Good news: in its latest update, build 20190, Windows 10 offers better management of the PC's graphics cards. If you have two GPUs, you ...
Good news: in its latest update, build 20190, Windows 10 offers better management of the PC's graphics cards. If you have two GPUs, you can now specify how each application should use a particular GPU. An option that gamers should particularly appreciate, but not only that...
Microsoft has just deployed Windows 10 build 20190 to Windows Insider users and, as usual, this update offers some relevant new features. In particular, there is a small application that highlights all the latest Windows 10 features (just to make sure you don't miss anything), but also and most importantly, there is an option to control the resources of each graphics card for each application.
Windows 10 allows you to manage the use of your graphics cards for each application
If you have two GPUs in your configuration and you are a gamer, this is a feature you might be interested in. In its latest build version, Windows 10 now lets you decide which GPU should be used by default for each application. Microsoft explains this feature on their blog:
If you want even more control, we've also added the ability to specify exactly which GPU you want an application to run on using the new GPU specification option.
This new option is accessible from the Windows 10 display configuration. To access it, go to Settings> Display > Windows 10 Graphics Settings, or right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings. This allows you to determine the priority the system gives to a particular GPU in your configuration and, more importantly, to do so based on applications.
For each application, you have different options: let Windows decide, or choose between power savingor high performance. A feature that can obviously be useful with video games, but also with photo or video editing software, cryptomoney mining applications, etc.
Windows 10 informs you about the latest installed features
Another small novelty of build 20190: the highlighting of the new features of Windows 10 via the Tips application. According to Microsoft, many users miss out on the new features of Windows 10 once the system is updated. This feature allows them to discover all the innovations brought to the OS with the help of a small visual and an explanatory text.
This feature can be activated from Settings > System > Notification and Actions. Note that it is for the moment reserved for English-speaking users of Windows 10.
How to access Windows 10 build 20190
This update is, for the time being, only available to Windows Insider users. To be part of it, simply go to Windows 10 Settings (using the [Windows] + [I] key combination, for example) and click on the following functions: Update and Security > Windows Insider Program > Get Started. Also remember to select the Dev Channel to take advantage of the latest build.
Finally, a last point that should be mentioned regularly: the update in question may show signs of instability. We strongly advise you to install it on a PC that you use occasionally. Otherwise, if you don't have a second PC, you can also set up the build on a second partition or a second hard disk of your daily computer, or install it in a virtual environment.
All these new features should logically be included in the Windows 10 20H2 update, which will be deployed in the fall of 2020.