How to Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

In multi-GPU computers running Windows 10, you can manually specify which graphics card a Windows app should use as default to either improve performance or increase battery efficiency. So today, we will show you how to set default GPU for apps in multi-GPU Windows 10 computers.

Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

Generally, the integrated GPU (IGPU) is more power efficient, while the discrete GPU is better for demanding games and graphics-heavy applications. So if you’re looking to maximize performance without compromising on power efficiency, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set a preferred GPU for specific apps in Windows 10.

  • Press Windows key+I simultaneously to open your PC Settings. Now click on ‘System’.

Windows 10 Settings > System

  • Next, click on ‘Display’ on the left pane and select ‘Graphics settings’ on the right side.

Windows 10 Display Settings

  • From the drop-down menu, select whether you want to specify settings for desktop (classic) apps or Microsoft Store apps. For desktop apps, you’ll have to click on the ‘Browse’ button to manually specify the executable file of that app.

Windows 10 Graphics Settings

  • Navigate to the program’s installation directory. Now select the .exe file for that application and click on ‘Add’.

Windows 10 Program Installation Directory

Note: The default installation directory for 64-bit applications in Windows 10 is C:Program Files, while the default for 32-bit applications is C:Program Files (x86).

Before we tell you how you can set or change the default graphics card in Windows 10, here’s how you can select a Microsoft Store app:

  • From the drop-down menu in step 3, select ‘Microsoft Store App’ instead of ‘Classic/Desktop app’. You’ll immediately get a second drop-down menu.

Microsoft Store Apps

  • From the second drop-down menu, select the app that you’re trying to set the GPU preference for.

Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

  • Once you’ve selected the app, click on ‘Add’.

Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

  • Once you’ve added the app, click on the ‘Options’ button in the box that appears.

Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

  • You’ll get three options for the preferred GPU:
  1. Let Windows Decide
  2. Power Saving (typically the integrated GPU)
  3. High Performance (typically the discrete GPU)

Choose the option you want and remember to click on the ‘Save’ button once you’ve taken your pick.

Set Default GPU for Apps in Windows 10

That’s it. You have now successfully specified which GPU your Windows 10 computer should use for a particular app. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

List of Popular GPUs

The method described below works for all modern graphics processors, so you can use it to set your preferred Nvidia or AMD card as default for any app in Windows 10. We have mentioned a list of popular GPUs below. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and is here to only serve as an example.

