If you have no idea what GPU-Z is you should probably congratulate yourself for not for not having turned into a complete geek, but the already converted are no doubt aware of this neat little tool.
What GPU-Z does is more or less what it’s CPU counterpart CPU-Z does with your processor; it displays comprehensive hardware information such as the full specifications (and full specifications is not an understatement here) and even the graphics card BIOS version. It also queries the built-in sensors to reveal temperature, clocks, load, voltage and lots of other information that a vast majority of computer users have no interest in whatsoever. You can also log the sensor output to file, which is useful when overclocking.
The interesting news for laptop gamers is that version 0.5.5 has added support for a whole bunch of mobile GPUs, including the GTX 580M and the GT 555M. Some other both new and old Nvidia chips have also been added–among others the GT 520MX, 520M, 410M and 305M.
Another major update is added support for AMDs new Fusion APU chips with an integrated graphics core, as well as support for the manufacturers latest dedicated mobile cards. For everyone with a dual GPU setup such as Nvidia/Intel, AMD/Intel or AMD/AMD it displays the GPU specs separately via a drop-down menu. Here is the change log for version 0.5.5 in its entirety:
- Added PowerColor hardware giveaway
- On multi-GPU systems, GPU-Z will remember the selected card from the selection dropdown
- Added full support for AMD A-Series Fusion processors
- Added detection for ASUS MARS II
- Fixed shader count detection for Blackcomb (mobile AMD Cayman)
- Improved BIOS version reading on NVIDIA
- Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GT 560 Ti OEM, GT 545, GT 530, GeForce GTX 580M, GT 555M, GeForce 520MX, GT 520M, 410M, 305M, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000M, Quadro 400
- Added support for AMD HD 6290, Radeon E6760 & E4690, FirePro V8800, FirePro V3700, FirePro 2460 (FireMV)
GPU-Z is a very lightweight app (less than 1 MB) that requires no installation but starts as soon as you double-click on the executable. If you feel like taking it for a spin, the latest version is available for download from TechPowerUp (freeware).