The graphics card is an essential component of any desktop or laptop computer’s hardware. If you want to play any sort of video game, you’ll find that your graphics card is listed among the most crucial specifications for any game you’ll want to play. Windows games include graphic card details in their system requirements, and you might need to check what graphics card you have to see if it matches the requirements–especially if you want to play new games. The graphics card is probably one of the first components of your computer that you’ll consider upgrading. If you do upgrade your graphics card, you will need the system details on hand.
But unless you bought your graphics card separately from your computer and installed it yourself, you might not know what kind you have. (And since it’s inside your computer, you can’t just look at it to see what kind it is.) So how do you find out what graphics card you have installed? Well, there are a couple ways to do it in Windows 10.
DirectX Diagnostic Tool
This is a tool you already have as part of Windows 10. To access it, first open the Run tool by pressing Win + R. There will be a small “Open” field for you to enter a command. Enter “dxdiag” and the window shown in the snapshot below should appear.
The window opens with the System tab selected. That tab shows some useful information about how your computer runs, generally. Click the Display tab to see details about your graphic card, as shown below. The Display tab tells you which graphics card your system has, along with additional info such as its amount of RAM, the device type, and your resolution. (If you want to go in-depth into adjusting your resolution, check out our article here.)
If all you want to know is what kind of graphics card you have, this should be enough. If you want to take a closer look and get more information, read on.
If you still need more extensive details about your graphics card and GPU, you will need to add a more in-depth monitoring tool to your computer. Check out TechPowerUp GPU-Z v1.9.0. This small utility provides many more graphic card details than the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. You can add it to Windows 10 by clicking an appropriate server on this page. When you open it you will find the window shown below.
This window gives you much more extensive details about your graphic card. It includes the driver version, GPU clock, shaders, and a lot more. Clicking the “Lookup” button opens a page on your graphic card on the Techpowerup website, where you can read more about that type of card.
If you need to further details about your specifications, hover the cursor over the entry. This will open a tooltip, as below. Each tooltip tells you a little more about the specification.
So now you can check your graphics card in Windows 10, either with the DirectX Diagnostic tool or in more detail with TechPowerUp GPU-Z v1.9.0 software. These will give you the information you need to see if you have to upgrade a card, or to check whether it matches software system requirements.