Graphics Card Names CUDA Cores / Stream processors Game Clock / Boost Clock VRAM TDP Architecture GPU Manufacturing Process
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 80 Up to 2250 MHz 16GB 300 W RDNA 2.0 Navi 21 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 72 Up to 2250 MHz 16GB 300 W RDNA 2.0 Navi 21 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 6800 60 Up to 2105 MHz 16GB 250 W RDNA 2.0 Navi 21 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary 40 Up to 1980 MHz 8GB 235 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 10 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 40 Up to 1905 MHz 8GB 225 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 10 7 nm
AMD Radeon VII 60 Up to 1750 MHz 16GB 300 W GCN 5.1 Vega 20 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5700 36 Up to 1725 MHz 8GB 180 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 10 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 36 Up to 1560 MHz 6GB 150 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 10 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5600 32 Up to 1560 MHz 6GB 150 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 10 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 22 Up to 1845 MHz 8GB 130 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 14 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5700M 36 Up to 1720 MHz 8GB 180 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 10 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5600M 36 Up to 1265 MHz 6GB 150 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 10 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5500 22 Up to 1845 MHz 4GB 150 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 14 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5300 22 Up to 1645 MHz 3GB 100 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 14 7 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5500M 22 Up to 1645 MHz 4GB 85 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 14 7 nm
Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled 64 Up to 1677 MHz 8GB 345 W GCN 5.0 Vega 10 14 nm
AMD Radeon RX 5300M 22 Up to 1445 MHz 3GB 85 W RDNA 1.0 Navi 14 7 nm
Radeon RX Vega 64 64 Up to 1546 MHz 8GB 295 W GCN 5.0 Vega 10 14 nm
Radeon RX Vega 56 56 Up to 1471 MHz 8GB 210 W GCN 5.0 Vega 10 14 nm
Radeon RX 590 36 Up to 1545 MHz 8GB 175 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 30 12 nm
Radeon RX 580 36 Up to 1340 MHz 8GB 185 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 20 14 nm
Radeon RX 580 (OEM) 36 1266-1340 MHz 8GB 185 W GCN 4.0 Ellesmere 14 nm
Radeon RX 640 8/ 10 Up to 1287 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 23 14 nm
Radeon RX 580X 36 Up to 1340 MHz 8GB 185 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 20 14 nm
Radeon RX 570 32 Up to 1244 MHz 8GB 150 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 20 14 nm
Radeon RX 570 (OEM) 1206-1244 MHz 8GB 150 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 20 14 nm
Radeon 630 8 Up to 1219 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 23 14 nm
Radeon RX 570X 32 Up to 1244 MHz 8GB 150 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 20 14 nm
Radeon RX 560 (OEM) 14/16 1200-1275 MHz 4GB 60-80 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 21 14 nm
Radeon 625 6 Up to 1024 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 3.0 Polaris 24 28 nm
Radeon RX 560 14/16 Up to 1275 MHz 4GB 60-80 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 21 14 nm
Radeon RX 560X 14/16 Up to 1275 MHz 4GB 75 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 21 14 nm
Radeon 620 6 Up to 1024 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 3.0 Polaris 24 28 nm
Radeon RX 550 Up to 1183 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Lexa 14 nm
Radeon RX 550X 8/ 10 Up to 1287 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Lexa 14 nm
Radeon RX 540 8 Up to 1219 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Lexa 14 nm
Radeon 610 5 Up to 1030 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 1.0 Banks 28 nm
Radeon RX 540X 8 Up to 1219 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Polaris 23 14 nm
Radeon 550X 08/10/2021 Up to 1287 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Lexa 14 nm
Radeon 540 8 Up to 1124 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Lexa 14 nm
Radeon 540X 8 Up to 1219 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 4.0 Lexa 14 nm
Radeon 535 6 Up to 1024 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 3.0 Polaris 24 28 nm
Radeon 530 6 Up to 1024 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 3.0 Weston 28 nm
Radeon 520 5 Up to 1030 MHz 4GB 50 W GCN 1.0 Banks 28 nm
AMD Radeon RX 480 36 Up to 1266 MHz 4GB 150 W GCN 4.0 Ellesmere 14 nm
Radeon RX 470 32 Up to 1206 MHz 4GB 120 W GCN 4.0 Ellesmere 14 nm
Radeon RX 460 14 Up to 1200 MHz 2GB 70 W GCN 4.0 Baffin 14 nm
GeForce GT 1010 256 1253 MHz 2 GB 30 W Pascal GP108 14 nm
