Dedicated graphics cards

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Players who use a device with a dedicated graphics card may find they are automatically using their onboard graphics processor - rather than the more powerful dedicated card. As a result, this may cause low FPS or other performance issues.


Which graphics processor am I using?
To find out if RuneScape is using your dedicated graphics card, please follow these steps:





Log into game and connect to a game world



Open the Developer Console by pressing Alt and together





into the console and hit enter.




Several lines of information will be shown.
The graphics card RuneScape is using is shown next to 'Renderer'



If you'd like to use your dedicated card to run RuneScape, try making the following adjustments

  1. Power settings
  2. Software settings
  3. Up to date drivers
  4. Monitor connections
  5. Administrator restrictions 


Power Settings
First, make sure that your device is plugged into a power supply. Laptops often default to using the onboard graphics card as a power-saving mechanism.

If that hasn't helped, or if you want your system to use the dedicated card when it's not plugged into the mains, then following the steps below should help.


WINDOWS 7 / 8 / 10 STEPS




Select 'Start'



Type Control panel into the search bar



  • Select 'Power Options'
  • Under 'Plans shown on the battery meter'
  • Choose 'High Performance'


If this isn't available choose 'Create a power plan'
 Select High performance > Next > Create


Log into RuneScape and connect to a game world. Use the "renderer" console command to see if RuneScape has now detected the dedicated graphics card. 


Software settings

If RuneScape is still having trouble using your graphics card, you may need to alter your manufacturers driver settings to force your computer to automatically use the more powerful dedicated graphics card.

You should follow the manufacturer's instructions to do that. Here's instructions for two popular graphics cards manufactures AMD and Nvidia.


Up to date drivers

If you are using outdated drivers, this could also be causing you various issues. If the steps above have not helped fix your issue, we recommend following the advice to update your graphics drivers.   


Monitor connected to the correct output

If you are using screens that are not integrated into your device (e.g. you have a cable connecting your device and screen), then it's possible that you may have used the wrong output socket on your device.

This may lead to your device defaulting to the wrong graphics card. Additionally, the graphics cards in your device may have more than one connector, as most graphics cards support connecting one or two displays at a time.

Please consult your devices instruction manual, speak to the seller of your device or speak to an independent IT professional for more support on how to operate your specific device.  


Administrator restrictions

If you are using a device that is managed by a system admin or has certain restrictions (e.g. a work or school device), you will need to consult the device admins. 


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