Improve Laptop Graphic Cards

Depending on your system configuration, you can improve your laptop’s graphics performance.

Due to laptop size, graphics cards available for these systems are usually less powerful than those available for comparable desktop computers (See Reference 2). Graphics cards render images and then display those images on your monitor. More powerful cards render images more quickly and at a higher quality. If you cannot use a desktop computer for any reason, such as frequent traveling or lack of available space, yet you wish to use your laptop for graphics applications, you can improve the laptop’s graphical performance.


1. Download the most recent drivers for your laptop. If your laptop runs an operating system such as Windows 7, then critical updates are normally included during your normally scheduled updates. If you are running an older operating system like Windows XP, you need to navigate to your laptop manufacturer’s website and then manually download and install the newest drivers for your laptop.

2. Click the battery icon in your taskbar and set the power setting to the highest available option. The name of this option varies by manufacturer, model and operating system. On some machines, it might be called “Performance,” for example. By setting this option you make certain that all of your computer’s components operate at their maximum specification.

3. Consider purchasing and installing a newer laptop graphics card. This option is only available if your laptop’s graphics adapter is a discrete card, meaning it is not integrated into the laptop’s motherboard but rather connected using a slot. Check card compatibility before purchasing a new graphics card. The instructions to disassemble your laptop to reach the graphics card and replace it with a new one should be included either in your manual or on the manufacturer’s Website.

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