Not a long time ago integrated graphics card was a synonym of low performance, non-game capable video card. Fortunately, huge advancements has been made and today an integrated graphics card can satisfy all of our multimedia and gaming needs (except those of the hardcore gamers, of course). So if you are not a hardcore gamer or a professional video editor, chances are that you have a desktop computer or a laptop with an integrated video card. In this article I'm going to show you how to get the max out of the integrated graphics card in Intel processors - Intel HD Graphics. The performance improvement tips in this article will also work for other integrated graphics cards, for example the AMD integrated graphics.
- Update the graphics card driver
The driver is the piece of software all the programs and games use to communicate with your graphics card. Being with the latest driver means that your graphics card will work faster and you will experience less problems and freezes in graphic intensive applications and games. New driver versions also introduce improvements and optimizations for many games.
If you are on a desktop computer, simply go to Intel's website and search for the exact model of your CPU's graphics card, for example Intel HD Graphics for Celeron, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel HD Graphics 4000, etc. Then download the driver for your operating system and install it. If you are on a laptop, it is best to visit the website of you laptop's manufacturer and find the webpage related to your laptop. Usually there's a search text box where you can enter you laptop's exact model number. When you find your notebook's support page, download the Intel HD Graphics driver for it and install it.
- Increase the amount of RAM and make it work in dual channel mode
Integrated graphics cards usually do not have their own memory (or only have a small amount of one). They take memory from the RAM of the computer. When your computer has more RAM the Intel HD Graphics will be able to utilize more memory. But what will really speed it up will be using two memory sticks of the same capacity and speed. In this case you computer's RAM will begin to work in dual channel mode which means that it will become at least 15% faster. As the integrated graphics card uses computer's RAM extensively you can expect event greater performance improvement for your Intel HD Graphics.
- Make sure the graphics card is not in power saving mode
These 3 tips will greatly improve your Intel HD Graphics performance thus letting you enjoy smooth gameplay even in games you thought you wouldn't be able to play with an integrated graphics card. They will work fine for other graphics cards as well. Other ways to improve the performance of Intel HD Graphics also exist, but I found these 3 ones most effective. Let me know if they work well for you, too, or if you have any other Intel HD Graphics performance improvement methods.