To display images on your screen, your Mac uses a graphics card, often called a graphics processing unit (or GPU), that can be integrated into your Mac or on a discrete card. The GPU determines how fast your Mac can render images in games and other apps. Here’s how to check which GPU your Mac has.
First, click on the “Apple”
In the “About This Mac” window that opens, you will see slightly different information depending on whether you have a Mac with an Intel CPU or one with Apple Silicon (such as the M1 chip).
If you have a Mac with an Intel CPU, you’ll see a breakdown of your Mac’s specifications, including which graphics card or cards your Mac has. You can find the information under “Pictures” in the list. In this example, the GPU is “Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB”.
If you have a Mac with Apple Silicon (such as the “M1” chip), you may only see the “Chip” entry, without a special line for “Graphics”. That’s because the GPU and CPU are integrated on the M1 chip. So in this case, “Apple M1” is technically the designation for both the CPU and GPU on our sample Mac.
On Intel or Apple Silicon Macs, you can get more details about your graphics hardware by clicking “System Report” in the “About This Mac” window.
In the “System Information” app that appears, expand the “Hardware” section in the sidebar and click “Pictures / Displays”. You will see a detailed breakdown of exactly which GPUs or GPUs your Mac is using, listed under ‘Chipset Model’. For example, here is an Intel Mac with a single “Intel HD Graphics 6000” GPU.
On a Mac with Apple Silicon, the GPU is listed under “Chipset Model.” As mentioned earlier, the CPU and GPU in this case are the same chip, the “Apple M1.”
When you’re done, close “System Information” and walk away knowing more about your Mac than you started out, which is always a good thing!
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