GPU Observer Gadget

DownloadHomepageThe GPU Observer Gadget, released by Orbmu2k, is an all-in-one desktop gadget for both Nvidia and ATI graphics cards. Select your card from a list, unless it’s already been selected for you, as well as some display options and you’re ready to go.

GPU Observer Gadget

GPU Observer Gadget

It can show temperatures, fan speeds, loads, memory usage and clock speed to help you keep an eye out for overheating or faulty graphic cards. You can even run several instances of the gadget if you have got more than one graphic card.

This is my personal favorite of all the windows 7 gadgets I’ve tested, so try it out yourself!

The back-end of this win7 gadget uses technology like nTune, NVAPI and ATIADL to determine GPU information.

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GPU Observer Gadget, 4.5 out of 5 based on 485 ratings

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104 Responses to “GPU Observer Gadget”

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Mike Schwanke February 27th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Pretty solid I really like the interface and options, if you guys could make a all in one with CPU loads and temps you will have a hot seller!

michael May 17th, 2010 at 11:02 am

i dno if anyone else is having this problem. but my gadget doesnt seem to read the temperature of my hd 4870 mobility crossfire. all it shows is 0 degs celcius all the time even when its obviously hotter than that. specialy because i run crysis warhead. im pretty sure it gets hotter than 0 degs. does this even work with my graphics cards? its also not registering fan speed % does this work with crossfire x?

Craig Thomson June 10th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

i get the same 0 degs/no fan speed problem, even though it recognised my card straight away (ATI HD 3200). i wonder if this is a laptop problem… :(

muktuc June 12th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

gpu obs is not compatible with ati mobile cards it gets inform from windows about card type btu cannot read its sensors

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chirionutz July 2nd, 2010 at 8:43 am

I like this software, but I use windows in a virtual machine (parallels 5). It says GPU not found. How can I trick it in order to recognize my GPU? Thank you in advance!

sandeep July 3rd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

very nice post and very informative.keep it up.

Peter Jansen July 9th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Great Gadget, Just what I was looking for.

Azhrei July 10th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I love the idea, but it keeps crashing for me while in games. Using a Radeon 4870, latest drivers, Windows 7 x64.

nedal July 23rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

merci beaucoup
good 10/10

Bob July 27th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Dose not even pick up my card…. I have all the other gadgets from this guy like Drive Meter, CPU Usage, and Network Meter. I really like them and they work great but this one just dose not work for me for some reason.

Joe Arnold August 2nd, 2010 at 6:01 am

Works great with my nVidia 9500GT. Thank you! :-)

Angel August 21st, 2010 at 8:43 pm

works with nvidia i guess ati makes me laugh

IVaN_000 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:21 am

Great. Works fine with a Radeon HD 5450. The only tool I know that measures GPU usage.

Reiko August 24th, 2010 at 8:00 am

Is there any gadgets for measuring temperature of ati radeon 4570hd.

Korisnik September 2nd, 2010 at 3:03 am

The gadget works perfectly on my GTX 460. I love the fact that it can read the vpu load, much like for a cpu. Havent heard that any other program can do that. Anyway, its an excellent piece of work. Props to the creator.

gavin September 12th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Good post , which is the best gadget on the market now?

lovesthisgadget September 20th, 2010 at 1:28 am

this is amazing just what i was looking for

Joey September 20th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

would work well, if it wasn’t so damn tiny

seriously, makes it worthless

Ken September 29th, 2010 at 2:36 am

This gadget does not show my Radeon X600 series card – no selection at all.

Mike S October 14th, 2010 at 3:29 am

is this work for switchable graphic??
when I use intel integrated gpu,it shows “gpu not found”, and after I switch my gpu,then it’s still shows “gpu not found”..
if I want to see it,i must restart my notebook with currently ati radeon gpu…

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Jailson November 8th, 2010 at 7:18 am

Como faço para ativar este programa durante um jogo?

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mori November 25th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

very nice, thanks to whomever provided it to us!

Gastón Adonay November 30th, 2010 at 2:06 am

Excelente, una muy buena información en todo momento de tu tarjeta de vídeo. T° de GPU y PCB, RPM de Fan, % de VPU, % de GPU, Velocidad y Memoria utilizada de la tarjeta de vídeo. Muy buena información en pantalla. Gracias.

doomsday December 9th, 2010 at 10:33 am

Hello, great gadget i use it well with my desktop.

Since i bought asus 1215n netbook with dual GPU cards ION and Intel 3100 this gadget not work propetly. Many users would love to see witch GPU is under use because there’s no such small and perfect tool to show it like this gadget. Could you assemble option to show 2 GPU when system had and show witch one is active ?


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Jdonner March 9th, 2011 at 2:27 am

Not that great. The gadget doesn’t alarm you with a popup or sound if you’re card is reaching a user set max temperature. I found a better gadget that does have it plus a lot more.

Ondra April 29th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Cau, ted jsem si nainstaloval novej ovladac na Grafickou kartu GeForce 9800 Gt a kdyz jsem zapnul miniaplikaci, aby me ukazovala telpotu, tak me to uz neukazuje a predtim jo. Nevite co by s tim mohlo byt??

Ondra April 29th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Tak uz jsem to nejako vyresil

John June 1st, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Good gadget but crashes my video card while in games. If i want to play i need to close this gadget.

I have a nVidia Geforce 9800GT

Mike June 6th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Nice when it works. I have to add it every time I turn my laptop on. The only thing that shows on startup is a white box. I then have to close it and the open the gadget box and add it back to the sidebar.

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vicky June 27th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

nice thanks works great

Bonnev659 June 30th, 2011 at 11:15 am

it is pretty solid

love it

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my gadgets were uninstall,I don’t know how can I uninstalled them?

anymorez September 12th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Does not support Ati Asus HD4550

William Wigle September 18th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

This is the best GPU Gadget I have found. Found my card and everything right away. NVIDA GeForce GTS 450. Everything is monitored correctly. Cudo’s to the developers of this one.

dave October 8th, 2011 at 2:34 am

now i can monitor my GPU. thanks!

JD October 12th, 2011 at 4:27 am

Doesn’t work with my 6970; everything is blank or has a 0….

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Very nice gadget. Would be even better with multicore support and a indicator for maximum temperature + reset button. Thank you

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Not working with my XFX 6870

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Fang January 28th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Disappointing! Lots and lots of “GPU not found” and “doesn’t work with…” comments, but no response to them. A small FAQ would be nice, as I assume you have put considerable time into this. No go with the Radeon 6870.

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Its a NoGo for me as well. Radeon HD6950.

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Works great on my “MSI Radeon 8750″

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