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Performance Issues when using both Integrated and Dedicated Graphics Cards

I recently bought a new monitor (which is 60hz) to use along with the primary monitor I've been using (144hz) and currently have one video card (GTX 970). When I connected both monitors to my one video card, I saw some very subtle performance issues and figured it might be a good idea to connect my secondary monitor directly to my mobo. After I got that set up and the integrated gpu drivers installed, I noticed that I was getting performance issues doing stuff like using chrome to browse websites whereas videos would not play at the correct framerate, simple animations such as opening and closing tabs would be choppy, load times were longer, and scrolling down a webpage was choppy as well. I started up a game and it ran fine at ~144fps though. I looked at MSI Afterburner which has a monitor for the GPUs and it looked like when I wasn't playing a game, the integrated graphics card would jump up to like 100% usage when watching youtube which leads me to believe that the GTX970 is only being used occasionally. I would like for the GTX970 to be prioritized above the integrated graphics card as much as possible (if possible, in all cases other than to display the secondary monitor), if someone could point me in right the direction to do so?
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  1. Just wanted to post an update. I still have the problem, but I have some more information. It only seems to be happening in google chrome. Loading videos in the steam web browser for example works just fine. I've also found out that if a youtube video is playing and I resize the chrome screen or drag it off from full screen for a second and allow it to pop back up to fullscreen, then the video will play smoothly, though navigating away from the screen and back to it will cause the video to become choppy again.

    As far as new problems that I've noticed, just as I type out this message, the text appearing in the text box is very delayed.
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    Your going to have to put both of your monitors on your 970 if you don't want those issues. And as you add more monitors the less performance you are going to see because it has to render more. The IGPU is garbage so don't use it unless you have too. If you need additional performance add another 970 for sli.
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  3. Countgreen said:
    Your going to have to put both of your monitors on your 970 if you don't want those issues. And as you add more monitors the less performance you are going to see because it has to render more. The IGPU is garbage so don't use it unless you have too. If you need additional performance add another 970 for sli.


    Darn. I was kind of afraid to hear that, though I felt like that was pretty much the answer. I'm considering just picking up a 1080 and not bothering running SLI, and having the 970 run the secondary monitor. That works, right?
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  4. Yes you can do that
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