How to Identify My GeForce Video Card

By Gregory Hamel

GeForce is a product line of video cards produced by Nvidia, a popular graphics card manufacturer. If your computer has a GeForce video card installed, it can be useful to determine the exact GeForce model so you can search for driver updates and support. Identifying your GeForce card can also be useful if you plan on running high-end software and computer games, since many programs require graphics cards that meet certain minimum specifications. The steps below will work for Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

Things You'll Need

  • GeForce Video Card

Use Dxdiag to Check your Video Card

Step 1

Click "Start," "Run," type "dxdiag" in the text box and then click "OK." For Windows Vista and 7, type "dxdiag" into the search field and press "Enter."

Step 2

Wait a few moments until the system diagnostic is complete. A diagnostic window will appear and a progress bar will fill as the diagnostic progresses.

Step 3

Click on the "Display" tab. Information about your video card will be displayed here.

Check your video card using Device Manager

Step 1

Click "Start," right click "My Computer" or "Computer," select "Manage," wait for a system management window to open and then select "Device Manager" in the list on the left side of the window. For Windows Vista and 7, type "device manager" into the search field and press "Enter."

Step 2

Expand the "Display Adapters" field in the right side of the Device Manager window. Your GeForce card will be listed here.

Step 3

Right click on your GeForce card and select "Properties." The name of the card and other information will be displayed in this window; click the "Driver" tab for information about your card's installed drivers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Downloading the latest driver software for your Nvidia GeForce video card can help ensure that you get the best performance out of your card. (See Resources for a download link.)