The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is rolling out to users. There are quite a few new exciting features in this update but there’s one that has users particularly excited. You can now view GPU performance in the Task Manager in Windows 10. If you have a dedicated GPU, the Task Manager will show you performance stats for both the integrated and dedicated GPU. All you need is to do is upgrade to the Fall Creators Update.
GPU Performance In Task Manager
We tested this new feature out by running a Steam game. You can view GPU performance on a per-process basis, and overall GPU usage. Open the Task Manager and click the ‘View Details’ button. Go to the Processes tab and you will see two new columns; GPU, and GPU Engine. Like the other columns in this tab, you can sort processes by GPU usage. The GPU Engine column shows you which GPU, integrated or dedicated, is being used by a process.
To view GPU performance, go to the Performance tab. This is where you can see disk, CPU, ethernet, and WiFi usage. In the Fall Creators Update, there is a new addition to this tab; GPU. The performance for the integrated and dedicated GPU is shown separately.
Each GPU is accompanied by its name and you can see how much of it is being utilized at a glance.
The Task Manager shows graphs for 3D, copy, video encode, video decode, dedicated memory usage, and shared memory usage. You can view additional information for VR and other parameters by clicking the arrow on the 3D graph.
At the bottom, you get a summary of the GPU’s current performance. This includes how much of it is currently being utilized, how much GPU memory is being consumed, the driver version, the driver date, the DirectX version, etc.
This is a substantial improvement to the Task Manager. For years, Windows users have had to rely on third-party apps to keep track of their GPU performance. There are some great apps out there for monitoring the GPU but nothing beats having a solution right out of the box.
It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft didn’t do this halfheartedly. The GPU columns in the processes tab is proof of just that. If you ever wanted to check which apps automatically use the dedicated GPU, or how much toll a particular app/game takes on it, the processes tab has you covered.
Time will tell if Windows users will switch away from third-party GPU monitoring apps and switch over to the Task Manager. Do you use a third-party app to monitor your GPU and would you switch to Task Manager?