Many 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks have two graphics processors (GPU)—a discrete GPU and an integrated GPU. The discrete GPU provides substantial graphics performance but uses more energy. The integrated GPU optimizes battery life by using less energy.
Check if the discrete or integrated GPU is in use
To see which graphics cards are in use, choose Apple () menu > About this Mac. The graphics cards currently in use appear next to Graphics. Learn which integrated GPUs your Mac might have.
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Check if an app is using the dedicated GPU
Find out which graphics processor is in use on your MacBook Pro Learn how to check whether your MacBook Pro is using a discrete graphics processor (GPU) or an integrated GPU. Many 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks have two graphics processors (GPU)—a discrete GPU and an integrated GPU. Update mac os high sierra. Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever. 1 These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant. Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro debuted in November 2019 with a Magic Keyboard and updated processors. A new high-end graphics option was added in June 2020. Learn about the smaller 13-inch MacBook.
To see if an app is using the higher-performance discrete GPU, open Activity Monitor and click the Energy tab. If you don't see the Requires High Perf GPU column, your computer only has one graphics processor.
In this example, iMovie and Final Cut Pro are using the higher-performance discrete GPU:
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Here are a few examples of apps and accessories that use the higher-performance discrete GPU:
- Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign
- An external display
Learn how to use an external graphics processor (eGPU) with your Mac.
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Learn how to set the graphics performance on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro with Retina display computer.