How to Check Your Computer’s GPU Percentage

All computers have graphics hardware inside that handles everything from high-quality display on your desktop and decoding videos to rendering PC games.

Most modern PCs have graphics processing units, also known as GPUs, made by NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD, but remembering which model you have installed can be a little tricky.

Checking your computer’s GPU

While the computer’s CPU and RAM are vital, the GPU is the most critical component when it comes to playing PC games, according to HowtoGeek.

If you don’t have a powerful enough GPU, you can’t play newer PC games or you may have to play them at lower quality.

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Some computers have integrated or integrated low-power graphics cards, while others have powerful dedicated or discrete graphics cards. Here’s how you can see what graphics hardware is on your computer.

On a Windows 10 PC, you can check your GPU information and usage details by clicking Task Manager, according to Groovy Post.

Right-click the taskbar at the bottom of your computer screen and click Task Manager or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.

On a Windows 11 PC, you can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, right-click the Start button, and select Task Manager. From there, choose the Performance tab at the top of the window. If you don’t see the tabs, click More details.

Next, select GPU 0 from the sidebar. The make and model of the GPU can be seen in the upper right corner of the window.

In this window you will also see other information like the amount of dedicated memory on your GPU. Windows 10 task manager shows your GPU usage and you can also see GPU usage by application.

If your system has multiple GPUs, you will also see GPU 1 and so on. Each of them represents a different physical GPU.

On older versions of Windows, like Windows 7, you can find this information in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. To open it, click Windows + R, type dxdiag in the Run dialog that appears, and press Enter.

Click on the View tab and find the Name field in the Device section. Other stats, like the amount of video memory built into your GPU, can also be viewed there.

If you have multiple GPUs in your system, such as a laptop with a low-power Intel GPU or a high-powered NVIDIA GPU to use while plugged in and playing games, you can select which GPU can be used during a game if you are using a Windows 10. You can also see these commands through the Control Panel.

Monitor your GPU usage

Open Task Manager by right-clicking an empty space on the taskbar to monitor your GPU usage. Click Task Manager or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard, according to PCGame Haven.

Choose the More details option at the bottom of the Task Manager window if you see the simple view. In the Task Manager view, in the Processes tab, right-click on any column header and enable the GPU option. This will add a GPU column which will allow you to see the percentage of GPU resources for each application you are using.

You can also enable the GPU Engine option to see which GPU engine the application is using by your computer.

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