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.
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
- DirectX 9, 10, 11, 12
- 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.
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.