I have seen a lot of my friends saying that they have a 1GB graphics card or 2 GB graphics card and my immediate question always is “which card (Manufacturer), and what are it’s specifications“. Most of the graphics card which come bundled with costly laptops like Lenovo, Samsung, HP, Acer, and other manufactures can barely play Counter Strike 2.8 in full detail at HD resolutions. I’m saying this with a lot of experience, using a bunch of graphics cards from different manufacturers like Ati, NVidia, and Intel (Leave this out of the picture when we are talking about games with good-enough graphics at Full HD resolution). There is more to graphics card than just a plain simple memory (for more information regarding which graphics card to buy according to your need check out this article: How To Buy the Best Graphics Card). If you want to check out complete graphics card specifications, you can use either of these graphics card specification utility.
Know Your Graphics card Specification
GPU Caps Viewer
This graphics card specification utility software is developed by oZone3D. GPU Caps Viewer is an OpenGL and OpenCL graphics card utility.
When I tried out this utility tool I was amazed to see my graphics card specification in so much detail (Still I knew it from before, it’s a part of being a Gamer and that’s why I bought it). But for someone who doesn’t know anything about their graphics card, specifications like this can mean a lot to them and can be very helpful for them to know their graphics card, especially when you want to know which kind of games your card can run and at what resolution.
One of the best things about GPU Caps Viewer is that it gives information regarding OpenGL and OpenCL versions. You can also view information regarding number of CUDA cores in case you have an NVidia GPU.
You can also check out OpenGL and OpenCL demos to understand how your graphics card uses them to generate images and textures.
The only thing which GPU Caps Viewer was unable to show about my graphics card was its memory type which is GDDR5. Most of the cards nowadays come with this memory interface.
GPU Caps Viewer also provides information regarding your memory clock speed along with GPU temperature and Fan Speed.
I always was a big fan of CPU-Z developed by Techpowerup which gave detailed information for your processor. GPU-Z is also a graphics card specification utility developed by the same folks. I tried to check it specifications against GPU Caps Viewer, and turns out, even if it doesn’t show flashy OpenGL and OpenCL demos, but it still shows almost all the graphics card specification.
As I stated before I’m a big fan of CPU-Z, and with the amount of information stated by GPU-Z, I started to like it better than GPU Caps Viewer. GPU-Z states graphics card specification like dies size, number of transistors, vendor info, Bus interface, pixel fillrate, texture fillrate, bus width, bandwidth, and other more helpful information about your graphics card.
Like GPU Caps Viewer it also shows temperature info for your graphics card but with a lot more detail. But it added two more GPU Cores to my graphics card with random temperature.
Closing Words: Comparing two of the most used graphics card specification utilities, I personally liked GPU-Z more than GPU Caps Viewer. Now you can know more about your graphics card with either of these two graphics card specification utility.