Among the components of your Windows 10 PC, there is a very important one called RAM. It is also commonly known as computer memory because it is constantly used by the processor to store data.
The main reason for this is to make things run faster and smoother. Think of it this way: every buffer for a graphically intense application, every program you launch from the hard drive, every operating system command, is picked up by the processor and loaded into RAM.
How To Increase Dedicated Video Memory
The next time you run the same task, it will be much faster because the processor stored it in RAM.
Speaking of graphically intensive programs, they are processed in a different way because they are too resource hungry. That’s where VRAM or video RAM comes in.
VRAM is what GPUs or graphics cards are using to process high-resolution content and complex textures. Whether it’s 4k video, a bit of rendering, or the latest and greatest game, you’ll need a good GPU with enough VRAM to run them.
How can I increase the dedicated video RAM in Windows 10? First, you will need to set the amount of VRAM you already have. The best way is obviously to swap your GPU for a more powerful one. If you don’t want to, you can increase the current dedicated video RAM allocation through BIOS or Registry Editor.
How to allocate more VRAM in Windows 10
First of all, before trying to increase the amount of RAM, you will need to know exactly how much VRAM is on your graphics card. To find out, follow the steps below:
- Go to Start> Settings> System ….
In the Display section, scroll down until you see Advanced Display Settings highlighted in blue. Click on the.
At the bottom of the new window, click Display adapter properties for your display.
In the new window, under Adapter, you will see your Total Available Graphics Memory.
Solution 1 – Increase dedicated VRAM through BIOS
This is the most optimal method for reallocating VRAM. Because this has a good chance of success, it is the first thing to try. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Restart your PC and enter BIOS. When rebooting, press the BIOS key repeatedly, usually F2, F5, F8, or the Delete key.
- Once you’ve entered the BIOS, look for Advanced / Advanced Options or something similar.
- Again, look for VGA Share Memory Size, Graphics Settings, Video Settings, or something similar.
- Select Preassigned VRAM and change the value to one that best suits your needs.
- Save the changes and restart the PC.
Most of the time, the default is 64M or 128M. You can choose 256M or 512M to increase VRAM.
Remember that not all BIOS settings are the same, and BIOS or BIOS key options may differ. Check the manufacturer’s manual to see which key you need to press to enter BIOS.
Solution 2 – Increase Dedicated VRAM via Registry Editor (Integrated Intel GPUs)
Typically, the system automatically adjusts the amount of VRAM required for any application at any given time. In some cases, when a bit more is needed to run an application or game, a VRAM surge can be faked via Registry Editor.
To do this, follow the steps below:
- Press Windows Key + R to open Run, and type regedit . Hit Enter .
- Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Intel
- In the side panel, right-click on the Intel folder and select New> Key . GMM name .
- In the side panel, on Intel, a new GMM folder should appear . With the GMM folder selected, in the right section, in an empty space, right-click and create a New> Dword (32-bit). Name it DedicatedSegmentSize.
- Now double click on the DedicatedSegmentSize, in Base choose Decimal , and in Value data enter a number between 0 and 512 . That’s the amount of RAM you can allocate in megabytes, and it should appear in Adapter Properties.
- Save and restart the PC.
Increasing VRAM in Windows 10 via BIOS or Registry Editor is a nifty solution that can come in handy at times, but if you’re looking for real power under the hood, then we suggest buying a dedicated graphics card.
If you are using a dedicated GPU, even an older one, you are much more likely to be satisfied with the result than with any new integrated GPU.
What tasks are you doing on your GPU? Playing? Or maybe some kind of video editing? Tell us in the comment section below, along with any other questions you may have.