Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces GPU monitoring features built right into Task Manager

Posted by Paul Braren on Oct 20 2017 (updated on Oct 24 2017) in
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    Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Version 1709 Build 16299

    If you already:

    then you're in for a little treat! It's the little things, see also Using Task Manager and Resource Monitor to figure out what's going behind the scenes. You have new capabilities lurking right there in your Task Manager, look carefully at those screenshots above and below.

    Note GoodSync app isn't using GPU at all, and I've opened up the Chrome section to drill down and see how many tabs are using my GPU Engine.

    Looking for a quick way to abuse your GPU for a bit, to see for yourself? Easy, just visit this online WebGL demo:

    You don't have to add the GPU columns to your Processes view, they're just there automatically after the upgrade to 1709 or later. You can customize this though, just right-click on the columns to show and hide what you want seen, and what you want to hide.

    Thank you Microsoft, so much technical detail


    Microsoft already documented these GPU monitoring enhancements over at the DirectX Developer Blog, in great detail. I love deep dive long-form posts like this, check it out for yourself:

    • GPUs in the task manager
      Jul 21 2017 by Bryan Langley at Microsoft | Developer
      Here's a teaser/excerpt:

      We're excited to introduce support for GPU performance data in the Task Manager. This is one of the features you have often requested, and we listened. The GPU is finally making its debut in this venerable performance tool. To see this feature right away, you can join the Windows Insider Program. Or, you can wait for the Windows Fall Creator's Update.

      To understand all the GPU performance data, its helpful to know how Windows uses a GPUs. This blog dives into these details and explains how the Task Manager's GPU performance data comes alive. This blog is going to be a bit long, but we hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

    Oct 24 2017 Update

    Got a screenshot for you, testing my GPU with the fan disconnected, just to see how the temperature rises, and how quickly. See also the Task Manager's GPU tab under 3D, it's cranking away at 99%.


    See also at TinkerTry


    What did I use to test this out on, and to create this article's screenshots? My world's first Xeon D SuperServer Workstation of course, which is also my ultra compact datacenter. It's using VT-d to pass my VisionTek Radeon 7750 GPU right on through.


    See also

    • What’s new in Windows Console in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
      Oct 11 2017 by Rich Turner at Microsoft | Developer

      With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) releasing on October 17th 2017, we thought it time to post the list of improvements coming to Windows Console in FCU.

    • What’s new in WSL in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
      Oct 11 2017 by Tara Raj at Microsoft | Developer

      Similarly to the Windows 10 Creators Update, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) delivers a large number of improvements and features in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) .
      Install Linux distros via the Windows Store
      In Windows 10 Anniversary and Creators Update, an Ubuntu image was downloaded and installed when "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows" (bash.exe) was first run.
      In Fall Creators Update, we now enable you to install one or more Linux distros from the Windows Store. Currently, you can install Ubuntu, openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Fedora and other distros will arrive in the store in the coming months.