Have you ever come across an error message when running a game like this? “Your computer does not meet the minimum system requirements to run this software. Your video card does not meet the required specifications (GPU:VRAM 1GB).”
This is because your graphics card does not have enough video memory to render these complex images and data. In this article, I will cover all the methods you can use to increase your allocated VRAM memory.
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- What is dedicated video RAM?
- How can I test the VRAM?
- How to increase the amount of VRAM on my PC
- Method 1: Increase your VRAM using Regedit.
- Method 2: Increase the amount of VRAM using the system settings through the control panel.
- Method 3: Increase the amount of VRAM through the BIOS.
- Method 4: Increase the VRAM of your integrated Intel graphics card by increasing the amount of RAM in your system.
- Method 5: Increase the VRAM of NVIDIA or AMD dedicated cards by upgrading your computer or buying an eGPU.
- How much dedicated VRAM do you need? (2GB, 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB)
What is dedicated video RAM?
Video RAM (or VRAM, pronounced “VEE-ram”) is a special type of RAM that works with a computer’s graphics processor. The GPU It is the chip of the computer’s graphics card, which is responsible for displaying the images on the screen. Although technically incorrect, the terms GPU and graphics card are often used interchangeably.
Video RAM contains the information needed by the GPU, including game textures and lighting effects. This allows the GPU to quickly access this information and render the video to the screen.
Using the video VRAM for this task is much faster than using the system RAM because the video VRAM is located next to the GPU on the graphics card. The VRAM is designed for this purpose with high intensity and is therefore “dedicated”.
How can I test the VRAM?
Before upgrading the VRAM of your integrated Intel graphics card or dedicated AMD or Nvidia graphics card, please check your current VRAM. Please follow the steps below to check your VRAM.
- Right-click on the computer’s start screen and select Display Settings.
- A new system configuration window will open. Make sure you select “Show” on the left side. Next, click “advanced display settings” On the right side.
- A new window will open “Advanced Display Settings”. Scroll down and click “Video Card Properties.”
- Now you will see all the memory information of your Intel integrated graphics card and your AMD or NVIDIA dedicated graphics card.
How to increase the amount of VRAM on my PC
We are going to show you five methods to increase the video memory (VRAM) of integrated graphics cards from Intel and dedicated graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD. The first two methods involve allocating memory without using the BIOS. This gives the illusion of increasing VRAM because unused memory is now shared with the video card.
The second method is a bit more complicated, as you have to increase the amount of VRAM by allocating it through the BIOS. This also increases VRAM, but can lead to technical errors if not done incorrectly.
The last two methods require spending money and increasing VRAM by buying more RAM and a new graphics card. So, without further ado, here are five methods to increase your laptop’s VRAM.
Method 1: Increase your VRAM using Regedit.
Using Regedit or a registry editor, you can simulate a VRAM increase by allocating unused memory to your video card. This method works for Intel HD integrated graphics cards and AMD Ryzen APUs. Does not work with NVIDIA and AMD Radeon dedicated graphics cards.
Perform the following steps to increase dedicated video memory via regedit.
- Press the key combination “Windows” + “R” to open the “RUN” window. Then type regedit and click OK.
- The registry editor will open. In Registry Editor, click the little arrow to the left of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE entry.
- In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, click the little arrow to the left of SOFTWARE.
- Under SOFTWARE, select Intel.
- Right-click on the “Intel” folder, then “New” and finally “Key.”
- A new key is created in the “Intel New Key #1” folder.
- Rename the new key #1 to GMM.
- Once the GMM key is created, right click on the white area to the right of the GMM folder. Select New, and then click the DWORD (32-bit) value.
- A new 32-bit DWORD value New #1 is created.
- Rename the new value #1 to DedicatedSegmentSize. Make sure to write the first letter of each word and to group the words without spaces.
- Right click on DedicatedSegmentSize and click Edit.
- A new window opens to change the DWORD (32 bits). Select the Hex Base option. Now enter the data values using the table below and click OK.
|system RAM||Recommended VRAM|
I am using 512 as the data value because I have 4GB of RAM in my laptop.
- Reboot the laptop to apply the latest changes. After reboot, check the VRAM using the method described in the “How to check the VRAM” section.
Previously my allocated video memory (VRAM) was 128MB. Let’s see how big my VRAM is now. As you can see, my new VRAM value is 576MB.
Method 2: Increase the amount of VRAM using the system settings through the control panel.
You can increase the VRAM capacity of your integrated Intel graphics card by increasing the swap size of the C drive on your hard drive.
Increasing the size of the C drive allows a Windows computer to use part of the C drive as additional memory, thereby increasing the amount of VRAM. Follow the steps below to use this method to increase VRAM on a Windows 10 computer.
- Access the Control Panel. You can find Control Panel by typing Control Panel in the search bar next to the Windows start icon.
- In Control Panel, you will see a number of settings. Click the System button.
