Running CEMU on Intel GPU: Best & Recommended settings to run Wii U games on Intel-based GPU PC

Playing games with CEMU with Intel-based GPU PC? Why not!

On CEMU official front page, it’s stated Intel GPU is not officially supported – expect heavy visual glitches. But that doesn’t mean you cannot run CEMU and play Wii U games on PC with just Intel graphics. I have tried a few combinations and so far it works great. So let me walk you through on the settings I set on my Intel-GPU laptop.

The reason I’m writing this article is because I believe out there, there are many people who would like to try CEMU but may not have a good hardware to run it and get discouraged when seeing CEMU front page telling Intel GPU is not officially supported and to expect heavy glitches. By saying good hardware, I mean those PC with NVIDIA/AMD graphic cards. With some tweaking on the Windows settings, people with Intel-GPU computer can actually enjoy CEMU without much compromise.

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Using the tweak, Legend of Zelda: BOTW is highly playable on CEMU!

Intel-GPU Computer Spec

Before coming to the tweak portion, let me show you my computer spec, so at least you get the idea on the hardware I’m using to run and play CEMU comfortably.

CPU: Intel Core i5 8th Gen (8265U @1.6GHz). Do note, U-series processor is meant for mobile/laptop which is designed for longer lasting battery.

RAM: 8GB

OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit

GPU: Onboard Intel UHD Graphics 620

CEMU and games are stored and run from an external USB 3.0 HDD (non SSD) connected to USB 3.0 port.

Gamepad: iPega 9083 (Bluetooth).

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The Bluetooth controller I’m using with CEMU to play the games

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Best and Recommended CEMU settings for Intel-based GPU PC

I’ll start with the Generic Settings then continue with game-specific settings. All the settings below is based on the computer specs above, running Windows 10. If you are using a different Windows version, the steps below may not be exactly the same on the version of Windows you are running, so in case you can’t find it, try asking on comment below or do Google.

CEMU Intel-Based GPU PC Generic tweak settings:

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Turn on Game Mode to get better frame rate during gaming

1) Turn Game mode on. Press Windows button, then go to Settings > Gaming > Game Mode. Turn it ON. Enabling game mode prevents Windows update from performing driver installation and sending restart notification and more importantly to get a more stable frame rate during gaming.

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Add CEMU on Graphics Settings and set to High Performance

2) Set Graphics settings for CEMU to priority high performance. Still on the same Game Mode menu, on the top right, you’ll see the “Graphics settings”, click on it. Click “Browse”, then find and select CEMU.exe. Once CEMU.exe is added to the list, click on “Options”. On the pop-up window, select “High Performance”. Click on “Save”.

3) Set GPU Performance to max performance. Press Windows button, then go to Settings > System > Power & Sleep. On the top right on the window, find “Additional power settings” and click on it. On the current power plan selected, click “change plan settings”. Then on the Change Setting window, at the bottom find “change advanced power settings” and click on it.

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Set Intel Graphics Settings to Maximum Performance under Power Plan

On Power Option window, find “Intel (R) Graphics Settings”, expand the option. Change the power plan to “Maximum performance”. (Recommended to change both plugged in and on battery, so if you are using laptop and on battery, you’ll still get maximum performance).

4) Lower Computer Resolution. The lowest resolution you can get and comfortable with, the easier the GPU will process during screen rendering which translates to a faster CEMU and games played. I would recommend 800×600 for most games, but for certain games, you may want to go with 1024×768. To set computer resolution, from Windows desktop screen, do right click then click on “Display Resolution”. Under Display Resolution, change to either 800×600 or 1024×768 then click on “Keep changes”.

5) Close all (unused) programs and services. To free up Computer CPU and RAM. Don’t worry, those programs and services you are going to close, you can restart them again after done playing with CEMU. The easiest to check which programs and services running on the Windows is by checking it from the Task Manager. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click on “Task Manager”. Under “Process” tab, end as many programs as you can. Go to “Details” tab, check if there’s anything you can close. Once done, keep task manager opened for the time being.

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Set CEMU priority to realtime

6) Set CEMU Priority as Realtime in Task Manager. Run CEMU by double clicking on CEMU.exe. Then open Task Manager if you close it on the previous step. On Task Manager, go to “Details”, find “Cemu.exe”. Do right click on “Cemu.exe”, select “Set Priority” then choose “Realtime”. When prompted, choose “Change priority”. You need to redo set this up every time you start CEMU.

7) Set CEMU to use OpenGL. I get it, Vulkan is faster, but crash more often. Using OpenGL so far I never crash any games during play time. On CEMU, go to Options > General Settings > Graphics.

Under Graphics API, set to “OpenGL”.

Under Precompiled shaders, set to “Auto”.

Under Vsync, set to “Off”.

Then untick the “Full sync at GX2DrawDone()”. On certain games like Mario Kart 8, ticking this option will crash the game.

