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How to Check Graphics Card in a Laptop (2020)

Edited By Piyush Kashyap, Reviewed By Gulshan

Every device has its own graphics card, however, many users are not aware of it because they do not use such cards in their system.

But at times of damage or system interruption, a user needs to change the card so that the graphics will manipulate the image creation smoothly.

Checking the Current GPU

Some easy steps to check GPU in laptop at the time of alternation of card:

How to Check Graphics Card in a Laptop
  1. 1
    Click on the start button.
  2. 2
    Then click  ‘Run’ on the start menu
  3. 3
    Then, a dialog box will appear on your screen, where a user needs to type “dxdiag”; type it without any quotation or punctuation mark. Then click ‘Ok’ to proceed further.
  4. 4
    Now, it opens the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, where the user needs to click on the display tab.
  5. 5
    In the display tab, all the relevant information pertaining to the graphic card will appear on the ‘device’ section of the display, where the user can find the graphic card’s name as well as its memory capacity too.


  • If you do not see the above process, it means that the graphics card is not installed in your laptop.
  • If you want to check whether the card is working properly or not, then go to the Device Manager – then Display Adapter to check the Graphic card name.
  • By typing Windows +R also you can go to the Device Manager.

With Windows 10

If you have Windows 10 in your laptop and you want to check your graphic card and its usage details, you can do so in this way:

  1. 1
    Go to the taskbar and click on the “Task Manager” and to open it, press Windows+Esc.
  2. 2
    On the window at the top Click on “Performance”, if there is no tab showing on the window, Click on “More Info” select “ GPU()” from the sidebar. Your GPU’s manufacturer and its model name will be displayed on the window at the top right corner.
  3. 3
    Moreover, you can see other information as well, for example, the total memory of the GPU in this window, etc.
  4. 4
    The Task Manager also shows the usage amount of your GPU.

Video: How to Check Graphics Card on Windows 10

With Windows 10/8/7 PC.

Here is another way to check the GPU of the laptop using the Task Manager.

  1. 1
     Open Windows Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Del).
  2. 2
    Press Windows + X keys on the keyboard at the same time, and choose Task Manager. Select Task Manager to open it.
  3. 3
    Click on ‘More Details’ to check the detailed information of running tasks in Windows 10 or 8 or 7 PC.
  4. 4
    You can find out something like “Computer Graphics Card” Information.
  5. 5
    Next, tap on the Performance tab, and click the GPU option to check computer GPU information. You can check the GPU model, current usage rate, the graphics card driver, the version and its performance, etc as per your requirements.


Is a graphics card really important in laptops or PCs? The most asked question regarding graphic cards. Here is the answer:

It's really important if you need one, and not important at all if you don't. If you do not need this and all your daily work on your laptop is fulfilled, don’t worry. You are safe. Your laptop has enough juice to satisfy all your needs.

All thanks to technology, which is improving our way of living and helping us to fulfill all our demands. 


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Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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