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UpdatedJul 3, 2017, 9:12 pm EDT| 5 min read

Intel’s integrated graphics have improved by leaps & bounds over the past few years, but they still aren’t as speedy as dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics hardware. Here’s how to lớn squeeze some more gaming performance out of your Hãng sản xuất Intel HD Graphics.

Onboard graphics lượt thích Intel HD Graphics aren’t designed for high-end gaming, so expect to lớn turn they settings way down if you want to lớn try playing modern games. But a surprising number of games are playable, even if you have sầu a low-powered máy tính with Intel HD Graphics built-in.

Update Your Hãng sản xuất Intel Graphics Drivers

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Like NVIDIA and AMD, Intel releases regular graphics driver updates. Graphics driver updates are crucial for gaming. They often contain important optimizations that dramatically improve performance in newly released games. To ensure you get the best gaming performance, you should be using the lachạy thử graphics drivers.

Windows 10 should automatically be updating your drivers, but it may not update your Intel graphics drivers frequently enough. Windows is conservative about updating graphics drivers, as only PC gamers really need the lathử nghiệm graphics drivers whenever they’re released.

Download Intel’s Driver Update Utility và run it to find if there are any new graphics drivers available directly from Hãng sản xuất Intel. Install any graphics driver update it finds.



If your computer is using graphics drivers customized by the manufacturer (e.g. Dell or HP), Intel’s tool won’t update them automatically and will insize you of this. You’ll instead need lớn get the latest graphics driver updates directly from your computer manufacturer’s trang web. Look for the tải về page offering drivers for your specific PC.

Tweak Performance Settings in Intel’s HD Graphics Control Panel

You can use Intel’s graphics control panel lớn optimize your graphics settings for performance instead of image quality và battery life. To launch it, right-clichồng the Windows desktop and select “Graphics Properties.” You can also launch the “Intel HD Graphics Control Panel” tool from your Start menu.


Clichồng the “3D” ibé when the control panel window appears khổng lồ access 3 chiều graphics settings.

To squeeze the most possible performance out of your hardware, here are the options for best performance:

Set Application Optimal Mode to “Enable.” This option enables optimizations that increase performance in a variety of games.Set Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing khổng lồ “Turn Off.” Even if applications request multi-sample anti-aliasing to reduce jagged edges, this option makes the Hãng Intel graphics driver ignore that request. This boosts your performance at the cost of some jagged edges.Set Conservative sầu Morphological Anti-Aliasing lớn “Override Application Settings.” This is an alternative lớn the above sầu setting. If you choose “Use Application Settings” for Set Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing, despite our recommendation, set Conservative sầu Morphological Anti-Aliasing lớn Override. That way, if a game requests MSAA anti-aliasing, the Hãng sản xuất Intel graphics driver will use a better-performing alternative instead. This particular option is a good halfway point between disabling anti-aliasing entirely và using the slower MSAA approach.Set General Settings to lớn “Performance.” This chooses the best-performing settings for anisotropic filtering and vertical sync. You can select “Custom Settings” if you’d rather tweak those settings yourself.

It’s possible that some graphics hardware could have different options here, or that future drivers could change the options. Just click the question mark ibé to lớn the right of a setting lớn see a mô tả tìm kiếm of what a setting does if you need more information.

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You should also cliông chồng the “Power” icon on the main Intel HD Graphics Control Panel screen. This will allow you khổng lồ manage power saving settings. By default, Intel configures the hardware khổng lồ save some power, & you can squeeze some more performance out of it by using maximum performance settings.

There are separate settings for Plugged In và On Battery, allowing you to save sầu power when unplugged & use higher-performance settings when you’re plugged inlớn an outlet.

For the Plugged In setting, select “Maximum Performance” for maximum gaming performance at the cost of some additional power use.

If you want lớn play games with the best performance when you’re running on battery power, select the On Battery category and change the settings there, too. Select the “Maximum Performance” graphics power plan và phối Extended Battery Life for Gaming lớn “Disable.” This will give sầu you maximum performance when you’re unplugged, at the cost of some battery life.


Allocate More System Memory to lớn Onboard Graphics

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Dedicated graphics cards include their own video RAM (VRAM) on the card itself. This memory is dedicated khổng lồ textures và other graphics-processing functions.

Onboard graphics don’t include separate RAM. Instead, the chip simply “reserves” some of the RAM on your motherboard và treats it as video RAM.

There’s a trade-off here. The more RAM you allocate lớn your onboard graphics, the more VRAM it has. However, the more RAM you allocate to lớn your onboard graphics, the less memory you have sầu for general purpose use. That’s why you can sometimes customize exactly how much RAM you want to lớn allocate lớn your Clip card in your computer’s BIOS or UEFI firmware.

This is something to tweak, but it’s tough khổng lồ say whether it would help. You may want to lớn try changing this option and see what happens. If your Hãng Intel graphics is starved for RAM, allocating more of your system’s RAM lớn it can speed things up. If your Hãng sản xuất Intel graphics has more than enough memory for the game you want to lớn play, but your computer is running out of normal RAM, allocating more RAM lớn VRAM will just slow things down.

To find this setting, restart your computer và press the appropriate key to enter the BIOS or UEFI firmware settings screen while it boots. This is often the F1, F2, Delete, F10, or F12 key. Consult your computer’s manual for more details, or just perform a web search for your PC’s mã sản phẩm name and number as well as “enter BIOS.”

In the BIOS or UEFI settings screen, locate the integrated graphics options và look for an option that controls the amount of memory allocated lớn the integrated graphics hardware. It may be buried under “Advanced,” “Chipmix Configuration,” or another such thực đơn. lưu ý that not every computer has this option in its BIOS–many don’t. You may or may not be able to change this.

Adjust In-Game Settings

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NVIDIA & AMD offer one-cliông xã graphics settings optimization tools you can use to lớn quickly adjust a game’s graphics settings lớn fit your hardware. Intel offers no such tool, so you’ll have sầu lớn adjust game settings by hand.

This is probably the most important way to make games perkhung better. In each game, find the graphics performance options & screen resolution setting and lower them until the game performs well. Some games may have sầu an “Autodetect” option that may help, & you can always just try using the “Low” or even “Medium” graphics presets rather than adjusting options individually.

If a game doesn’t perkhung well at the minimum settings, there’s not much you can vày aside from getting more powerful hardware.


Ultimately, there’s nothing you can vày that will make Hãng sản xuất Intel HD Graphics competitive with a high-end NVIDIA or AMD graphics thẻ. Modern high-kết thúc games may not even officially support Intel HD graphics. But Hãng Intel graphics are now surprisingly capable, especially for older games và less-demanding new games.

Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about technology for over a decade và was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times, been interviewed as a công nghệ expert on TV stations lượt thích Miami"s NBC 6, và had his work covered by news outlets like the Đài truyền hình BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have sầu been read nearly one billion times---& that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »