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How to find out what graphics card you have

How to find out what graphics card you have


Check your graphics capabilities on Windows 10 and macOS

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It’s good to be aware of what graphics card you have in your computer for several reasons. First, it will help you know if your machine meets the recommended specification required to play a game or run an application. Also, it’s useful if you want to keep your driver up to date, or even if you want to upgrade.

The process for figuring out which graphics card (GPU) is inside your computer is easy, but it varies depending on the operating system you’re using. The steps to follow for Windows 10 aren’t the same as for macOS 10.15 Catalina (and earlier versions). What’s more, the path to finding more details on your graphics card has the potential to splinter again depending on the make of the card. For example, both AMD- and Nvidia-based graphics cards use their own apps for managing options. But for the purposes of this how-to, we’ll ignore those in favor of a few steps that are faster and easier to follow.

What graphics card does my Windows 10 PC have?

There are numerous ways to find this out, but the fastest, easiest way to see what you’re using for graphics is to open the Device Manager, a utility built into Windows that lists every component inside of your machine. It’s useful regardless of whether you’re using a dedicated GPU (a standalone component within your computer that handles nothing but the graphics) or if your PC’s processor is providing integrated graphics. (Some, but not all, CPUs can handle graphics processing without the need for a GPU.)

  • Hit the Windows + X keys on your keyboard, then on the window that pops up, select “Device Manager.” Alternatively, you can hit the Windows key, then type in “Device Manager” and hit Enter when the option pops up as you type.
  • Find the section called “Display adapters,” then double-click it to reveal what your PC uses for graphics

In my case, it shows the Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics card. If you use integrated graphics (the graphics capabilities built into most, but not all, CPUs), it’ll be listed here as well, and it will read “Intel UHD Graphics” or something similar. (The exact name likely correlates with the generation of Intel CPU you’re using.) If you use an AMD processor that supports integrated graphics, you’ll see that listed here instead.

  • If you want more information about your graphics card or integrated graphics, like what driver it’s using and the date that it was installed, you can double-click what appears under “Display adapters.” A window will appear that has several tabs. To find the driver details, click the “Driver” option.

What graphics card do I have in my Mac?

If you’re using a Mac, the process for finding out the internal graphics it’s using is the same whether it’s a laptop or a desktop — and it’s very easy.

  • Click the Apple logo at the top-left corner of your display, then click “About this Mac”
  • Once a window pops open, you’re practically finished. Near the bottom of this window, right above your serial number, it will list what the computer uses for graphics. In my case, my work laptop utilizes Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics 645.
  • For even more detail on your graphics setup on macOS, you can click “System Report...” located right beneath the serial number in the “About this Mac” view. Once you’re there, find “Graphics/Displays” along the left-hand panel and click into it.

Some Mac computers are built with dedicated graphics chips in addition to integrated graphics provided by the processor. You’ll be able to see all of your options using the System Report utility.

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