As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases from

How To Check GPU Power Limit (TDP) For Laptop – Three Ways!

This article will show you THREE WAYS to check gpu power limit (TDP) on a laptop.

Also known as  TDP,  GPU Power Rating, Wattage and sometimes TGP. 


     1. NVIDIA Control Panel

     2. HW1O


       1. How to Find GPU. TDP Through Good Reviews & Official Docs.

Since most people came here for former, we’ll do that first.

If you came here to see if there’s any way to find out the GPU TDP or wattage of a laptop yo usaw online, scroll down to the last section.

1. Wattage from NVIDIA Control Panel

Step 1: Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel located at the quick access icon section:


The NVIDIA Control Panel should pop up as shown below. If your laptop doesn’t have a NVIDIA control panel you either don’t have a dedicated GPU or you’ve got an AMD GPU.

Step 2: Click on system information.

You should be able to see the specifications as shown below and the maximum wattage clearly stated a shown below:

If for some reason it doesn’t show , then you probably need to update your NVIDIA GPU drivers. 

Warning: There is a problem with this method though, it will only give you the “on paper” wattage. Wattage may be lower or higher depending on how the manufacturer configured the GPU to run.

Some manufacturer’s will ship machines with dynamic boost which means not all hope is lost and your laptop MIGHT run at higher wattages. 

Quick GPU Jarggon Lesson!

Dynamic Boost

Dynamic boost: is basically a “turbo boost” for GPUs. Wattage will go up automatically when a very graphical demanding game is detected. Say when you play Call of Duty at 1440p resolution on ultra settings

How to check for Dynamic Boost?

Now although the screenshot above says Dynamic Boost. My laptop does not have it. The right way to check for it is by clicking on “manage 3D Settings”. 

When you click on it all supported features of your GPU will show (black circle) you have to scroll up and down and look for “Dynamic Boost”. If it’s there, you can turn it on, if it’s not there, your laptop does not have dynamic boost.

Step 3 (Optional):  Use Boot Clock Speed (below the MAXIMUM GPU POWER row) to estimate the ACTUAL GPU TDP.

Some manufacturers, like my laptop’s as you’ll find out soon, will configured the GPU to run at an even lower wattages.

  – A quick to find out if you’ve been duped (laptop will not run at 85W) is to check the Graphics boost clock speed down below:

So my GPU , a 3050Ti, runs at 1485MHz and compare with a table that relates “Clock Speed” vs “Wattage”

Following table is taken from NoteBookCheck

3050Ti: Clock Speed Vs TDP

TDP(Wattage) 35W 40W 45W 50W 60W 70W 80W
Base Clock Speed 735Mhz 915Mhz 1043Mhz 1140Mhz 1223MHz 1350Mhz 1464Mhz
Boost Clock Speed 1035Mhz 1185Mhz 1290Mhz 1410MHz 1485Mhz 1598Mhz 1695Mhz

My laptop runs at 60W and boom, I’ve been duped! 

We’ll now go through the most effective method to check out your laptop’s GPU and whether or not dynamic boost works! Though I believe the above method should be enough.

It’s up to you whether or not you want to try a third party software!

2.  Check GPU TDP (Wattage) Using HWiNFO64

Now the way this works is by forcing your GPU to go to full power (wattage) by launching a very graphical demanding game.

 Step 1: In order, to monitor how high the wattage goes, you’ll need to download a GPU Wattage monitor software like HWiNFO64.

Go to HWiNFO download’s page here and install it.

Step 2:  Launch a very graphical demanding game. We’ll use Call of Duty.

Step 3: Set Graphics to Ultra and if possible run it at 1400p.

Step 4: Launch HWiNFO64

That’s it hopefully you’ve got a high wattage GPU (130W for 3060RTX , 3070 and 3080RTX or 85W for 3050Ti for more information about what wattage is good for each GPU  check my post here).

And not a low wattage GPU like mine!

Live and learn!

The problem with most reviews nowadays, save for a few reputable and on-point sources like notebookcheck and laptopmag , is that they just throw random numbers for wattage and performance.

Thus your goal should be to get the specifications straight out of the manufacturer’s website, the actual PDF specification document of your model or even better from a reddit review , which are in my opinion, unbiased and truthful they’ve got nothing to lose or gain unless affiliate links are thrown in somewhere.

Method 1: Google…

The keywords   LAPTOP MODEL’s Name + Laptop GPU + wattage.


Example: “Lenovo Gaming Ideapad  3050Ti wattage”

The first result is not to be trusted.

It’s always best to go to the official site, the second result says “PDF”, that’s the laptop’s official PDF sheet specification document. Go right into GPU section.

Method 2: Start with a guess on wattage.

LAPTOP MODEL + GPU + 85W or 105W or 115W or 130W or 140W etc…

This is a cool an advanced technique. If you type 85W or 105W etc… (in increments of +5W) or basically starting from what YOU suspect the wattage to be, YOU WILL FIND THE WATTAGE FOR SURE.

Example: Google….  MSI GP76 Raider + 3080 + 130W


If you have any questions  or suggestions or you’d like to know the wattage of a specific laptop, leave a comment below. We’ll find it for you!






We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply

Enable registration in settings - general
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Shopping cart