I'd like to get as much technical information about my MacOSX's video card as possible... technical details, even serial number if the card has a unique identifier.

I intend to use this information do research what GPU specific commands I can run on a given laptop.

  • Have you looked in Apple Menu - About This Mac? From there, I suspect it all depends on the vendor and model as to where to look next? – Gerry Dec 14 '12 at 13:56
  • lspci -nn or something similar from the command line would work – ernie Dec 14 '12 at 21:43
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Click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of your menu bar and select About This Mac from the menu.

In the dialog that appears click on the More Info... button to bring up the detailed about dialog.

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Click on the System Report... button and you'll get a split-window dialog that has hardware components down the left side and details on the right.

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Click on Graphics/Displays on the left. Pick a graphics card from the right side and you'll see all the details the system provides about it.

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You can also get to the System Report by running Applications -> Utilities -> System Information.

Select Graphics/Displays from the output of system_profiler.

In a mac terminal, type:

system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType

The output will show something like this with your card name and details:

system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType

Graphics/Displays:

AMD FirePro D500:

  Chipset Model: AMD FirePro D500
  Type: GPU
  Bus: PCIe
  Slot: Slot-2
  PCIe Lane Width: x16
  VRAM (Total): 3072 MB
  Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
  Device ID: 0x679e
  Revision ID: 0x0000
  ROM Revision: 113-C3861J-687
  gMux Version: 4.0.11 [3.2.8]
  EFI Driver Version: 01.00.687
  Displays:
    CS230:
      Resolution: 1920 x 1080
      Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
      Display Serial Number: 27673034
      Main Display: Yes
      Mirror: Off
      Online: Yes
      Rotation: Supported
    CS230:
      Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz (1080p)
      Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
      Display Serial Number: 27712034
      Mirror: Off
      Online: Yes
      Rotation: Supported
      Television: Yes

AMD FirePro D500:
  • Cool. I was wondering if a command line version of System Information existed. – Ian C. Dec 14 '12 at 17:08

There is a small amount of information in System Information/System Profiler -> Graphics and Displays

If you want more, you will have to take apart your Mac and actually look at the graphics card.

  • lol - take it apart. I suppose some learn that way, but a link to an ifixit.com takeapart might be much easier than opening your iMac - especially the newer ones where dust behind the screen is hard to clear for most DIY repairers. – bmike Dec 14 '12 at 16:43
  • A ifixit teardown wouldn't have the OP's serial number, and the OP didn't mention which model his Mac was. – David Holdeman Dec 14 '12 at 20:05
  • It's not clear the OP is looking to ask a general question or wants someone to do the work for a specific Mac. Both answers are of course welcome to a vague question. Luckily, we have questions and answers on how to take a serial number and determine the model of hardware for people with that question. – bmike Dec 14 '12 at 20:07

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