How to Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

Home How To How to Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10How to Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

  • Next, click on ‘Display’ on the left pane and select ‘Graphics settings’ on the right side.

  • From the drop-down menu, select whether you want to specify settings for desktop (classic) apps or Microsoft Store apps. For desktop apps, you’ll have to click on the ‘Browse’ button to manually specify the executable file of that app.

  • Navigate to the program’s installation directory. Now select the .exe file for that application and click on ‘Add’.

Note: The default installation directory for 64-bit applications in Windows 10 is C:\\Program Files, while the default for 32-bit applications is C:\\Program Files (x86).

Before we tell you how you can set or change the default graphics card in Windows 10, here’s how you can select a Microsoft Store app:

  • From the drop-down menu in step 3, select ‘Microsoft Store App’ instead of ‘Classic/Desktop app’. You’ll immediately get a second drop-down menu.

  • From the second drop-down menu, select the app that you’re trying to set the GPU preference for.

  • Once you’ve selected the app, click on ‘Add’.

  • Once you’ve added the app, click on the ‘Options’ button in the box that appears.

  • You’ll get three options for the preferred GPU:
  • Let Windows Decide
  • Power Saving (typically the integrated GPU)
  • High Performance (typically the discrete GPU)
  • Choose the option you want and remember to click on the ‘Save’ button once you’ve taken your pick.

    That’s it. You have now successfully specified which GPU your Windows 10 computer should use for a particular app. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

