A graphics card, also known as GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), video card, or display card is a very essential piece of computer hardware. It is responsible for all things graphical on a computer device.
The graphics card is responsible for rendering basic necessities such as the icons on your desktop and the translucent effects on the menu. At the same time, it plays a vital and sophisticated role in executing and rendering graphics-intensive aspects such as high-end games or high-resolution videos.
Knowing how to check your graphics card can be really useful, as this knowledge can help you gauge your machine’s capacity to run that new cool game or to render that swanky new video.
With Windows, you can check the currently installed graphics card on your computer in more than a single way. Here’s how.
Check your Graphics Card from Windows Settings
You can quickly get the information of your primary graphics card currently installed on your system via the ‘Settings’ app.
To do so, launch the ‘Settings’ app from the Start Menu of your Windows 11 computer.
Then, click on the ‘System’ tab present on the left sidebar of the ‘Settings’ window.
After that, click the ‘Display’ tile from the list on the left side of the window.
Now, scroll down to locate and click on the ‘Advanced display’ tile.
Finally, you can see the manufacturer and model number of your graphics card on the ‘Internal Display’ tile. To get more details on your graphics card, click the ‘Display adapter properties for Display 1’ option. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Note: If your Windows computer has more than one graphics card installed, the Settings app will show information only for the primary graphics card.
From the opened window you will see all information related to the graphics card installed on your device.
Check your Graphics Card sing the System Information Tool
Another method to check your graphics card information is through the system information tool.
First, press the Windows+R shortcut on your keyboard that will bring up the ‘Run Command’ utility on your screen. Then, type msinfo32 and hit Enter on your keyboard. This will open the ‘System Information’ window on your screen.
Now, from the ‘System Information’ window, click to expand the ‘Components’ section located on the left section of the window. Then, select the ‘Display’ option on the expanded list.
You will now see all the graphics cards installed on your computer, to the right of the screen.
Check your Graphics Card using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool
DirectX is the software that allows applications to access the installed graphic cards on your system. You can quickly and easily invoke the DirectX diagnostic tool to know all about the installed graphics cards.
To proceed, first press the Windows+R shortcut on your keyboard to open the ‘Run Command’ utility. Then type
dxdiag and hit Enter on your keyboard. This will bring up the DirectX Diagnostic tool window on your screen.
Now, click on the ‘Display’ tab to see information related to your primary graphics card.
In case, you have more than one graphics card installed, click on the ‘Render’ tab to see details about your tertiary video card.
Check your Graphics Card using the Device Manager
As the name suggests, the Device Manager handles all the I/O devices and has information regarding their hardware properties.
To check the graphics card using the Device manager, launch the ‘Settings’ app from the Start Menu of your device.
After that, click the ‘System’ tab on the left sidebar of the window.
Next, click on the ‘About’ tile from the list on the left section of the window.
Then, scroll to locate and click on the ‘Device Manager’ tile present under the ‘Related Settings’ section. This will open a separate ‘Device Manager’ window on your screen.
From the ‘Device Manager’ window, click the ‘arrow’ icon adjacent to the ‘Display adapters’ option. This will expand the section and reveal the list of graphics cards installed on your device.
If you wish to see more information regarding the graphics card listed, double-click the desired GPU to open the details in a separate window.
And that’s it! You’re now a pro at checking the graphics card on your computer!