How Do I Know if My GPU Supports Hardware Encoding?

In order to be able to use the hardware encoding feature in Livestream Studio, you must have the proper hardware installed on your computer. One of these options is via NVENC, which is video encoding via a supported NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.


To determine if your graphics card includes NVENC, go to the GeForce Hardware Products page and click the name of the model card you have and check its specs.

Check out these additional tips for finding out if your NVIDIA card supports NVENC.

If it advertises Kepler, Maxwell, or Pascal GPU architecture, then hardware encoding is supported.

Tip: We have tested the following NVIDIA GeForce models:

  • GTX1050
  • GTX950
  • GT730
  • GTX650
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