Do I need to configure the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center after installing the Windows® 8.1 driver for my Switchable Graphics enabled laptop?

 

 

Do I need to configure the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center after installing the Windows® 8.1 driver for my Switchable Graphics enabled laptop?

The Switchable Graphics page in the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center offers a variety of settings to delegate graphics responsibilities to a specific GPU.  The settings provided may differ between laptop manufacturers and their implementation of the technology.

Settings include:

  1. Choosing a switchable graphics method (Dynamic or Fixed)
    • Select the graphics processor based on application needs (Dynamic)
    • Select the graphics processor manually or based on power source (Fixed)
  2. Assigning applications to GPUs
    • Specify which GPU is best suited for 3D and video applications found in the list.
  3. Manually selecting a GPU
    • Delegate all graphics processing tasks to a specific GPU
  4. Automatically switching GPUs based on power source
    • Configure the laptop so that it automatically uses the power-saving GPU when the laptop is running off the battery and the high-performance GPU when the laptop is plugged in (AC Power).

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