If you sometimes need to look up information about your computer's graphics card, you may have noticed that native Windows tools are everything but sufficient for a lot of look-ups. While you can display the model usually in the control panel, additional information are usually not that easy to come by. If you ever tried to find out which company manufactured the card (and not the chip), you know what I mean. But other information may also be important, like the card's BIOS, the temperature, fan speed, or whether it is over- or underclocked.
You can use the recently updated MSI Afterburner software for that, even if you do not own a MSI card, but that solution would be overkill if you have no intention of using the program's excellent functionality.
NVIDIA Inspector is a free portable program for Windows that displays all the information that you could ever want to look-up, in its interface.
Just run the program after you have downloaded and unpacked it, and you see a screen that looks similar to the one on the screenshot above. The start page lists the name of the video card, as well as the card's manufacturer, various memory and clock information.
This screen can be used for a number of purposes. From making sure that the temperature is not reaching critical levels, to the load of the graphics processing unit, or the clock speeds to make sure the card is running in its parameters.
A click on the show overclocking button displays overclocking information after a warning message. The new screen displays a fan speed slider, as well as performance sliders to overclock or underclock the video card.
A click on the sensor monitoring button displays various realtime information, that include the temperature and fan level, as well as the voltage, shader clock and gpu usage.
The program can be downloaded from the German developer homepage. The program interface itself supports English, which is automatically set when the program is launched.
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