On a Windows 10 April Update, Microsoft rolled out a new feature called Graphics Performance Preferences. It allows us to choose whether to use GPU or CPU for certain programs.
This means you can get a smoother experience on the select programs and even video games. Or, you can save power by choosing a mode that doesn’t use a lot of computing power.
Whatever you choose, it basically gives more freedom customization. Now, check out the following guide to enable Graphics Performance Preferences on Windows 10.
1. Open the Start Menu and click the Settings (gear icon).
2. Then select System.
3. On the Display section, click the Graphics settings.
4. Classic App means any programs that are installed traditionally using wizard window while Universal App was installed from Windows Store. For my case, I’m choosing the Classic app. After that, click Browse.
5. Select an application with EXE format and then click Add.
6. Click the program that you have added.
7. Click Options.
8. Select either System default, Power saving, or High performance before you click Save.
- 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.
The Power saving mode is perfect for notebooks, tablets, and laptops that are not intended for a heavy workload. On the other hand, the High performance mode is good for power-intensive activities, such as video games, video editing, and rendering.
Therefore, please choose the mode that suits your goal and device.