Most brand new laptops and PC that are laden with Intel’s top-notch processors that feature integrated Intel graphics cards. Although, the discrete graphics card that comes along with the processor isn’t quite powerful and when it comes to playing graphically-intese games, Intel graphics are known to give up quite early. And by early, we mean that most modern-day games won’t even boot up with Intel graphics.

Although, the latest-gen processors from both Intel and AMD seem to have excellent integrated GPU that can run many newly-released games with playable FPS. Bear in mind that integrated Intel graphics are not designed to handle graphically intensive processing like gaming or carry out operations in similar workloads. They’re merely included to get a taste of modern technology and light tasks like minor editing in apps like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. 

Any program that requires a lot of juice to get a kick start like Adobe Premier Pro could hardly render a single frame and if you do put a lot of pressure, there’s a good chance that your PC might not boot up again. 

Similarly in gaming, Intel graphics aren’t just powerful enough to handle competitive gaming and speaking from personal experience, pushing the limits of your integrated Intel graphics isn’t a good idea. But, if you aren’t in awe of treating yourself to a dedicated graphics card then here are a few tricks that you could use to optimize games to play on Intel graphics and get a glimpse of modern gaming. 

Here’s How You Can Optimize Games To Play On Intel Graphics 

Adjust for Best Performance (Windows)

The very first step you can do to maximize performance is through opting for the ‘best performance’ feature in the PC’s settings. Choosing this option will focus more on squeezing out the performance from the Intel graphics card and less on the appearance. You will see a lot of difference in the visuals of the UI but, sheer performance is guaranteed. To adjust for best performance, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Start Button and Search for ‘Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows’ 
  • From the ‘Visual Effects’ section, click on ‘Adjust for best performance’ and click Apply.

Adjust for Best Performance (GPU Settings)

Opting for best performance is also your best bet to get playable frame rates in most games. The feature would hardly make any changes to the visual effects but when it comes to performance, it will make all the difference. To adjust for best performance in Intel graphics software, use the following steps:

  • Right click on desktop and click on ‘Graphics Properties’ and select basic mode. 
  • Click on ‘3D’ tab located on the left side of the menu and choose for best performance by moving the knob from middle to left or wherever the ‘Performance’ section is located.
  • Lastly, make sure to check ‘Application Optical Mode’ and apply the settings.

Adjust for Best Performance (Power Options)

Choosing ‘balanced’ or ‘high performance’ can also make a dent in the most demanding games. This feature will mostly work for laptop users and it can definitely make your PC a lot faster as well and it would optimize Intel graphics for optimal gaming. However, for laptop users, using these options will significantly drain your laptop’s battery and if used for a long while, it could eventually drain the overall battery health as well meaning that you won’t have a long battery backup. 

The ‘balanced’ or ‘high performance’ plans can be selected from the ‘Power Option’ menu. Once you’re done playing, we highly recommend switching back to the ‘Power Saver’ plan to ensure maximum battery health and a long battery back up.  

Updating Graphics Drivers 

In some cases, updating the graphics drivers for Intel HD integrated GPUs has seemed to offer much better performance than they were offering before the update. If you haven’t had a chance to update your graphics drivers in a long while then it is highly recommended to upgrade the drivers on your Intel graphics to optimize it for gaming and other graphically-intensive tasks. 

All the drivers for Intel HD graphics can be downloaded and installed through the official Intel website. People are often fish-hooked on skeethy websites and it isn’t the best practice to download drivers from unusual places. Consequently, we recommend only using Intel’s official website to download the supported drivers. 

Adding more RAM 

For PC users, adding more RAM can also play a vital role in optimizing games on Intel graphics and it is recommended to have at least 8GB of DDR3 memory. Since the integrated GPU is basically virtual, it depends a lot on CPU power and the amount of RAM installed in the PC. More RAM means a significant increase in the performance and better optimization in games. However, instead of investing too much in RAM, it is recommended to buy a cheap GPU like GT710 or even a used RX550 would do wonders for you. 

For laptop gamers that are planning to optimize games on an Intel graphics card, adding more RAM would make a lot of sense since you can’t install a new graphics card inside the laptop. Adding an external graphics card is surely a nice trick to boost the performance of your laptop but they’re extremely expensive and would defiently break your bank. 

Configuring In-Game Performance 

Well since integrated Intel HD graphics aren’t powerful enough to offer the ideal 60fps gameplay, it’s best to adapt to the lowest graphics settings possible to optimize games to playable frame rates. Turning off AA, Anisotropic filtering, Shadows, Deep textures and ranged rendering can make significant differences as well. Also, make sure to use FPS limiters or turn on V-SYNC for an optimal experience. 

Intel HD 3000 Graphics is one of the most common integrated GPU by Intel and it’s also one of the weakest. If you’re running this one, you probably won’t be able to play many AAA titles. Nevertheless, using these optimization methods, we’re hopeful that gamers will be able to play their favorite titles with playable frame rates. 

That’s all folks!

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