Windows 7 Tutorial

What graphics card / video card do I have on my computer (Windows 7)

Sample NVIDIA or ATI graphics card (video card) The "graphics card" (or "video card") you have installed inside your computer deals with the information displayed on screen - the more powerful your graphics card, the faster and more responsive demanding applications will become; this impacts especially graphically intensive programs and process like gaming, video editing, etc. Aside from standard video cards, which have a "dedicated graphic memory" attribute that lets you gage their power (among other things), you can also have a "GPU" ("graphics processing unit"), a microprocessor that plays the same role, but is both cheaper (usually) and less powerful - which is why you find them often in laptops and netbooks, as well as inside lower end machines. Since you may sometimes need to know what kind of graphic memory you have on your PC, to know if your computer can handle a particular program, for example; this tutorial explains how to get that information.


Find out what graphics card is in your Windows 7 computer

Follow these steps to determine which video card you have on your PC:

Note: if you have multiple video cards on your system, they will all be listed under the same "Display adapters" header. In some cases, you may also find additional information under the "Sound, video and game controllers" section further down in the Device Manager's listing.

Also note that the same procedure can be followed to find out which graphics card you have under Windows Vista or Windows XP, the Device Manager is not new to Windows 7.

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