What is VRAM?
VRAM stands for Video Random Access Memory. This is a type of memory used in graphics processing units (GPUs) for storing visual data such as textures, 3D models, and video frames.
VRAM is a high-speed memory dedicated to graphics processing and is designed to handle large amounts of data quickly. Unlike system RAM, which is shared by the CPU and GPU, VRAM is only accessible by the GPU, which allows it to quickly access and manipulate the graphics data it needs to render images and videos.
The amount of VRAM in a graphics card is an important factor in determining its performance, as higher amounts of VRAM can enable the card to handle more complex graphics and higher resolutions. VRAM is typically measured in gigabytes (GB) and can range from 2GB to 24GB or more in high-end graphics cards.
Increase Your Dedicated VRAM
Unfortunately, it is not possible to increase dedicated VRAM on Intel HD Graphics without accessing BIOS. Dedicated VRAM is a physical memory module that is built into the graphics card, and it cannot be increased through software.
However, YouTuber Elvis Chibundu has a great workaround! Here’s what he says:
- Click start at the lower left-hand side of your screen and type: REGEDIT
- Open your Registry Editor
- Expand the tab called HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
- Expand the SOFTWARE tab
- Right-click the INTEL tab
- Hover over New and select Key
- Name this Directory: GMM
- Select GMM when it appears on the left. You will now be in the editor for GMM.
- In the window, right-click over the empty area, click New, and then Key.
- Then select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- In the name field, name this key: DedicatedSegmentSize
- Hit Enter and then right-click and select Modify.
- In the Value data field, type: 512
- Hit OK and exit the Registry Editor.
- Reboot your PC and you’re done!
See it in action:
In some cases, it may be possible to increase the amount of shared system memory that is allocated to the graphics card, which can help to improve performance in some situations. However, this is not the same as increasing dedicated VRAM, and it may not always be possible or effective.
If you need more VRAM for gaming or other resource-intensive applications, the best option is to upgrade to a graphics card with more VRAM. This will provide a significant performance boost and will allow you to run more demanding games and applications with higher settings and smoother performance.