How to Check What Graphics Card (GPU) Is in Your PC

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All computers have graphic hardware that handles everything from drawing on your desktop to decoding videos to rendering demanding PC games. Most modern PCs have graphics processing units (GPUs) created by Intel, NVIDIA or AMD.

While your computer CPU and RAM are also important, the GPU is usually the most important element for playing PC games. If you do not have a powerful GPU, you will not be able to play new PC games, or you may need to play them with lower graphics settings. Some computers have "integrated" or "integrated" low-consumption graphicswhile others have powerful "dedicated" or "discrete" graphics cards (sometimes called video cards). Here's how to view the graphics hardware of your Windows PC.

In Windows 10, you can check your GPU information and usage details directly from the task manager. Right-click on the taskbar and select "Task Manager" or press Windows + Esc for l & # 39; open.

Option to open Task Manager from the Windows 10 taskbar

Click on the "Performance" tab at the top of the window. If you do not see the tabs, click on "More Info". Select "GPU 0" in the sidebar. The manufacturer and model name of the GPU is displayed in the upper right corner of the window.

You will also see other information, such as the amount of dedicated memory on your GPU, in this window. Windows 10 Task Manager displays your GPU usage here, and you can also display GPU usage by application.

If your system has multiple GPUs, you will also see "GPU 1" and so on. Each represents a different physical GPU.

GPU name of the computer displayed in the Windows 10 Task Manager

On older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, you can find this information in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. To open it, press Windows + R, type "dxdiag" in the Run dialog box that appears, and then press Enter.

Launching dxdiag from the Windows 10 Run dialog

Click the "View" tab and look at the "Name" field in the "Device" section. Other statistics, such as the amount of video memory (VRAM) built into your GPU, are also listed here.

DirectX Diagnostic Tool displaying the name of the computer's graphics card

If you have multiple GPUs in your system, for example, like a laptop with a low-power Intel battery-powered GPU and an NVIDIA high-power GPU for game-use, you can control which GPU a game uses from the Windows 10 Settings application. These controls are also integrated into the NVIDIA Control Panel.

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