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.
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
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:
- Press the Search Button in the Task Bar
- Type “Device Manager” in the search filed
- Open the Device Manger utility
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:
- Expand the “Display Adapters” section
- Check for the Integrated Graphics.
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 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, 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.
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.
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 3200G feature 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.
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
|Intel UHD 630||1395||As found on 8-10th Gen
|Intel UHD 750||1684||As found on 11th Gen+
|1071||AMD 2000 Series APU|
|1274||AMD 2000 Series APU|
|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.|
|2139||AMD 2000 Series APU|
|AMD Ryzen 5
Vega 7 Graphics
|2639||Integrated as found on the Ryzen 5600G|
|AMD Ryzen 7
Vega 8 Graphics
|2708||Integrated as found on the Ryzen 5700G|
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.
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.