GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit and is another term for a graphics card. The graphics card is the mainstay of a good gaming computer, or any machine that has to process a heavy graphics load. Graphics cards are also useful for mining cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and for certain workloads on workstations, even if that isn’t their main purpose. If you’ve noticed that you’re not getting the performance you want from your graphics card anymore, it could be time to upgrade. But to be able to upgrade, you will need to know what you have currently, so you don’t spend your hard-earned money on the same or even weaker hardware. So how can you tell what graphics card or cards you have installed?
There are two methods to check (in addition to simply opening your computer and looking at the hardware there, of course!):
1. Task Manager
There are a number of ways to view the model of graphics card you have installed, but the easiest and quickest is through Task Manager. To open Task Manager, press Control, Shift and Escape together, or search for “Task Manager” in the start bar.
Tip: By default, Windows now opens Task Manager in a compressed view. if you see this version of Task Manager, click “More details” in the bottom left corner to see the full details and proceed.
Once you’re in the detailed view of Task Manager, click into the “Performance” tab and select the “GPU” stats in the bottom left. Now, in the top right corner, your graphics card model will be displayed.
Tip: It’s possible to have multiple graphics cards in one computer. Each will show up as a separate GPU in the list on the left. Most machines only have one though.
Another method to view your graphics card model is through Dxdiag. Dxdiag is a diagnostics tool built into Windows that is used to collect diagnostics data, including the graphics card model. To run it, use the search function. First press the Windows button, then type “dxdiag” into the search field. If you are asked if you want to check if your drivers are signed by connecting to the internet, you can click either yes or no. Either option is fine, although the process may take longer if you select yes. All this does is make sure that the drivers you have installed are the real deal, rather than potentially compromised fake versions.
Once the Dxdiag window has opened, move to the “Display” tab and the graphics card model name will be displayed in the top left corner.
Tip: Dxdiag also includes information such as how much VRAM your graphics card has installed. You can learn all sorts of interesting info here!
3. Device Manager
The final method to view the model of graphics card you have is to open Device Manager. Type “Device Manager” into the start bar like before in order to open it.
The model name for any graphics card you have installed in the system will be listed under “Display adaptors”