How To Increase VRAM

Chris Campbell25 May 2022

If you're a gamer, video editor, or 3D modeling artist, you'll understand how crucial VRAM is to your passion. A sufficient quantity of Video Random Access Memory (VRAM) allows you to do visually intensive tasks without experiencing slowdowns, freezes, or other hassles.

Getting Started With VRAM

Video RAM, often known as VRAM, is a form of RAM that works hand in hand with your laptop's graphics processing unit. The GPU is a component on your machine's graphics card, also known as the video card, that is in charge of showing pictures on your screen. Though technically wrong, the phrases graphics card and GPU are frequently used interchangeably.

Your video RAM stores information required by the GPU, such as game graphics and lighting effects. This enables the GPU to access information fast and send video to your display. Because video RAM is located immediately next to the GPU in the graphics card, it is significantly quicker than utilizing system RAM for this operation. VRAM is dedicated to this high-intensity function since it was designed for it.

VRAM is simply one of several aspects that influence framerates in games, allowing you to video-edit and conduct 3D modeling or animation without causing your system to freeze. While each game will tax your VRAM to varying degrees, as a general guideline, here's how much VRAM you should have for a seamless experience free of artifacts and choppiness:

  • 4-6GB for 1080p
  • 6-8GB for 1440p
  • 4K: 8GB or more

VRAM is physically present on your GPU, hence you cannot raise your VRAM without upgrading your GPU. However, there are several things you can do to ensure that your laptop is utilizing the most out of the VRAM available to it.

Can I Increase Vram on a Laptop?

When it comes to boosting your ultimate laptop performance, the graphics card is by far the most influential piece of hardware in your system. If your graphics card, whether dedicated or integrated, is outdated and has subpar specifications, you will almost certainly be denied access to the new and popular programs and games. If you don't want to spend the money on a new GPU, you can mislead your machine by simulating a VRAM increase.

Getting a new graphics card is the easiest way to increase your video RAM. If your dedicated GPU is out of date or you're currently dependent on your integrated graphics card, switching to a new GPU model will provide a significant increase to overall performance if your CPU and RAM are capable of supporting the boost. If you just do not have the means to upgrade your system, you could increase your GPU's dedicated VRAM instead.

How To Increase Vram on Windows 10

Getting an error message stating that your laptop does not meet the minimum system requirements could be devastating. You might be relieved to learn that there is a fix that does not involve buying new and expensive hardware. Getting even just a little additional space on your VRAM could make a big difference in your gaming experience, and we'll show you how to increase your VRAM.

Increase VRAM thru BIOS

The first method is to access your BIOS and boost your VRAM. This approach isn't feasible on all motherboards, however, most manufacturers will let you change the way your VRAM is allocated. Here's how to use BIOS settings to boost dedicated VRAM:

  • Reboot your laptop and go into your BIOS settings. Input your BIOS key by typing it in repeatedly while booting. Repeatedly tap the F2, F5, F8, or Del keys. If this doesn't work, do a Google search on how to enter your BIOS settings depending on the brand of your motherboard.
  • Search for the secondary menu within the Video Settings, Graphics Settings, or VGA Memory Size once you've reached the BIOS menu. You should be able to easily find it under the Advanced menu.
  • The DVMT pre-allocated VRAM can then be adjusted to the size that best suits your system.
  • Save your changes and reboot your laptop. When you restart your laptop, you'll see your updated VRAM count.

Increase VRAM thru Registry Editor

You may also use Regedit or Registry editor to make your VRAM appear bigger. What actually happens is that you allocate unused RAM to your graphics card. Unfortunately, this solution is only compatible with Intel HD Graphics Cards and AMD Ryzen APUs. Regedit will not work with dedicated AMD Radeon and NVIDIA graphics cards:

  • Launch the Run menu by pressing Win + R. Type "regedit" and press OK.
  • When the Registry Editor menu appears, select HKEY LOCAL MACHINE by clicking the dropdown arrow next to it.
  • Select SOFTWARE from the dropdown menu.
  • Right-click on the white space after selecting the Intel folder. Hover your cursor over New, then pick Key. Under the Intel Folder, a new folder called "New Key +1" will be generated.
  • Change the name of New Key #1 to GMM.
  • Right-click on the space in the GMM folder and choose Properties. Hover your cursor over New, then choose DWORD (32-bit) Value. This results in New Value #1.
  • Change the name of New Value #1 to DedicatedSegmentSize. Make sure to capitalize the initial letter of each word and enter without spaces between them.
  • Right-click DedicatedSegmentSize and choose Modify.
  • A new Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialog box will appear. The base should be set to hexadecimal. Enter the appropriate value data depending on the info in your System RAM.
  • Inspect your VRAM count after rebooting your laptop.

Does Sli Increase Vram?

It's tempting to fall victim to a misconception since it appears pretty sensible on the surface. But, just to be clear, SLI does not increase your available VRAM. VRAM between different video card systems is copied rather than shared or added. Suppose you have two 8GB video cards in SLI. Rather than now having 16GB, you can only access 8GB since data in the first GPU is moved to the second GPU during processing. This implies that your system will never use more than 8GB at a time.

VRAM is required to play games featuring high-end graphics and 4K videos and solves problems you might encounter while processing a video.  Increased memory improves your system's performance so knowing how to increase your VRAM is a handy skill to have.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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