How to Check What Integrated Graphics Do I Have?

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An integrated graphics card is an essential component for displaying visuals on your monitor screen. Since not all iGPUs are created equally, it is fair to ask how to check what integrated graphics do I have (or if you even have one) in order to gauge its capabilities.

There are many ways to figure out the integrated graphics card you have (if any). If you know the model number of your CPU, then checking out its specsheet can reveal the iGPU it features. Alternatively, you can use built-in services and utilities in Windows such as Device Manager to figure out the iGPU you have as well.

Below I will talk about this in detail along with important information regarding integrated graphics.

Basically, all PCs need a graphics card in order to display stuff on the monitor. Without a graphics card, the PC will not have any type of video rendering and video output capability.

Integrated vs Dedicated Graphics Card

There are two types of graphics card that a PC can have: integrated or a dedicated graphics card.

If you do not have a dedicated graphics card installed separately, then your system will definitely have an integrated graphics card.

A dedicated graphics card is a standalone device that goes in the PCIe slots. They are often far more powerful than integrated graphics in terms of performance. They can also be quite expensive to procure.

Graphics Card
A dedicated graphics card inserted on an x16 PCIe slot of a motherboard.

On the other hand, integrated graphics, as the name suggests, are graphics cards that come coupled with the CPUs. 

An integrated graphics is not as capable as a dedicated graphics card, but can add basic video output capability to your PC. They are also required to enable the video output ports found on the back I/O panel.

A PC can have:

  • An integrated Graphics Card
  • OR an Dedicated Graphics Card
  • OR BOTH

 Also Read: Does Your PC Need a Graphics Card If Its Not for Gaming?

How to Check What Integrated Graphics Do I Have?

There are several simple ways to check what integrated graphics you have.

Method 1: Check Using Device Manager

One of the easiest way to check what integrated graphics card you have is to use the built in system utilities and services in the Windows Operating system.

One such very popular utility is the Device Manager.

Device Manager basically lists all the available hardware components installed on your PC, including the integrated graphics card.

To check out what integrated graphics you have using device manager:

  1. Press the Search Button in the Task Bar
  2. Type “Device Manager” in the search filed
  3. Open the Device Manger utility

device manager search watermark png

This should open the Device Manager in a new Window.

Alternatively, you can also access Device Manager by Right Clicking “This Computer” and selecting “Manage” from the Drop Down Menu. From the Window that opens, select “Device Manager” from the menu on the Left.

With the Device Manager window open:

  1. Expand the “Display Adapters” section
  2. Check for the Integrated Graphics. 
How to Check What Integrated Graphics Do I Have
Device Manager showing the graphics card installed on my PC.

The system above has two GPUs. Intel HD 630 is the integrated graphics card. NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti is a dedicated graphics card.

If you have both a dedicated and an integrated graphics card on your PC, then you must have some knowledge regarding the different model names for the iGPUs to easily differentiate between the two.

For instance, all Intel GPUs are integrated graphics cards. All NVIDIA GPUs are dedicated graphics cards.

With AMD, you may have to conduct some research as AMD makes both integrated and dedicated GPUs. 

You must have the drivers installed for the iGPUs in order for this method to work.

Also Read: How to Check What Motherboard You Have?

Method 2: Check Using Trusted and Free Third Party Software

Another very easy way to not just check, but to also get a lode of important information regarding what integrated graphics card you have is to use trusted and popular FREE third party software.

There are two that I would recommend:

CPU-Z Intel UHD 630
CPU-Z. Shows general information regarding the iGPU Intel HD 630. Make sure you have selected the right GPU from the drop down menu. (in case if you have multiple GPUs installed)

CPU-Z is an all rounder popular utility for not just checking what GPU you have on your PC, but also for checking myriad of other aspects such as CPU, RAM, motherboard etc.

GPU-Z Intel UHD 630
GPU-Z, showing comprehensive details regarding Intel HD 630. Make sure you have selected the right GPU from the drop down menu (in case if you have multiple GPUs installed)

GPU-Z, on the other hand, is a specialized software for a comprehensive and detailed look at the GPUs you have installed. Not only can it tell you what integrated graphics card you have, but also so much more. 

Installing these utilities is also quite simple. Just head over to their respective websites linked above and download the latest version.

Since they are Free, they do not require you to pay.

Generally, I advise against installing third party software on your PC since their credibility cannot be verified. However, CPU-Z and GPU-Z are fairly safe.

Method 3: Reading The CPU’s Spechsheet

The definitive way to check what integrated graphics card you have on your CPU is to check its specsheet.

