How can I force games to use my AMD Radeon HD 8670M card instead of the basic Intel HD 4000?

Deepak R February 21, 2014
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Hello, everyone. I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15 laptop. It came with a built-in AMD Radeon HD 8670M 2GB DDR3 graphics card. All the games that I have tried (LOL, DOTA 2, DMC) seem to be using Intel HD 4000 graphics instead of the AMD Radeon. I have also assigned “High Performance” (via switchable graphics) to the games, but they still run using the Intel HD 4000 graphics. My question is, how can I switch Intel HD graphics to AMD Radeon 8670M? I have searched everywhere on internet, but was not able to find a exact solution. Hopefully you guys can help me out..

Thank you

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  1. Jan F
    February 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I suggest installing the latest Intel HD 4000 driver
    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Graphics&ProductLine=Laptop+graphics+drivers&ProductProduct=3rd+Generation+Intel%C2%AE+Core%E2%84%A2+Processors+with+Intel%C2%AE+HD+Graphics+4000

    and after that re-installing the latest AMD driver
    http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

    Also make sure to select the correct operating system as having the wrong driver may break the switching between graphics card.

  2. Hovsep A
    February 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    perhaps from BIOS you can disable Intel HD 4000 graphic so that you use AMD Radeon HD 8670M , normally by default the integrated video card is disabled when there is Graphics card installed. If it is so then perhaps there is no option in BIOS to disable the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphic card.

    How to switch from integrated intel video card to ati radeon video card in inspiron 14Z (5423)?
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19474269/20455083.aspx

    you can also run 3D Mark to see which graphic card will be picked up during the test.
    http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark/all

  3. Tim
    February 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Try going into the device manager or even better if your BIOS supports it, turn off/disable the onboard Intel graphics.

    Either way would likely work. If it is disabled, it can't be used.