How To Check Your Graphics Card in Windows 10

When it comes to running computer programs, much of what’s displayed is through the use of a GPU, or graphics processing unit; it can be integrated or dedicated. But not all GPU’s are created equally and some are clearly better than others like having more graphic prowess. Luckily, Windows 10 provides the tools necessary to check what your GPU actually is, allowing you do use that information when needed. However, there are some limitations that will become apparent as you read.

Check Your GPU with Task Manager

1. Locate your taskbar. By default, your taskbar should run along the edge of the bottom of your screen. When you’ve found it, go ahead and right click it. Doing so will open a menu. If you’re using left-hand configurations, then you’ll left click instead.

click Task Manager

2. In the menu, click Task Manager. You’ll find it near the bottom, just above “Lock the taskbar.” Task Manager will launch automatically.

Or, alternatively, you can press and hold together the CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys. It will open an overlay with a handful of Windows options. Near the bottom, and just above “Cancel,” click Task Manager.

click More details

3. In Task Manager, near the bottom of the window, click More details. Doing so will present to you more in-depth information of the current processes, but more importantly, details on your computer specifications.

Click the Performance tab

4. At the top of Task Manager, there’s several tabs. Click the Performance tab. On the left hand side are summarized details on your CPU (Computer Processing Unit), your Memory, your Disk, Ethernet (network connection), and your GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). Click on GPU.

Windows 10 does give you some information on your graphics card, but it’s very limited. It gives the bare minimum as far as performance details go and, quite frankly, doesn’t even tell you the whole story on your graphics card, specifically, the manufacturer. Sure, it may tell you “NVIDIA” or “AMD,” but those companies are always outsourcing their models for other companies to make.

That’s why when you head to a store that sells computer parts, you see different tags on the same model. One might say “EVGA NVIDIA GPU” or “MSI AMD GPU,” in those cases, they were outsourced to another manufacturer.

Check Your GPU with DirectX Diagnostic Tool

Since Windows 95, Windows operating systems have been equipped with an API (application programming interface) that allows you to communicate with the different functions of your computer. In this case, DirectX Diagnostic Tool, or DxDiag, can give you the rundown of your computer’s specifications. Here’s what you do:

1. Locate your taskbar. By default, your taskbar should run along the edge of the bottom of your screen. When you found it, open your Windows Startup menu by clicking the Windows logo on your taskbar.

type anywhere in the menu, “Run

2. In the Windows Startup menu, type anywhere in the menu, “Run.” When the “Run” application appears in the menu, click it. It will prompt a small window in the bottom left corner of your screen.

type into the empty field, “dxdiag

3. In Run, type into the empty field, “dxdiag,” and then click OK. Doing so will automatically startup the DirectX Diagnostic Tool program.

If this is your first time running DxDiag, Windows will ask if you’d like to have your video drivers checked for a signature from Microsoft. Clicking Yes will not affect your drivers. A signature is the authenticity of your driver. If it’s been altered in a way, then it can be considered malicious and potentially damage your computer. The average user is unlikely to run into an issue like that.

4. Now that DirectX Diagnostic Tool has been launched, you’ll notice a list of information of your system. Ignore all of it. What you want to focus on is the handful of tabs at the top of the window. Click the Display tab.

you’ll see the name of your graphics card

5. There’s a section in the upper left corner of the window, labeled “Device.” Under the Device section, you’ll see the name of your graphics card.

Just like with Windows Task Manager, the lack of information regarding your graphics card’s specific manufacturer is apparent. You know what kind of GPU you have, but you don’t know if NVIDIA created it themselves or it was made on an assembly line at MSI.

Check Your GPU with MSINFO

1. Locate your taskbar. By default, your taskbar should run along the edge of the bottom of your screen. When you found it, open your Windows Startup menu by clicking the Windows logo on your taskbar.

System Information

2. In the Windows Startup menu, type anywhere in the menu, “msinfo.” However, “msinfo” will not appear in the menu. Instead, a program called “System Information” will. Go ahead and hit the Enter key or click it. Doing so will open a window.

3. Ignore the wall of information on the right. Focus on the left hand panel. Locate Components and expand the menu by clicking the small addition sign to the left of it.

4. In the expanded menu, click Display. On the right hand side is information regarding your installed graphics card.

locate Name

5. There’s two columns: “Item” and “Value.” Under “Item,” locate Name. When you find it, follow its line over to Value. That’s how you check your graphics card.

While MSINFO does give you a bit more information on your graphics card than, say, DxDiag or Task Manager, it suffers from the same problem both of those tools exhibit: the lack of detail on the manufacturer.

Check Your GPU with Speccy

Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t exactly give you a thorough breakdown of your graphics card. Okay, great, you have “X” graphics card. But what company manufactured it? MSI? GIGABYTE? EVGA? Once such programme that can give you those juicy details is Speccy.

Speccy is a lightweight, third-party program that can scan your computer’s components and give you the specific manufacturer of your graphics card. Sometimes it’s necessary to know this because not every graphics card of the same model is created equally – changes can, and will, be made.

1. Head over to Speccy’s homepage. It’s housed on CCleaner’s own website.

Click Download Free Version

2. Click Download Free Version. The free version has the information you seek.

Launch the Speccy setup executable

3. Launch the Speccy setup executable and follow the installation instructions.

Run Speccy

4. Run Speccy. It will scan your computer automatically and give you a rundown of your graphics card. You’ll see the specific manufacturer at the end of your graphics card, in parenthesis.