You can choose the default graphics card you want. We explain how to change the default graphics card and how to know which graphics card is used for each task.
Whenever you buy a computer or laptop, it comes with built-in default graphics. This means that when you switch on the PC, the graphics that have been set up by default will be used.
However, many times we prefer to install a more powerful graphics card or even use two different graphics cards. In either case, you may want to change the default card.
Here’s how to set your new graphics card as your default, and how to ensure your computer is using the correct graphics processor in each situation.
Inside your laptop or PC, you will find the processor or CPU with its own graphics capabilities, commonly known as integrated graphics because they are on the device chip.
This means that your computer can run the basic functions of a display without any help, although you may need to use a more advanced graphics card if you want to use more powerful programs or video games.
Even if you have installed a more powerful graphics card, your computer may still choose to use the factory graphics card for lighter tasks in order to save power and switch to the more complete card when necessary.
You may not agree with this automatic card switching, or you may simply prefer to take control of when to use each card. If this is the case, we recommend reading on to learn how to set up a default graphics card so you can manually choose which graphics card to use at any given time.
How to configure a graphics card
Step 1. Open the Graphics Configuration window. To do so, right-click on the desktop or search for the option by typing in the task browser.
Step 2. Select the option to manage 3D settings, within the ‘3D settings’ section.
Step 3. Click on the ‘Program Settings’ bar and select for each program the graphic card you want to use.
Step 4. Now select ‘Graphics Processor Preferences’ from the drop-down list (you will see that the automatic card switching option is normally checked by default).
If you want to use the most powerful graphics card, select “Nvidia High Performance Processor”.
Note: for AMD graphics cards the process varies. You will need to open the settings control center in the same way, although you may need to open the graphics and then PowerPlay and configure the connection or battery to maximize performance.
You can also try going to the graphics section and then 3D and moving the slider to performance. Your computer may have a switchable graphics tab where you can change settings for individual programs.