For this method to work, you will need to know the make and model of your CPU.

Simply search it up on Google for its spechsheet and check for processor graphics specifications. You can also go to manufacturer’s website directly and search up your CPU model number for its specsheet.

Intel HD 630
Intel HD 630 – iGPU on Intel Core i7 7700HQ. Source: Intel

Also Read: How to Disable Integrated Graphics Card?

Not ALL CPUs Have Integrated Graphics

It is also possible for your CPU to have no integrated graphics card at all.

If your CPU does not have an integrated graphics card, then you MUST have a dedicated graphics card in order to display stuff on your monitor.

Both AMD and Intel have CPUs that DO NOT feature an iGPU.

  • Intel F Series CPUs such as Intel COre i5 1000F, do not feature an iGPU.
  • With AMD, only ‘G’ series CPUs such as the AMD Ryzen 3 3200feature an iGPU.

Also Read: Does Ryzen Have Integrated Graphics?

You CANNOT Tell If You Have Integrated Graphics From the Back I/O Panel

Often people believe that having video output ports on the back I/O panel of your PC indicates that you have an integrated graphics card.

However, that is NOT the definitive way of knowing this for a fact.

If your CPU DOES NOT have an iGPU, then the video output ports on the back I/O panel of your motherboard WILL NOT work EVEN IF your motherboard has them. 

Do Motherboards have Integrated Graphics
The back I/O ports on any motherboard are powered by the iGPU as the motherboard itself does not have any graphics processing chip. Image: Asrock AMD A320M-HDV R4.0

Also Read: Do Motherboards Have Integrated Graphics?

Why is it Important to Know What Integrated Graphics You Have?

Not all integrated graphics cards are the same in terms of performance.

Some are as weak as it gets, while others can give some of the entry level dedicated graphics cards a run for their money.

I have talked about this in detail in the following article: Is Integrated Graphics Card Good Enough?

But the bottom line is that depending upon what iGPU you have, it may or may not be sufficient for heavier tasks like casual gaming or casual photo/video editing.

For instance, if you have any of the newer AMD RX Vega GPUs as found on Ryzen 4000 and 5000 series GPUs, you may as well be able to game casually on them.

This is a fairly great achievement given the fact that iGPUs are not traditionally intended for gaming in the first place.

The following table shows how the iGPUs compare in scores on the G3D Benchmark:

G3D Mark Scores

GPU G3D
Mark
Notes
Intel UHD 630 1395 As found on 8-10th Gen
Intel CPUs
Nvidia GeForce
GT 740
(MSRP $79)
1543 Dedicated GPU
Basic
Intel UHD 750 1684 As found on 11th Gen+
Intel CPUs
AMD Radeon
Vega 3
(2018 Version)
1071 AMD 2000 Series APU
AMD Radeon
Vega 6
(2018 Version)
1274 AMD 2000 Series APU
AMD Radeon
Vega 8
(2018 Version)
1704 AMD 2000 Series APU
Intel UHD 770 1928 As Found on 12th Gen Intel CPUs.
Intel Iris Pro 580 2044 Found on premium laptops.
AMD Radeon
Vega 11
(2018 Version)
2139 AMD 2000 Series APU
Nvidia GeForce
GT 1030
($79)
2613 Dedicated GPU
Entry Level
AMD Ryzen 5
5600G
Vega 7 Graphics
2639 Integrated as found on the Ryzen 5600G
AMD Ryzen 7
5700G
Vega 8 Graphics
2708 Integrated as found on the Ryzen 5700G
AMD Radeon
RX 550
($79)
2764 Dedicated GPU
Entry Level

You can see that the likes of RX Vega 8 iGPU as found on AMD Ryzen 7 5700G can even go head-to-head against the NVIDIA GT 1030. 

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Final Words

It is not difficult to figure out what integrated graphics you have. You have system utilities in the OS, third party software as well as specsheet to tell you the details regarding the CPU’s integrated graphics.

It is, however, slightly difficult to understand how it compares to the rest of the GPUs out there and how good of a performance it can give you.

Know that even the best integrated graphics cards at the moment are only as good as cheap entry level dedicated graphics cards.

However, a decent iGPU can be quite sufficient for casual gaming as well as for casual editing and designing work.

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Atif Qazi
Atif Qazi is the founder of PCGuide101. He is a digital nomad who loves everything PC. He is a PC builder, tech enthusiast, engineer, and a lover of single player lore-rich RPG games.

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