Vram or Video Random Access Memory or Video RAM is a special kind of dynamic RAM mainly used to store graphical images that display on your computer screen. If you are a gamer or graphic designer, then Vram is essential for you. Because of more VRAM, you can process more graphical images smoothly. Vram is very useful to solve gaming frame drop, high-resolution video editing issues. You can check how much VRAM you have on your computer easily. We will show you how to check VRAM step by step on Windows 8, Windows 10, macOS X, Linux, and Android.
Generally, we have a small portion of Vram in our computer by default. Although you can extend VRAM by purchasing an extra graphics card for your computer, check till last to know how to extend VRAM ?.
How much Vram do You Need for gaming and video editing?
1-2 Gb Vram: Better perform than integrated graphics. Only used for Old version games, which can’t play with integrated graphics. Not Useful for latest games, 3D work, video editing, complex graphics design.
3-6 Gb Vram: Can handle Mid-range games and Video editing. With 3 Gb, you can’t play games with a high setting also 4 Gb can face some issues in 1080p. But 6 Gb is best for modern games with ultra setting and higher grade video editing.
8 Gb or Above Vram: You can play the latest games at 4K resolution with Ultra setting. It’s the best choice for Hardcore gamers and video editors.
How to check Vram on your computer or android device?
We will share 3 methods with you to check Vram on your Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android device.
- Check VRAM with Display Settings
- Check VRAM with the dxdiag tool
- Check VRAM with CPU-Z
Method 1: Check VRAM with Windows 10 Display Settings
Step 1: search “display settings” with your windows search bar
Step 2: click on the display settings option.
Step 3: Click on “Advanced Display Settings”
Step 4: Click on Mark text “Display adapter properties for Display 1”
Step 5: A pop-up tab will show your VRAM ( If you have 2 GPUs then you can see only your processor VRAM space ) *** Follow Method 2 to check Vram, if you have 2 GPUs
Check VRAM with Windows 8 Display Settings
Step 1: Open Control panel
( To open control panel type Windows key + X key >, you will see Control Panel in the lower-right corner of the screen. )
Step 2: Select display from the control panel
Step 3: Click on “Screen Resolution”
Step 4: Click on “Advanced Settings”
Step 5: select Adapter tab
Now you can see your Vram information here
Method 2: Check VRAM with the dxdiag tool
Step 1: Type Windows Key + R or search “Run” on your windows search bar to open the Run function.
Step 2: Type “dxdiag” into the Run search bar then click ok.
Step 3: if you get a notification about connecting to the internet then click yes (don’t worry it will not harm your computer or security )
Step 4: A “DirectX Diagnostic Tool” tab will open
Step 5: After opening the DirectX Diagnostic Tool tab, click on “Display” Now you can see GPU and Vram information here.
Method 3: Check VRAM with CPU-Z
( Check Vram on your Android and any windows version )
CPU-Z mostly used as a free third party application for Windows and Android. It will monitor and display hardware and software features like CPU, Ram, Motherboard, the hardware used in a computer or Android device.
Step 1: Download CPU-Z from this link, get your preferable version ( 64 bit or 32 bit ), or Android. Choose a language you prefer English or Chinese.
Step 2: Install CPU-Z on your computer or android device and run it.
Step 3: After launch, CPU-Z will automatically detect your graphics card.
Step 4: Once it detects your graphics card, navigate to the “Graphics tab” > You will see all information about your graphics card. Here you can find how much Vram or Video Ram your device has.
How to check VRAM on MacOS X
Step 1: Click on the Apple icon to get the Apple menu on the upper left corner of your screen.
Step 2: Click on “About This Mac”
Step 3: check “Graphics” line > you can see how much VRAM your macOS X have.
How to check Vram on Linux
Step 1: run command line “lspci” with no options.
Step 2: look for “VGA Compatible Controller”
Step 3: take note of the number at the beginning of this line. For example, here, the VGA controller’s ID number is 00:02.0.
Step 4: Rerun lspci, with -v -s domain-id
As our controller’s ID number is 00:02.0, we will run the command lspci -v -s 00:02.0 to get more information.
Step 5: look for “prefetchable memory”> here, you can check how much Vram your Linux controlled device has.
For example, my device have 256 MB VRAM.
How to Increase VRAM?
There are two methods of increasing VRAM.
- Increase VRAM with BIOS
- Increase VRAM with Registry Editor
Method 1: Increase VRAM using BIOS
( This method may not work for all Motherboard)
Step 1: Enter Bios
[ How to enter bios :
- Go to setting
- Click update and security
- Select Recovery from the left menu list
- Click Restart from Advance startup
- Select “Troubleshoot” from choose an option
- Click Advanced options
- Click “UEFI Firmware Settings” ***( If you don’t see any “UEFI Firmware Settings” on the list then select “Startup Settings” instead )
- Click Restart.
Step 2: from Bios menu find Advanced Features, Advanced Chipset Features, or similar
Step 3: Find the secondary category: Graphics Settings, Video Settings or VGA Share Memory Size or similar
Step 4: Here, increase the default VRAM to whichever option suits you best.
Pre-Allocated value is usually 128MB. If you have enough disk space, then you can increase it to 256MB or 512MB.
Step 5: Save the configuration > reboot your computer
Step 6: Check your Vram has increased or not.
Method 2: Increase VRAM with Registry Editor
If the first method doesn’t work for you, then try this method
( only suitable for integrated GPUs from Intel )
Step 1 : press Win + R > type regedit > click OK > it will open Registry Editor
Step 2 : go to ( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Intel ) or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Intel
Step 3 : right-click Intel to choose New > Key and rename it GMM
Step 4 : click GMM > click right side to choose New > Dword (32-bit) Value > Rename it to DedicatedSegmentSize
Step 5 : double click DedicatedSegmentSize > change Value data from 0 to 512 > set Base to Decimal
( it’s the amount of VRAM displayed in the Properties )
Step 6: Save changes > reboot PC
( Now check VRAM value and check if this helps you to play a game smoothly )
So now, you know how to check VRAM for your Windows 8, Windows 10, macOS X, Linux, Android. Also, how much VRAM do you need and how to increase them. Try to buy a new Graphics card with enough VRAM if you are a serious gamer or a High-end Video editor.
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