How to see what graphics card you have and check your GPU – step-by-step

An easy step-by-step guide

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Want to find out what GPU you have without getting the screwdriver out? Follow either of these two simple methods to see what graphics card you have. Checking the components and manufacturers of your desktop hardware is a great way to see if your PC will be able to handle more demanding games and programs; comparing the specs of your card to a game’s minimum requirements is a must-do before purchasing. Fortunately for you, checking your GPU is a fairly easy and straightforward process. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of seeing what graphics card you have.

If you’re identifying your GPU as part of a setup for your PC’s hardware, then you may also be interested in some of our other coverage on driver updates and identifying system information. Here we cover how to update Nvidia drivers and how to uninstall old GPU drivers.

How to see what graphics card you have – two simple methods

1

Single GPU

First up, if you only have a single graphics chipset in your system this is the easiest way to identify it.

Step

1

Select the Windows Task Manager

 

Right-click your taskbar and click Task Manager.

Step

2

Click the Performance tab

In the Task Manager app, click the Performance tab.

Step

3

Select GPU

Scroll down the display information and click GPU.

Step

4

Find the name of your GPU

The name of the graphics card, graphics card model and other GPU information should be in the top right-hand corner of your window. If you have multiple GPUs in your system, they should also appear here.

2

Device Manager

If you want a method with a bit more detail and control (especially when a drivers tab is concerned), you’ll want to open up Device Manager which will show the advanced display settings.

Step

1

Click the Start menu.

Find and select the Start menu.

Step

2

Select Device Manager

 

Type Device Manager and press enter.

Step

3

Select the Display tab

In Device Manager, scroll down to the Display adapters, and click the arrow beside it to list devices in the category.

This will list the system settings and any graphics hardware. If you’re running on a laptop with Hybrid graphics then right-clicking on either chips offers an assortment of options, including the ability to disable one outright, check for drivers, and uninstall it entirely.

 

There you have it, two simple ways to check the details and name of your graphics card!

How do I know if it’s time for a GPU upgrade?

Identifying your graphics card might just be the first step in deciding it’s time for a hardware upgrade. Knowing the specifics of your card could mean it’s time for you to purchase a more dedicated graphics card that can handle the requirements of new programs. The easiest way for gamers to know if their PC needs a GPU upgrade is if their computer is struggling to play the latest games; maybe you’re experiencing lagging with the exact graphics. In this case, it usually means there is an issue with the graphics card and it could be time for an upgrade.

If you’d like a more comprehensive guide on how to know if it’s time for a GPU upgrade, here’s our article on how to tell if your GPU is failing.

How do I find out what CPU I have?

Similarly to checking your GPU, finding out what CPU you have is a fast process that’s not too complex. Instead of opening up your PC to see your motherboard, you can easily identify your CPU by selecting the Task Manager in your Taskbar (press Ctrl + shift + esc), then clicking the performance tab and selecting CPU.

Wrapping up

We hope this article has prepared you to identify your GPU with ease, demonstrating how there are easier ways of checking than having to take your PC apart. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to identify your GPU in no time.