A simple interface to get complete hardware details in Windows 10 or 8.1 or 7 is not yet present. If you want to know the system configuration you have to use software utilities coming from third-party vendors.
Otherwise, you can dig deep in the computer management tools to find the relevant information. To know the CPU temperature, RAM modules, HDD or SSD model number, graphics card, monitor brand, CD/DVD details, small tools need to be run.
GPU-Z is one such lightweight system utility tool to provide complete information about your video card and GPU. It supports different graphics cards from NVIDIA, AMD, ATI and Intel graphics devices.
What you infer from Graphic Card Hardware and Software details
There are a lot of things from these system metrics of graphic card that can help you understand better about its performance.
One can know whether your GPU supports Direct X 11, 12 which is available in Windows 10. Likewise, if you are using Windows 7, whether it supports Direct X 9 or 10 can be looked up. This is important from a pc for gaming perspective.
The Pixel Fillrate is an indicator of several pixels that a GPU that can render or write to memory every second. Higher the fill rate, videos will be displayed at higher resolution and frame rates.
Though the graphics card’s memory is not an important factor as its model. We cannot be sure that a 2GB dedicated graphics card will outperform 1GB card. In gaming, visual effects are stored in VRAM memory. GPU does the calculations to display on the screen.
The GPU processor clock speed such as 1GHz vs 2GHz, will not automatically improve the graphic card’s performance twice. It will be dependent on the architecture of the GPU.
Memory Clock is the frequency of the VRAM of GPU. It reports in frequencies like MHz, GHz, etc. Faster frequencies mean that that VRAM can take, hold and replace short term information.
Shaders are made up of short pipeline processors. Shading helps to show the real-world lighting in a video game. This is useful when you are comparing graphics cards by the same maker and series. Two different GPU cards, with the same number of shader cores at the same speed, can result in a different performance.
The latest version GPU-Z Download is v2.22.0 as of July 2nd, 2019.
Standard Version:- GPU-Z v2.22.0
ASUS ROG Themed:- GPU-Z_ASUS_ROG_2.22.0.exe
How I Tested GPU-Z on my PC
The following is the system configuration of my computer.
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- Kingston 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Gigabyte G41MT-S2P motherboard
- Acer P225HQ Monitor
- NVIDIA GeForce 210 graphics card
- 80GB HDD, 120GB SSD, 240GB SSD.
- SONY DVD RW
As you can see I’m using NVIDIA GeForce 210 graphics card. This is kind of an old model compared to the new NVIDIA GPU units. The above details are obtained using Speccy tool of Piriform.
But the above info does not show the complete details of the graphics card. This is where the GPU-Z utility comes into the picture.
You can download the utility from the above location and run it as a binary. It has four tabs.
- Graphics Card
You can see the brand and model number of the graphics card here. If you click the “Lookup” button, a web page open with further information about the GPU. This can be seen on the techpowerup.com website.
The following are some of the details that are visible here.
- Die Size
- BIOS Version
- Device ID
- DirectX Support
- Pixel Fillrate
- Memory Type
- Memory Size
and much other info.
This will display the clock speed of various components of the graphics card. This includes –
- GPU Clock
- Memory Clock
- Shader Clock
- GPU Temperature
- Memory Used
- GPU Load
- Memory Controller Load
and many other details.
You could see their live data in the form of graphic representation.
This will show additional information about the following
- NVIDIA BIOS
- DXVA 2.0 Hardware Decode
- Direct X 9,10,11,12
For example, the NVIDIA BIOS information shows the following – Version, Build Date, Board Id, etc.
It will show Memory Support with complete details. The type of connectors available also is displayed. For example for my graphics card, DVI-I, HDMI, VGA are available.
You can send bug reports and get the validation ID from this tab. These can be sent by giving your Email Id, Your Name and comments.