We often come across situations while we look at the system requirements required for playing a specific game. The graphics card is an important element when it comes to playing games. Unlike the processor and RAM, the name of the graphics card installed is not mentioned in System Properties, which we often refer to, to find our system specifications. But, all computers, no matter whether you have paid for a graphics card or not, will have an integrated graphics card.
Sometimes, you might need to know the details of the integrated graphics card, as well. On Windows 11, there are different ways you can see what GPU you have, and hence will talk about how to check what GPU you have in Windows 11. Checking what GPU, or better, what graphics card you have, hasn’t changed a lot since Windows 10, but I will illustrate a few different ways here. Just go with the option that displays the information you need the most.
Using System Information
Click on Start, and hence type in ‘System Information’. Just click on the program as shown in the screenshot below.
Here, you can find most system information, and the graphics card information is also one thing that you can find.
In the System Information program, expand ‘Components’, and then click on ‘Display’.
Let the program collect all the necessary information, and once it is ready, you can find the name and other information specific to the graphics card on your system. Even if you have multiple graphics cards, you can find most things related to the dedicated and integrated graphic cards connected to your computer from here.
Using Device Manager on Windows 11
Just like most other versions of Windows, you can find what graphics card you have on your computer, from Device Manager, as well.
Click on Start, and type in ‘Device Manager’. Hence click on the program, as shown in the screenshot below.
Now, expand, ‘Display adapters’, and hence you will find all the graphic cards connected to your system.
You can simply double-click on any of the cards to find additional details of the card, update the driver, and do a lot more.
The above two methods display the graphic card information, which includes the name of the card, series, etc. While that is enough for most requirements like to make sure whether a program will run on your computer with the current graphics card, or whether a specific game will run at maximum FPS and more.
But if you want to know more details, like how much VRAM is there on a dedicated graphics card, the manufacturer of the card, and so on, you have to use another program that I will discuss next.
You need to install Speccy, which is a free software that goes a step further and offers more insights into your existing hardware and software components.
You can also use other similar programs, but I have been using Speccy to instantly collect necessary software information for almost a decade now.
Get started with downloading Speccy from the link. There is also a paid version, but the free version is good to go.
Once it is downloaded, install Speccy just like you install other Windows programs. On finishing the installation, open Speccy from the desktop or by searching for Speccy from the Start menu.
When Speccy opens up, give the program some time, and collect all the collectible information about your system.
On the left panel, click on ‘Graphics’, and you should instantly find the name, vendor, VRAM, and other details of the graphic cards that were not displayed in the previous methods.
So, that’s how to check what GPU you have in Windows 11, using both pre-installed and third-party free tools.
Other ways to check graphic card information
While the above ways I have mentioned apply to all Windows 11, and rather older versions of Windows too, there are other ways too. However, those ways are likely to vary from card to card. So, the process of seeing the card details will vary based on NVIDIA, AMD Radeon, or an Intel-integrated card that you have installed.
First, right-click on your desktop, and click on ‘Show more options’
Hence, you should find ‘NVIDIA Control Panel’, if you have an NVIDIA card, and ‘AMD Software’, if you have an AMD Radeon card.
Simply click on the option based on what is displayed.
Once the program opens up, click on ‘System Information’ on the NVIDIA Control Panel to find the name and other details related to the graphics card. In the case of AMD cards, click on the settings cog, and you should find all the information you need, including the VRAM, driver version, etc. Simply expand ‘Hardware Details’, or ‘Software & Driver Details’ to unleash more information.
So, that’s how to check what GPU you have in Windows 11, or check what graphics card you have, through several ways. Do you have any further questions regarding the topic? Feel free to comment on the same below.