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y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

New y530-15ICH 81FV, i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Nvidia 1050 tI.

I Don't play games but I did expect the Nvidia GPU to kick in from time to time, iike when streamin/watching 8K videos in full screen.

But it isn't so. Only Intel's GPU is used with up to 75% load while the Nvidia GPU is idle.

y530 replaced a Lenovo Thinkpad E520 which had a switchable graphics driver (Intel+ AMD) function where I could

assign heavy/video tasks to the AMD GPU. The y530 came with none such app.

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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

the nVidia GPU will not activate for videos, only games and some softwares that need it
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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

If you are watching videos in a specific application, you can enable "run with graphics processor" in the nvidia settings app (right click desktop > nvidia control panel > Desktop menu > "Add run with graphics processor to context")

 

then right click on whatever application you are using find the "run with graphics" option, then select nvidia.

 

This may not work for all situations or applications, but should work for most.


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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

As long as the Intel GPU copes with the workloads you're tasking it with, you're still better off using it.

HD630 has hardware video decoding, so you should have no performance issues with most demanding content.

 

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-630.187948.0.html

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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

@I have no desktop > nvidia control panel > Desktop menu > "Add run with graphics processor to context").

y530 in running Windows 10 Pro.

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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

Screenshot (1).pngScreenshot (2).png

 

if you don't see either of these options, it generally means you don't have the nvidia driver installed.


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W530(2436): i7-3720QM, HD4000 + K2000M, 32GB RAM, 1TB, 750GB Ultrabay, 250GB mSATA , Ubuntu 18.04
Yoga 14(20FY): i5-6200U, HD 520 + 940M, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Ubuntu 18.04
Yoga Home 900(27ibu): i7-5500, HD5500 + 940A, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows Insider Fast
X1 Tablet (20GH): m7-6Y75, 16GB RAM , 256GB NVMe , Intel® HD Graphics 515
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Message 7 of 18

Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

I have the Nvidia driver installed but don't have these options.

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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

Can you open NVIDIA Control Panel?
As per Fullmetal's screenshot you can access it by right clicking anywhere on the desktop.

Alternatively you can also right click on the Nvidia icon found in the tray

nvidia CP.jpg

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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

There in no Nvidia control panel, no Nvidia icon on the tray.

 

This is a Windows 10 Pro with no 3rd party apps at all, not even Lenovo's own like Thinkvantage/System Update.

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Re: y530. Does Nvidia GPU work at all ?

download an install newest nvidia drivers.

https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx

From what I understand you do not want any unnecessary things on your device. During installation you can choose which components you want to install. Choose Custom (advanced) to do so. I advise not installing "geforce experience" unless you use Shadowplay.

nvidia.PNG

(geforce experience is grayed out because in an earlier step you choose driver/driver+gf-experience)

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