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How To Increase VRAM (Video RAM) On Windows 10/11

Are you searching for an answer to your graphics card’s quest “How to increase VRAM”? Surely you are at the right place! If you have trouble playing the new video game or running the video editor smoothly, it’s time to increase the VRAM space.

Insufficient Video RAM space may result in jerking textures between main and video memory. Consequently, there is a performance drop, poor graphics textures, and a lower frame rate.

If that’s the case, replacing the graphics card with a new one is the best option. However, if you don’t want to buy a new one, there is a hack. You can increase the VRAM space to clean up all the mess created by insufficient VRAM space.

A Quick Intro To Dedicated Video RAM

Video Random Access Memory (VRAM) is a Graphics card component. Video RAM holds the essential information that the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) requires to run graphic intensive programs like video editors and video game applications. It enables a smooth display of 2D and 3D images on your screen. VRAM has the following types:

  • Multibank DRAM (MDRAM)
  • Rambus DRAM
  • Synchronous Graphics RAM (SGRAM)
  • Window RAM (WRAM)

How To Check VRAM On Windows

Looking up the available space for Video RAM is quite a simple process. It’s not always true that a lack of sufficient space is causing all the graphics-related problems. Therefore, it’s advised to check the VRAM space first before proceeding with the methods to increase VRAM. Follow the instructions below to have the space availability check done.

On Windows 10

  1. First, go to the Start menu and open the Settings.
  2. Next, you have to select System. 
  3. On the left pane of the System settings, there is the Display option. Click on it.
  4. Select Display adapter properties at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click on the Adapter tab to check the allocated space for VRAM under Adapter information.

On Windows 11

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings.
  2. Next, go to System and select Display.
  3. Once here, click on the Advanced Display option.
  4. Now click on the Display adapter properties under Display information.
  5. A properties window will open where you get options to change the Adapter, Monitor, and Color Management options. Lookup for the VRAM amount here and note it down.

Benefits Of Increasing VRAM On Windows

Although increasing the dedicated Video RAM is a workaround; however, it can be of great help. You will be able to enjoy the following benefits by performing some space increase hacks to your dedicated Video RAM.

  • Positive impact on gaming performance.
  • Better functioning of workstation applications.
  • Allows the GPU to render more complex images and textures on the graphics chip.

Ways To Increase VRAM

Now let’s move toward the main course of our article without any further delay, how to increase VRAM on Windows 10/11. After studying the functioning of the Graphics card components and other related software, we successfully introduced three proven methods to increase the dedicated VRAM. Let’s dive deep into it.

Registry Editor Method

Yes! You can fake an increase in VRAM via the registry editor. What needs to be done is that you have to allocate unused memory to your graphics card. Modify the value from registry entries because a game reads the value shown for the integrated graphics card to determine how much VRAM it needs.

Note: This method is only applicable to Intel HD Graphics Card and AMD Ryzen APUs. Dedicated AMD Radeon and NVIDIA graphics cards can not use the registry editor.

  1. Open the Run dialogue box by pressing the Windows key  + R.
  2. Type in “regedit” and press the Enter button to open the Registry editor.
  3. Now go to the following locations in the left-hand pane
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Intel.
  4. Once here, click on the Intel key.
  5. Hover over New and select Key.
  6. A new folder named “New key + 1” will be created under the Intel folder. Rename it with GMM.
  7. Select the GMM key and open the right pane.
  8. You need to select New > Dword (32-bit) Value and then name it DedicatedSegmentSize.
  9. Go to Adapter properties and check the VRAM amount. Now go to the DedicatedSegmentSize and set the base to decimal. Then put a value from 0 to 512 (VRAM amount).
  10. The final step is to restart your PC to reinforce the changes.

Note: This method is only applicable to Intel HD Graphics Card and AMD Ryzen APUs. Dedicated AMD Radeon and NVIDIA graphics cards can not use the registry editor.

BIOS Method

Although you can not apply this method to all motherboards, increasing the VRAM via BIOS setting is the most common method used by the users. What it does is quite satisfying. You get VRAM allocation adjustments from your computer’s BIOS or UEFI. Keep in mind that you can only get a limited increase in the VRAM through this method. So let’s get started with the procedure.

Restart your system and enter the BIOS settings. Continuously press one of the keys to access BIOS; “F2”, “F5”, “F8”, or “Del.

Note: if you can’t access BIOS through the above method, do quick google research on how to access BIOS for your specific motherboard.

  1. Once you get to the BIOS settings, go to Video Settings, Graphics Settings, or Integrated Graphics Configuration under the Advanced menu.
  2. Then adjust the “DVMT pre-allocated VRAM” or “UMA Frame Buffer Size” to a size that suits your system.
  3. Finally, save the adjustments made to your system and restart your PC.

Increase Dedicated Video RAM Without BIOS

Another simple yet effective workaround is to fake an increase in VRAM. You can also get this job done without using BIOS settings. Here is what you need to do for better gaming or video editing experience.

  1. Go to This PC app by searching in the dedicated bar.
  2. Then go to the menu and select Properties.
  3. Under the Related settings section, select the Advanced system settings.
  4. Now click on the Settings option under Performance.
  5. Then go to the Advanced tab and click on Change.
  6. Remove the check before the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers.” Instead, enable the option of “Custom size” below.
  7. Set the “initial and Maximum size” value as per your requirement.
  8. Hit Ok to apply the recently made changes.

Final Words

No longer struggle to play the new and hot video game application because we have mentioned all the tricks to get an extra dedicated VRAM on your PC instantly. Although these are just temporary workarounds, as they give you just a limited VRAM space, they can still work wonders and help you enjoy the best graphics display on your screen.

Syeda Maryam Gilani

Maryam Gilani is a technology lover. Her interest in IT, games, and CS inspires her to write tech articles. If not writing, you can find her reading technology-related content and exploring more about the digital world.

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