Hardware acceleration uses specialized hardware components to perform tasks more efficiently than the system’s CPU alone. This is particularly useful for graphics- or audio-intensive tasks where hardware like GPUs or audio processors can improve performance.
A succinct example is graphics processing. Instead of burdening your CPU with calculating every single pixel, the GPU takes over this task and enables a smoother and more appealing graphical display.
Activating hardware acceleration is often an effective way to improve system performance. In Windows 11, for example, you can enable this via the desktop context menu. Right-click on the desktop, select “Display settings” and then “Graphics” under “Related settings.” Under “Change default graphics settings,” you will find the function “Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.” If the option is not active, rectify this and restart the PC.
In other applications like web browsers or multimedia players, you will often find an option to activate hardware acceleration in the settings menus. In Google Chrome, for example, you will find the function under “Settings” and the “System” section. Here you can switch the slider to “Use hardware acceleration if available.”
But be careful: Not all systems benefit from hardware acceleration. In some cases, it can even lead to performance problems or instability. It is advisable to check the effects of activated hardware acceleration on your system and ensure that all drivers and programs are configured correctly.
Hardware acceleration is a powerful feature. Used correctly, it can significantly improve system performance. With a few clicks and the right configuration, you can ignite the turbo.
This article was translated from German to English and originally appeared on pcwelt.de.