gfxCardStatus
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Keeps track of which graphics card your MacBook Pro is using.   Free
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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
What's New
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.
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 more...
Requirements
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • MacBook Pro with dual-GPUs (2010 Intel HD/NVIDIA GeForce 330M GT
  • 2008-2009 NVIDIA GeForce 9400M/9600M GT)



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gfxCardStatus User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Molamola commented on 17 Jan 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.
[Version 2.3]


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Bb553 commented on 13 Nov 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 ?
[Version 2.3]


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ellmo commented on 06 Oct 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!
[Version 2.3]


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+373

Nontroppo reviewed on 24 Sep 2012
Great update, working very well on a retinaMBP on 10.8.2, thanks for a great little utility...
[Version 2.3]


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Drdul commented on 24 Sep 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.
[Version 2.3]


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Frank_Martin commented on 24 Sep 2012
This version (2.3) requires Lion. Won't start up under Snow Leopard.
[Version 2.3]

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Michael Haeusler replied on 24 Sep 2012
Yup, and it simply updated, and now I can't launch it. Is there a link to an earlier version somewhere? (If I find one, I'll post it here.)
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Michael Haeusler replied on 24 Sep 2012
Okay, version 2.2.1 is still available here: http://is.gd/CklYt7
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Cody Krieger (developer) replied on 24 Sep 2012
Sorry about that Frank! I meant to make update checker only present the update dialog if you were on 10.7 or newer. Fixed. :)
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treelo replied on 28 Sep 2012
That's a shame, the link for 2.2.1 there has been updated to 2.3. Any chance of getting a 2.2.1 link on your website, Cody?
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GLake replied on 04 Oct 2012
As of right now, this links are active if you want v2.2.1 - I have results; working great on my MVP 17" Intel Core i7 (late 2011) running Snow Leopard:

http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/27732-gfxcardstatus

http://download.techworld.com/3328418/gfxcardstatus-221/
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JoaquimN reviewed on 24 Sep 2012
I have been using this app for quite a long time and after this last update I can already see some improvement running on ML 10.8.2.

I would love to see a new feature in order to decide which apps use either discrete or integrated graphics card. That would be amazing!

Anyone would suggest me something?

Thanks, keep the good work, mate.
[Version 2.3]


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Ythara reviewed on 25 Jun 2012
I admit I leave it on Dynamic most of the time. But it's great even just to keep an eye on which apps request the GPU and which don't. Thanks to gfxCardStatus I've been able to choose what apps to use, so I don't risk having some little software that does very simple tasks switching my whole system to the discrete card and holding it like that all day long. I'm perfectly fine with Photoshop asking for the NVidia card, but it's pretty stupid when a little Twitter client does it.
[Version 2.2.1]


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shidevil reviewed on 25 Jun 2012
Great app!
[Version 2.2.1]


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JML54 reviewed on 19 Nov 2011
On some Macs with dual cards, such as my 2011 MBP, use of the Energy Saver automatic graphics switching will trigger a display problem when logging out and logging back in: the display will be stuck on a lower-resolution option until restart. You can't get back the highest resolution and have black bars at the top and bottom of the screen (the higher resolution setting is not available on the integrated card, and for some reason the system won't permit the change). This seems to be an Apple bug triggered by some update in the past couple of months, at least on my MBP.

See http://tinyurl.com/72hsgtt for more information.

This application allows me to choose the card to use when I want to save battery power and have no external display connected.

But it resets automatic switching if it was turned off before the app was run. As far as I can tell, the app does permit power-source-based switching without the login display resolution problem! I have to test the effects on an external projector display next week when I'm in a classroom, however; it may limit the resolution available to me when running on battery power and connecting a projector. I just installed your app, and am at home, unable to test it fully.
[Version 2.1]

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JML54 replied on 20 Nov 2011
[sigh] Setting gfxCardStatus to "dynamic switching" simply sets the automatic graphics card choice via the Energy Saver tab in System Preferences, and the problem with the display resolution appears again after user switching. Once in a while the resolution problem disappears, but it happens 90% of the time. So just use the manual switching options.
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Cowicide replied on 28 Jan 2012
Great, MacUpdate's servers were down today and now some of my previous post(s) are gone? Ughh... curse you, cloud... We should all just go back to email and email listserves....
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Cowicide replied on 29 Jan 2012
I guess since Macupdate borked both of our replies after it's server went down the other day, I'll just copy from my email notification:

> "gfxCardStatus continues to work fine and solves all the display
> resolution issues, regardless of what's connected to serve as an external
> display. Turning off the Mac's automatic switching solves the login
> issue."

That's a horrible workaround for me. I really want the automatic switching to work to save battery life when it can. Oh well.
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JML54 replied on 29 Jan 2012
My update comment vanished. Oh, well...

This app works fine regardless of what display is connected when I logout and login. I don't mind the manual control over the selection; in fact, until Apple does something about the underlying bug, this is the ONLY solution that works. I appreciate the manual control and the ease of changing which card is in use.
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DarkLoki had trouble on 01 Jul 2012
I was running the previous version of this on my Macbook Fine, until I updated today. Dedicated works, however switching to intel messes up. It goes to a black screen with white lines on the top right hand corner. Does this mean my Intel is Fried? I highly believe this to be a software error because I mean I just ran an update and then these problems came up. TAke me back to the old version :(

FYI I'm running the GT 330m Nvidia i7 2.66
[Version 2.2.1]



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vb078 rated on 30 Jul 2013

[Version 2.3]



Aussy rated on 10 May 2013

[Version 2.3]



Stephman rated on 28 Nov 2012

[Version 2.3]



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Spectral7 rated on 04 Jul 2012

[Version 2.2.1]



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Thelaughingshaq rated on 15 Jun 2012

[Version 2.1]



+45

Antoinesynopsis rated on 29 Jul 2011

[Version 2.1]



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Orlandoech rated on 05 Jul 2011

[Version 2.0.1]



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Milan Dandukovic rated on 20 Dec 2010

[Version 2.0]


Downloads:61,585
Version Downloads:34,644
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:24 Sep 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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!


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