If you don’t know what graphics card you have off the top of your head, it isn’t always the most straightforward process to find it out. What’s more, not all graphics cards are easily identifiable from the exterior, so sometimes even digging into your computer isn’t the biggest help. Well then, what choices does that leave you with?
There are a couple of different things you can do to identify your graphics card from outside your computer. After all, such things are ingrained into the software it uses.
There are two ways to determine your graphics card with the software you already have on your computer. If you need more detailed information, you can also download third-party programs to help, but this takes a bit more effort.
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The DXDiag method, or Direct X Diagnostic method, is your most straightforward option. First, you need to pull up the Run window, which you can do by typing “run” into the Start menu. Next, type dxdiag into the dialog box and click OK.
Once you’ve done that, the tool will scan your computer and its components. To see your graphics card, you’ll have to click the Display tab at the top. The end result should look something like this.
As you can see, the diagnostic tool lists everything you might need to know about your graphics card. However, if you can’t or don’t want to use this method, you have another option, too.
Device Manager Method
The device manager method isn’t always as descriptive as the DXDiag method, but it’ll work well in a pinch. For this, you start out the same way as you would with the previous process, but instead, type Device Manager into the Start menu and select it. When the window opens, click the arrow next to Display Adapters and you’ll see your graphics card on the drop-down menu.
From there, you can right-click on your graphics card (the one in the picture above is a Radeon RX 580) and choose Properties. This will tell you a little more about the card, including the manufacturer.
As you can see, the manufacturer of this card is Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD. Do keep in mind, though, that the Device Manager uses your graphics card’s drivers to determine its details, so if you have outdated drivers, it might not be as accurate.
If you’re looking for something a bit more detailed, there are third-party applications out there that can tell you a bit more about your graphics card. Speccy is an excellent example, but there are many different ones for you to choose from. Use whichever one you trust the most!