This tutorial will show you how to find out what type, what brand, what manufacturer and what model is your PC’s graphic cards – Windows 8 is really a new operating system that many users are also considering this OS as really new so most of them may feel not so familiar using it. That’s why we now try to share Windows 8 tips and tricks more frequently, even the very basic tips. In today article, you’ll see a very basic tip about how to find out what graphic card(s) your Windows 8 computer is using. You may simply use software like SiSandra or PasssMark, FutureMark, NovaBench or CPUID to fetch, gather and display all information about hardware used in your PC. But this time we gonna do that manually in case if you didn’t have time yet to download necessary software.
Method #1: Via Desktop
If you are in Start Screen, just switch to Desktop mode.
Then do a right-click in any empty area in the Desktop.
Now select “Screen Resolution” option.
Click on the “Advanced Settings” tab.
That’s it. You’ll now see some details regarding attached Graphic card in your PC. The information including:
- Adapter Type. e.g: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
- Chip Type. e.g: GeForce GT 520
- DAC Type. e.g: Integrated RAMDAC
- Adapter String. e.g: GeForce GT 520
- BIOS Information. e.g: Version 75.19.1b.0
- Total Available Graphics Memory. e.g: 2048 MB
- Dedicated Video Memory. e.g: 1024 MB
- System Video Memory. e.g: 128 MB
- Shared System Memory. e.g: 1531 MB
- and so on.
Method #2: Via Device Manager
In your Start Screen, click on Control Panel icon to launch it.
In Control Panel window, launch “Device Manager”
You’ll see the “Device Manager” window pops up. Now look for “Display Adapters”
Double-click “Display Adapters” option or click on the tiny arrow beside it to expand.
Now you’ll see available what kind of Graphic Adapter(s) / card is currently installed.
To reveal more information about it, right-click on it then choose “Properties”
Another small window will pop up. From there you can click available tabs to see more details.
Method #3: via Command Prompt window
In your keyboard, hit Windows + R buttons at once to reveal “Run” dialog box.
cmd then hit Enter or OK
You’ll now see Windows Command Prompt window appears. In there, type
debug then hit Enter.
Once you are in debug mode, type
d C000:0010 then hit Enter.
All available information regarding your graphic card will be displayed.
For me, it will be much more easier and cooler to just using third-party program like CPUID, GPU Viwer, and benchmarking programs like NovaBench. But however if you use one of those there methods above, you’ll look like lot more geeky.