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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".
- 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
- Select "Classic app" or "Desktop app" and click "Browse" under Graphics performance preference
- Navigate and find your OBS Studio executable. By default this is
- Once selected, click "Options" under the OBS Studio entry
Then follow the steps below, depending on which mode you need.
For Display Capture
- Choose "Power saving" and click Save
For Window Capture and Game Capture
- Choose "High performance" and click Save