Enabling and Disabling Vertical Synchronization

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06/28/2021

Vertical Synchronization (VSync), helps create stability by synchronizing the image frame rate of your game or application with your display monitor refresh rate. If it's not synchronized, it can cause screen tearing, an effect that causes the image to look glitched or duplicated horizontally across the screen.

When VSync is on, you get perfectly aligned frames with no glitching. When VSync is off, you get virtually unlimited Frames Per Second (FPS) but depending on your configuration, screen tearing, jerkiness or stuttering is more likely.

Note

In older Intel® graphics drivers, this feature could be disabled for OpenGL* applications (not DirectX* games/applications). 

Select the Intel® user interface used by your system for steps to enable or disable this feature.

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Intel® Graphics Command Center (Intel® GCC)

VSync can be set to Always On, Always Off, or Application Controlled

In order to configure VSync in Intel GCC, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Intel® Graphics Command Center:
    • From the Windows Start Menusearch for Intel Graphics Command CenterClick the Intel Graphics Command Center icon to open the application.
  2. In the Home tab, select the game or application listed under My Games to edit the settings.
    Note

    If the game does not appear under My Games, add the game by following the steps provided in How to Add Games in the Intel® Graphics Command Center.

  3. Click Custom to create a custom profile.
  4. Find the Vertical Sync setting and apply the desired setting for the game or application.
    Note

    Always On sets VSync to always enabled. The Application Controlled setting sets VSync under control of the game or application that uses it.

    VSync settings only affect full screen games or applications.

Intel® Graphics Control Panel VSync can be set to Always On or Use Application Settings. The Use Application Settings setting means that VSync can't 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 or configuration menu under graphics settings. In visual applications that use 3D settings, look in the software's Preferences, 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 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 sets VSync under control of the game or application that uses it.
 

HDG Set 3D Custom

VSync settings as seen in the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel

Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

VSync can be set to either Always On or Use Application Settings. VSync can't 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 3D settings, look in the software's Preferences, Settings, or Options menus.

In order to configure the Always On or Application Settings 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, then select either Application Settings or On.

GMCP 3-D Custom Settings

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.
GMA OpenGL* Settings

VSync (Asynchronous Flip) settings as seen in the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

Related topics
How to Install the Intel® Graphics Command Center
How to access OpenGL* and DirectX* 3D graphic settings