I have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and would like to know how busy the GPU gets when I run certain tests to determine whether it would be possible for me to do certain things. I see that the GPU is a bit old (2014) as per:


What I'm after is something similar to what nVidia offers in their settings window showing a % of usage of the GPU. I don't expect a nice graphical tool, but a way to access that type of info somewhere would be fantastic!

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OS Version

$ uname -a
Linux raspberrypi 4.9.59-v7+ #1047 SMP Sun Oct 29 12:19:23 GMT 2017 armv7l GNU/Linux

LSB info:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:  Raspbian
Description:     Raspbian GNU/Linux 9.3 (stretch)
Release:         9.3
Codename:        stretch
  • @Fabian, it looks like we don't have access to any info (as per that other thread) and that probably did not change sine 2013? Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 2:16
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    @Fabian Also I see that the other question was more about "the split" (how much RAM is used by one and the other) rather than the CPU/GPU usage. Mine is clearly (I think) about the % usage of the GPU so I can get an idea of how much horse power I'm using and how much is still available for improvements to my software. Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 4:17
  • "you cannot currently get the GPU usage" raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/a/4374/78211
    – Fabian
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 4:48


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