Free Graphic / Video Card Benchmark Programs

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on February 15, 2009

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Almost all of the modern computers have some fancy graphics care, some with dedicated graphics memory, and some share the memory from computer’s  RAM. Graphics cards are prone to faults, especially for gamers who over-clock the GPU and CPU for high end Gaming.

 

We recommend to check for the cooling arrangements for a gaming PC, you can read this article on Computer Hangs Due To Over-heating or sometimes it may cause Computer Restart Due to Over-heating .

 

In this post, we are going to cover some free tools with which you can check the details and health of your computer’s Graphics card.

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GPUZ – Free Graphics Information Tool

 

GPUZ is a tool with which you can check the information and status of your computer’s graphics card. You can download GPUZ here, and simply run the downloaded file, it will give you all relevant information and statistics of your graphics card. Just like the info you can see below:

gpuz-screenshot

You can also see the GPU Clock and Default clock, which tells you whether the graphics card is working in normal or over-clocked mode.

 

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DirectX Diagnostic Window

 

There is an in-built Diagnostic Window of DirectX installed along with DirectX. You can easily launch this by going to Start > Run, type “dxdiag”, and press enter.

This will launch a diagnostic windows like one below:

directx-diagnostic-tool

 

Rthdribl – Graphic Card Benchmark Program

 

RTHDRIBL – Stands for “Real-time High Dynamic Range Image-Based Lighting” has a demo version which is a Pixel shredding utility based on DirectX. You can download rthdribl here and run the same and it will run some real high definition graphics and will show the FPS (frames per seconds) rates etc, which will give you a fair idea of how the graphics card is performing.

pixel-shredder

There are several more graphics card stress testing and benchmarking tools, if you have any better tools which are free to use, please let us know through comments, that will help readers. Happy Gaming !

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jhangora February 18, 2009 at 12:54 am

Thanx a lot for the useful information on the lovely tools for monitoring Graphics Cards. Nice blog with great tips. Keep up the good work.

daniel gill September 27, 2009 at 4:58 am

Thanks Homez

mangaka online August 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I have a question, because when I tried the first program it said GPU Clock 426 MHz and Default Clock 425 MHz. I never ever touched any overclocking tools so I havent done that? Is it normal? Is something wrong? (I know I can’t play my games anymore, thats why I came looking for this XD)

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