I have a laptop with both a dedicated NVIDIA processor and an integrated Intel HD processor. When I go to make sure my games (for example SWTOR) are using the correct processor, I have a choice between "NVIDIA GPU" and "High Performance NVIDIA Processor" and "Integrated Graphics" . Obviously I'm not going to choose the integrated one, but which of the NVIDIA choices are best for running games?

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    If I understand this correctly, "NVIDIA GPU" is the dedicated graphics processor, while "High Performance NVIDIA processor" sounds more like the CPU, so this option would probably use one of your main CPU's cores for graphics. If you don't need the GPU for anything else, I would assume it's the best choice because then all CPU cores can be used for other stuff (which the game [engine] can handle on its own).
    – scenia
    Jun 27, 2015 at 11:24
  • Does your laptop have two dedicated GPU's? As in, an SLI configuration? If not, either High Performance NVIDIA GPU or NVIDIA GPU should make no difference.
    – Elise
    Jun 27, 2015 at 12:13
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    For anyone voting to close- read the question as well as the title. It's not about recommendation, it's about a configuration option. Jun 27, 2015 at 13:08
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    Please post the model of your system so we can check what graphics cards it contains. (or maybe get it moved to somewhere with the correct support). Jun 27, 2015 at 14:22
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    Where are you seeing these three choices? Are you getting all three choices from the same menu?
    – user86571
    Jun 27, 2015 at 15:10

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The "Nvidia GPU" choice shouldn't be here:

Nvidia's documentation about Optimus only mentions "Integrated" and "High Performance".

And a Google image search on nvidia "preferred graphics processor" returns countless results with those 2 options ("High-performance NVIDIA processor" and "Integrated graphics") and none with "NVIDIA GPU".

So, you should probably choose the "High-performance NVIDIA processor" option.

The extra "NVIDIA GPU" option may point to a driver problem.

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