If your computer has more than one GPU, Windows 11 lets you choose which one will be used for a game or other application. Through the Settings app in Windows 11, you can assign a specific GPU to an application in games. This feature was first introduced in the April 2018 Update for Windows 10. Previously, you had to control this with manufacturer-specific tools like the NVIDIA Control Panel or AMD Catalyst Control Center.
Although Windows 11 manages GPUs automatically, if an application is not performing as expected, you can select a specific GPU from the Settings app. We will show you how to Assign a GPU to an Application in this article. Traditional desktop programs and UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps can each have their own GPU. Apps that are downloaded from the Microsoft Store and do not have.exe files are known as Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.
How to Choose which GPU will Use a Game or Application on Windows 11?
- Press the Windows + I keys on the keyboard to launch the Settings app.
- In the Windows Settings left sidebar, select the System category.
- Select the Display tab from the right-hand pane.
- Click the Graphics option.
- Here you’ll find a list of all the apps you’ve installed on your computer, including both desktop and store apps. Select any app to which you want to assign a graphics card.
- Under the selected app, click the Options button.
- The “Let Windows Decide” radio box will be selected by default. Choose a GPU (Power saving or High performance) and then hit the Save button.
If your system only has one GPU, the same GPU’s name will appear under both the “Power saving” and “High performance” options. Additionally, if your application is already running, you will need to restart it in order for the changes to take effect.