VRAM (Video RAM) is a specific type of RAM (Random Access Memory) that is used in graphics processing units (GPUs) for computers. Dedicated graphics cards for computers have their own RAM that is separate from the RAM of the computer they are installed on which is reserved for memory functions pertaining to display and graphics. Different graphics cards have different amounts of VRAM. The general rule of thumb is that the more VRAM a graphics card has, the better it is since more VRAM means a graphics card can handle more graphics and display operations at the same time.
Since how much VRAM a graphics card has plays a major role in determining just how good a graphics card is, almost every computer user with a dedicated graphics card wants to know how much video RAM their GPU has. Thankfully, doing this is a piece of cake, even on Windows 10 – the latest and greatest version of the Windows Operating System. On Windows 10, a user can go about checking how much VRAM they have on their computer using two different ways – one of them is a pretty straightforward process involving nothing apart from built-in system utilities, whereas the other uses a third-party application that is capable of doing a lot more than just telling you how much VRAM your graphics card has. To check how much VRAM a Windows 10 computer has, you can use one of the following methods:
Method 1: Check how much VRAM your computer has in its Display settings
All a Windows 10 user needs to do is go into their Display settings and, provided that they know exactly where to go next, they’ll be able to find out exactly how much VRAM their computer has. To use this method to check how much VRAM your graphics card has, you need to:
- Press the Windows Logo key on your keyboard to open the Start Menu.
- Type display and press Enter.
- In the left pane of the screen that opens up, click on Display under the System section.
- At the bottom of the page after the Multiple displays section, click on Display adapter properties. Doing so will open a window containing information on your display adapter (which is just another name for your computer’s graphics card).
- The amount of VRAM your computer’s graphics card has will be listed next to Dedicated Video Memory: under the Adapter Information section.
- Once you’re done checking how much video RAM your computer has, simply click on OK to close the Properties window.
Method 2: Use CPU-Z to check how much video RAM your computer has
Windows 10 users can also use a third-party application known as CPU-Z to check exactly how much video RAM their computer has. CPU-Z, however, is good for a lot more than just checking how much VRAM a graphics card has – it can read a GPU’s genes and display every bit and piece of information it can find relating to it (from its entire model number to its current running temperature and even when it was manufactured). In addition, CPU-Z is also not limited to a computer graphics card – it even gets the scoop on all other important hardware such as the CPU, the computer’s RAM and its cooling fans. To use CPU-Z to check how much video RAM your computer has, simply:
- Go here and download the version (32-bit or 64-bit) of CPU-Z that suits your computer’s hardware in the language (English or Chinese) that you prefer.
- Install CPU-Z and then run it.
- Wait for CPU-Z to detect your computer’s graphics card. Once it does so, navigate to the Graphics tab and you will see all of the information it managed to find regarding your GPU, including how much Dedicated Video Memory or VRAM it has.