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How to make Onboard VGA to run Desktop Programs (internet browser) instead dedicated video board

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January 15, 2014 5:36:19 AM

Hi all
I have a ASUS GENE V (Intel Z77) + 3770k + AMD R290x
Right now i'm using two monitors (one conected to the motherboard HDMI) and another one connected to the R290x.
Sometimes, when i have some browser windowns active, i see the VGA monitor tool (MSI Afterburner) showing some high load of the R290x.
My question: is there any way i can set specific windows programs (like internet explorer or google chrome) to use the onboard video instead dedicated video card? (this way i can keep the dedicated card running only for games for example)...

thanks for reading! :) 
a b C Monitor
January 15, 2014 6:26:50 AM

As of now, No. There is no way of doing that as the iGPU is automatically deactivated whenever a Dedicated GPU is plugged into the motherboard.
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January 15, 2014 6:41:02 AM

james77 said:
As of now, No. There is no way of doing that as the iGPU is automatically deactivated whenever a Dedicated GPU is plugged into the motherboard.


Don't know if it's 100% true...
I'm using two monitors, one (TV) connected to the hdmi onboard (showing extended desktop), and one to the main monitor (connected to DVI of the R290x (main desktop).
I can even use the quicksync feature of the intel onboard HD4000 (only work on iGPU)...

I know some laptops can manage onboard and dedicated video card...
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a b C Monitor
January 15, 2014 6:54:42 AM

No you would rather have everything run off the graphics card because internet browsers won't tax it much at all. I have my old LG 900p monitor plugged into my graphics card along with a Dell 1080p. I can run my games on the 1080p monitor in borderless windowed mode and have my browsers or whatever on the old LG. There is no noticeable impact on gaming performance at all.

And if you want the browser to not touch your precious graphics card you can disable hardware acceleration like in Chrome.

Just have both monitors connected to the graphics card and extend your desktop onto the second screen. Drag browser or whatever windows across to the second monitor and windows should remember their positions.
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January 15, 2014 6:57:10 AM

igortferreira said:
james77 said:
As of now, No. There is no way of doing that as the iGPU is automatically deactivated whenever a Dedicated GPU is plugged into the motherboard.


Don't know if it's 100% true...
I'm using two monitors, one (TV) connected to the hdmi onboard (showing extended desktop), and one to the main monitor (connected to DVI of the R290x (main desktop).
I can even use the quicksync feature of the intel onboard HD4000 (only work on iGPU)...

I know some laptops can manage onboard and dedicated video card...


Hmm.. you have a point. The quicksync feature is still usable albeit having a dedicated GPU. They actually planned to make a technology like that for PC as well and call it Synergy. Although it was never released. Maybe if you can find a similar software, it might work. However, I cannot help you find one as we are not allowed to provide illegal softwares here in tomshardware. Anyway, goodluck! :) 
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