Getting to Know Your Video Card with GPU-Z


Wondering what kind of video card inside your computer? GPU-Z is a lightweight free portable system utility designed to provide very detailed information about your video card and GPU (Graphic Process Unit). The user interface looks almost the same as CPU-Z but it’s not from the same vendor, though CPU-Z has granted them the permission to use a name very similar to their product.

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It includes four tabs in the tool,

  • Graphic Card – displays various information about the installed video card. If you have two of them installed, you can select which one to display at the bottom of the window.
  • Sensors – lists the GPU temperature, load, power, memory usage, as well as core and memory cloud speed in real-time.
  • Advanced – includes a drop-down menu that lets you display additional information on the following features:
    • ASIC Quality
    • WDDM
    • DirectX 9, 10, 11, 12
    • OpenCL
    • Vulkan
  • Validation – for submitting comments.

The Graphic Card tab displays so much information about your video card, so much that many of the terms you may not know at all. Therefore, GPU-Z has a tooltip feature that pops up an informational box briefly explaining what it is when you hover your cursor over a certain box.

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GPU-Z is currently on version 2.1.0 released on May 23, 2017. It added the support to the following new graphic chipsets.

  • NVIDIA Tesla P100 PCIe, Tesla M10, Quadro P5000
  • Intel Graphics 615
  • AMD HD 8350G

GPU-Z is completely free for personal use as well as commercial usage, as long as you don’t redistribute it as part of a commercial package. It works for almost all Windows versions, from XP to Windows 10 with the support to both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

By the way, to use GPU-Z as a portable tool without installing it first, click the executable file you downloaded, pass the UAC prompt, and choose Not Now option that pops on your screen.

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