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UpdatedJul 3, 2017, 9:12 pm EDT| 5 min read
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Intel’s integrated graphics have improved by leaps và bounds over the past few years, but they still aren’t as speedy as dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics hardware. Here’s how lớn squeeze some more gaming performance out of your Intel HD Graphics.

Onboard graphics like Hãng Intel HD Graphics aren’t designed for high-over gaming, so expect to turn they settings way down if you want khổng lồ try playing modern games. But a surprising number of games are playable, even if you have a low-powered máy vi tính with Hãng sản xuất Intel HD Graphics built-in.


Update Your Hãng sản xuất Intel Graphics Drivers

RELATED: How to lớn Update Your Graphics Drivers for Maximum Gaming Performance

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

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

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

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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 to 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 to optimize your graphics settings for performance instead of image unique và battery life. To launch it, right-cliông chồng the Windows desktop and select “Graphics Properties.” You can also launch the “Hãng sản xuất Intel HD Graphics Control Panel” tool from your Start menu.

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Clichồng the “3D” icon when the control panel window appears lớn 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 khổng lồ “Enable.” This option enables optimizations that increase performance in a variety of games.Set Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing lớn “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 khổng lồ “Override Application Settings.” This is an alternative khổng lồ the above sầu setting. If you choose “Use Application Settings” for Set Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing, despite our recommendation, mix Conservative sầu Morphological Anti-Aliasing lớn Override. That way, if a game requests MSAA anti-aliasing, the Hãng 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 khổng lồ “Performance.” This chooses the best-performing settings for anisotropic filtering và vertical sync. You can select “Custom Settings” if you’d rather tweak those settings yourself.

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

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


There are separate settings for Plugged In and On Battery, allowing you khổng lồ save sầu power when unplugged and use higher-performance settings when you’re plugged into 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 to 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 & mix Extended Battery Life for Gaming khổng lồ “Disable.” This will give you maximum performance when you’re unplugged, at the cost of some battery life.

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Allocate More System Memory to Onboard Graphics

RELATED: How Much RAM Does Your Computer Need for PC Games?

Dedicated graphics cards include their own Clip RAM (VRAM) on the card itself. This memory is dedicated to textures and other graphics-processing functions.

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

There’s a trade-off here. The more RAM you allocate to your onboard graphics, the more VRAM it has. However, the more RAM you allocate to 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 video thẻ in your computer’s BIOS or UEFI firmware.


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

To find this setting, restart your computer & 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 persize a website search for your PC’s Model name và 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 to lớn the integrated graphics hardware. It may be buried under “Advanced,” “Chipphối Configuration,” or another such thực đơn. chú ý that not every computer has this option in its BIOS–many don’t. You may or may not be able lớn change this.

Adjust In-trò chơi Settings

RELATED: How khổng lồ Set Your PC Games" Graphics Settings with No Effort

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

This is probably the most important way lớn make games persize better. In each game, find the graphics performance options và screen resolution setting and lower them until the game performs well. Some games may have 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 persize well at the minimum settings, there’s not much you can do aside from getting more powerful hardware.

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Ultimately, there’s nothing you can do that will make Hãng Intel HD Graphics competitive sầu with a high-over NVIDIA or AMD graphics thẻ. Modern high-kết thúc games may not even officially tư vấn Intel HD graphics. But Intel graphics are now surprisingly capable, especially for older games & less-demanding new games.


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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about giải pháp công nghệ for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times, been interviewed as a giải pháp công nghệ expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the 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 »