How to Monitor GPU Usage in Windows 10 Task Manager

Last Updated on April 18, 2021 by admin

GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit and as the name implies, it handles all the graphical and visual representations of certain elements whether they are in the form of 2D or 3D images, any sort of videos, drawings or graphs etc. While working on a PC, we come across different sorts of applications. Some of them are only text-based whereas some of them include proper visual displays. For the latter type of applications, GPU is used very extensively. Not every application has the same GPU usage rather it depends upon how much rich visual data an application carries. At times, you feel like monitoring the GPU usage of certain applications in order to know about their particular specifications and requirements. The article below will guide you in detail about how to monitor the GPU usage in task manager while working in Windows 10 environment.

Monitor GPU Usage in Windows 10

GPU usage can be monitored in the following two ways:

  • Checking the GPU usage of each application separately
  • Checking the total GPU usage of all applications

We will explain the methods of doing both of these tasks in detail.

Checking the GPU Usage of Each Application Separately

For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:

First, you will need to open the task manager. Right click on your taskbar and from the cascading menu, click on Task Manager. It is shown below.

Windows Task Manager

You can also open the task manager by pressing Ctrl+ Alt+ Delete and then selecting Task Manager from the displayed list.

After this, a new task manager window will appear which is shown below:

Processes in Task Manager

For viewing the GPU usage of each application separately, just make use of the horizontal scroll bar to scroll towards the right. Here you will find a separate GPU usage column against every application. It is shown below:

GPU Usage

Checking the Total GPU Usage of All Applications

For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

Open task manager by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager from the cascading menu or press Ctrl+ Alt+ Delete and select Task Manager from the list.

From the newly opened task manager window, click on the Performance tab. This is shown below:

Taskmanager performance tab

From the window shown above, click on the GPU tab located at the bottom left corner. This will display the collective GPU usage of all the applications. This is shown below:

GPU Usage shown in Taskmanager


Listed above were the two most useful methods of checking the GPU utilization. Either you can check the GPU usage of each application separately or you can check the total GPU usage. It depends entirely on your own choice and your requirement. By knowing the GPU usage, one can easily understand what are the basic visual requirements for an application to run smoothly on a system.

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