This quick overview will show you how to use GPU-Z, a small, free Windows utility that displays every detail about your video card that you could possibly want :)
GPU-Z supports NVIDIA, AMD, ATI and Intel graphics cards so chances are very good it’ll correctly identify your exact video card. It works on all modern versions of Windows (from XP to 10) and both 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows.
- Head over to the GPU-Z download page and download the Standard Version. Once the file has finished downloading, double-click it. That’ll bring up the initial installation screen which will ask if you want to install the App, if you want to just run it, or if you want to run it but the next time you double-click the file, ask if you want to install it again. Choose that last option, Not now – which means GPU-Z will run right now and if you decide you like it and want to keep it around, the next time you run the setup file you’ll be asked if you want to install it.
- Ta-da! That’s it. GPU-Z will auto-detect your video card and display the results in a series of very detailed series.
- One of the very best things about GPU-Z is how easy they’ve made it to find out exactly what each of these fields really means. Simply hover your cursor over the field you’re curious about and GPU-Z will display a pop-up with more information on that particular section.
- Select the Sensors tab at the top and you’ll be presented with a bunch of real-time Sensor stats.
- Select the Advanced tab at the top and you’ll be presented with a whole bunch more info :)
- Click the pull-down menu at the top of the Advanced tab and you guessed it, more info.
- You can review the settings for the GPU-Z App itself by clicking the ‘three lines’ icon (see screenshot below) in the upper-right corner of the App.
- Review the info but any changes you make you may have to make again – remember that right now you’re running GPU-Z in “standalone” mode and need to install it the next time you double-click the setup file that you downloaded way back in step #1.
- That’s it!