New Photos app and dGPU

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  1. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    The new Photos app activates the dGPU for me on my late 2013 rmbp with 750M. Anyone else have this issue? Seems kind of silly that viewing photos would require the dGPU.
     
  2. matty1551 macrumors 6502

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    If you install gfxcardstatus on your machine you can choose to use the integrated only. Just be sure you choose integrated before you open photos because you can't switch from dGPU to iGPU once open.
     
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    That does not occur on my 2011 (6750M).
     
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    My 2012 rMBP switches from iGPU to dGPU when I fire up the Photos App. gfxCardStatus won't let me swtich to iGPU while the photo app is running
     
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    I opened Photos again today and found that it did switch, despite not doing so when I posted my earlier message. After a bit of experimentation I've found that - for my machine at least - it'll switch when plugged in, but not when on battery.
     
  6. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I just tested mine with the same conclusion. I actually might use it now, as it avoids the battery drain problem. Too bad all programs that use the dGPU don't use this switching feature. It's a pretty good compromise.
     
  7. aevan macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, same here. Late 2013 15" RMBP.
     

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