gfxCardStatus
gfxCardStatus
2.3

4.4

gfxCardStatus free download for Mac

gfxCardStatus

2.3
24 September 2012

Keeps track of which graphics card your MacBook Pro is using.

Overview

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

gfxCardStatus is a free menu bar application that keeps track of which graphics card your MacBook Pro is using at any given time.

Features:

  • Simple, clean "i" and "n" icons that signify Intel HD Graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics, respectively.
  • Automatically updates when the GPU switches, in real time.
  • Dependent process list: see which applications are currently using the 330M, if it's the active GPU!
  • Growl support, so you know right when the GPU switches.
  • Tiny footprint doesn't sit in your menu bar and hog RAM or CPU cycles.
  • Automatic application updating checks for downloads and installs new versions of gfxCardStatus automatically!

What's new in gfxCardStatus

Version 2.3:
  • New in this version: Notification Center support!
  • Fixed the garbled screen issue that 2010 MacBook Pro users were seeing after switching to Integrated Only mode.
  • Fixed some of the issues with sleep people were seeing.
  • Added a warning dialog when switching to Integrated Only while apps are in the Dependencies list.
  • Now localized in Korean!
  • General robustness and reliability improvements.

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truthhurts
08 May 2010

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Does what it says on the tin. We all knew this was coming when the new MacBook Pros came out, but I didn't expect the first entry to be this well done! Also, do note that there's a Paypal donate on the author's page. I'm sure he'd love it if folks used it. ;-)
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Version 1.6.1
jkesler
25 April 2018
If you are having compatibility and stability issues using gfxCardStatus, one alternative is gSwitch https://codyschrank.github.io/gSwitch/ Unfortunately, I have been getting kernel panics or screen freezes using gfxCardStatus and Mac OS 10.13.x together on a 2016 MBP :(
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Version 2.3
energenetic1111
23 November 2016
This program was working great as a workaround for the Logic Board graphics card issue on my 2010 Macbook Pro, until I upgraded to Mac OS Sierra. When I was still using El Capitan, it allowed me to use the Integrated Only function, which prevented crashes due to the graphics card issue. But now, in Sierra, when I try to use Integrated Only, I get an error message that I cannot use it, because several programs plus gfxCS itself are all on a dependencies list, which precludes integrated-only mode. Currently, I can still use Discreet Only Mode, but it still periodically crashes (although less than with Dynamic Switching). Because of this, I am looking at possibly having to roll back to El Capitan, which the fascists at Apple do not make an easy task (backup required, El Capitan installer not available, etc.). Has a solution to this problem been found? There are many Macs with this same graphics card issue, so I can't be the only one running into this problem. Please respond.
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Version 2.3
anonymous-thrush-1121
25 October 2016
steveschow fork and release 2.4.3i for macOS Sierra, https://github.com/steveschow/gfxCardStatus/releases/tag/v2.4.3i
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Version 2.3
anonymous-dingo-1034
08 November 2014
On Macbook pro 8.2, with OS X 10.10, app causes artifacts on screen when GPU is switching. :(
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Version 2.3
Freezer
27 July 2014
You know what would be really nice? A settable list of applications/processes that are allowed to use discrete gfx with all others being forced to use integrated. It would basically function like it was in "integrated" mode for all apps that were not on that list. This I would pay for.
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Version 2.3
Molamola
17 January 2014
Unfortunately german localization is broken in the 2.3 build, which was confirmed by the author in 10/2012 and promised a fix "relatively soon". I believe it is corrected in the sources for ages now, but the official built is still broken since more than a year - which is why I am still on 2.2.1. Please, publish a build which fixes the issues of the 2.3 release, not everybody wants/is able to build from sources.
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Version 2.3
bb553
13 November 2012
Since a lot of MacBook Pro users with NVidia graphic cards have been able to get second displays - including even analog televisions, detected with gfxCardStatus (when nothing else worked), I've been asked if there is a version of gfxCardStatus or any similar utility for: a) Intel CPU Mac Pro Towers b) G5 and G4 PowerPC Towers c) G4 PowerPC Powerbooks ?
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Version 2.3
ellmo
06 October 2012
I honestly registered just to say thank you for this little app. I dunno how, but it single-handedly solved a problem I had with my brand new MBP - it would insist on running integrated Intel gpu when running World of Warcraft (which resulted in 9-11fps). I tried everything in system preferences (I started with forcing the system to use dedicated gpu - no effect), then I used your app. Forced dedicated for a second. Ran the game. Et voilla. Now I can not only enjoy my hardware's full capability, I can also see which gpu is used when and what forces it. That is above great!
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Version 2.3
Nontroppo
24 September 2012
Great update, working very well on a retinaMBP on 10.8.2, thanks for a great little utility...
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Version 2.3
Drdul
24 September 2012
Bummer! The one feature I used gfxCardStatus for has now been removed. It's no longer possible to force my MacBook pro to use the integrated graphics when running on the battery. According to the dev's blog, it sounds like 10.8.2 is much better at controlling use of the discrete graphics, plus the feature sounds like it was buggy, so I can understand why it's been removed. The dev advises leaving the app set on dynamic switching and using it purely as an informational tool. If that's really all it's suitable for, I no longer have much reason to use gfxCardStatus.
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Version 2.3
Free

4.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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