Teams for Mac uses high performance GPU
When I look in the task manager on my MBP Teams is using the high performance GPU. I’m viewing conversations this doesn’t seem right and risks chewing up battery life.
I’d like to see better power saving performance out of this app that I have to spend a lot of time in.
Here's a fix that helps a ton. (use the developer preview)
It will move you to Teams Version 1.3.00.18164 (developer preview) or later which apparently has the resolution to the issue (thanks Microsoft!)
I found a work-around that may help a very few people - if you have multiple monitors _AND_ and egpu, you can move your titlebar to the monitor with the egpu, teams will leverage the egpu and your computer will be usable again while using teams..
this is a workaround that only helps a few people,Teams needs to be updated, something is seriously wrong with this release.
See section titled: Set an external eGPU-connected display as the primary display
This is a MAJOR issue . again something happened with 1.3.00.18164
The high cpu usage seems awful in Teams Version 1.3.00.18164, my previous version was not bad in terms of CPU usage.
Teams on Mac is a disaster. Performance is awful. A video call brings my 8-core 2019 MacBook Pro 16" and 4-core 10th gen i7 2020 MacBook Pro 13" to their knees with fans screaming.
C. Clavo commented
There is an option to disable GPU acceleration inside the Settings. Not sure if that is what you need but it improved my experience.
Bob Marley commented
Hi there, I am also having this issue. Even if Teams is just running in the background, it is forcing the AMD GPU to always be active. When running on battery this can cause a significant hit to battery life as well as using unnecessary power and generating excess heat.
Teams is unusable mobile as it kills the battery. It is a bug, fix it.
If I weren’t forced to use it by the company I’d never use it.
Wanno van Swigchem commented
The power consumption when in Teams-conference call is also very high, draining the battery and heating up the Mac , unlike other video conferencing apps.