- Click Advanced System Settings.
- A new System Properties window opens. On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
- A new window opens with performance settings. First select the Advanced option at the topand then click the Edit button in the Virtual Memory section.
- A new Virtual Memory window will open. Disable the “Automatically manage swap file size for all disks” option by checking the checkbox.
- Select drive C and enter the following values in the Custom Size field. Initial Size (MB) – 24576 and Maximum Size (MB) – 32768 and then click Set.
- Now make sure the new page file size is listed at the top as 24576-32768, then click OK.
- A system message will appear: “A reboot is required to apply the changes made.” Just click the OK button.
- You will receive a message about the new performance settings. Make sure the new total paging file size for all drives is listed as 24576MB. If everything is correct, first click Apply and then OK.
- Finally, you will get a message from Microsoft Windows asking you to restart your computer. Click Restart Now and you will see an increase in VRAM after the reboot.
Method 3: Increase the amount of VRAM through the BIOS.
Increasing RAM using BIOS is much more complicated than the other two methods as it works differently for different brands of computers.
I don’t recommend using the BIOS method, but if you have no other options, then and only then should you use this method. Follow these steps to increase the amount of VRAM using the BIOS.
- Start the computer and press F10 or the Del key (depending on the manufacturer) to open the BIOS when the boot screen appears.
If you can’t do this, contact your computer manufacturer for help. You can also contact your computer store for help.
- Once in the BIOS, locate the Device Settings item o Advanced chipset configuration.
- For some brands, such as Lenovo, go to the Devices tab and then select Video Settings.
- You will now see the different video memory size options. Select the video memory size according to the size of your computer’s RAM using the following table.
Here is a video explaining how to do it in BIOS. This applies to both HP and Lenovo computers.
Method 4: Increase the VRAM of your integrated Intel graphics card by increasing the amount of RAM in your system.
This method is only applicable to integrated Intel HD Graphics chips and AMD Ryzen APUs. These integrated graphics chips from Intel use RAM for image rendering.
Therefore, increasing system memory increases the amount of memory available to the Intel graphics card, thereby increasing the VRAM of the Intel graphics card. The same goes for AMD Ryzen integrated APUs.
If your computer has additional RAM slots, you should upgrade your ram. For gaming and other moderately demanding everyday tasks, I recommend 8 GB of RAM. However, if you want your computer to be future-proof, you should buy 16 GB of RAM.
Method 5: Increase the VRAM of NVIDIA or AMD dedicated cards by upgrading your computer or buying an eGPU.
If you want to enjoy gaming, Unity development, or video editing without lag or other performance issues, buy a laptop or desktop with more VRAM.
Computers with the latest High-RVAM graphics cards usually have a lot of RAM and a very powerful processor. You don’t have to worry about the specs, but keep in mind that these computers can be very expensive.
Video cards have become very powerful nowadays. The latest NVIDIA Titan RTX graphics card has 24GB of VRAM and the latest AMD Radeon VII graphics card has 16GB of VRAM. If you compare this to the VRAM of an Intel HD graphics card (128 MB), you can see why these graphics cards are so powerful.
If you want to increase the VRAM of your desktop PC’s GPU, you can purchase additional graphics cards. Some laptops also have slots for additional GPUs. If your laptop has an additional slot, you can purchase a graphics card that is compatible with your motherboard. Also you can buy an external graphics card. An external graphics card (eGPU) can be connected to the computer via the Thunderbolt 3 port.
How much dedicated VRAM do you need? (2GB, 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB)
A computer with more dedicated VRAM will perform much better than one with less VRAM. An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card with 8 GB of DDR6 VRAM is better than an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 6 GB of DDR6 VRAM.
Similarly, a video card with the same VRAM, but at a higher DDR version, will perform better than a card with less DDR memory. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics card with 6 GB of DDR6 VRAM is more efficient than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti with 6 GB of DDR5 VRAM.
If you are an avid gamer and make a living streaming games, you should opt for at least 6 GB of VRAM. An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card should meet your needs. You’ll also need enough RAM for streaming and gaming.
If you’re a designer using resource-intensive programs like Unity 3D, Autodesk Maya, or 3DS Max Blender, you’ll need about 8 GB of VRAM. An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card would be a good choice for you.
If you are more into video editing and are an occasional gamer, 4 GB of VRAM will be more than enough. A great video card for you would be the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super. For light gamers and casual users, 2GB of VRAM will suffice.
The VRAM of an integrated Intel or AMD Ryzen graphics card can be increased more easily using the Regedit or System Setup method than the BIOS method. I recommend my readers to use the Regedit method. Increasing the RAM also increases the VRAM of these integrated graphics cards.
If you want to increase the VRAM of your NVIDIA or AMD video card, you will need to buy a new video card if you have an extra slot, or buy a new computer with more VRAM, depending on your needs and budget.
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