You can use these graphics processing unit ( GPU ) monitoring tools to see how your graphics card is performing and to identify possible bottlenecks in your system.
To access the task manager, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and click Task Manager.
Click the Performance tab and you’ll see a number of different graphics cards listed, as well as your CPU usage. If you have multiple GPUs, you’ll see them all listed here.
Click on any GPU listed to see more detailed information. The top section provides an overview of the card’s usage, including its current clock speed and memory usage.
The bottom section contains a more detailed breakdown of the card’s performance. This can be useful for identifying potential bottlenecks in your system.
For example, if you see that the GPU is running at close to 100% capacity but the CPU is only at 50%, this indicates that the CPU is bottlenecking the GPU. In this case, upgrading to a faster CPU would likely improve graphics performance.
Conversely, if the GPU is only running at 50% but the CPU is at 100%, this indicates that the GPU is bottlenecking the CPU. Upgrading to a faster GPU would likely improve overall system performance in this case.
It’s also worth noting that not all games or applications will make use of multiple GPUs. If you’re only seeing one GPU listed in the task manager, this likely means that the game or application you’re using is only making use of a single GPU.
In general, if you’re looking to improve graphics performance, it’s best to start by upgrading your GPU. If you’re still seeing bottlenecking after upgrading your GPU, then upgrading your CPU may also be necessary.
Windows uses newer features in the windows display driver model ( WDDM ) to improve the quality and responsiveness of the overall graphics experience. This is especially evident when multiple applications are running at the same time or when using certain types of applications, such as 3D games.
If you’re not seeing the improvements in graphics performance that you expect, make sure your system meets the minimum requirements for the WDDM driver model. You can find these requirements on Microsoft’s website.
The number in the GPU column is the percentage of time that the GPU is being used by that application.
The number in the CPU column is the percentage of time that the CPU is being used by that application.
If you’re noticing that one or more applications are using a high percentage of your GPU but not your CPU, this indicates that the GPU is bottlenecking the performance of that application. In this case, upgrading to a faster GPU would likely improve performance.
Conversely, if you’re noticing that one or more applications are using a high percentage of your CPU but not your GPU, this indicates that the CPU is bottlenecking the performance of that application. In this case, upgrading to a faster CPU would likely improve performance.