If you're looking for a way to improve the performance of your computer, you can try enabling Windows 10's GPU hardware scheduling. This feature was included in the May 2020 update by Microsoft, and since then many gamers have tried it to see if it helps them or not. However, your computer's GPU may not support it.

If you want to learn more about GPU hardware planning, read on as we discuss how it works, system requirements, and how to enable it.

How does GPU hardware scheduling work?

Typically, the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) GPU scheduler takes care of managing multiple processes sending tasks to the GPU. While the GPU is responsible for rendering, the CPU is responsible for scheduling these tasks and sending them to the GPU. To make the process more efficient, the CPU sends commands in batches rather than individually.

This technique is known as frame buffering and it increases performance by producing a better frame rate. However, there is a cost to this process as it also increases input latency. So if you press a button, it has no effect until the CPU submits the new batch to the GPU.

The hardware accelerated GPU scheduling feature takes some of the high priority tasks that your CPU normally manages and hands them off to a dedicated GPU-based scheduling processor. In theory, this should take some of the load off the CPU and reduce the input lag.

Should you enable GPU hardware scheduling?

If your computer has a low or mid-tier CPU, it may be worth turning on the GPU hardware scheduling feature. Especially when your CPU hits 100% usage in certain games.

If the feature is not available to you, there are several ways you can improve the performance of your computer without upgrading. For example, you can turn off frame buffering either through in-game options or through the GPU driver control panel.

In the end, the decision is yours. If you decide to test it out with multiple games and don't see any changes, don't be surprised. According to Microsoft, users shouldn't notice any major differences in the game. However, you may notice some positive changes in the load and temperature of your CPU.

Related: How to Check Your GPU Temperature

What do you need to enable GPU hardware scheduling?

Since GPU hardware planning became available in 2020, you'll need a fairly new PC to take advantage of this feature. You must be running Windows 10 2004 or later and have a supported GPU installed on your PC.

At the time of writing, only NVidia GPUs support hardware scheduling. Both AMD and Intel are working on adding support for this feature in a future update, so keep your eyes peeled.

Once you are sure you have a compatible GPU, check that it has the latest drivers for your GPU. When your computer ticks all the boxes, it is time to enable the GPU hardware scheduling feature in Windows 10.

Related: How to Check the Graphics Card on a Windows 10 PC

How to enable hardware scheduling via Windows settings

Follow these steps to enable GPU hardware scheduling:

  1. click beginthen go to Settings> System.

  2. Select in the menu on the left advertisement.

  3. Under Multiple advertisements, click Graphics settings.

  4. Turn on the switch for Hardware accelerated GPU scheduling.

  5. Restart your computer.

Windows 10 display settings

How to enable hardware scheduling with the registry editor

If you can't find the option settings, You have to activate it by Registration editor. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Search for in the Start menu search bar Registration editor and choose Execute as administrator.

  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SYSTEM> CurrentControlSet> Control> GraphicsDrivers.

  3. Search and open HwSchModus.

  4. Assure yourself base is set to Hexadecimal.

  5. sentence value Data to 2.

  6. click OK to save the changes.

  7. Restart your computer.

Registry editor in Windows 10

Try GPU hardware scheduling

While the GPU hardware acceleration feature is not available to all Windows users, you may be able to try it out for yourself. With our guide, you can enable it using the registry editor or disable it in Windows 10 settings.


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