How to switch from Intel graphics to Nvidia on Windows 10


First of all, it is worth noting that nowadays we have laptops and even desktops that come with an integrated graphics card as well as a dedicated graphics card.

So it is important to understand that dedicated graphics cards are always better in performance compared to integrated graphics cards.

However, it is possible that we have not made use of the dedicated graphics card on our system as intended.

If you are like me who did not switch from Intel Graphics to Nvidia on Windows 10 so far, now is the right time to do.

Yes, this is true. My laptop comes with both the Intel integrated GPU that comes with Intel chip and a dedicated Nvidia MX950 GPU.

But all this while, I was not aware that we have to tell the computer to always make use of the Nvidia graphics card instead of the integrated graphics card.

Now is a good time to do it so I thought we can all take a lesson from my experience on how to switch from Intel Graphics to Nvidia Windows 10.

To be honest, it is pretty easy, and switching from Intel Graphics to Nvidia on Windows 10 is a smooth process.

So let’s get started.

How to switch from Intel graphics to Nvidia: Windows 10

First of all, you need to right-click anywhere on your Desktop to open the Options tab.

Open Nvidia Control Panel
Open Nvidia Control Panel

From these options, you need to click on the Nvidia Control Panel.

If you don’t see the option of the Nvidia Control Panel, you might not have an Nvidia GPU inside your system.

For those of us who have that option, open the Nvidia Control Panel.

Nvidia 3D Settings
Nvidia 3D Settings

Once the window opens, click on 3D Settings and then go to Manage 3D Settings.

Now, see on the right-hand side of your screen to see where the Preferred graphics processor: option is.

Set Nvidia Graphics as default inside Nvidia Control Panel

Once that option is found, click on the dropdown and select High-performance NVIDIA processor.

In my case, the Settings defaulted to Auto-select which means that the PC will determine when to use integrated GPU and when to activate Nvidia GPU.

However, it is recommended to set the option to a High-performance NVIDIA processor so that you can take maximum performance out of your graphics card.

Apply Nvidia Control Panel settings
Apply Nvidia Control Panel settings

Once that is set, click on Apply button at the bottom-right of your screen and your settings will be changed.

Now, restart your PC for the new settings to be activated and you will notice the difference in graphic performance whenever you play games or do any graphic-intensive tasks such as video editing, photo editing, or something similar.

How to disable integrated graphics: Windows 10

It is worth noting that both the integrated graphics and the Nvidia GPU can run at the same time.

However, if you wish to disable the integrated graphics card on your PC to force the system to only use the Nvidia graphics card then you can do so easily.

All you have to do is go to Start > search “Device Manager” and open it.

Inside the Device Manager, go to Display Adapter and expand it.

Here, you will see two options which are the Intel integrated graphics and the Nvidia dedicated graphics.

How to disable integrated graphics on Windows 10
How to disable integrated graphics on Windows 10

If you wish to disable the integrated graphics, right-click on the Intel option and click on disable device.

This will disable your integrated graphics but only do this when you have a dedicated graphics card otherwise your display will go blank and you will be locked out of your PC.

Does disabling integrated graphics give a performance boost?

Yes, it is seen that if you disable integrated graphics and only run the dedicated GPU on your PC then you will see a significant boost in graphics performance.

But as we mentioned earlier, first switch from Intel Graphics to Nvidia on Windows 10 and only then disable your integrated graphics otherwise there will be no graphics card as per the system and your display will go blank.

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