How to Check Graphics Card on Windows 10

Lillian Lai, in Technical Tips Tags: Graphics CardsWindows 10

Before playing games, you might need to check the graphics card in your computer to see if it matches, especially when you want to play new games. A suitable graphics card can bring you a more excellent gaming experience. This article summarizes the easiest ways about how to check graphics card on Windows 10. You don’t need to try them all; just choose the way that works the best for you.

Graphics card is also called video card, video adapter, and display adapter. It connects to the motherboard of a computer system and generates output images to display. If you want to watch movies or play games on your computer, a dedicated graphics card can greatly improve the quality of the graphics. 

Method 1: Check the graphics card in Device Manager
Method 2: Check the graphics card from Display Settings
Method 3: Check the graphics card by running DxDiag

Method 1: Check the graphics card in Device Manager

The most direct way to check your graphics card in Windows 10 is in Device Manager. Device manager provides a detailed view of all the Windows recognized hardware in your computer, so you can check the hardware devices from Device Manager, such as the keyboards, sound cards and graphics cards. Follow these instructions:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + X at the same time, then click Device Manager.

2) Double click Display adapters to expand it, and you will see what graphics card you have in your computer. In my case, I have Intel graphics card installed in my computer.

3) Right click the name of your graphics card, and click Properties for more detailed information.

Method 2: Check the graphics card from Display Settings

Another quick access to check your video card is from the Display settings on your desktop. The Display settings allow you to customize your desktop and modify the related settings. Please follow these steps:

1) Right click the empty area on your desktop, and click Display settings.

2) Scroll down and click Display adapter properties.

3) In the Adapter tab, you can see your video card information, including the graphics memory details.

Method 3: Check the graphics card by running DxDiag

The third  method to check your video adapter is to run DxDiag. DxDiag is the short term for DirectX Diagnostic. It’s a helpful tool for you to view the system information about your graphics card and sound card. Follow these steps:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type dxdiag and press Enter.

3) Wait for a few seconds for the app to load the information.

4) Click the Display tab, and you can see the display adapter information, including the driver type, date and version.

Tips: You can also check whether there is any problem with your device in the Notes section.

How to Solve Problems with Drivers

Windows 10 is known to probably bring faulty drivers or update patches to your computer. And that may cause issues, sometimes irrecoverable issues to your system. If you find any problems with your drivers, you can update your drivers, or restore them to the previous versions to solve the problem. But it’s suggested that you use an all-in-one tool to shut off these kinds of problems, in attempt to improve your computer’s performance.

If you are not familiar with playing around with drivers, we recommend: Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system, and solve the problems related with drivers in your computer. As a result, you don’t need to figure out your Windows version, and you don’t need to worry about making mistakes while installing drivers.

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update next to the flagged drivers to automatically install the correct drivers (you can do this with Free version). Or click Update All to automatically install the correct drivers that are missing or outdated in your computer (you can do this with Pro version, and you will be prompted to Pro version when you click Update All).

4) Restart your Windows to make it take effect.

These are the effective ways about how to check your graphics card in Windows 10. Which method helps? If you have any question, feel free to let us know and we will see what more we can do to help.

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