This is expected behaviour on official AMD drivers. It's not possible to use the discrete GPU to run on certain applications such as web browsers.
Thanks for the reply, amdmatt!
kingfish has said that Leshcat
unlocks all applications
not sure if it's still true for 15.11 version of their drive bundle, but I had some hope.
It's not possible to use the discrete GPU to run on certain applications such as web browsers.
Well, that's funny. I have always been using older AMD drivers from 2011 which had the Fixed Mode switching (e.g. you can switch between Intel/AMD for entire system, not on per application basis) and Chrome was using about 15% of CPU when watching twitch.tv live streams while using AMD graphics, but ever since I got my graphics card replaced on the same exact model it was before (my previous graphics card has died), my system freezes with any drivers that support Fixed Mode switching, letting me only use the latest drivers which have removed the Fixed Mode support, which run Chrome in "Power Saving" mode (i.e. using Intel graphics instead of AMD), resulting in 50% CPU load, my laptop overheating like craze and its fan trying to rotate so fast that it sounds like a helicopter that is about to take off.
Would be nice to get confirmation from someone else from the community on whether it's possible to make Chrome run in "High Performance". If not, I'd need to start the whole complain with HP about their repairs of my graphics card, because the one new one doesn't seem to support older AMD drivers, only newer ones, which results in worse performance when browsing, and I don't want to start that complain without a confirmation.
It's not true that AMD discrete GPU can't run web browsers.
For the past 5 years on Windows 7, I've been able to switch Chrome and IE between power saving and high performance.
Last month I installed W10 on my HP DV6-6000, and was able to switch Chrome and IE in CCC. But for some reason now I can not anymore... But I know I could before.
If you were using the Leshcat drivers...you could assign the high performance graphics to the browsers and other apps that were by default assigned the IGP graphics. This was added by Leshcat.
Being able to disable the IGP so the discrete card handles all the graphics chores have been available only through the bios...and very few laptops had that feature. HP had for a time, static/fixed mode in some models that allowed the discrete card to act as the primary as did Alienware. Any other method had to be a third party app as far as I know.
What Intel graphics do you have?
Any application in AMD panel that is forced to power save find in place folder that was installed and just add _32 or _64 and save and now you can use discrete GPU not only APU or integrated like combination Intel CPU with Intel GPU and discrete AMD now you can use discrete GPU AMD , OK it will look like this explanation Read below
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe rename to (in this case i have Mozilla installed in program files not in program files (x86) even this is Mozilla v.188.8.131.5234 32 bit i install all Applications in 64 bit folder , now just rename to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox_32.exe and save And go to Amd control panel switchable application profiles AND NOW you can have Power Save than High Performance than Not Assigned and Based on Power Source Option Unlocked if you have Notebook and this also is for normal desktop PC with Windows Any Windows version from Win Xp to Win 10.1+
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For anyone encountering issues after renaming chrome.exe (e.g. getting an M7121-1331 error on Netflix), I found a potential solution which avoids having to rename the file. This fix worked for my Radeon RX Vega M GL (Radeon Settings Version 2018.0911.1425.25970) and hopefully works for other cards/versions as well.
- Do not rename chrome.exe. Browse for the original file and add it in the Switchable Graphics settings as if it were a new executable. This will not add a new item in the Installed Profile Applications list, but in my case this changed the profile of the locked chrome.exe from "Power Saving" to "Not Assigned" (though still locked).
- Make sure that your power options (under "Advanced Power Settings") have Switchable Dynamic Graphics set to "Maximize performance" (and not e.g. "Optimize Performance"). (https://i.stack.imgur.com/YBBBQ.jpg)
- Relaunch chrome.exe. The Radeon settings now displays chrome.exe as "High Performance" when the application is running (and switches back to "Not Assigned" when not running).
Hope this helps.