    List of Popular GPUs

    The method described below works for all modern graphics processors, so you can use it to set your preferred Nvidia or AMD card as default for any app in Windows 10. We have mentioned a list of popular GPUs below. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and is here to only serve as an example.Graphics Card NamesCUDA Cores / Stream processorsGame Clock / Boost ClockVRAMTDPArchitectureGPUManufacturing ProcessAMD Radeon RX 6900 XT80Up to 2250 MHz16GB300 WRDNA 2.0Navi 217 nmAMD Radeon RX 6800 XT72Up to 2250 MHz16GB300 WRDNA 2.0Navi 217 nmAMD Radeon RX 680060Up to 2105 MHz16GB250 WRDNA 2.0Navi 217 nmAMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary40Up to 1980 MHz8GB235 WRDNA 1.0Navi 107 nmAMD Radeon RX 5700 XT40Up to 1905 MHz8GB225 WRDNA 1.0Navi 107 nmAMD Radeon VII60Up to 1750 MHz16GB300 WGCN 5.1Vega 207 nmAMD Radeon RX 570036Up to 1725 MHz8GB180 WRDNA 1.0Navi 107 nmAMD Radeon RX 5600 XT36Up to 1560 MHz6GB150 WRDNA 1.0Navi 107 nmAMD Radeon RX 560032Up to 1560 MHz6GB150 WRDNA 1.0Navi 107 nmAMD Radeon RX 5500 XT22Up to 1845 MHz8GB130 WRDNA 1.0Navi 147 nmAMD Radeon RX 5700M36Up to 1720 MHz8GB180 WRDNA 1.0Navi 107 nmAMD Radeon RX 5600M36Up to 1265 MHz6GB150 WRDNA 1.0Navi 107 nmAMD Radeon RX 550022Up to 1845 MHz4GB150 WRDNA 1.0Navi 147 nmAMD Radeon RX 530022Up to 1645 MHz3GB100 WRDNA 1.0Navi 147 nmAMD Radeon RX 5500M22Up to 1645 MHz4GB85 WRDNA 1.0Navi 147 nmRadeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled64Up to 1677 MHz8GB345 WGCN 5.0Vega 1014 nmAMD Radeon RX 5300M22Up to 1445 MHz3GB85 WRDNA 1.0Navi 147 nmRadeon RX Vega 6464Up to 1546 MHz8GB295 WGCN 5.0Vega 1014 nmRadeon RX Vega 5656Up to 1471 MHz8GB210 WGCN 5.0Vega 1014 nmRadeon RX 59036Up to 1545 MHz8GB175 WGCN 4.0Polaris 3012 nmRadeon RX 58036Up to 1340 MHz8GB185 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2014 nmRadeon RX 580 (OEM)361266-1340 MHz8GB185 WGCN 4.0Ellesmere14 nmRadeon RX 6408/ 10Up to 1287 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2314 nmRadeon RX 580X36Up to 1340 MHz8GB185 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2014 nmRadeon RX 57032Up to 1244 MHz8GB150 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2014 nmRadeon RX 570 (OEM)1206-1244 MHz8GB150 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2014 nmRadeon 6308Up to 1219 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2314 nmRadeon RX 570X32Up to 1244 MHz8GB150 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2014 nmRadeon RX 560 (OEM)14/161200-1275 MHz4GB60-80 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2114 nmRadeon 6256Up to 1024 MHz4GB50 WGCN 3.0Polaris 2428 nmRadeon RX 56014/16Up to 1275 MHz4GB60-80 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2114 nmRadeon RX 560X14/16Up to 1275 MHz4GB75 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2114 nmRadeon 6206Up to 1024 MHz4GB50 WGCN 3.0Polaris 2428 nmRadeon RX 550Up to 1183 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Lexa14 nmRadeon RX 550X8/ 10Up to 1287 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Lexa14 nmRadeon RX 5408Up to 1219 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Lexa14 nmRadeon 6105Up to 1030 MHz4GB50 WGCN 1.0Banks28 nmRadeon RX 540X8Up to 1219 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Polaris 2314 nmRadeon 550X08/10/2021Up to 1287 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Lexa14 nmRadeon 5408Up to 1124 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Lexa14 nmRadeon 540X8Up to 1219 MHz4GB50 WGCN 4.0Lexa14 nmRadeon 5356Up to 1024 MHz4GB50 WGCN 3.0Polaris 2428 nmRadeon 5306Up to 1024 MHz4GB50 WGCN 3.0Weston28 nmRadeon 5205Up to 1030 MHz4GB50 WGCN 1.0Banks28 nmAMD Radeon RX 48036Up to 1266 MHz4GB150 WGCN 4.0Ellesmere14 nmRadeon RX 47032Up to 1206 MHz4GB120 WGCN 4.0Ellesmere14 nmRadeon RX 46014Up to 1200 MHz2GB70 WGCN 4.0Baffin14 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Ti35841376 MHz11 GB250 WPascalGP10216 nmGeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile7681752 MHz2 GB75 WPascalGP10614 nmGeForce GTX 1050 Mobile6401752 MHz2 GB75 WPascalGP10714 nmGeForce GTX 1060 3 GB GP10411522002 MHz3 GB120 WPascalGP10416 nmGeForce GTX 760 OEM13441650 MHz2 GB130 WKeplerGK10428 nmGeForce GTX 1050 Ti7681752 MHz4 GB75 WPascalGP10714 nmGeForce GTX 10506401752 MHz2 GB75 WPascalGP10714 nmGeForce GTX 1060 3 GB11522002 MHz3 GB120 WPascalGP10616 nmGeForce GTX 1060 Mobile12802002 MHz6 GB80 WPascalGP10616 nmRTX A500081922000 MHz24 GB230 WAmpereGA1038 nmGeForce RTX 3070 Ti74241188 MHz10 GB200 WAmpereGA1038 nmGeForce RTX 3080 Ti104961219 MHz20 GB350 WAmpereGA1028 nmRTX A400061442000 MHz16 GB150 WAmpereGA1048 nmRTX A40107521812 MHz48 GB300 WAmpereGA1028 nmGeForce RTX 305023041750 MHz4 GB90 WAmpereGA1078 nmGeForce RTX 3060 Mobile30721750 MHz6 GB80 WAmpereGA1068 nmGeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q61441500 MHz8 GB80 WAmpereGA1048 nmGeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q30721375 MHz6 GB60 WAmpereGA1068 nmGeForce RTX 3070 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nmGeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q23041500 MHz8 GB90 WTuringTU10612 nmGeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q29441500 MHz8 GB90 WTuringTU10412 nmGeForce RTX 2070 Mobile23041750 MHz8 GB115 WTuringTU10612 nmGeForce RTX 2060 Mobile19201750 MHz6 GB115 WTuringTU10612 nmGeForce RTX 2080 Mobile29441750 MHz8 GB150 WTuringTU10412 nmGeForce RTX 206019201750 MHz6 GB160 WTuringTU10612 nmTITAN RTX46081750 MHz24 GB280 WTuringTU10212 nmChoose Your Preferred Graphics Processor for Apps on Your Computer

    Using the method above, you can set your default graphics card preference (either Nvidia or AMD) for any number of apps in Windows 10. Starting with build 20190, Windows 10 is also letting users specify graphics cards on a per-application basis for even more granular control. It was rolled out late last year to Windows Insiders in the Dev channel, so if you are OK with the bugs and the potential instability, you can join the Windows Insider program by clicking through this link.

    While we’re talking about extracting the best out of your Windows 10 PC in terms of both performance and efficiency, you can also check out our Windows 10 tips and tricks, how to use God Mode and how to use PowerToys on Windows 10 to get even better control of your computer. Also, don’t forget to check out the tools to stress test GPUs so you can check how your GPU stack against the competition.

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