GPUZ Graphic utility tool

GPUZ or GPU-Z is a lightweight utility tool created to allow users access to all information about the video card in use and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).

A video card (or graphics card, display card, graphics adapter) is an expansion card that creates an output of images to be displayed that offers a lot of functions such as accelerated rendering of 2D graphics and 3D scenes, TV output and MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 decoding. Video cards also have the ability to connect with multiple monitors. It has recently been integrated into the computers CPU, but can also be integrated into the motherboard of a computer. Modern motherboards (including those from the 90s) provide expansion ports where video cards can be attached. Among the most widely used video card brand are those made by nVidia and ATI.

nVidia has continuously improved and developed their products since they launched their GeForce 6000 series cards in 2004. Recently, their GTX series can optimize the applications and capabilities of multi-GPU processing configurations. ATI produces high performance level video cards that carries different suffixes to indicate what kind of use it can provide.

GPU is a specially designed to quickly manipulate or change memory by accelerating the building of images in a frame buffer (a video output device that allows video display from a memory buffer that contains the frame of data).

Developed by TechPowerUp, GPUZ is a freeware (as opposed to commercial software) that was first announced in 2008 as some claim, but there is no exact date as when it was released.  GPUZ is a very practical freeware that lets user know what is going on with their video or graphics card.

Users who are knowledgeable about computers can easily interpret what the GPUZ interface will show since it displays technical information. Users who are not too familiar with certain computer jargon might have some difficulty interpreting the details shown in the GPUZ interface. Computer savvy individuals (not to be confused with internet savvy), may love the GPUZ tool since it constantly allows users to know what is going on with their machines/computers. Before, it is difficult to extract information featured by this utility program. But now, GPUZ allows user access to these information in a flash, without going through nail-biting traditional methods only computer specialists may know how to.

GPUZ is a program that displays the GPU specifications and memory, including its core frequency, temperature, memory frequency and fan speeds. The GPUZ tool is also convenient today since there are a lot of graphics-intensive PC games available through downloads or online.

The GPUZ installer launches automatically when GPUZ is started for the first time. Once accessed, GPUZ will display a small, tabbed, box-type interface that doesn’t have any sounds like whistles or bells ringing. Upon launching, GPUZ will automatically scan the computer system and reports detailed information about the video card used, GPU, release date, ROPs, BIOS version, memory type, memory size, transistors and others. GPUZ doesn’t have any “HELP” feature since it is so easy to use. Although, most users have suggested a “READ ME” file might come in handy. GPUZ can also be started manually through the GPUZ system menu. There are two additional tabs in the GPUZ interface where users can insert their name, optional e-mail and comments to validate their GPUZ versions.

Not to be confused with CPU-Z that is a freeware system profiler application or system monitor for Microsoft Windows that is designed to detect RAM, motherboard chipset, central processing unit (CPU) and other hardware connected to the personal computer (PC). The GPUZ program allows users to know their computer’s GPU title, chip area, process technology, video card information, memory type, memory bandwidth, number of transistors, type of bus interface, width of tire, version driver, version BIOS, sensors, memory clock GPU, amount of memory, support for DirectX or Pixel Shader, texture filtrates, overclock, core clock GPU, 3D clocks (if available), low GPU and speed fan. GPUZ program also allows real-time GPU or GPUZ download.

GPUZ does not require installations. It can be downloaded for free from their official website or through other free software downloading sites on the internet such as CNET.

The GPUZ program also includes a GPU load test to verify PCI Express (PCIe) lane configuration, fixed clocks not showing on some systems with Catalyst 12.2, fixed OpenCL detection for ATI Fusion (Sumo and Ontario), fixed GPUZ window that doesn’t get cut off by certain DPI settings, and fixed board ID reading on pre-Fermi cards. GPUZ also supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions). The GPUZ tool also allows users to log sensor data to a file to be able to compare with others later on. It also provides an option to disable polling for individual sensors. Since GPUZ is so simple to use, documentation is not necessary.

Apart from displaying the adapter, GPU and display information, the latest GPUZ version 0.6.0 tool has added support for NVIDIA cards (GeForce GTX 680, GT 640M, GTX 560 SE, GT 550M, GeForce 510 and NVS 2100M) and ATI cards. The available GPUZ download version 0.6.0 has an added support for AMD Radeon HD 7870, HD 7850, HD 7670M, FirePro V3900 and FireStream 9370. There are two latest GPUZ download versions available for free: TechPowerUp GPUZ version 0.6.0 and GPUZ version 0.6. with ASUS ROG Skin. Both GPUZ versions have 1.0 MB file size each. The older free GPUZ download version 0.5.3 can be used in Windows 7.

Even if GPUZ doesn’t feature a wide set of information, it can be very helpful to check if the computer’s video card is having problems. When the video card is acting up, the GPUZ tool may be quite useful to identify the necessary areas that needed fixing. GPUZ does what it’s supposed to do and never fixed in on a single system it is used to run in.

GPUZ is a useful tool when using an unfamiliar computer. If the user doesn’t want to physically dismantle the computer to know the video card information or other features of the computer, GPUZ can be a great help.

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