How to Force Your Macbook Pro to Use Discrete Graphics

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Are you looking for ways to get the most out of your MacBook Pro? If so, you’re in luck! Today we’ll be talking about how to force your MacBook Pro to use its discrete graphics processor (GPU). This can be a great way to get more performance out of your laptop and improve gaming performance.

Many 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops come with two graphics processors: an integrated GPU and a discrete GPU. The integrated GPU is designed to optimize battery life by using less energy than the discrete GPU, which provides significantly more graphics performance but consumes more energy.

If you want to take advantage of the power of the discrete GPU, you’ll need to force your Macbook Pro to use it istead of the integrated one. Here’s how:

1. Open the NVIDIA control panel.
2. Navigate to 3D settings > Manage 3D settings.
3. Open the Program settings tab and select your game from the dropdown menu.
4. Select Preferred graphics processor for this program from the second dropdown menu.
5. Save your chages by clicking Apply at the bottom of the window.

Once you have forced your laptop to use its discrete GPU, you should notice an increase in performance for any games or other programs that make use of it. However, keep in mind that this will also cause your laptop to consume more power than if it was using just the integrated GPU, so it’s best not to keep this setting enabled all the time if possible.

To ensure that your Macbook Pro is always using its high-performance graphics processor, make sure that “Automatic graphics switching” is turned off in System Preferences > Battery > Options on your Macbook Pro’s screen menu bar (you may need to scroll down). With this option disabled, your laptop will always be using its discrete GPU when needed intead of automatically switching between them depending on power levels and system load.

We hope this guide has helped you understand how to force your MacBook Pro to use its dedicated GPU for maximum performance!

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Switching to a Discrete GPU

Switching to a discrete GPU is easy and can be done using the NVIDIA Control Panel. First, open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to 3D settings > Manage 3D settings. Then, select your game from the dropdown menu under the Program Settings tab. Once you have selected your game, select Preferred graphics processor for this program from the seond dropdown menu. After you have made your selection, save your changes by clicking Apply or OK and your system should now be using your discrete GPU!

Ensuring Optimal Performance of MacBook Pro Graphics Card

To get your MacBook Pro graphics card to work all the time, you can disable Automatic Graphics Switching. To do this, open System Preferences from the Apple menu and click on Battery in the sidebar. Then, click on Options and turn off Automatic Graphics Switching. After that, your Mac will always use high-performance graphics to ensure your MacBook Pro graphics card is working all the time.

Does the MacBook Pro Have a Discrete Graphics Card?

Yes, the 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops have a discrete graphics card in addition to an integrated GPU. The discrete graphics card provides superior graphics performance compared to the integrated GPU, but uses more energy. This provides users with the option to choose between maximum performance or longer battery life depending on their needs.

Forcing a Game to Use Discrete Graphics

To force a game to use discrete graphics, you will need to access the Graphics Settings in your System Settings. To do this, from the Start Icon, type “Graphics Settings” and click on the results from System Settings. From there, click on Desktop App and select your game. Once identified, click Options and set the application to your preferred GPU. Finally, click save to apply your changes.

Switching Between Integrated and GPU Graphics

To switch between integrated and GPU graphics, you must frst open the Nvidia Control Panel. To do this, open the Start menu and type “Nvidia Control Panel” into the search bar. Once it appears in the list of results, click on it to open it.

Once the Nvidia Control Panel is open, click on the Program Settings tab. Then select your desired program from the drop-down list and click “Add”. Now select your preferred graphics processor in the drop-down list. If you want to use integrated graphics, then select Integrated Graphics; if you want to use your GPU card then select your GPU card from the list.

Finally, click “Apply” at the bottom of the window to save your settings and then restart your computer for them to take effect. Once restarted, you should now be able to switch between integrated and GPU graphics as desired!

Activating a Graphics Card on a Mac

To activate a graphics card on your Mac, you will need to ensure that the eGPU is properly connected and powered up. Once it is ready, you can use the System Preferences or System Settings menu to specify which display is associated with which GPU. To do this, open up System Preferences (or System Settings) and navigate to the Displays section. Here, you can choose which display is associated with the primary GPU and which display is associated with the eGPU. This will case any apps running on that display to be accelerated by the eGPU instead of the integrated GPU. You may also need to quit any open apps before making this change in order for it to take effect.

Enabling GPU Acceleration on a Mac

GPU acceleration can be enabled on a Mac by going to System Preferences -> Energy Saver -> Options tab for “Processor Performance” and selecting the Highest option. This will cause the Mac to use the graphics processing unit (GPU) of your system to speed up cerain tasks, such as rendering graphics or playing high-resolution videos. Note that enabling this setting may reduce battery life and increase power consumption on your Mac.

Reasons Why GPU Usage May Be Low

Your GPU usage is likely low due to a combination of factors. Firstly, if you are using an integrated graphics card, this can cause lower GPU utilization as the processing power of these cards is oten limited. Secondly, there may be a driver issue with your graphics card preventing it from being used efficiently. Thirdly, there may be a CPU bottleneck, meaning that your CPU is not able to keep up with the demands of the GPU and is slowing down its performance. Finally, the game you are playing may not be optimized for your GPU or system configuration and could be causing lower utilization.

To resolve this issue, you should start by reinstalling any drivers associated with your graphics card and ensuring they are up-to-date. You should also consider upgrading or overclocking your CPU if possible to help reduce any bottlenecks. Finally, if necessary you can try adjusting certan game settings such as resolution or graphical detail to reduce the strain on your hardware.

Using a Discrete GPU on a Laptop

Yes, you can use a discrete GPU on a laptop. Discrete GPUs are commonly found in desktop PCs, but they can also be installed in some laptops and small form factor PCs. A discrete GPU is usually more powerful than an integrated GPU bcause it has its own dedicated memory and power source. Depending on your laptop’s hardware and specifications, you may need to purchase a specific type of discrete GPU that is compatible with your laptop. Installing the card requires taking apart the laptop, so it is recommended that only experienced users attempt this task.

Can NVIDIA GPUs Be Installed in Mac Pro Computers?

Yes, you can put an NVIDIA GPU in a Mac Pro (2019) provided that you use an eGPU enclosure. An eGPU enclosure is an external box that houses your GPU, and it connects to your Mac Pro via Thunderbolt 3. To install and use a NVIDIA GPU in the Mac Pro, you will need to download the NVIDIA drivers for macOS and install them on the computer. Once the drivers are installed, you can connect the eGPU to your Mac Pro and begin using it with your apps. However, when using Boot Camp on a Mac Pro (2019), you sould not install a NVIDIA card in slot 2. Instead, use AMD graphics cards with Windows on your Mac Pro (2019).


In conclusion, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice for those who need a powerful laptop with excellent graphics performance. It features two GPUs – a discrete GPU and an integrated GPU – allowing users to switch between them based on their needs. The discrete GPU provides superior graphics performance but uses more energy, while the integrated GPU helps conserve battery life. By using the NVIDIA control panel and disabling Automatic Graphics Switching in System Preferences, users can easily manage which GPU is used for various tasks.

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Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.