How to enable hardware accelerated GPU scheduling in Windows 11


Windows 11 comes with an advanced setting called hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling that can boost gaming and video performance using your PC’s GPU. We’ll show you how to enable the feature and potentially get a performance boost as a result.

What is hardware accelerated GPU scheduling?

Usually, your computer’s processor moves some visual and graphics-intensive data to the GPU for rendering so games, multimedia, and other apps run smoothly. The CPU collects the frame data, assigns commands, and prioritizes them one at a time so that the GPU can render the frame.

With the hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling feature, the GPU scheduling processor and memory (VRAM) take over the same work and run it in batches to render the frames. That way, your GPU relieves the processor of some work and reduces latency to potentially make your PC run better.

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What you need to make this feature work

Although this feature debuted with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, it is still disabled in Windows 11. Also, your computer must have an NVIDIA (GTX 1000 and later) or AMD (5600 series or later) graphics card with the latest graphics driver.

Unfortunately, no specific hardware combination (CPU and GPU) is known yet that will deliver the best performance using the feature. So your mileage may vary with this feature depending on the CPU, GPU and graphics drivers on your PC.

Here’s how to enable it on your Windows 11 PC.

Enable hardware accelerated GPU scheduling in Windows 11

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to update the graphics drivers on your PC.

To get started, press Windows+i to open the “Settings” app. In the “System” section, select the “Display” option on the right.

In the ‘Related Settings’ section, select ‘Images’.

Choose ‘Change default graphics settings’.

Then turn on the switch under “Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling” and select “Yes” in the user access control prompt that appears.

After that, you can close the “Settings” app and restart your PC to apply the change.

Microsoft states: that you may not directly witness significant changes. However, if this feature hinders rather than improves your PC’s performance, you can disable it.

To do that, go to Settings > System > Display > Graphics Settings > and click on “Change Default Graphics Settings”. Then turn off the switch under “Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling” and select “Yes” in the user access control prompt.

That is it! You can check if it improves the experience of games and apps on your Windows 11 PC.

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