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I've recently discovered when troubleshooting performance issues with PC games that my computer has two built in GPUs (My particular computer is the Lenovo U530 Touch for those interested - specs). This has caused numerous perfomance issues in the fact that games will use the less powerful on-board Intel HD Graphics 4400 instead of the Nvidia 730M in many cases.

I can do my research to figure out how to fix those performance issues, but I'm just curious in the first place: why does my laptop come with both of these installed at all? Wouldn't it just be better to have the more powerful one? Can/does the computer use both of them at once?

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    Switchable graphics allows a low power consumption integrated GPU and high performance dedicated GPU to be combined so you have the ability to switch between them, sacrificing either performance or battery life as per your requirements. – Karan May 2 '15 at 4:19
  • You can also configure what card should be used for this or that game. – Little Helper May 2 '15 at 14:51
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The point of the 2 is to enable your laptop to use a lower battery consumption when you don't need the power of a high-spec GPU.

Most of the things you do on the laptop probably don't need high-spec graphics.

There should be an application running that associates applications with each graphics card. So if you are not bothered about battery life, simply make everything use the dedicated card rather than the Intel one.

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Advantages of two GPU is improved power consumption management along with performance. The GPU's are connected by a SLI bridge which will decide which graphics card have to be used for a particular task to be performed. it will either use single/individual GPU or both by evaluating the task you are running.

It is possible to change the GPU of your choice in order to solve any issues with multiple GPU's. Options are available in Nvidia control panel

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  • Thank you for the answer. I think I'm going to accept Julian's answer over yours simply because it's a little bit less technical...easier to understand. The details you offer are helpful, however. – snickers10m May 2 '15 at 20:30
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Go to the BIOS and choose dedicated graphics you have switchable graphics right now.

I have a lenovo gaming laptops and the BIOS is pretty good so that’s how I know.

  • Hold power button to shut down.
  • Start it back up.
  • Hit the F2 key when it restarts.
  • Choose dedicated graphics.

It wont work if you digitally shut down.

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