How to Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling in Windows 11

Windows 11 includes an advanced setting called hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling that can improve gaming and video performance by using your PC’s GPU; we’ll show you how to enable the function and potentially gain performance.

What Is Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling?

Typically, your computer’s processor sends certain visual and graphics-intensive data to the GPU to render so that games, multimedia, and other applications may operate smoothly. The CPU collects frame data, assigns commands, and prioritizes them one at a time so that the GPU may render the frame.

The GPU’s scheduling processor and memory (VRAM) take over the same operation and do it in batches to render the frames with the Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling function. As a result, your GPU relieves the processor of some work and minimizes latency, possibly improving the performance of your PC.

What You’ll Need for This Feature to Work?

While this functionality was introduced in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, it is currently disabled in Windows 11. In addition, your computer must have an NVIDIA (GTX 1000 and later) or AMD (5600 series or later) graphics card with the most recent graphics driver.

Unfortunately, no precise hardware combination (CPU and GPU) has been identified as providing the optimal performance using the functionality. As a result, your mileage may vary with this function depending on your PC’s CPU, GPU, and graphics drivers.

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

Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling in Windows 11

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

From "System" select, choose "Display" on the right-hand side.
To begin, press Windows+i to launch the “Settings” app. Select the “Display” option from the “System” section’s right-hand side.
Select the "Graphics" option.
Select “Graphics” from the “Related Settings” section.
Click on "Change Default Graphics Settings."
“Change Default Graphics Settings” should be selected.
Toggle on to enable the "Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling" feature.
Then, turn on the switch under “Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling” and answer “Yes” to the User Access Control prompt that appears.

After that, you may exit the “Settings” program and restart your computer to have the modification take effect.

According to Microsoft, you may not notice any substantial changes right away. However, if this function degrades rather than improves your PC’s performance, you may disable it.

Toggle off to disable the "Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling" feature.
To do so, go to Settings > System > Display > Graphics Settings > and select “Change Default Graphics Settings.” Then, uncheck the box next to “Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling” and select “Yes” from the User Access Control question.

That’s all! You may test it to see whether it enhances your gaming and app experience on your Windows 11 PC.

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