How to check graphics cards on Windows 10, 8 and 7

Video cards are also known as graphics cards. To check all the parameters of a graphics card, take a look at this article below.

Graphics card is an important part of the computer, it handles images and video information, through it everything becomes smooth and vivid. There are 2 types of graphics cards: Onboard and discrete graphics cards

Normally, users check on graphics cards to:

  • Acknowledge the card information and the card type, whether it suits to run heavy loaded softwares such as games, graphic design, ect.
  • Know a laptop or computer equipped with discrete graphics card
  • Know if a device is capable of installing a new Windows version

Check with DirectX Diagnostic Tool

Step 1: Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog, then enter  “dxdiag” and click OK. Click Yes when a notification appears

Step 2:  In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window, switch to the Display tab to view the graphics card parameters and its capacity. Like the image below you’ll see:

  • Name (card name): Intel(R) HD Graphics
  • Card capacity: 4165MB

Note: When the card name information shows ATI, AMD, NVIDIA, the computer is equipped with a discrete graphics card. Normally a computer only runs on the onboard graphics card but if it has a discrete graphics card, it only shows when running on heavy loaded softwares

Check directly on your desktop

Right-click at any empty area on the screen, you will see your active graphics card

The left side is the onboard graphics card, the middle is the discrete graphics card and the right side shows both of the cards

Check with GPU-Z

Download GPU-Z:

After launching the software, you will see lots of tabs and each tab will show your computer parameters details, but you only need to focus on these tabs below: