Connect Monitor to GPU or Motherboard

Is it possible for me to connect my monitor to my Nvidia card, but use the integrated graphics on my motherboard? I play battlefield 4 and would like to have better computer performance by not having to rely on the GPU.

Today, when I connected my monitor to my GPU with an HDMI cable and booted up my computer automatically, used the integrated graphics.

This is because your PC has two video output devices: your onboard GPU (which may be a low-end one) and your discrete GPU (high-end), which you can choose from within several Windows preferences settings (Nvidia/AMD Control Panel). The default setting (in Windows 8) is HD4400, but you can change this.


A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display device. GPUs are used in embedded systems, mobile phones, personal computers, workstations, and game consoles. Modern GPUs are very efficient at manipulating computer graphics and image processing. Their highly parallel structure makes them more efficient than general-purpose central processing units (CPUs) for algorithms that process large blocks of data in parallel. In a personal computer, a GPU can be present on a video card or embedded on the motherboard. In certain CPUs, they are embedded on the CPU die.

At any rate, whenever you start your PC it will always default to the integrated graphics. Here is how to change this in Windows 7 Start by going to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Power Options. Then click on “Choose what the power buttons do” In the second screen (in Win7) look for “Change settings that are currently unavailable” and choose “Video Settings” or a similar option. Try changing some of these.

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GPU or Motherboard

if you are going to use an external monitor/TV and want to have a blank screen when not in use. If there’s one thing i can tell you from personal experience: you will never see a difference in either power consumption or performance between integrated graphics and discrete GPUs when playing games.

You will always prefer your GTX 970 over Intel HD4400 because it is faster, more powerful, and less battery-draining [it uses less energy]. The only reason why people have claimed that they do not notice any difference is because they didn’t test their system with GPu OFF/ON multiple times.

I’m running a GTX 650 ti, I do believe it might be using my motherboard because I still get full 1080p video from monitors that are connected directly to the GPU, however when I connect my one monitor which is also a TV (Acer HN274H B1), everything becomes stretched and low definition, but when I connect my TV to the motherboard instead it’s fine.

This is because you have chosen “Use only this output device” for your primary display in Windows 8 (many new users choose this as a default, which makes sense).

To fix this:

1. Right click the desktop

2. Choose Screen Resolution

3. Click Advanced Settings

4. Select your GPU as the primary screen

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