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dk808

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Just wondering, is it bad to always have gfxcardstatus force my mbp to use only igpu? Im not playing any games or anything but the dgpu turns on whenever i use spotify and ableton live which drains battery and makes the mbp hotter.

I can just remember to turn gfxcardstatus on whenever i use these apps but having it always on would be much easier for me
 

TopToffee

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Which MBP do you have?

I thin gfxcardstatus stopped being able to force ugly usage for new macs a few years ago? May be wrong about that, but swear I remember reading something about it.
 

dk808

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May 13, 2015
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Which MBP do you have?

I thin gfxcardstatus stopped being able to force ugly usage for new macs a few years ago? May be wrong about that, but swear I remember reading something about it.
I have the 2016 mbp and it works for me
 

Antairez

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Mar 17, 2015
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Yes, you will be wasting money and carrying around a useless piece of stone called dGPU.



JK, I don't think there will be any side effects.
 
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TopToffee

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This was what I was thinking of:

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maflynn

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I've only used it sparingly mostly to see how things worked on the iGPU.
 

jerryk

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Have people asked Spotify and other companies why there apps use the dGPU?

Until we do the developers will not recode the apps to minimize dGPU usage. So file a bug report and put in the details on how to produce the issue. As a developer I can tell you 99% of time when someone gives you an easily reproducible issues you can figure out why it occurs and determine if you can fix it, and it so, how to fix it.
 

hallux

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I use it on my 2012. I have one specific instance where I need to force the integrated GPU (well, 2). I have a couple Steam games that, while they run fine on the integrated graphics, run better on the dGPU. However, there is a bug in either the game or the graphics driver (specifically OpenGL according to the game developer) that causes the games to crash. Force integrated and they run perfectly.
 
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