Most of the computers have the capability to create graphics through an integrated graphic chip.
The integrated graphic chip is housed inside a CPU (central processing unit) which is one of the most important part of the computer.
CPU in a computer is responsible for making changes and performing different process through calculations that is essential to make the system work.
On the other hand, GPU(graphics processing unit) is another important part that works similar to a CPU and handles the processing of graphic related stuff.
So, now you know both GPU and CPU are an important part when we talk about graphic cards.
But how to use dedicated graphic card instead on integrated?
Don’t worry that is why we are going to discuss about in this article.
First let us talk more about dedicated graphic card.
This card comes totally separate from your CPU and has their own memory in the form of VRAM (video RAM, or video random access memory).
Dedicated Graphics Card also gives GPU quick access to relevant image data, but on the other hand integrated graphics do not have a devoted set of memory to pull image data from.
So, they use the system’s memory to pull image data from.
How to set Default Graphics Card?
Let us now discuss about how to set your dedicated graphics card as the primary resource in your computer for graphic needs.
Generally, your computer already has the tendency to switch between integrated graphics and your dedicated graphics card depending on your usage.
If you are doing some heavy work then it should in theory switch to dedicated one.
But if you still want to be totally sure that your newly bought expensive graphic card is in use or not, then there is only one way to know.
The way is by setting the dedicate card as your default graphics card.
Follow the below steps for the process on how to make NVidiaGPU default on laptops with mx150 GPU.
1) First go to your desktop and right click to open the notification bar, and select Nvidia Control Pane option.
2) Next under 3D Settings click on Manage 3D Settings option.
3) Now you will see two options Global Settings and Program Settings.
4) Click on Program Settings and select the program you want to choose for graphics card from the drop-down list.
5) Next select preferred graphics processor in the drop-down list.
6) Now select High-performance Nvidia processor to use dedicated graphics card.
Integrated GPU vs Dedicated GPU: What’s the Difference?
Integrated GPU is good and does a great job with graphics but the main issue is that placing both CPU and GPU on the same chip.
This makes one or sometimes both the processor limited, which in turn means you cannot place both CPU and GPU on the same chip without limiting one.
Most of the modern processor comes with integrated graphic card.
On the other hand, when we talk about dedicated graphic card it has its own PCB, memory (VRAM) along with cooling solution.
Both of this results in not so limited potential power unlike integrated card.
If you are planning to move integrated to dedicated graphics card then it will definitely help free up resources for your CPU to use.
There are many advantages of using a dedicated graphics card instead of integrated.
The main one for instance is that a dedicated graphic card will reduce the work load from your main processor and will provide overall good performance as well.
Though it is not necessary that you should always opt for a dedicated graphic card for nominal needs as well.
Integrated cards are also well designed to do a good amount of work load.
So, who should go for dedicated graphic card?
Well, there are many reasons to why someone wants to switch from integrated graphic card to a dedicated one.
- Gamers can switch from integrated to dedicated for better gaming performance.
- Professionals or students working with heavy graphics related work can switch.
- Someone who does heavy video editing or requires very heavy software.
As we have already discussed a dedicated graphic card will definitely give more power to your computer in comparison with an integrated one.
Follow the above guide to change your default graphic card to a dedicated one.
In reality when we talk about when one is better, this depends totally on your use.
If you don’t have heavy use then no matter which graphic card you will be using the results will feel same.
On the other hand, if you have been looking for some good power then switching to a dedicated graphic card will bring some extremely amazing changes to your computing experience.