How to Identify the Graphics Card in Your Windows 10 PC

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If you want to play the latest, greatest games, you need to be sure that your graphics card in your computer is capable of handling the game. If not, you will most likely end up disappointed. This article will help you find the manufacturer and model of the graphics card in your Windows 10 computer. Once you know that, you’ll be able to compare your card to the minimum requirements for the game you want to play.

For those of you who aren’t gamers, you may need to know this information if you perform complex tasks such as 3D rendering and video editing or use high-end applications like AutoCAD and Adobe Premiere Pro. Using higher-end graphics cards will make your workflow faster and more efficient.

GPU vs. graphics card

The graphics processing unit (GPU) is responsible for all the images that appear on your screen, from a Google doc to a 4K Gaming experience. It is the chip that performs the complex mathematical calculations that rendering graphics requires.

GPU chips can be integrated onto the motherboard or be found on a larger, powerful expansion card.

Expansion cards can perform more powerful tasks than integrated GPU chips. That makes them better for 3D gaming, accelerated video rendering, or other functions like mining bitcoin. All this extra power does require more power and more space on your computer. It also raises the temperature of your computer.

How to determine which graphics card you have

Knowing what graphics card you have in your Windows 10 PC can be tricky because there are two model numbers you need to know. One is the model of the GPU, the actual chip, and the other is for the card. The card contains not only the GPU, but it can also house the monitor connection port, coolers, and voltage regulator module, to name a few.

There are two leading manufacturers of GPUs for expansion cards currently: Nvidia and AMD. Many companies use the chips from Nvidia and AMD and then create the card from that.

Finding out which manufacturer built your graphics card means that you first have to decide if you need to know the chipset or the exact manufacturer and model of your card. Finding the chipset is easy using Windows, but the exact model can be more difficult.

Device manager

1. Type Device manager into the search box in the lower-left corner of your screen and click on the icon to open it.

Graphics Card Identification Device Manager

2. Find Display adapters in the list and click on the arrow next to it to expand the list.

Graphics Card Identification Expand Display Adapters

3. The name of your GPU is listed there.

Graphics Card Identification Click For Graphics Properties

You can see that my computer has an AMD Radeon Vega 3.

If you aren’t sure what company built your chip, right-click on the device name and click Properties. In the window that opens, you will see the manufacturer listed there.

Graphics Card Identification Graphics Properties Window

Third-party apps

If you want to know the exact model of your graphics card, you can use a third-party app such as CPU-Z to find that information.

To use CPU-Z:

1. Visit the website.

2. Click on the Windows download button.

Graphics Card Identification Cpu Z For Windows

3. Click on Setup – English.

Graphics Card Identification Setup English

4. Choose Download now.

Graphics Card Identification Download Cpu Z

5. Click Save File.

6. Open the file in your downloads folder.

7. Accept the agreement and finish installing the program.

8. Launch the program.

9. Click on the Graphics Tab to find out more about your graphics card.

Graphics Card Identification Cpu Z Graphics Tab

Alternative: GPU-Z

GPU-Z from TechPowerUp is another small, simple and straightforward app that allows you to quickly identify your graphics card in Windows 10.

There is no installation required. Simply download the application and double-click the .exe file to run it. It will instantly show the information about your graphics card.

Gpu Z Graphics Card Information

Once you have found the information you need regarding your graphics card, you can Google the name to find out more about it and figure out if it is powerful enough to use for your situation.

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Tracey Rosenberger Tracey Rosenberger

Tracey Rosenberger spent 26 years teaching elementary students, using technology to enhance learning. Now she's excited to share helpful technology with teachers and everyone else who sees tech as intimidating.

One comment

  1. Good job on the article, Tracey. I already knew all the stuff, but was just checking to see if you were going to include CPU-Z. You did, so good on you!

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