When we buy a Windows computer, we can usually choose whether we need a PC or a laptop with or without a dedicated graphics card. By default all best motherboard computers include a graphics card (video card) which is quite limited and allows you to perform only basic tasks. Conversely, if we want to use our computer to play video games or edit pictures / videos, we need to have a computer with a graphics card that allows us to do these things.
This means that Windows computers that have a dedicated graphics card actually have 2 video cards: 1 integrated one and 2 dedicated, usually Nvidia or AMD models. Typically, computers that incorporate dedicated graphics cards work like this: When program or application requirements exceed the default graphics card capabilities, the Windows operating system dedicated graphics Switches to cards that have higher capacity and power.
However, there are many users, especially video game players, who prefer that their computers do not need to be switched from a default video card to a dedicated card and therefore those specific games. Or prefer to force programs to run directly through a dedicated GPU. This Nvidia and AMD.
That said, we want to show you step by step how to force a program or video game to always run with a dedicated graphics card:
How to force a program or game to always use an NVIDIA graphics card.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card in your Windows computer, you will know that your computer has a specific NVIDIA application called Control Panel. To open it, you just have to right-click on any empty space on your desktop so that when the context menu appears, the option: NVIDIA control panel appears.
Once the NVIDIA Control Panel is selected, it will open in a new window in which you have to click on the Desktop tab. It displays a menu in which you must select this option: Add “Run with graphics processor” in the context menu.
Enabling this function will add a new option to the Windows context menu: Run with Graphics Processor. So from now on we can close the control panel window and then right click on the application that you want to run with NVIDIA video card.
This will bring up a menu where you have to click on the option: Run with graphics processor. This will bring up a submenu in which you have to specify the option: High Performance NVIDIA Processor.
How to force a program or game to always use an AMD graphics card.
To force the application with the AMD graphics card we need more configurations because it is not as easy or as accessible as the NVIDIA option. However, with AMD you can also choose which software to use the dedicated graphics card with. If you have an AMD video card in your computer, you will find the AMD control panel in the context menu. That said, to access it you have to right-click on any space on the Windows desktop. In the menu you have to find and select the option of AMD Catalyst Control Center.
This will bring up the AMD Control Panel window with a menu on the left. In this menu you have to choose the option: Energy (Power). It will show a series of sub-options just below the energy, from which you must select this option: Switchable Application Graphics Settings
You will now see a list of applications in the right side of the window that AMD recognizes as potentially necessary use of a dedicated GPU. In this panel you will find the Add Application button. After clicking on it, you need to find the .EXE file of the program and select the one you want to run with the dedicated AMD graphics card.
Once this program is added, it will appear in the upper part of this window along with the applications already recognized by AMD. Next to each of these applications you will see a box which when clicked will display a menu. In this menu you have to select the High Performance option.
Important Note: Note that some options may vary depending on the driver version and the GPU model installed on your Windows computer. These options will always be available on the graphics cards of these manufacturers, although they can be found under a different menu.