Using a small and free Windows program, you can get very detailed information about your PC’s video card. Here’s how –
- Start out by downloading GPU-Z. It’s an .exe and doesn’t actually need to be installed – so once the download has completed, just double-click it to run it.
- Click the Close button when the update window pops up – unless there is in fact an update – in which case you should download it.
- The Graphics Card tab is the one that will be displayed by default. From here you can find out everything about your video card – its Name, GPU, Device ID, and far, far more.
- Select the Sensors tab. These are the things that can be monitored in (semi) real-time. If you open a ‘graphics heavy’ program, you’ll see the video card usage (Memory Used, Temp etc) increase.
- That’s about it. You can keep this program around by storing it somewhere in your Home folder, or move it to your Program Files folder and create a shortcut to it on your desktop.