Under Upscale filter, set to “Nearest neighbor”.

Under Downscale filter, set to “Nearest neighbor”. Setting both to nearest neighbor won’t give a high load to CPU to compute when upscaling / downscaling is happening.

Under Fullscreen scaling, set to “Keep aspect ratio” (default).

8) (Optional and won’t give any benefit) Turn on the FPS. So that you can monitor the game FPS and see if all these settings are actually giving improvement to the game. On CEMU, go to Options > General Settings > Overlay. Tick “FPS”, “RAM usage”, “VRAM usage”, “CPU usage”.

That’s it for generic settings that applicable to all games.


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CEMU Intel-Based GPU PC Game Specific tweak settings:

One of the great things about CEMU is that it has Graphics packs. Though initially it was a way to alter/patch the graphics in the game, but nowadays the same menu also shows you tweaks unrelated to graphics but more for performance / error fixing for game specific settings. Here they are list of game specific settings I used to run the games and play smoothly on Intel-based GPU computer. They are on alphabetical order. Game list shall be updated whenever I play a new Wii U games and found specific game settings required to play the games.

To access all the tweaks below, on CEMU, go to Options > Graphic Packs. Type in the game title on the filter.

Bayonetta 2

Resolution, set to 640×360.

Shadow resolution, set to Low(50%).

Using the generic tweak settings and this game specific tweak settings, I can get 17 FPS during the game play, though looks slow but it’s highly playable, no significant lagging (I guess it’s doing frame-skipping).

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Resolution, set to 640×360.

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush

Resolution, set to 640×360.

Using both generic tweak settings and this game specific tweak settings, I can get 40-50 FPS playing 2 players.

Mario Kart 8

Bloom Adjustment, set to “Quarter Amount”.

Boost Blur Quality, set to “Equal amount of blur, same intensity”.

Resolution, set to 640×360.

Shadow resolution, set to “Low (50%)”.

Using both generic tweak settings and this game specific tweak settings, I can get 40-55 FPS on average during 1 player game without any graphical glitch at all, while I can get 20-40 FPS on average during 2 players game – but haven’t resolved glitch on any dark/water tracks (headlight glitch and water glitch). But it’s super playable!

New Super Luigi U

I didn’t activate any Graphic packs tweaks for this game. Using just the generic tweak settings, I was able to get 45 FPS on average during 2 players game – which is good enough and game is totally playable. You may want to consider lowering the resolution to get higher FPS though.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Similar to New Super Luigi U, I didn’t activate any Graphic packs tweaks for this game. Using just the generic tweak settings, I was able to get 45 FPS on average during 2 players game – which is good enough and game is totally playable. You may want to consider lowering the resolution to get higher FPS though.

Super Mario 3D World

Similar to New Super Luigi U, I didn’t activate any Graphic packs tweaks for this game. Using just the generic tweak settings, I was able to get 50 FPS on average during 2 players game – which is good enough and game is totally playable. You may want to consider lowering the resolution to get higher FPS though.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Under FPS++:

Activate “Dynamic Gamespeed (required).

Activate “Fence Method”.

Activate “NPC Stutter Fix (CPU Occlusion Query)”.

Under GPU Specific workaround for OpenGL:

Activate “AMD and Intel: Shadows”.

Under Workaround:

Activate “Kakariko Torch Shadows (OpenGL).

Activate “LWZX Crash (OpenGL).

Using both generic tweak settings and this game specific tweak settings and without lowering the resolution of the game (since this game is pretty detailed, so I hesitated to lower the game resolution), I can get only 10 FPS playing this legendary game. However, thanks to “Dynamic Gamespeed” tweak, though it’s only 10 FPS, but you can play the game without any lagged (it does frame-skipping). In case you want to increase the FPS, consider lowering the game resolution.

Yoshi Wooly World

Resolution, set to 640×360.

Shadow resolution, set to “Low (50%)”.

Using both generic tweak settings and this game specific tweak settings, I can get 50-60 FPS on average during 2 players game (in-game) and 30 FPS on the world map.

Bring it all together

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I managed to collect all the cups on Mario Kart 8 and win the game using CEMU!

What are you waiting for? Just because you only owned Intel-based GPU desktop/laptop doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy and play CEMU comfortably. Use the settings above and enjoy!

I managed to complete Mario Kart 8 2 players with the settings above.


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2 thoughts on “Running CEMU on Intel GPU: Best & Recommended settings to run Wii U games on Intel-based GPU PC

  • September 5, 2020 at 10:38 am
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    In the power options window the graphic card doesnt appear. Why?

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    • September 5, 2020 at 1:02 pm
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      Your computer could be not using Intel Graphics, but something else.
      Check using this method:
      Press Windows + Run to activate the Run window. Then type “Dxdiag” without the quote.
      DirectX Diagnostic Tool shall appear, go to the “Display” tab and see under “Device”, if it’s Intel graphics, you should see Intel graphics here.

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