Knowing what graphics card you have is one of the first steps when evaluating whether or not your PC can run a game you wish to play or if it can be used for other GPU tasks, like 3D modeling or rendering.
Of course, you can do all of that even with an integrated GPU, but only to a certain point.
It’s worth pointing out that in some cases, it will be impossible to upgrade an integrated graphics card on a laptop, but still, it’s important to know which integrated GPU you have as they have come a long way and can play even some more demanding games.
Combined with the CPU and RAM, the GPU is the key component when accessing the system requirements to see if you can play the game you want to play.
Keep in mind, if the CPU and RAM meet the minimum system requirements, you could still have a pleasant experience.
However, if the GPU is there at the minimum as well, you might not have the satisfying gaming experience that you would like. But upgrading the GPU can make a world of difference, so keep that in mind.
There are several ways to check what graphics card you have so let’s get over them.
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To access Device Manager, there are two methods. The first being simply right-clicking on the This PC icon on your desktop and choosing ‘Properties‘ and then clicking ‘Device Manager’ on the upper-left side of the screen.
The other one is entering the Control Panel and typing in ‘Device Manager’. Pretty simple.
Once you enter the Device Manager, look for ‘Display Adapters‘ option in the tree.
Clicking it should reveal the exact model of the card as well as its manufacturer but if it doesn’t, you can right-click it and select ‘Properties‘. Once it opens, select the ‘Details‘ tab and there you will have the name of your GPU.
This is probably the easiest way to check what GPU you have. As a bonus, you’ll be able to see under how much stress it is.
To access the Task Manager, right-click the taskbar and select the ‘Task Manager‘ option. There, click the ‘Performance‘ tab and look at the column on the left and find the ‘GPU‘ option and click it.
In the upper-right corner of that window, you’ll see the manufacturer and model of your GPU.
DxDiag is a Windows-integrated diagnostics tool that can tell you about your CPU and RAM as well as giving you information on your GPU. To access it press the Windows button + R and type in ‘dxdiag‘ when the window opens up. Click ‘OK’ and DxDiag will launch.
When it opens, click the ‘Display’ tab and look for the field labeled ‘Name’. It should be the first row in the ‘Device’ subsection and it will show you the name of your GPU and its manufacturer.
If for some reason none of the solutions above are working for you, it might be a good idea to download third-party software that can easily detect the hardware inside of your PC.
Quite a popular option these days since it is simple to use and lightweight. You don’t even have to install it. Don’t let the name fool you though, CPU-Z provides information about your RAM, CPU, GPU, and most of the other components.
To use it, head on over to the official CPU-Z website and download the ZIP version. Extract and run the .exe file (either the 32-bit and 64-bit, see which one works for you). After a few minutes, the program will analyze all of the PC components and you can then head over to the ‘Graphics‘ tab.
In this tab, you will get the name, manufacturer, code name, architecture, and anything else you want to know about your graphics card.
Not exactly an alternative to CPU-Z, since HWiNFO is specifically focused on monitoring, temperatures, RPM, clock speeds, etc. but it can provide you with the information you are looking for.
Head on over to the HWiNFO website, download the Portable version, extract it and run the .exe file. It will take a moment to detect your hardware and to find all the necessary temperature sensors.
Once the initialization is done, scroll through the program until you see ‘GPU temperatures‘ or ‘GPU Clock Speed‘. The name on top of these values should be the name of your graphics card.
Additionally, you could keep using this program to further monitor the state of your PC.
MSI Afterburner is one of the best third-party tools for overclocking or undervolting GPUs. Overclockers have been using this tool for decades.
However, it also contains all of the necessary information related to the GPU. So, if you are looking for another alternative, head on over to the MSI Afterburner website and download the program.
This time, you’ll have to install this one, there’s no option for a portable version.
Once installed, click on the cogwheel icon on the left, and you will see the name of your GPU and other useful information.