Windows 10 makes it easy to check CPU and GPU brand name and model number with just a few clicks. If you are ever in doubt of which CPU and GPU are installed in your system, follow one of the methods shown below. It helps you find which CPU and GPU you are using with Windows 10.
- Find CPU and GPU info in task manager
- Check CPU and GPU model number with System Info tool
- DirectX Diagnostic Tool to find CPU and GPU information
- Why you need the CPU & GPU information?
1. Find CPU and GPU Info in Task Manager
You can find what CPU and what GPU you are using directly from the task manager itself. In fact, it also shows the CPU and GPU model numbers too.
- Right-click on the Taskbar.
- Select “Task Manager” from the options.
- After opening the Task Manager, go to the “Performance” tab,
- Select “CPU” on the left panel.
- On the right panel, you will see the CPU brand name and model number right above the chart. In my case, I’m using an old Intel i5 4460 CPU.
- For GPU, select “GPU” on the left panel.
- Just like before, you will see the GPU brand name and model number above the chart. In my case, the GPU is Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super.
Once you have the info you need, close the Task Manager. That is all.
2. Check CPU and GPU Model Number with System Info Tool
The CPU and GPU information is also available in the System Info tool. In fact, the System Info tool gives a boatload of information about your computer. Whenever you want to know something about your computer, this is the tool you should open.
- Open the Run box with “Windows Key + R” keybinding.
- Type “msinfo32” in the blank field and click “Ok“.
- In the System Information window, select “System Summary” on the left panel.
- You will see the CPU model number and name next to “Processor” on the right panel.
- Next, expand the “Components” tree and select “Display” on the left panel.
- The GPU name and model number will be next to “Name” on the right panel.
Once you have the required details, you can close the System Information tool.
3. DirectX Diagnostic Tool to Find CPU and GPU Information
Windows 10 includes the DirectX diagnostic tool which gives a ton of information about the system and its hardware and software. Generally, this tool is used to get diagnostic information. As such, we can use it to get the CPU and GPU details.
- Press “Windows Key + R” and open the Run window.
- Here, type “dxdiag” and press Enter.
- Under the “System” tab, you will see the processor details next to “Processor“.
- Next, go to the “Display” tab.
- You will see the GPU name and other important details like chipset, total memory, etc, under the “Device” section.
- (Optional) If you want to, you can save this information to a text file by clicking on the “Save all information” button.
That is all.
Why You Need to Know the CPU & GPU Information
The best thing about Windows is that you can pick and choose almost every component of your computer. This includes not only major hardware like the CPU, GPU, motherboard, and memory but other things like the case, power supply, monitor, and peripherals.
When its time to upgrade important things like the CPU, GPU, or Memory, it is important that you know the exact CPU brand name and model number along with the GPU brand name and model number. Even though there are only two brands in both CPU and GPU. i.e, Intel & AMD and Nvidia & AMD respectively, knowing the exact brand and model number lets you choose the compatible parts.
Not only that but some features are exclusively available to some types of CPUs and GPUs only. Finding the CPU and GPU information is also important to install compatible drivers and other essential software. In fact, to install or upgrade Windows 10, your system should meet minimum requirements.
That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to show CPU and GPU temps on taskbar.