Windows 10’s Task Manager has detailed GPU-monitoring tools hidden in it. You can view per-application and system-wide GPU usage, and Microsoft promises the Task Manager’s numbers will be more accurate than the ones in third-party utilities.

How This Works

These GPU features were added in Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, also known as Windows 10 version 1709. If you’re using Windows 7, 8, or an older version of Windows 10, you won’t see these tools in your Task Manager. Here’s how to check which version of Windows 10 you have.

Windows uses newer features in the Windows Display Driver Model to pull this information directly from the GPU scheduler (VidSCH) and video memory manager (VidMm) in the WDDM’s graphics kernel, which are responsible for actually allocating the resources. It shows very accurate data no matter which API applications use to access the GPU—Microsoft DirectX, OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, NVIDIA CUDA, AMD Mantle, or anything else.