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.
However, the CPU and RAM can still meet the minimum system requirements, but if GPU is there 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.
Table of ContentsShow
To use Device Manager you can use two options with 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’.
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.