Apple has loaded most of their recent MacBooks with dual graphic cards. The system automatically switches to the more powerful one when a software application requires it.
However, some basic applications end up triggering the high-end card resulting in unnecessary wastage of battery power. gfxCardStatus comes handy at times like these.
gfxCardStatus lets you switch between the two graphic cards on demand. This can seriously boost the battery life of your MacBook especially on the road when you want your machine to last longer.
The app also lets you configure settings like never switch to the discrete GPU when the laptop is running on battery power.
Simple, clean user interface.
gfxCardStatus is super simple. Unobtrusive i and d icons denote whether your MacBook Pro is using its integrated or discrete GPU.
gfxCardStatus notifies you via Growl when your active GPU changes, so you’re always in the know.
Manually switch GPUs.
Want to save some battery life and decrease heat? Switch over to your integrated GPU. Need more power? Switch to the discrete GPU.
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See what’s causing your discrete GPU to kick on.
Just pop open the gfxCardStatus menu and take a glance at the “Dependencies” list.