GPU-Z is probably the most used software to see all the information and parameters of the graphics card, and it has been with us for many years now (and we hope it has many more to come because it is really very useful as you are going to see below). However, in addition to displaying information about the graphics card has many more advanced features, including monitoring the system sensors, which can be of great help, so let’s see what this software offers us so that you know how to use every last one of its functions.

GPU-Z, the best monitoring tool for graphics cards

GPU-Z general

As soon as we open GPU-Z we find the information screen that you can see above these lines in the form of a screenshot, so let’s start by seeing what all this information means:

  • Name: is the name of the graphics card in a generic way, that is, even if you have a graphic of some assembler, it’s going to show you the Intel, NVIDIA or AMD model. On the right we find the Lookup button that we will explain later what it is used for.
  • GPU and Revision: the name of the GPU your graphics card uses, along with its revision code.
  • Technology and Die size: technology tells us the lithography in nanometers with which the chip has been manufactured, while Die Size is literally telling us the size of the chip in square millimeters.
  • Release Date and Transistors: the first parameter indicates the release date of the chip, while Transistors is telling us the number of transistors it contains.
  • BIOS Version: this tells us the version of the BIOS, and on the right you can see a checkbox that tells us if it’s UEFI compatible. There is another button that we will see later.
  • Subvendor and Device ID: the first parameter indicates the assembler, in this case Asus. The second one, the ID of the specific device.
  • ROPs/TMUs and Bus Interface: both are self explanatory, the first one tells us the number of ROPs and TMUs and the second one the interface that is being used at the moment. Here we can see on the right a question mark that we will explain later on what it is used for.
  • Shaders and DirectX Support: the first one indicates the number of Shader Processors of the chip and the second one indicates the support for the DirectX graphics API.
  • Pixel Fillrate and Texture Fillrate: both are theoretical performance parameters, the first one for pixel filling and the second one for textures.
  • Memory Type and Bus Width: the first one tells us the VRAM generation and the manufacturer, in this case GDDR6 manufactured by Samsung. The second indicates the memory bus.
  • Memory Size and Bandwidth: the first parameter indicates in MB the size of the memory, in this case 8 GB, and the second the memory bandwidth.
  • Driver Version: this indicates both the version of the drivers we are using and, finally, the operating system.
  • Driver Date and Digital Signature: the first one indicates the release date of the installed graphics driver, while the second one indicates if the driver is Beta or WQHL.
  • GPU Clock, Memory, Boost and Default Clock: these two lines indicate the operating speed of the GPU, memory and Boost mode, while the second line indicates the default values of these three parameters.
  • NVIDIA SLI and Resizable BAR: here it simply tells us if these two technologies are enabled.
  • Computing and Technologies: again, it tells us if the graphics card is compatible and has OpenCL, CUDA, DirectCompute, DirectML, Vulkan, Ray Tracing, PhysX and OpenGL 4.6 technologies enabled.
  • At the end, we find a drop-down with the name of the graphics card; in case we have several GPUs installed on the PC, we can select which one we want to see the information.
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GPU-Z Sensores

The second tab, called Sensors, shows us information about the sensors not only of the graphics card but also of the processor. Here we can see in real time the operating speed of the GPU, the memory or the fans, as well as the workload of the GPU, the memory controller, the temperature of the GPU or its “Hot Spot” (its hottest point), as well as the total and partial power consumption of the components of the graphics card.

If we click on the black triangle next to any of the parameters, we can access the following menu:

Menú sensores

Hide is to hide this sensor, while “Show in GPU-Z Window Title” is to show that sensor in the GPU-Z title bar. The next four options are to select if we want the sensor to show us the current reading, the lowest, the highest or the average respectively, and at the end, “Log to file” is used to mark the sensor to be saved in a log file.

How is this used? If you notice, under the sensors there is a box called “Log to file” that if we check it we can create a CSV file with the sensor readings, which we can later use for example to draw graphs. Finally, we have a Reset button that returns all the readings to zero and starts again.

GPU-Z Advanced

We move on to the Advanced tab, where we can see advanced information about the graphics card with parameters such as Power Limit or temperature limits, as well as information about the monitor or monitors connected to the graphics card, including its connection mode, bandwidth, resolution and if the monitor supports it, even the color profiles.

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Finally, we have the Validation tab that simply serves to add the data of our graphics card to the software database, nothing more, nothing less. If you upload a report you can register it with your email and you will be able to access a web view of all the data.

Advanced features you may not have known about

In the previous section we told you about a handful of features that we promised to explain later, so here goes. We start with that “Lookup” button to the right of the graphics card name; if you click it, it will simply open a web browser that will take you directly to your graphics card in the TechPowerUp database.

Lookup

We’ll also leave the arrow button to the right of the BIOS in the first tab for later. If you click on this arrow you will be offered two options, the first one being to save the BIOS to a file on your PC (something very useful to restore it later if you want to make modifications), and the second option is to send the BIOS of your graphics card to an online database.

At the top of GPU-Z, you may have noticed that there are three buttons that we haven’t told you about yet.

Botones

The first button, shaped like a camera, is used to take a screenshot of what the application is currently displaying and save it to your hard drive, while the second button is used to refresh the information, which is useful if you’re overclocking your graphics card in parallel and want to see the values reflected in the information displayed.

The button with the three horizontal lines takes us to the GPU-Z configuration menu, made up of two tabs.

Configuración GPU-Z

In this first tab, called General, we can select software behavior options such as:

  • GPU-Z window always on top: this makes the GPU-Z window always on top, even if you enter a game (unless the game is in full screen).
  • Minimize on close: this makes that when you press the X to close, the application will be minimized instead (in this case, to close it you will have to press the button in the start bar and select Close, or click on Close in the bottom right area of GPU-Z).
  • Load GPU-Z on Windows startup (and start minimized): this will make GPU-Z run automatically every time you start the PC, and the second option is to do it directly minimized and not in the foreground.
  • Enable Help Tooltips: this makes that when you leave the mouse over any of the parameters, an informative “bubble” about what you are seeing will appear. It also allows you to select the language.
  • Minimize to systray: this makes that when you minimize to systray theWhen you open the application, instead of staying in the Start bar, it will go to the icon area on the right, next to the clock.
  • Active tab on startup: this is used to select which tab you want to see each time you open the application.
  • Check for updates automatically: this will make the application automatically check for updates when you start it. There is a “Check now” button to check for updates now.
  • Launch GPU-Z Installer: this software doesn’t require installation, but if you want to install it you can also do it with this button.
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Sensores GPU-Z

Finally, we have the sensor settings in the Sensors tab. The first checkbox “Refresh sensors while GPU-Z is in background” allows you to update the sensor information even if you don’t have the software running in the foreground. The second checkbox “Temperature sensors use Fahrenheit” is to display the temperature in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius.

Then we also have the option to select whether we want the sensors to display the current reading (Current), the lowest (Lowest), the highest (Highest) or the average (Average) by default. We also have a drop-down menu that allows us to select the update frequency of the sensors, which by default is every second but can be changed to between 0.1 seconds and 10 seconds.

Finally, in the Active Sensors section we can activate and deactivate sensors in case we want to stop seeing some of them or if at some point we have hidden any of them (with the Hide function that we talked about before).