How to increase the amount of video memory of the built-in video card at the expense of RAM so that any games can run

 

How to increase the amount of video memory of the built-in video card at the expense of RAM so that any games can run

Integrated video cards, that is, those built into the processor, do not have their own memory. They use the system's RAM to work. That is why for "gaming" assemblies with an integrated video card, it is recommended to install more than 8 gigabytes of RAM.


Important! Please note that RAM does not become video memory, but is simply reserved for the needs of the graphics adapter. On Windows 10, everything should already work optimally by default, so if you don't have problems launching games, then you don't need to change the volume. It is worth trying to reduce or increase the volume in case of poor performance, or a crash of a game or application with an error.




The video shows how the integrated graphics of Vega 11 work with different memory settings. There is no difference, the system still uses RAM, no matter what value you set. This is clearly seen in the load of the RAM and video memory.


How to increase the video memory of an integrated video card in BIOS

First go to BIOS. This can be done by pressing a specific button when the system boots. It could be Del, F10, F2, or another key depending on your motherboard or laptop manufacturer.

How to increase the video memory of an integrated video card in BIOS

Now find the option responsible for allocating memory for the integrated video card. Different manufacturers call it differently, for example, UMA Frame Buffer Size or Share Memory. Also note that modern laptops often don't have this option.

Let's consider the sequence of actions for some popular motherboards. Please note the specific path may differ for Intel and AMD integrated graphics. Don't forget to save the settings after setting the value!

  • On Gigabyte, you need to go to the Chipset tab and find the Integrated Graphics line. Next, select the Forces parameter. The UMA Mode line will appear, which needs to be set to UMA Specified. Then select the required parameter in the UMA Frame Buffer Size line.
  • On ASUS, you need to go to Advanced Mode (F7), then go to the Advanced tab and find the NB Configuration item. Then select the UMA Frame Buffer Size line and set the desired memory size.
  • On ASRock Intel motherboards, go to the Advanced tab, then go to Chipset Configuration and look for Share Memory. For AMD, the path is a little more difficult . Find AMD CBS and then NBIO Common Options. Now select the line GFX Configuration. Set UMA Mode to UMA Specified. Then the line UMA Frame Buffer Size will appear.
  • For MSI, go to Advanced, then select the Integrated Graphics Configuration line. The Integrated Graphics parameter must be set to Force. Then set the desired value in the UMA Frame Buffer Size.

Attention! The maximum amount of dedicated memory that can be assigned depends on the integrated graphics model, RAM size, and laptop and motherboard specifications.


Is it possible to increase video memory using HDD?

This question is sometimes asked by novice users. No, you cannot increase the amount of video memory using a flash drive or hard disk. Here, most likely, we mean an increase in RAM due to the hard disk. In any case, the question was asked incorrectly. RAM cannot be increased in this way either, but you can increase the size of the paging file or even transfer it to an external drive such as a flash drive. In some situations when there is a lack of RAM, increasing the paging file can help.

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