Laptop GPU Selection Windows 10

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GPU selection for Windows 10 laptops

  • This guide will show you how to select the graphics card OBS is running on using built-in Windows settings.
  • It is applicable if you are running Windows 10 version 1903 or newer.
  • If you run Windows 7 or 8, or Windows 10 up to (and including) version 1809, use our separate guides for NVIDIA or AMD laptops.

Check Windows 10 Version

  • This guide works only on Windows 10 1903 or newer.
  • To check your version, open the Windows 10 Settings App (Start button → Cogwheel icon) and go to System → About and scroll down to "Windows specification".

Windows 10 About


  • Close OBS if it is currently open
  • Open the Windows 10 Settings App (Start button → Cogwheel icon)
  • Navigate to System → Display and select "Graphics settings" near the bottom

Graphics settings

  • Select "Classic app" or "Desktop app" and click "Browse" under Graphics performance preference

Adding application

  • Navigate and find your OBS Studio executable. By default this is C:\Program Files\obs-studio\bin\64bit\obs64.exe
  • Once selected, click "Options" under the OBS Studio entry

GPU preference options

Then follow the steps below, depending on which mode you need.

For Display Capture

  • Choose "Power saving" and click Save

Display Capture setting

For Window Capture and Game Capture

  • Choose "High performance" and click Save

Game capture setting