Graphics mode selection

AntonisCy

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In Settings : System > Display > Graphics i can choose whether an app uses graphics in power saving or high performance mode. Does this only apply to laptops (for the battery i guess) or systems that have both integrated and discrete GPUs?

I have a desktop system that only has the integrated GPU and was wondering if changing the value from power saving to high performance on some apps will make any difference.

Windows suggests on all apps the power saving mode. I thought about changing the mode to high performance on apps like Chrome (watching YouTube videos) and VLC (watching HD movies). Chrome i had to add manually and VLC has a "Not Recommended" note after changing to High Performance. I wonder if that applies to the high battery use which obviously doesn't apply in my case.

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I think it's just for battery or... electric bill savings.

Usually it says: Choose between better performance or battery life...
 

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I think it's just for battery or... electric bill savings.

Usually it says: Choose between better performance or battery life...

In Windows 11 it has Power Saving Vs Higher Performance.

So i guess in the case of a Desktop with one GPU, whatever option is enabled wont make a difference.
 

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Even an integrated GPU can have a low power / Power saving mode it depends on the actual GPU - this can be just a reduction of the Colour Gamut used or the actual GPU speed used. which may effect the performance of Windows in general.

If your windows on your Desktop system is offering the option to switch power usage modes, I would test the options available to you. It's not likely to have any serious bad results but as always I would recommend backing up at least your data.

Once you are ready run a few of your regular applications/ games ETC and gauge how they perform to your needs. Next select the power save option, and compare the results.

If you find that the performance is still usable ( or no change as the GPU does not have a true low power mode), you can switch permanently, ( it's better for the money you pay for electricity to stay in your pocket, not the electricity suppliers ;) )
 

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Just a guess, that Windows will suspended an app, if not being used, to save resources in power saving mode.
 

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I don't think you need high performance for day to day tasks, only high usage programs like games and graphic programs etc need the extra umph
 

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I don't think you need high performance for day to day tasks, only high usage programs like games and graphic programs etc need the extra umph

I was wondering if power saving mode would affect video quality in browser (youtube) and VLC (hd movies).
 

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I was wondering if power saving mode would affect video quality in browser (youtube) and VLC (hd movies).
I don't think so. When I run 'Everything', which is a system search program, Windows always has it in high performance mode as it's always indexing so can't suspend it.
 

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I don't think so. When I run 'Everything', which is a system search program, Windows always has it in high performance mode as it's always indexing so can't suspend it.

when you say "it" you mean video quality?
 

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I was wondering if power saving mode would affect video quality in browser (youtube) and VLC (hd movies).
I don't think so as you can edit the settings in power mode via control panel>power options>change plan settings>change advanced power settings. try it. sadly I cannot try it on this machine as it is an HP and does not have options I will try ot on my Alienware (my best machine) and see unless this is a changed feature in win 11
 

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when you say "it" you mean video quality?
No. It's just a search engine not a browser. YouTube has it's own video quality settings and I assume so does VLC.

 

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I don't think so as you can edit the settings in power mode via control panel>power options>change plan settings>change advanced power settings. try it. sadly I cannot try it on this machine as it is an HP and does not have options I will try ot on my Alienware (my best machine) and see unless this is a changed feature in win 11

Actually in the Control Panel settings i have it set to Maximum Performance.
 

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No. It's just a search engine not a browser. YouTube has it's own video quality settings and I assume so does VLC.


Thanks. For what exactly do you use this software? Any examples?
 

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@AntonisCy I use Maximum Performance on my other machine. I hope you can then go into change advanced power settings and I believe there is an option there for video
 

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@Fabler2 I always use Search Everything and nothing else, it's quick easy and just a right click away
 

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AntonisCy

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@AntonisCy I use Maximum Performance on my other machine. I hope you can then go into change advanced power settings and I believe there is an option there for video

I was talking about the graphics option. I have set it to maximum performance in the control panel. (y)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ideaCentre 510-15ICB (90HU00BHCY)
    CPU
    Intel i3-8100 CPU @ 3.60GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel B360
    Memory
    2 x 8GB 2666MHz TEAM GROUP TED48G2666C1901 (16GB Total)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    High Definition (HD) Audio, Realtek® ALC233 codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 2494HS (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    1x SSD GIGABYTE AORUS RGB 256GB M.2 2280 NVME PCI-EXPRESS 3.0 X4
    1x 1TB HDD 7200rpm 3.5"
    PSU
    LENOVO 100-240Vac SFF 180W PSU POWER SUPPLY 00PC745
    Case
    Factory
    Cooling
    Factory
    Keyboard
    A4Tech KL-5
    Mouse
    Logitech G600
    Internet Speed
    100 Mb/s Fiber
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    2.1 Logitech X-210 Speakers

Fabler2

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Thanks. For what exactly do you use this software? Any examples?
It's a fast alternative to Windows search and thanks to @f14tomcat for pointing out this handy App.
As an example searching for Edge.exe brings this up and you can right click to open or copy the path. Takes seconds.
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Win 10 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. X509DA (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RX Vega 10 Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    INTEL SSD 660p 512GB NVMe
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
    Memory
    16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    1.024 TB SSD M.2 2280 - Samsung
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender

The-Hive

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@AntonisCy A good example by @Fabler2, it is also very customisable with simple options
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 2TB P981A
    D: Samsung 2TB 970 Evo
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3501
    CPU
    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
    Memory
    16Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512Gb SSD
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton

AntonisCy

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Thanks guys
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ideaCentre 510-15ICB (90HU00BHCY)
    CPU
    Intel i3-8100 CPU @ 3.60GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel B360
    Memory
    2 x 8GB 2666MHz TEAM GROUP TED48G2666C1901 (16GB Total)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    High Definition (HD) Audio, Realtek® ALC233 codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 2494HS (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    1x SSD GIGABYTE AORUS RGB 256GB M.2 2280 NVME PCI-EXPRESS 3.0 X4
    1x 1TB HDD 7200rpm 3.5"
    PSU
    LENOVO 100-240Vac SFF 180W PSU POWER SUPPLY 00PC745
    Case
    Factory
    Cooling
    Factory
    Keyboard
    A4Tech KL-5
    Mouse
    Logitech G600
    Internet Speed
    100 Mb/s Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    2.1 Logitech X-210 Speakers
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