How Do I Know If My Graphics Card Supports Hosting A Game With Parsec

In order to host a game with Parsec, your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computer must include a graphics card that has a hardware video encoder, and your computer's display must be connected directly to the graphics card.  

If your computer has more than one graphics card (EG both Intel and NVIDIA inside of a laptop) then you will need to follow this guide here.

If you have one of these graphics cards, but are unable to host, you may need to update your graphic card to latest drivers, or check that your client is not trying to connect at the wrong resolution.

NVIDIA

Requirements

NVIDIA NVENC + DirectX 11.1

Generation of NVIDIA GTX GPU Supported Laptops
NVIDIA GTX 200 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 260 No No
NVIDIA GTX 400 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 460 No No
NVIDIA GTX 500 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 560 No No
NVIDIA GTX 600 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 650 Yes See here for Laptops
NVIDIA GTX 700 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 750 Yes See here for Laptops
NVIDIA GTX 800 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 850M Laptops Only See here for Laptops
NVIDIA GTX 900 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 950 Yes See here for Laptops
NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Yes See here for Laptops
NVIDIA GTX 2000 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 2050 Yes See here for Laptops

NVIDIA MXM, GT and GTS GPU's

These GPU's lack the NVENC chip required for Parsec and are not supported.

NVIDIA Tesla, GRID and Quadro

Professional workstation and server graphics cards will work with Parsec provided that they support hardware video encoding (NVIDIA NVENC),support either a physical display or display emulation via EDID, and are running in WDDM mode.

Intel

Requirements

Intel Quick Sync Video + DirectX 11.1

Generation of Intel i3, i5, i7 Supported
1st Gen "Nehalem" - Example: Intel Core i7-620m No
2nd Gen "Sandy Bridge" - Example: Intel Core i7-2720QM No
3rd Gen "Ivy Bridge" - Example: Intel Core i7-3720QM No
4th Gen "Haswell" - Example: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Yes - Windows 10 Only
5th Gen "Broadwell" - Example: Intel Core i5-5200U Yes
6th Gen "Skylake" - Example: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Yes
7th Gen "Kaby Lake" - Example: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Yes
8th Generation "Cannon Lake" - Example: Intel Core i7-8550U Yes

Celeron, Pentium and Atom Support

Celeron, Pentium and Atom chipsets are supported provided they support DirectX 11.1 and Quick Sync Video

AMD

Requirements

AMD VCE + DirectX 11.1

Generation Supported
TeraScale - Example: Radeon HD 6770 No
GCN 1 - Example: Radeon HD 7770 Yes
GCN 2 - Example: Radeon R9 290 Yes
GCN 3 - Example: Radeon R9 380 Yes
GCN 4 - Example: Radeon RX 480 Yes
Vega - Example: Radeon RX Vega 56 Yes

AMD APU Support

AMD APUs based on GCN1.0 or higher containing VCE and DirectX 11.1 may be supported when running latest drivers from AMD.com