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How to Check Which Graphics Card You Have on Windows 10

We show you how to perform a graphics card check in Windows 10 so you can find its name, VRAM, or other information.


Regardless of if you’re planning an upgrade or checking if your PC makes a game’s system requirements, it’s useful to know how to check a graphics card on Windows 10. Though users often turn to third-party tools to so, there are also plenty of ways to perform a graphics card check via your default OS tools.

While those with a PC GPU can often just open it up and look inside, many face confusion when wondering how to check a laptop graphics card. This can be especially difficult as some laptops have two graphics cards – the one integrated with the CPU and a dedicated one.

Graphics card check on Windows 10: Discrete GPU or integrated

As a result, we’re going to show you how to check what graphics card you have, but also how to determine which is your integrated graphics card. As a dedicated GPU is much faster for 3D rendering or gaming, this can be an important piece of information to get the most out of your device. Let’s get started:

How to Check Graphics Card on Windows 10 via Display Setttings

Windows display settings is one of fastest ways to answer the age old question of “what is my graphics card?”

  1. Open display settings

    Right-click any empty space on your desktop and choose “Display settings”.

    Windows 10 - Open Display Settings

  2. Open Advanced Display Settings

    Click “Display” on the left sidebar, then “Advanced display settings”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - System - Display

  3. Check your Windows 10 graphics card model

    Under “Display information”, you’ll see the text “Display 1: Connected to [Your Graphics Card]”. Be aware that if you’re using a laptop this will probably be your integrated graphics card. You can check the other steps to find your dedicated one.

    Windows 10 - Advanced Display Settings

How to Find Your Graphics Card on Windows 10 via Device Manager

So long as you have drivers for your GPU, Windows 10’s device manager can be a very quick way to find all of your graphics cards.

  1. Open Device Manager

    Press “Windows + X”, then click “Device Manager”.

    Windows 10 - Open Device Manager

  2. Check the graphics card in Windows 10 Device Manager

    Scroll down the device list until you see “Display adapters”. Click the arrow next to it to expand the heading. The name of your dedicated and integrated graphics cards will be shown below. Your integrated graphics card will likely have “Intel” or “Vega” in the name, while a dedicated card will say “Nvidia” or “AMD Radeon”.

    Windows 10 - Device Manager - Display Adapter

How to Check Graphics Card on Windows 10 via System Information

If you’d like a little more information without much complexity, Windows 10’s system information tool is for you.

  1. Open System Information

    Press the “Windows” key and search for “System Information”, clicking the top result.

    Windows 10 - System Information - Display

  2. Find the graphics card under the “Display” menu

    In the left sidebar, maximize the “Components” list and click on “Display”. You’ll see your graphics card information in the main pane, with the “Name” and adaptor description returning the name of the device. In this case, our PC graphics card is an Nvidia RTX 2070.

    Windows 10 - System Information - Display

How to Check Laptop Graphics Card or PC GPU via Dxdiag

Dxdiag is a tried and tested way to perform a graphics card check, returning your GPU and its video memory.

  1. Open dxdiag

    Press “Windows” and type “dxdiag”, clicking the top result. Click “Yes” to any prompts about unsigned drivers.

    Windows 10 - Search - dxdiag

  2. Check display information

    Click the “Display” tab and then the “Device” column for various details about your GPU such as the manufacturer and video memory, which is used to store textures and other information.

    Windows 10 - DirectX Diagnostic Tool

How to Check What Graphics Card You Have with Command Prompt

If you just need the name and not any other graphics card information, this can be achieved very quickly with Command Prompt.

  1. Open Command Prompt

    Press “Windows” and type “Command Prompt”, clicking the top result.

    Windows 10 - Open Command Prompt

  2. Enter the check video card command

    To return just the name of your graphics card, type:

    wmic path win32_VideoController get name

    Or, if you’d like a more detailed reading, enter:

    wmic path win32_VideoController get name, videoarchitecture, deviceID, adapterram

    Your VRAM will be returned in bytes.

    Windows 10 - CMD - wmic path win32_videocontroller

How to Check What Graphics Card You Have with PowerShell

It’s possible to perform a similar command with PowerShell, if you’re more comfortable there.

  1. Open PowerShell as an admin

    Press “Windows + X” and click “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”.

    Windows 10 - Open PowerShell as Admin

  2. Check what graphics card you have with the following commands:

    If you want all the information Windows has on your laptop or PC GPU, you can instead type Get-WmiObject win32_VideoController for a full list of properties. Check the “Description” field for its name.

    Windows 10 - PowerShell - get-wmiobject win32_videocontroller

How to Check Laptop Graphics Card or PC Graphics Card via Task Manager

While this won’t work for those who haven’t updated for a while, you can find your graphics card on Windows 10 in Task Manager in the OS’ latest versions.

  1. Open Task Manager

    Press “Windows” and type “Task Manager”, clicking the top result.

    Windows 10 - Open Task Manager

  2. Click “More details”

  3. Check your graphics card information

    Click on the “Performance” tab and then “GPU” in the left sidebar. Your graphics card name will show in the top-right of Task Manager, as well as its utilization and dedicated memory usage.

    Windows 10 - Task Manager - Details - Performance - GPU

How to Check What Graphics Card You Have with CPU-Z

Though it’s not strictly necessary, third-party tools like CPU-Z are often installed on systems already and can provide more information.

  1. Check your GPU info with CPU-Z

    Press the “Start” button and type “CPU-Z”, clicking the top result. Once it opens, click the “Graphics” tab and check the “GPU” section for your GPU name, clocks, memory, and technology. If you have more than one GPU, you can select it from the “Display Device Selection” dropdown at the top, with Intel and Vega graphics cards being integrated graphics.

    Windows 10 - CPU-Z - Graphics

How to Find Out Detailed Graphics Card Information with HWiNFO

HWiNFO is hardware information tool that provides a lot information than most tools. You can download it here.

  1. Perform a graphics card check with HWiNFO

    Open HWiNFO via your Start Menu and check the “GPU” section in the top right for your graphics card information. You can switch the “GPU #0” heading if you have more than one card.

    Windows 10 - HWiFfO64 - GPU

    Now that you know your graphics card, you may want to check our tutorial on how to check your RAM and how to stress test a CPU.

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Extra: How to Check Your Motherboard Model Information on Windows

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If your computer at least boots, there are several ways to find your system spec in Windows, from the system information tool to PowerShell, Command Prompt, and third-party tools. As not every method shows the same types and details of system specs, it´s good to always have some alternatives at hand.
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Last Updated on December 12, 2023 6:02 pm CET by Markus Kasanmascheff

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.
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