you want for these apps.






    Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10
    Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2. Click/tap on Display on the left side, and click/tap on the Graphics settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on an added app (ex: "Paint 3D") in the list you want to set or change the GPU preference for, and click/tap on the Options button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select (dot) System default (default), Power saving, or High performance for the GPU preference you want for this app, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

    GPU Preference Description
    System default To let Windows decide the best GPU for your application.
    Power saving A request to run the application on the most power saving GPU available.
    High performance A request to run the application on the most high performance GPU available.

    Generally, the power saving GPU is the integrated GPU on a system, and the high performance GPU is the discrete GPU or external GPU. If you have both a discrete GPU and an external GPU on a system, the external GPU is considered the high performance GPU.

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Set Preferred GPU for Apps in Windows 10
    Remove Apps from Preferred GPU List in Settings


    Removing an added app from your preferred GPU list will have the app use the system default preferences.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2. Click/tap on Display on the left side, and click/tap on the Graphics settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on an added app (ex: "Paint 3D") in the list you want to remove, and click/tap on the Remove button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 351
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.1)
       22 May 2018 #1

    The so called "Gaming Mode" within windows10.
    Has been shown to not offer any real advantage and in some instances, this setting has degraded gaming performance.
    With that said...

    Does adding a app, such as a game.
    To the Graphics Performance Preference setting, really make any difference in it's performance?
    Has anyone bench-marked this, or are there any available bench-marks.
    That show any advantage or disadvantage, to applications/games that have been added to this setting?

    Personally,
    I've added a game to this setting and have noticed adverse in-game effects,
    which are not present, when the game is removed form this setting.
    I'm wondering if others have experienced this same issue, when adding a game to this setting?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 30,734
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       22 May 2018 #2

    Hello George,

    I suppose it depends on how graphic intense the app is.

    You could test it both ways to see if you notice any difference in performance between them.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 351
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.1)
       22 May 2018 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello George,

    I suppose it depends on how graphic intense the app is.

    You could test it both ways to see if you notice any difference in performance between them.
    @Brink

    I'm running pretty good hardware and have already noticed performance degradation.
    When this setting is utilized.
    There's also very little information, about what's actually happening.
    When an app or game is added to this setting.
    My experience seems to be, that adding an app to this setting makes things worse.
    Of course I've only tested with one particular game, (World of Tanks) which isn't a very graphically intensive game.
    Even so,
    I've been testing this game, along with the Graphics Performance Preference settings for almost a month now.
    There is noticeable performance loss in this game.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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