Photoshop Not Detecting Graphics Card – Fixed Easily
Sometimes you may be facing a problem of Photoshop not detecting graphics card. When you go to Graphics Processor Settings, you see a strange warning “Unknown GPU”. Restarting Photoshop can sometimes help to resolve the issue, but it is not a guaranteed solution. If Photoshop still doesn’t recognize your GPU, follow the steps below to get rid of this issue.
Complete solution for “Photoshop not detecting graphics card” problem.
The first thing is that the graphics drivers may not be listed by Photoshop. Assuming you have a dedicated 2GB NVidia GT 630M graphics card, Photoshop only detected your integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 card.
So here’s the solution.
- The first thing you want to try is to update Photoshop and the graphics driver.
- If you’re using Photoshop CC, make sure it’s up to date using Adobe Creative Cloud.
- For older versions, you can go to Help>Update to check the latest version.
- Do the same for your graphics drivers.
The above method is recommended by Adobe.
The next thing, or the actual solution, is to check your graphics driver settings. You can find it in the graphics driver control panel (not in Windows).
In the NVidia Control Panel, these are the steps:
- Go to Manage 3D Settings
- Go to the Program Settings tab
- Select the application. In this case, choose Adobe Photoshop (photoshop.exe)
- Choose a powerful NVIDIA processor from the drop-down list of favorite graphics processors
- Click Apply
- Give it 2-3 seconds and voila!
Now let’s go back to Photoshop. You must restart Photoshop first.
And here it is. Photoshop displays your dedicated graphics card correctly.
Photoshop graphics card requirements
- On Windows, a GPU with DirectX 12 support and 1.5 GB GPU memory
- On macOS, a GPU with Metal Support and 1.5 GB GPU memory
If you are using an older graphics card or driver, the GPU functionality in Photoshop may be limited or unsupported.
In general, you should consider using GPUs with an average operations/sec of 2000 or higher in the PassMark GPU Computer Benchmark Chart.
Photoshop not detecting AMD graphics card
Try going to the AMD Control Panel and adding Photoshop to the list of 3D programs for launching photoshop and make sure it detects the GPU. If that doesn’t work, try the next step as well.
Go to the “Switchable Graphics Configuration” and see if selecting “High Performance” helps. This forces Photoshop to access your AMD card. You may also need to add sniffer.exe to the list if it isn’t there. This should be in your Photoshop folder.
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