How to Optimize Your Ultrabook for Maximum Performance

Posted on 12 July 2012, Last updated on 12 July 2012 by

3. Advanced Graphics Settings

The final step to optimizing your Ultrabook for gaming is to configure your graphics settings. This step depends upon whether you are using integrated Intel HD3000 / HD4000 or discrete Nvidia / AMD graphics. I’ll focus on HD3000 / HD4000 here but I’ll list below which utility you should look for depending on which you are using:

  • Intel HD3000 / HD4000: Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel
  • Nvidia: Nvidia Control Panel
  • AMD: AMD Catalyst Control Center

Intel’s Graphics and Media Control Panel is usually found in the system tray. Alternatively you can launch it by launching ‘Intel Control Center’ from the Start menu, then clicking ‘Intel HD Graphics’.

Here’s how to configure Intel Graphics for maximum gaming performance:

  1. Right-click on the ‘Intel HD Graphics’ icon and select ‘Graphics Properties…’:
  2.  Click on the top box and change it to ‘Advanced Mode’:

  3. Click on the ‘3D’ tab on the left. Move the slider at the top to the ‘Performance’. Ensure that ‘Application Optimal Mode’ is checked:

  4. Click the ‘Power’ tab on the left. Ensure that you are configuring with ‘Power Source’ set to ‘Plugged in’. Enabled the ‘Maximum Performance’ option:

  5. After finishing all of the steps above, click ‘OK’ at the bottom of the window to save the settings.

Now your Ultrabook is fully optimized for gaming! Be sure to play with in-game settings to get your games running as smoothly as possible.

Note: Keep an eye on your Ultrabook’s temperature. If you have an Ultrabook with poor thermal design, it may overheat while gaming, forcing it to underclock and run more slowly until the temperature comes down. If you find this happening and it is affecting your gaming you will want to turn some of these settings down to maintaim maximum gaming performance.

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