GeForce RTX 3050 2304 1750 MHz 4 GB 90 W Ampere GA107 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3060 3584 1875 MHz 12 GB 170 W Ampere GA106 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q 3072 1375 MHz 6 GB 60 W Ampere GA106 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 3072 1750 MHz 6 GB 80 W Ampere GA106 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q 5120 1250 MHz 8 GB 80 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile 5120 1500 MHz 8 GB 115 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 7424 1188 MHz 10 GB 200 W Ampere GA103 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q 6144 1500 MHz 8 GB 80 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile 6144 1500 MHz 8 GB 115 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 10496 1219 MHz 20 GB 350 W Ampere GA102 8 nm
RTX A40 10752 1812 MHz 48 GB 300 W Ampere GA102 8 nm
RTX A4000 6144 2000 MHz 16 GB 150 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
RTX A5000 8192 2000 MHz 24 GB 230 W Ampere GA103 8 nm
GeForce GT 1010 256 1253 MHz 2 GB 30 W Pascal GP108 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 TU116 896 1500 MHz 4 GB 80 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 TU106 896 1500 MHz 4 GB 90 W Turing TU106 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 1024 1500 MHz 4 GB 50 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile 1024 1500 MHz 4 GB 50 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 1024 1250 MHz 4 GB 30 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 1024 1250 MHz 4 GB 50 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 1024 1500 MHz 4 GB 50 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 6 896 1500 MHz 4 GB 75 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 1280 1500 MHz 4 GB 100 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 1408 1750 MHz 6 GB 125 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 1024 1751 MHz 4 GB 30 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q 1536 1500 MHz 6 GB 60 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 1536 1500 MHz 6 GB 80 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile 1024 2001 MHz 4 GB 50 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1650 896 2001 MHz 4 GB 75 W Turing TU117 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1660 1408 2001 MHz 6 GB 120 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 1536 1500 MHz 6 GB 120 W Turing TU116 12 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile 3 GB 768 1752 MHz 3 GB 75 W Pascal GP107 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 8 GB 5X 1280 1001 MHz 8 GB 120 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB 5X 1280 1001 MHz 6 GB 120 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GT 1030 GK107 384 1250 MHz 2 GB 65 W Kepler GK107 28 nm
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 10 GB 3200 1376 MHz 10 GB 250 W Pascal GP102 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB 768 1752 MHz 3 GB 75 W Pascal GP107 14 nm
GeForce GT 1030 DDR4 384 1050 MHz 2 GB 20 W Pascal GP108 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GP104 1280 2002 MHz 6 GB 120 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Rev. 2 1280 2002 MHz 6 GB 120 W Pascal GP106 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 768 1752 MHz 4 GB 75 W Pascal GP107 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q 640 1752 MHz 4 GB 75 W Pascal GP107 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB 1280 2002 MHz 5 GB 120 W Pascal GP106 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 2432 2002 MHz 8 GB 180 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GT 720 OEM 192 891 MHz 1024 MB 50 W Kepler GK107 28 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 1280 2002 MHz 6 GB 80 W Pascal GP106 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 1251 MHz 8 GB 150 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 2048 2002 MHz 8 GB 115 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GT 1030 384 1502 MHz 2 GB 30 W Pascal GP108 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB 9Gbps 1280 2257 MHz 6 GB 120 W Pascal GP106 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1080 11Gbps 2560 1376 MHz 8 GB 180 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 3584 1376 MHz 11 GB 250 W Pascal GP102 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile 768 1752 MHz 2 GB 75 W Pascal GP106 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile 640 1752 MHz 2 GB 75 W Pascal GP107 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB GP104 1152 2002 MHz 3 GB 120 W Pascal GP104 16 nm
GeForce GTX 760 OEM 1344 1650 MHz 2 GB 130 W Kepler GK104 28 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 768 1752 MHz 4 GB 75 W Pascal GP107 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1050 640 1752 MHz 2 GB 75 W Pascal GP107 14 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB 1152 2002 MHz 3 GB 120 W Pascal GP106 16 nm
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 1280 2002 MHz 6 GB 80 W Pascal GP106 16 nm
