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Windows 10 Task Manager Will Track GPU Usage

The updated Task Manager is available with Windows Insider Preview.


It is late in the evening and you sit in a corner in your gaming desk chair, hunched over your keyboard and mouse. The edges of your desk are littered with empty cans of Mr. Pibb Zero and cigarette butts. You haven’t been outside in days and it has been even longer since you’ve seen the inside of a shower. You are hours into an intense play session of Doom when you suddenly notice a stutter in the game’s performance. You begin grunting and growling and slamming your Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 against your 3M precision mousing surface and wonder why game not play good. If only there were some way to see if your GPU was being utilized to its fullest extent...

Thanks to a upcoming update from Microsoft, you will be able to see your GPU utilization for both 2D and 3D workloads natively within the new Task Manager. Recently debuting with the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16226 beta, the updated Task Manager can graph your utilization and display which of your applications or crytpo-miners is currently utilizing your precious GPU resources.

The updated Performance tab will display information for each of the different GPU parts, including 3D accelerated graphics workloads, video encoding, and Vram usage. In addition to the new GPU monitoring features, the Task Manager will also offer the option to group processes launched by a single application. This should be a huge help for those who have process lists dominated by 39 listing of Google Chrome due to having many open browsing tabs.

As with all features in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds, these updates are considered to be in beta and may contain bugs. There is no official word on when these Task Manager changes are expected to arrive in a Windows Update for non-Insider users.

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Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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