3 Ways to Fix Minecraft not Using GPU on Windows 10

If Minecraft is not using GPU or using the wrong GPU then apply these fixes

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  • Are you worried that Minecraft is using the wrong GPU? Incorrect graphic settings may be the cause.
  • Check the default settings if Minecraft or another game does not use the dedicated GPU.
  • Configuring the High-performance option correctly will help you solve the problem for the game.
  • Don't forget to verify the Windows graphic settings if Minecraft still doesn't use the correct GPU.

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Dual graphics card laptops include an integrated Intel GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and dedicated NVIDIA or AMD GPU.

Some Minecraft players with dual graphics laptops might wonder why that game isn’t using their dedicated GPUs for better graphical performance.

You must configure Minecraft to utilize the dedicated GPU instead of the default Intel one. To do so, follow the steps below.

Why is my GPU not being used in Minecraft?

Here are a few reasons why Minecraft isn’t using the GPU on your PC:

  • Because of incorrect graphic settings.
  • You haven’t updated the graphics driver.
  • Dual graphic cards could also cause this issue.
  • You haven’t selected the dedicated GPU as the default graphics card.
  • There is some bug in the installed version of Minecraft.

Is Minecraft CPU or GPU intensive?

Well, the popular Minecraft game isn’t GPU intensive. However, having a better GPU won’t hurt much. Notably, Minecraft is more CPU intensive.

So, any PC with an integrated GPU will also run Minecraft perfectly fine. You may come across a few glitches here and there, but they are easily fixable.

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How do I fix Minecraft not using GPU?

1. Select the NVIDIA GPU

  1. Right-click the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Select Manage 3D Settings on the left of the window.
  3. Select the High-performance NVIDIA processor option on the Global Settings tab.
    Manage 3D settings tab minecraft not using gpu
  4. Click the Program Settings tab to select the NVIDIA GPU, more specifically for Minecraft.
    Program Settings tab minecraft not using gpu
  5. Click the Add button.
  6. Click Browse on the Add window.
    Add window minecraft not using gpu
  7. Then open the Minecraft folder in the Add window.
  8. Open Minecraft’s bin subfolder.
  9. Select Javaw.exe in the bin folder.
  10. Then click the Open option.
  11. With the Javaw.exe path selected, click the Select the preferred graphics card for this program drop-down menu.
  12. Select the High-performance NVIDIA processor option.
  13. Press the Apply button.

Note: Users with NVIDIA laptops can also select a High-performance NVIDIA processor context menu option. Right-click Minecraft’s icon to open its context menu.

Then select the High-performance NVIDIA processor option on the Run with Graphics processor context menu submenu.

2. Select the AMD GPU

  1. Right-click the desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings.
  2. Then click the System tab.
    Switchable Graphics tab
  3. Click the Switchable Graphics tab.
  4. Select the Installed Profile Applications option to overview your installed software.
    Apps on the Switchable Graphics tab minecraft not using gpu
  5. Click the Browse option to select Javaw.exe for Minecraft.
  6. Click Javaw.exe to select the High-Performance option for the discrete GPU.

3. Select the High-Performance GPU via Settings

  1. Open the Start menu, type the keyword graphics settings and open it.
  2. Select the Universal app if you got Minecraft from the MS Store.
  3. Click the Select an app menu to select Minecraft.
  4. Click the Options button for Minecraft.
  5. Select the High-performance radio button.
    Graphic specifications options minecraft not using gpu
  6. Press the Save button.

How do I fix Minecraft not using GPU on Windows 11?

The above solutions also apply to Windows 11 PCs. Here are a few advanced solutions you can opt for if none of the above resolutions fix the problem.

  • Reinstall Minecraft.
  • Reinstall the graphics driver on your PC.
  • Reset your PC.
  • Check for Windows updates.

Why is Minecraft barely using CPU?

If Minecraft is not using enough CPU, verify that there’s no limit placed. Also, it could be a one-time problem, and restarting Minecraft might fix things.

If the problem continues, check that you have enough RAM installed since, in the absence of that, Minecraft wouldn’t run well and, in turn, not barely use the CPU.

Besides, remember that it’s not the CPU but the GPU that’s used to render graphics in games. So, a low CPU consumption in Minecraft is not a big concern as long as the game work perfectly fine.

However, if the performance seems to be affected, check the graphics settings and reconfigure them to default or reinstall Java.

How much RAM should I allocate to Minecraft?

  1. Open the Minecraft launcher.
  2. Click on the Installations tab.
  3. Hover your mouse to the Minecraft version and click on the 3-dot icon.
  4. Select Edit.
  5. Click on More Options at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Under the JVM Arguments field, you will see a command starting with -Xmx2G.
  7. Replace the 2G in the text with 4G, which will allocate 4GB RAM to Minecraft.

So, that’s how you can configure Minecraft to utilize a discrete GPU instead of the integrated alternative. Then you’ll get better graphics performance for Minecraft when you play it.

You can also configure dual GPU graphics settings much the same for other games.

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