Jan 16, 2018 Could someone please help me identify this graphics card? The gpu on the board is an Nvidia Gf116-200-ka-a1 So it should be something like a gts 450 but Im not sure who made the board. Many times you can find the manufacturer name, model number, serial number, or other unique information that can be used to identify the video card or video chipset you have. The picture below is an example of an older AGP video card.
Whether you're looking to upgrade or are curious about your computer's specifications, many people want to know what video card, or GPU, is installed on their computer. Some PCs have integrated graphics, and some have a video card. In either case, the instructions below will help you determine the graphics device powering your computer's video output. To proceed, choose your preferred method from the list below, or read all of the sections and proceed from there.
One of the quickest ways to see what type of graphics processor is in your Windows computer is through the Windows Device Manager.
- Press the Windows key, type Device Manager, and then press Enter.
- In the window that appears, expand the Display adapters section.
- You should see your GPU listed under the Display adapters section. For example, the picture above shows a Radeon RX 580 Series video card is installed in the computer.
There are many third-party programs that can detect the video card in your computer. We recommend installing and using the CAM program by following the steps below.
- Open an Internet browser and go to the CAM page.
- In the middle of the screen, click the button.
- Once the download has finished, install it from your browser and open the program.
- You will see a window open that looks like the image below.
- From here, you can see which GPU your computer has in the middle section of the main screen. For example, the picture above shows a Radeon RX 580 Series video card, or GPU, is installed in the computer.
OEM look up
If you have an OEM computer (e.g., Dell, Hewlett Packard, etc.), locate the serial number or service tag number, and then look it up on the manufacturer's website.
At boot or POST
Some computers may display the video card or chipset during the POST. Try rebooting the computer and as it is booting up, press the 'Pause / Break' key to temporarily halt the computer's boot process and read the text on the screen. If you are unfamiliar with video card manufacturers or chipsets, write down some of the company names you see and search our video card drivers section for that company.
Open the computer
Unplug everything from the back of the computer, open the case, and look for any visual identification printed on the video card or motherboard. Many times you can find the manufacturer name, model number, serial number, or other unique information that can be used to identify the video card or video chipset you have. The picture below is an example of an older AGP video card.Tip
If your video card is on the motherboard, you can find the motherboard video chipset by identifying the motherboard make and model and reading the motherboard documentation.
FCC identification number
If you cannot locate a manufacturer or model number of the video card, but you see an FCC identification number, it is recommended that you perform a search using it. Additional information about FCC numbers and how to search for information about them is on our FCC definition.
Debug routine (older computers)Note
New versions of Windows no longer include the debug command. If you are running Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10, this recommendation will not work.
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The steps below require that the user first get to an MS-DOS prompt or Windows command line.
At the C:> prompt, type the following command:
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At the - prompt, type the following command:
After typing the command above, you should receive several lines of text similar to the following:
The example dump above gives you enough information to determine the make and the year of the video card. On line four in the above dump, you can see the make of this video card, which is nVIDIA TNT. If you were to search online, you would find that nVIDIA TNT is the Riva TNT graphics card chipset. Line five of the above dump provides the version of the card and line six provides the Copyright, which is the year the graphics card was manufactured.
If you cannot capture any information that sounds like the video card, you can also type the following:
This command gives you a dump similar to the example above. However, it may have additional information about the video card.Note
If the video card is onboard, you may get the motherboard name or chipset. If you have an onboard video card, you should get the video drivers for your chipset. Commonly, the video drivers or chipset drivers are available through the motherboard manufacturer.
Once you are ready to exit the debug prompt, type quit and press Enter to exit back to the MS-DOS prompt. If you want to close the MS-DOS window, type exit and press Enter.
- See our video card definition for further information and related links.