Currently, there are a large number of programs that monitor one or several devices in the system unit at once. The latest utilities that collect information en masse are more convenient, as they provide everything at once.
However, applications of the first type are the most complete: they give the most complete picture of the device, its characteristics and status. Such an application is GPU-Z.
The main features of the GPU-Z program
Developed by foreign programmers from the TechPowerUp group – GPU-Z is a very accurate reference book that contains all the necessary information about your video card.
The GPU-Z program is the official development of TechPowerUp. The Russian-language version of GPU-Z RUS is implemented by “amateur” programmers. The utility is well optimized both for old operating systems (for Windows 7 the program will work without any problems), and for the most current Windows.
The program has excellent optimization for both old and new devices, so the question of whether GPU-Z is suitable for Windows 10 can be safely thrown aside – the utility works equally well on all Windows operating systems.
The fundamental feature of the TechPowerUp GPU-Z utility is full support for all video cards currently on the market: from popular nVidia and AMD GPUs to mobile solutions from Intel.
Main tab interface
The main tab of the application displays such basic data as the name of the video card, its release date and revision, as well as the technology by which the video processor is manufactured. This data may be enough for some users to provide data about their system unit.
For more advanced users, the information is revealed to the smallest detail: here you can see full information about the memory of the video card (memory type and size), the maximum supported version of Microsoft DirectX, the driver version currently installed, as well as frequencies, and they are displayed as original, installed by the manufacturer, as well as frequencies increased in the process of “overclocking”.
If you are not into overclocking and have never even touched such utilities, and the values of the real frequencies and default values still diverge, you can not worry: often manufacturers (such as Gigabyte or Palit) produce their own, safe overclocking in order to the video card was noticeably different from other, exactly the same models.
A “clean” video card directly from the developer (for example, from nVidia) must be with the original values.
To fully check the video card in real time, open the next TechPowerUp GPU-Z tab called “Sensors” (or “Sensors”, depending on the translation). From here, in order.
- Core and Memory
Clocks The first two values display the current core and memory clocks, respectively, at which the video processor is running. The graphs to the right of the data show the process of jumps in dynamics: for example, when the red bar fills the bar to the very top, this means that the video card is working at its limit. As a rule, the graphs in these two lines rise and fall in the same way.
- Video card temperature The
following is information about the temperature of the video card. Operating temperature – from 40 to 60 degrees Celsius, heating above the norm (from 65 degrees Celsius and above) is fraught with malfunctions (for example, image distortion on the screen) or even failure of the graphics processor. Pay close attention to the temperature under load!
- Cooler speed
To reduce the influence of hot air currents on a video card, manufacturers install various coolers on their devices: in modern realities, you will not surprise anyone with three fans and cooling tubes together, on one video processor case. GPU-Z has the ability to track the speed of the cooler as a percentage of the maximum, and a little lower – the fan speed in the usual rpm.
- Graphics card
workload Below is data on the workload of various components of the video card: for example, you can see how much video memory is used (as well as see the ratio of minimum to maximum on the graph), how loaded the video card is in general (the graph corresponds to the first two indicators from the tab – core and memory frequencies ), as well as its components, such as a memory controller or a bus interface.
consumption Power consumption depending on the intensity of the graphics card is displayed in the following graph and measured according to the heat dissipation requirements (percentage of TDP). So, for example, the nVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video card has a TDP level – measured and proven – 275W. Therefore, the GPU-Z program will display the percentage of this value and show how much power is currently being used by the video processor.
Of course, there is also information about the voltage: it must be perfectly even throughout the entire operation of the computer! Power surges can be fraught with the lifespan of the device.
In addition to the information provided, the TechPowerUp GPU-Z utility has an intuitive setting: for example, you can configure the program to autorun, check for updates, or change the application language to the most convenient for you.