How to check if my video card is working properly.


Junior Member
Dec 21, 2012
How do I check if my video card is working properly? (Perhaps a software that I could use?) I seem to lag on various games where my system spec is much superior than the requirement.

System Information
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate K 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: GA-890GPA-UD3H
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6870
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8188MB RAM
Page File: 4088MB used, 12286MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disable
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode


May 13, 2009
You could run various [free] benchmarks (3dMark, Heaven, Etc.) and compare your results with other similar systems. These are also pretty good at showing artifacts, if your card isn't working properly.

I just got a new 660 and ran these programs to verify that the card is working properly. I don't game so I couldn't really use that avenue to test out the new card.

Good luck!


Senior member
Oct 3, 2009
You could try turning graphics settings way down and see if the problem persists. This would go a long way towards ruling out gfx card bottlenecking.

Also, there are some games where a Phenom 965 simply won't manage really fluid minimum frames per second (say, above 30 minimum). So, as I can't really know if this is an entirely new system or just a VGA upgrade, there's always that aspect to keep in mind.

And sometimes, even with good hardware, you can run into weird driver issues...

So, please go ahead and turn down the graphics settings to low and post back with your impressions. And also make sure to mention what resolution you're using and what games you're playing. Some people around here know more about games and the hardware required to run them than any single person could comfortably learn in a year, and these folks are usually happy to help out, but you do have to give them the pertinent data.


No Lifer
Aug 25, 2001
What is "Windows 7 Ultimate K 64-bit"? I don't get the "K" part of it. Is it a warez copy?

Edit: I found one thread on the internet that suggested that "K" stands for "Korean".