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How can I tell NVIDIA Optimus to always run Google Chrome on my NVIDIA (rather than Intel) card?

The "Run with graphics processor: NVIDIA" option doesn't seem to have any effect, and NVIDIA for some reason seems to disable it in the control panel:

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According to NVIDIA, chrome and firefox both have been disabled from using the Nvidia GPU by design.

This is a death blow to WebGL in web browsers on optimus laptops and I have no idea why they decided to do this.

"Radium3D said: I have an ASUS N53SV laptop which features GPU switching and I have an issue with 326.80 drivers not allowing Firefox or Chrome to use "high performance NVIDIA processor" anymore I only have the option for "integrated graphics" under manage 3D settings -> program settings. I did not have a problem before."

This is by design. We disabled it for other browsers a while ago and forgot to do it to Firefox until recently.


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I figured out a workaround for this, if you create a hard-link to chrome.exe in the same directory, you can set a profile for that executable independently.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application>mklink /H gpu-chrome.exe chrome.exe
Hardlink created for gpu-chrome.exe <<===>> chrome.exe

You'll need to run cmd.exe in administrator mode: right-click, run as admin.. and your Google Chrome application may be in another folder as %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\

Now I can run gpu-chrome.exe and have full 3D acceleration from my dedicated card.

Just right-click this new .exe and define a new predetermined GPU for running it as you did before nVidia blocked that option.

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This works for me, thanks! Though I always have to edit the profile's launcher icon on the desktop to use that other .exe and also have to start with selecting nvidia gpu from the right click submenu. – Ikon Dec 30 '13 at 9:45

new nvidia drivers allow running with nvidia gpus, but you still have to run chrome with


parameters. otherwise backend always uses intel gpu. you can check this on


page and see for yourself.

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