Do laptops have both a gpu and integrated graphics normally?

Zanvolt

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My friends laptop seems to have a dead gpu, but still functions well enough outside of games, does this means it switched to integrated graphics when the gpu died?
 

Phillip Corcoran

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Many have two graphics processors, yes.

The default one (Intel HD) is part of the CPU package (APU), and is automatically used by Windows and any app/game which hasn't been configured to use the more powerful AMD/Nvidia GPU. These laptops are able switch from one GPU to the other automatically.

Since the Intel GPU is the default for Windows and apps, that's why your friends laptop still works even though the high-performance GPU is (or seems to be) dead.
 

Phillip Corcoran

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Many have two graphics processors, yes.

The default one (Intel HD) is part of the CPU package (APU), and is automatically used by Windows and any app/game which hasn't been configured to use the more powerful AMD/Nvidia GPU. These laptops are able switch from one GPU to the other automatically.

Since the Intel GPU is the default for Windows and apps, that's why your friends laptop still works even though the high-performance GPU is (or seems to be) dead.
 

Zanvolt

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Thanks thats pretty much what i wanted to know, though do you think you could point me in the direction of some info on how to configure an app to use the other gpu if it's not already?
 
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