Every power user has a set of go-to programs and utilities that he or she carries around on a USB thumb drive. One that should be included is GPU-Z, a lightweight utility that takes up all of 1.3MB or 1.4MB of space (depending on whether you want the standard version or the one with an Asus ROG skin). Even though it has a teeny-tiny footprint, it can tell an awful lot about your graphics card, which can come in handy when troubleshooting. The newest update -- version 0.7.5 -- released today adds support for 12 more discrete GPUs and an additional integrated GPU.
One of our favorite utilities, GPU-Z, has yet to reach 1.0 status. We're not sure what the holdup is, but in the meantime, incremental updates keep rolling in, the latest one bringing the utility up to version 0.6.3 and adding support for nearly two dozen additional videocards in the process, along with improved Kepler boost clock detection, a handful of fixes, and other changes.
Want to know all the deep, dirty and highly technical details about your graphics card that the Windows Experience Index refuses to share with you? Hardcore system tweakers have been turning to TechPowerUp's GPU-Z for just that kind of info for a while now, and today the application got a fresh new coat of paint. GPU-Z v0.6.0 adds, amongst other things, support for many of the new Radeon 7000 hitting the streets -- and support for GTX 600 cards that will supposedly be hitting the streets soon. (Maybe even this week?)
There's a new version of TechPowerUp's GPU-Z utility available to download, v0.5.9. The newest build has no trouble recognizing AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770 graphics cards, and support has also been added for GF108-based Nvidia GeForce GT 520, GTX 555 (non-mobile), GeForce 305M, and 610M GPUs. Some long overdue love was finally given to Packard Bell, which is recognized as a PCI vendor in the latest version of GPU-Z.
There's a new GPU-Z build available -- version 0.5.8 -- that adds improved support for Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards, including the ability to monitor voltages, improved real-time clock monitoring, and improved default clock reading (which also applies to Fusion). In addition to better handling of Radeon HD 7970 GPUs, support for which was added in version 0.5.7, the latest GPU-Z build includes a number of other tweaks that improve the overall program.
GPU-Z is one of our favorite tell-all utilities to carry around on a USB stick. It doesn't require any installation, it has a small footprint (around 900KB), and it reveals just about everything you could want to know about your videocard, from the BIOS version to the number of ROPs. TechPowerUp is pretty good about keeping GPU-Z updated, and the latest build adds support for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 and 7350 graphics, as well as a few other enhancements.
There's a new version of GPU-Z available for download (version 0.5.5) that now fully recognizes AMD A-Series Fusion processors. In addition, the latest build adds support for numerous videocards not previously recognized, fixes a shader count detection issue for Blackcomb (mobile AMD Cayman), adds a PowerColor hardware giveaway, and more.
In the latest issue of Maximum PC (August 2011, or Volume 16 No. 8), we highlight GPU-Z on page 54 as one of "49 Lil' Apps" that can be downloaded for free and are less than 3MB in size. It's our go-to utility for knowing almost everything there is to know about our system's graphics chip, including clockspeeds, die size, and even its release date, and it works with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. Since going to print, TechPowerUp released a new version -- GPU-Z 0.5.4 -- with a barrel full of new features and fixes.
The graphics gurus over at TechPowerUp released an updated version of their GPU-Z utility today, version 0.5.2. GPU-Z, if you've never used it before, is similar to the popular CPU-Z utility, except it's for videocards. It offers up all kinds of vitals about your graphics hardware, everything from the BIOS revision to various clockspeeds. It's a handy piece of software to ensure your overclocking efforts and/or motherboard settings aren't wreaking havoc with your GPU, and the latest version adds a handful of key upgrades.
GPU-Z, the videocard tell-all utility that does for GPUs what CPU-Z does for CPUs, has been updated to version 0.4.7. This latest release features support for AMD Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 videocards, and Nvidia GeForce GT 420 and 430 hardware.
Other changes include:
Fixed default clock reading on Fermi architecture cards
Added voltage controller support for Colorful iGame GTX 460
Added PCI Vendor detection for Colorful
Added TMU count and die size for GF106
Synchronizatino mutexes are global now
Improved stability when running multiple instances of GPU-Z
Fixed "the driver has been marked for deletion" error
Note that GPU-Z is still beta software, though we haven't run into any quirks when using it. However, the developers say that some versions of McAfee Antivirus report a "Generic!Artemis" infection, noting that it's a false positive reading.
GPU-Z doesn't require any installation. You can grab the utility here.