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gfxCardStatus for Mac

By Cody Krieger Free

Developer's Description

gfxCardStatus is an open-source menu bar application that keeps track of which graphics card your 2010 MacBook Pro is using at any given time, and allows you to switch between them manually.


  • Simple, clean "i" and "n" icons that signify Intel HD Graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics, respectively
  • Automatically updates when the GPU switches, in real time
  • Allows you to manually switch GPUs on demand!
  • Dependent process list - see which applications are currently using the 330M, if it's the active GPU!
  • Growl support - so you know right when the GPU switches
  • Tiny footprint - doesn't sit in your menu bar and hog RAM or CPU cycles
  • Automatic application updating - checks for, downloads and installs new versions of gfxCardStatus automatically!

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.3

  • OS X Lion support!!
  • Huge preferences window overhaul - now looks like a standard OS X preferences panel.
  • Graphical icons in the menu bar are no longer the default - they are now text. See the FAQ for info on how to change back to graphical icons.
  • Added a preference for "smart" menu bar icons - e.g. use the first letter of the current GPU ('n' for NVIDIA, 'i' for Intel, 'a' for AMD). Doesn't apply to legacy dual-NVIDIA GPU machines.
  • Added Czech, Russian, Ukranian, and Slovak localizations.
  • Removed power source info from menu, as it was unnecessary.
  • Moved to standard OS X app about box.
  • Fixed some memory leaks.
  • Enormous refactoring of the codebase.


Release September 24, 2012
Date Added September 24, 2012
Version 2.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements
  • Only for 2010 and 2011 MacBook Pros with Intel Core i5/i7 processors.
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    Total Downloads 37,338
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