Graphics
Graphics Drivers
Enabling and Disabling Vertical Synchronization

Vertical Synchronization (Vsync) only whole images are displayed on screen, The feature matches the timing between the displays refresh rate and vertical blanking interval. Without Vsync, a high performance graphics product can display extra content faster than the refresh rate allows, resulting in screen tearing.

In older Intel graphics drivers, this was a feature that could be disabled for OpenGL* applications (Not DirectX* games/applications). Newer versions of the Intel graphics drivers have the option for either always on, or application controlled. The following steps outline how to enable or disable this feature. For the steps to follow, select the Intel® Graphics Control Panel used by your system.

Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

Vsync can be set to Always On or to Use Application Settings. This means that it cannot be outright disabled in the Intel® Graphics Control Panel. The game or software being used must support full disablement. For games, this option is enabled or disabled via the game settings/configuration menu under graphics settings. In visual applications that use 3-D settings, look in the software Preference, Settings, or Options menus.

In order to configure the Always On or Application Setting options, follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + F12 to open the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel.
  2. Click 3D.
  3. Select General Settings > Custom Settings.
  4. Select either Use Application Settings or On.
Note On sets Vsync to always enabled. Use Application Settings puts Vsync under control of the game or application that utilizes it.

Figure 1: Vsync settings as seen in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

Vsync is allowed to be set to either Always On or to Use Application Settings. Vsync cannot be outright disabled in the Intel® Graphics Control Panel. The game or software being used must support full disablement. For games, this option is enabled or disabled via the game settings/configuration menu under graphics settings. In visual applications that use 3-D settings, look in the software Preference, Settings, or Options menus.

In order to configure the Always On or Application Setting options, follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + F12 to open the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel.
  2. Click 3D.
  3. Select the check box for Custom Settings.
  4. Click the drop down arrow under Vertical Sync, and select either Application Settings or On.


Figure 2:Vsync settings as seen in the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

You can enable or disable the option for Vsync in the game or application if the option is supported. In this version of the Intel® Graphics Control Panel there are no options for disabling or enabling VSync for DirectX* games or applications.

To enable or disable VSync for OpenGL* games or applications, follow these steps.

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + F12 to open the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver.
  2. Navigate to the Display Settings tab.
  3. Select Advanced Settings.
  4. Set Asynchronous Flip (or Vertical Sync for newer revisions) to On or Off.
  5. Select Apply > OK.

Figure 3: Vsync (Asynchronous Flip) settings as seen in the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

This applies to:

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 3000/2000
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 2500
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4000
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4200
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4400
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4600
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 5000
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200
Intel® B43 Express Chipset
Intel® Celeron® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® G31 Express Chipset
Intel® G33 Express Chipset
Intel® G35 Express Chipset
Intel® G41 Express Chipset
Intel® G43 Express Chipset
Intel® G45 Express Chipset
Intel® HD Graphics 5300 for Intel® Core™ M Processors
Intel® Pentium® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Q33 Express Chipset
Intel® Q35 Express Chipset
Intel® Q43 Express Chipset
Intel® Q45 Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 945GM Express Chipset Family

Solution ID: CS-034107
Last Modified: 05-Oct-2014
Date Created: 11-Mar-2013
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