RTX A5000 8192 2000 MHz 24 GB 230 W Ampere GA103 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 7424 1188 MHz 10 GB 200 W Ampere GA103 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 10496 1219 MHz 20 GB 350 W Ampere GA102 8 nm
RTX A4000 6144 2000 MHz 16 GB 150 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
RTX A40 10752 1812 MHz 48 GB 300 W Ampere GA102 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3050 2304 1750 MHz 4 GB 90 W Ampere GA107 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 3072 1750 MHz 6 GB 80 W Ampere GA106 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q 6144 1500 MHz 8 GB 80 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q 3072 1375 MHz 6 GB 60 W Ampere GA106 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile 5120 1500 MHz 8 GB 115 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q 5120 1250 MHz 8 GB 80 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile 6144 1500 MHz 8 GB 115 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3060 3584 1875 MHz 12 GB 170 W Ampere GA106 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 4864 1750 MHz 8 GB 200 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
RTX A6000 10752 1750 MHz 48 GB 300 W Ampere GA102 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3070 5888 1750 MHz 8 GB 220 W Ampere GA104 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3090 10496 1219 MHz 24 GB 350 W Ampere GA102 8 nm
GeForce RTX 3080 8704 1188 MHz 10 GB 320 W Ampere GA102 8 nm
GRID RTX T10-16 4608 1575 MHz 16 GB 260 W Turing TU102 12 nm
GRID RTX T10-8 4608 1750 MHz 8 GB 260 W Turing TU102 12 nm
GRID RTX T10-4 4608 1750 MHz 4 GB 260 W Turing TU102 12 nm
Quadro RTX 6000 Mobile 4608 1750 MHz 24 GB 260 W Turing TU102 12 nm
Quadro RTX 5000 Mobile Refresh 3072 1750 MHz 16 GB 110 W Turing TU104B 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 3072 1375 MHz 8 GB 80 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q 2560 1375 MHz 8 GB 90 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Mobile 2560 1750 MHz 8 GB 115 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Mobile 3072 1750 MHz 8 GB 150 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q Refresh 2304 1375 MHz 8 GB 115 W Turing TU106B 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile Refresh 2304 1375 MHz 8 GB 115 W Turing TU106B 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 1920 1375 MHz 6 GB 65 W Turing TU106 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2060 TU104 1920 1750 MHz 6 GB 160 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 3072 1937 MHz 8 GB 250 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 2176 1750 MHz 8 GB 175 W Turing TU106 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 2560 1750 MHz 8 GB 215 W Turing TU104 12 nm
Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile Refresh 1920 1750 MHz 6 GB 80 W Turing TU106 12 nm
Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q 3072 1750 MHz 16 GB 80 W Turing TU104 12 nm
Quadro RTX 5000 Mobile 3072 1750 MHz 16 GB 110 W Turing TU104 12 nm
Quadro RTX 4000 Mobile 2560 1750 MHz 8 GB 110 W Turing TU104 12 nm
Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q 1920 1500 MHz 6 GB 60 W Turing TU106 12 nm
Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile 1920 1750 MHz 6 GB 80 W Turing TU106 12 nm
Quadro RTX 4000 Max-Q 2560 1625 MHz 8 GB 80 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q Refresh 1920 1353 MHz 6 GB 115 W Turing TU106B 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile Refresh 1920 1375 MHz 6 GB 65 W Turing TU106B 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 2304 1500 MHz 8 GB 90 W Turing TU106 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 2944 1500 MHz 8 GB 90 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile 2304 1750 MHz 8 GB 115 W Turing TU106 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 1920 1750 MHz 6 GB 115 W Turing TU106 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile 2944 1750 MHz 8 GB 150 W Turing TU104 12 nm
GeForce RTX 2060 1920 1750 MHz 6 GB 160 W Turing TU106 12 nm
TITAN RTX 4608 1750 MHz 24 GB 280 W Turing TU102 12 nm

Choose Your Preferred Graphics Processor for Apps on Your Computer

Using the method above, you can set your default graphics card preference (either Nvidia or AMD) for any number of apps in Windows 10. Starting with build 20190, Windows 10 is also letting users specify graphics cards on a per-application basis for even more granular control. It was rolled out late last year to Windows Insiders in the Dev channel, so if you are OK with the bugs and the potential instability, you can join the Windows Insider program by clicking through this link.

While we’re talking about extracting the best out of your Windows 10 PC in terms of both performance and efficiency, you can also check out our Windows 10 tips and tricks, how to use God Mode and how to use PowerToys on Windows 10 to get even better control of your computer. Also, don’t forget to check out the tools to stress test GPUs so you can check how your GPU stack against the competition.

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