With the consumption of videos and other multimedia formats increasing on a daily basis across the globe, Video Cards also referred to as Graphics Cards, have become some of the most important components on any computer. GPUs have the important task of rendering videos across your computer’s screen. Without them, you would not be able to play that favorite game of yours, watch your movies and do most of the other wonderful things that have elevated computers to the positions of importance that they have today. Yet, as is the case with everything else electronic, Video Cards can develop errors.

Keep Your Drivers Up to Date

Before dwelling on the signs and symptoms of a dying Video Card, it is important to point out that many of the issues that occur on a computer are caused by compatibility issues between its hardware and its Operation System. Before blaming the GPU for the problems that you are having with your video playback, you should ask yourself whether or not the drivers that are on your computer are up to date.

Drivers are a very important computer component, in that they are the ones that allow your Operation System to communicate with hardware devices, such as GPUs, mice, keyboards and monitors. Changes that are made to the OS mean that manufacturers also have to keep updating the drivers that go along with their devices. Without these updates compatibility issues would develop, causing some hardware components to stop working.

Scan, Review, Update Your Computer With SafeBytes DriverAssist

While it is possible for you to manually update the drivers that are on your computer, that is hardly practical, considering their number. That is why we recommend that you use SafeBytes DriverAssist. DriverAssist is a light weight device driver manager that automatically scans through your computer, detects out of date drivers, and downloads newer versions from the internet. It then updates your PC’s drivers to the latest versions.

How To Test Your Video Card Memory For Errors?

There are five ways through which you can check your Video Card’s memory for errors. Most of these involve the use of tools that are readily available on the internet.

Use The Inbuilt Windows Tool

Windows comes with an inbuilt utility that you can use to test your Video/Graphics Card. To check your Graphics card (In Windows 10), you need to click on the Windows key + R. This will open the Run Tool. Type “dxdiag” into the tool and press enter. This will open the Direct X Diagnostic Tool. Click on Display, and you will see details about your Graphics Card. Any problems will be listed under Notes.

Use Video Memory Stress Test

Next, you can use the Video Memory Stress Test, a free online tool that you can download and stress test your Video Card. The tool come with a number of options and includes more than 40 tests.


This test is designed to check out the memory in CUDA enabled nVidia graphics cards.

CUDA GPU memtest

Another useful utility is the CUDA GPU memtest. It is also designed to stress test the memory of your Video Cards.


The MemtestCL is another utility that you can use to test the memory on your video card for errors. It is very similar to Memetest86, but has the added ability to detect “soft errors.”