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How to force your Surface Book to use the powerful discrete NVIDIA GPU for games


Staff member
Dec 17, 2013
While testing Halo Wars Definitive Edition on my Surface Book, I noticed that it wasn't using the powerful discrete NVIDIA GPU, defaulting instead to the integrated graphics.
I'm not entirely sure why this was happening, but it's likely a bug that will be fixed in the future. Since then, however, I've noticed that other UWP games sometimes default to the integrated Intel GPU, both on my Surface Book and other laptops. Thankfully, there's an easy way to fix it.

Here's how to force your Surface Book to use your NVIDIA GPU, and check whether your games are using it as appropriate.

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