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Computers can have either a dedicated graphics card with on - board dedicated memory or an integrated system where graphics components are part of the processor. Integrated systems use a portion of system memory for graphics, which decreases the amount of RAM available for general use. Another option has been added to the market, computers with both dedicated graphics card and shared system. This is called switchable graphics or APU by some manufacturers. Computers can be configured to either choose on fly which method works best for the current application or users can choose manually which system to use. Historically, if you were going to work with graphics, dedicated card was the only way to go. The discrete graphics card delivers crisp, clear graphics quickly, enabling video editing and complex graphic design. Drawbacks to dedicated graphics card are that cards are expensive, physically large, use additional power, and produce heat. These attributes make it hard to fit into a laptop. Recent advances have allowed more manufacturers to put discrete graphics cards in larger, higher - end laptops. Price often reflects this, but it can be worth it if you need full - time graphics ability in laptop. Share systems were traditionally put into lower - end computers. They enable computers to display spreadsheets and general web pages, but are generally not powerful enough to do graphic design or advanced photo editing. Integrate systems produce less heat and allow longer battery life, making them better suited for laptops. In the last ten years, however, share graphics systems have improved greatly. As laptops have become smaller and lighter, and users have increased their graphics use through video editing and gaming, manufacturers have found ways to increase the graphics ability of integrated systems. Because most users are looking at high - resolution video, editing photos, and playing games, graphic abilities have increase. Integrated systems are still quite good enough for complex 2D gaming, 3D gaming, or video editing. Switchable systems have come out in the last ten years and are available at most price points. Dual systems allow for longer battery life when users are not in graphic - intensive applications and advanced graphics abilities when they are needed. They are more expensive than single option. Because dedicated graphics card can be turned off, laptops can get away with smaller cooling system and still have acceptable battery life without sacrificing graphics ability. What you choose really depends on how much you use your computer for graphic design, video editing, and 3D gaming, and what your other requirements are. If you already need to get a desktop computer and you need a high level of graphics, it is cheaper to go with a dedicated graphics card. If youre looking for portability of a laptop computer, youll need to decide between an integrated system and a switchable system. Usually, it comes down to budget.

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History

Vram is a reference to any type of random access MEMORY used to store image data for Computer Display. All types of VRAM are special arrangements of dynamic RAM. A Vram is a buffer between computer processor and display, and is often called a frame buffer. When images are to be sent to display, they are first read by processor as data from some form of main RAM and then written to VRAM. From VRAM, data is sent as digital signal via DVI or HDMI port to modern, flat - Screen lead Display. If the display is an older cathode ray tube model - or if a modern display is connected by an older VGA connector to Video Card - video signal is first converted by RAMDAC into analog signals that are sent to the display. Previous high - performance forms of VRAM were Dual - port, which means that while the processor is writing new image to VRAM, display is reading from VRAM to refresh its current display content. Dual - port design was the main difference between System RAM and VRAM in the 1980s and into 1990s.

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Increasing your Dedicated Graphics Memory

Table

RAMRecommended Video Memory
2 GB256 MB
4 GB512 MB
8GB or more1024 MB or more

Among your Windows 10 PC components, there is very important one called RAM. It is also commonly known as computer memory because it is constantly used by processors to store data. The main reason behind this is to make things run faster and smoother. Think of it like this: every buffer for graphically intense app, every program that you launch from the hard drive, every OS command, its picked up by the processor and loaded onto RAM. Next time you run the same task, it will be much faster because the processor stores it in RAM. Speaking of graphically intense programs, they are processed in different manners because they are too resource - hungry. That is where VRAM or Video RAM comes in. Vram is what GPUs or Graphics cards used for processing high - resolution content and complex textures. Be it 4K Video, some rendering, or the latest and greatest game, you need a good GPU with enough VRAM to run them. How do I increase dedicated Video RAM in Windows 10? First, you have to establish how much VRAM you already have. The best way is, obviously, to change your GPU with more powerful one. If you dont want to do that, then you can increase your current allocation of dedicated Video RAM through BIOS or Registry Editor. Does your PC show less RAM than actually instal? Here is how to fix that!


Increase dedicated Video RAM in Windows 10

Video RAM is a special type of RAM that works with your computer's Graphics processing unit, or GPU. A Gpu is a chip on your computer's graphics card that's responsible for displaying images on your screen. Though technically incorrect, terms GPU and Graphics card are often used interchangeably. Your video RAM holds information that the GPU needs, including game textures and lighting effects. This allows the GPU to quickly access info and output video to your monitor. Using video RAM for this task is much faster than using your System RAM, because video RAM is right next to the GPU in Graphics card. Vram is built for this high - intensity purpose and it's thus dedicate.


What is VRAM?

Graphics - intensive applications and programs use large space of system memory for rendering graphical data with high quality, color, clarity, and definition to display. In these cases, your system may fall into shortage of RAM and struggle to buffer high - intensive Graphics programs, as your Graphics card shares system memory. Unless you need to buffer high - end video applications, your PC works normally with RAM. Otherwise, to buffer high - quality visual display to your system monitor, you will require a special type of memory called Video RAM. Video RAM is dedicated for special purpose to processing high - intensity Video faster than system RAM. Graphics cards or GPUs use video RAM built on it to store images and video data. Vram is also called virtual RAM and is used as GPU Memory for easily processing graphical applications, games, complex textures, and 3D Graphics. However, some applications like the latest games and videos may require you to play videos at 1080p or 4k resolution that need plenty of VRAM. Moreover, VRAM processes more pixels for higher resolution images to display them better. That being say, modern games require increased detailing and exact system requirements to launch them on your system monitor and, having insufficient VRAM will lead to heavy overload of GPU.

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Increasing Memory through Registry Editor

Table

System RAMRecommended VRAM
1 GB128 MB
2 GB256 MB
4 GB512 MB
6 GB1024 MB
8 GB2048 MB
16 GB4096 MB

If the above method to increase virtual memory doesnt work, we will attempt to forcefully increase memory by making changes to your Registry through Registry Editor. Make sure that you are log in as administrator before proceeding. You can always revert back to changes later on if needed. Press Windows + R, type regedit in dialogue box, and Press Enter. Once in Registry Editor, Press Ctrl + F to search for IncreaseFixedSegment. Searching for IncreaseFixedSegment Once you find Key, set the value to 1. Changing Value of IncreaseFixedSegment to 1 Save changes and exit. Restart your computer and see if memory has been increase.


What is VRAM?

Of course, best way of increasing your Video RAM is to buy a new Graphics Card. If your Dedicated GPU is outdated or youre still relying on your Integrated Graphics Card, upgrading to a new GPU model will give a huge boost to overall performance. However, in the event that you dont have money for upgrade, there are two other ways that you can use to increase the dedicated VRAM of your GPU. Feel free to follow whichever method seems more approachable considering your particular situation.

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Table2

System RAMRecommended VRAM
1 GB128 MB
2 GB256 MB
4 GB512 MB
6 GB1024 MB
8 GB2048 MB
16 GB4096 MB
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