Graphics Performance Preferences

How to Enable Graphics Performance Preferences on Windows 10

Microsoft over the past years has steadily rolled out a number of improvement to its acclaimed operating system, Windows 10. The update has helped improve overall features, performances, and stability also no denying it putting a new level of flexibility. On a Windows 10 April Update, it manages an adequate system for the users to choose whether to use processor-based graphics processing unit or extra graphics card hardware. Dubbed as Graphics Performance Preferences, it gave us the advantage to increase the performances for the specific program even video game for smoother operation.

Most PC desktop and high-end laptop commonly consist of dual graphics processor — CPU and graphics card. For a low-consumption application usually rely on the CPU as the graphical processing unit, while a high-end program such for rendering or 3D video games requires greater power that comes from the graphics card.

Thanks for the Windows 10 latest update, you can choose graphics processing unit (GPU) between the apps seamlessly. Before we dive down to the guide, notes that it requires at least April update to enable the function.

How to Enable Graphics Performance Preferences on Windows 10

Step 1
Open the Start Menu and click the Settings, represented by gears icon right above the shutdown button.

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Step 2
Then select the System.

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Step 3
On the Display section, click the Graphics settings.

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Step 4
Now you will face a selection either Classic app or Universal app. The Classic app is any programs that installed traditionally using wizard window while the Universal app is determined as a program that installed from Windows Store. After selected, click Browse.

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Step 5
Select an application with EXE format and then click Add.

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Step 6
Almost done, click the program that you have added.

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Step 7
Click Options.

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Step 8
Select either System default, Power saving, or High performance before you click Save.

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  • System default means the GPU system is determined by the system, whether it’s the Windows 10 or the app itself.
  • Power saving is automatically choosing the best GPU system in terms of saving energy, it can be CPU (integrated) or graphics card depending on the ratio.
  • High performance is absolutely put the graphics card as the graphics processing unit which considered as the highest capability.

Which one should I pick?

By choosing Power Saving, the system will adjust the performance to the most efficient point. This option is great for notebook or laptop owner to extend the battery life while having a business with the casual program, like multimedia, browsing, or office work.

Meanwhile, a High-Performance option might be good if you expect better performance on the heavy program. It also increases the frame rate (FPS) on the video game yet not affected on your PING. That said, the power consumption would be higher since the machine pushes the graphics card to the optimal point. Thus the battery level forecasted to die quickly than on Power Saving mode.

So, what do you think about Graphics Performance Preferences on Windows 10? If you have any insight or question about it let me know in the comment section below!

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