How to Make Windows Use Dedicated Graphics Card


You have a laptop with 2 graphic cards: one is built-in graphics card (e.g. Intel(R) UHD Graphics), and the other is a dedicated graphics card (e.g. NVIDIA Quadro P520).

However it seems that Windows does NOT use the dedicated graphics card.


You can verify this issue by

  1. Opening a video file, then
  2. Opening Task Manager,
  3. Going to Performance tab, and
  4. Checking the percent usage of GPU 0 (i.e. Intel(R) UHD Graphics) and GPU 1 (i.e. NVIDIA Quadro P520).
  1. Open Device Manager and uninstall the dedicated graphics card driver.
  2. Go to
  3. Set Product Series to Quadro Series (Notebooks).
  4. Set Product to Quadro P520.
  5. Set Operating System to Windows 10 64-bit.
  6. Click the SEARCH button.
  7. Download and install the latest driver.
  8. That’s all. Please do let Windows automatically select a graphic processor for a task to avoid potential performance issues.
    Typically Windows only uses a dedicated graphics card for heavy graphics tasks.


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