Capturing GPU Usage on Windows 8

To analyze your device’s GPU usage by Windows 8 please follow these simple steps:

1. Download Process Explorer from Microsoft and install as usual.

2. Run the Process Explorer as Admin by right-clicking on the Icon on Start Screen and on the App bar below elect to run as Admin. You need to do this to see the GPU readouts.

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3. Click on any of the Graphs on the toolbar, System Information opens:

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4. Select the GPU tab and Click the Engine button. GPU Engine History screen opens:

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Run any Graphic intensive application or just use Windows 8 as usual and come back to see your GPU usage history.

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  3. Hi, thanks for the post on the Building Windows 8 Blog! I asked the same thing about 3 times, on Technet, MS Answers and BWin8Blog… I appreciate to see, I am not the only one wanting a GPU utilization graph in the task manager.

    1. Yup, we just need MS to be transparent on how much use are they making of the GPU especially on the x86/x64 Platform. On ARM, they don’t have a choice but to make full use of the GPU there since the CPU is nothing. That is why they’ve been coy about allowing people to review ARM Win8 devices. I just hope their optimization experience on ARM will bleed into the Intel platform. The more they make use GPU, the more battery can be conserved.

  4. I wonder how this System Service would interact with an Intel 4000GMA chip using a QuickSync enabled video compression/transcoding program? Would love to see how much QuickSync engages the processing units on the embedded graphics adapter. Might have to try that out on a laptop when Win8 finally ships.

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