How to enable AMD compute mode?

In this article, we will show you how to enable AMD compute mode on Windows. If you are using Linux OS, you don't have to turn on compute mode as Linux drivers don't have this option. Please also note that not all GPUs and all Windows drivers versions do have this option.

How do I find my AMD settings?

You can find Radeon software in different places:

  • Click the icon in the tray and choose Open Radeon Software.
  • Search the list of your software and find AMD Radeon Settings or Radeon Software option.
  • Right click on your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings or Radeon Software.

AMD Radeon Software for compute mode

If you don't find such icon or software, then your GPUs and/or drivers don't support it. You can try to install different drivers, but if you aren't experiencing any issues, there is no need to do that.

Notice Do note that some GPUs, for example Navi series (5700, 5800, 6800, etc.), don't have/need this option.

How to enable compute mode for your AMD GPUs?

Follow the steps:

  1. Skip the welcome screen (if you haven't already).
  2. Click on the Settings icon in the top right corner.
  3. Select Graphics from the menu in the top left corner.
  4. Click on the Advanced button to open up advanced settings.
  5. Find GPU Workload settings and change from Graphics to Compute.

AMD Radeon Software - Enable compute mode

What is AMD compute mode?

AMD compute mode is a special settings in some of the AMD drivers that makes drivers perform better for different computing tasks (as opposed to different graphics task). Mining of cryptocurrencies (especially Ethash coin) is one of such computing tasks. Drivers optimize the performance for computing and use different advanced algorithms to assure the computing tasks get executed faster and better. Some miners reported high improvement of their mining performance - so if you aren't getting expected hashrates on your AMD GPUs, you might only need to enable compute mode. In Linux, on the other hand, drivers automatically enable compute mode.

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