Windows 11 comes with an advanced option, called hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, which can increase gaming and video performance using your PC’s GPU. We show you how to activate the feature and thus potentially get a performance boost.
What is hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling?
Usually, your computer’s processor discharges some visual and graphics – intensive data to the GPU to render so that games, multimedia, and other apps run smoothly. The CPU collects frame data, assigns commands, and prioritizes them one by one so that the GPU can render the frame.
With the Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling feature, the GPU scheduling processor and memory (VRAM) take over the same work and run it in batches to render the frame. That way, your GPU relieves the processor of some work and reduces latency to potentially get your PC running better.
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What you need to make this feature work
Although this feature debuted with the Windows 10 May 2020 update, it is still disabled in Windows 11. Your computer must also have an NVIDIA (GTX 1000 and later) or AMD (5600 series or later) graphics card with the latest graphics driver.
Unfortunately, no specific hardware combination (CPU and GPU) yet knows the best performance using the feature. So your mileage may vary with this feature depending on the CPU, GPU and graphics drivers on your PC.
How to enable it on your Windows 11 pc.
Enable hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling in Windows 11
Before you begin, it is a good idea to update the graphics drivers on your PC.
To get started, press Windows + i to open the “Settings” app. Select “Display” from the right side in the “System” section.
Select “Graphics” in the “Related Settings” section.
Select “Change default graphics settings”.
Then turn on the switch under “Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling” and select “Yes” from the User Access Control prompt that appears.
You can then close the “Settings” app and restart your PC to apply the change.
Microsoft states that you may not immediately experience significant changes. However, if this feature hinders your PC’s performance instead of improving it, you can disable it.
To do so, go back to Settings> System> Display> Graphics Settings> and click “Change Default Graphics Settings.” Then turn off the switch under “Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling” and select “Yes” from the User Access Control prompt.
That is it! You can check if it enhances the gaming and apps experience on your Windows 11 PC.
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