This post shows students and new users steps to check and view their system’s video RAM or vRAM in Windows 11. Video RAM is a special type of random access memory (RAM) specifically dedicated to processing graphics-related tasks and is used to store image and graphic data for your computer’s graphics processing unit (GPU).
vRAM helps speed up your computer graphic processes and tasks, since the video RAM is right next to the GPU, and holds information that the GPU needs to process quickly, including game textures and lighting effects, and more.
Instead of the GPU going to the main systems’ RAM to process tasks, vRAM is used instead to process these tasks quickly and efficiently.
If you run into issues frequently when playing graphic-intensive games or experience your PC running slowly when performing certain video editing tasks, you may have check your systems’ vRAM to see if there’s enough for your system to run smoothly.
How to find your system’s vRAM in Windows 11
As mentioned above, knowing your system’s vRAM can help you understand why certain graphic-intensive games are performing poorly or why your system can not smoothly edit videos.
Knowing how much vRAM is available on your can also help you decide whether to upgrade or add more to RAM to your GPU to help speed up processing of tasks.
Below is how to find out your system’s available vRAM in Windows 11.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, then select Display tile on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
On the Display settings pane, under Related settings, select Advanced display as highlighted below.
On the Advanced display settings pane, under Display information, expand the tile for each adapter, if your system has multiple display adapters, and select Display adapter properties for Display x.
On the pop up window, under Adapter Information, you’ll find your system’s available Dedicated Video Memory.
Under Adapter Type, you’ll see the name of your system’s adapter vendor, typically Nvidia or AMD graphics card, depending on what device you have.
If you see something else, it’s more likely you’re using integrated graphics.
How to increase video RAM on Windows 11
For some systems, there’s a way to increase the available vRAM in the system’s BIOS. However, if you’re using integrated graphics, your best options will be to purchase an advanced or premium GPU with more dedicated vRAM.
If your system has an advanced GPU and is able to add more memory to its vRAM from its BIOS, then enter the BIOS and look for an option in the menu for Advanced Features, Advanced Chipset Features, or similar.
Under the menu option, look for something like Graphics Settings, Video Settings, or VGA Share Memory Size. There, you should be able to increase the size of the system’s dedicated video memory.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to check your system’s available vRAM or Dedicated Video Memory in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.