Intel HD Graphics is an integrated graphics card. It is not very fast as it has no memory of its own; it allocates memory for itself from your system RAM. Intel HD Graphics have been developing and improving for a long time and allow their users to play the latest games in low settings.
However, there are some games coded and they only launch until you have the exact system requirements. If you don’t, they refuse to start and you won’t be able to launch them in any case; even though they may be perfectly playable on the Intel HD Graphics.
We will discuss how to increase your “dedicated” memory of Intel HD Graphics. We will also note on how to make your game performance better by following some steps. First of all, we need to see how much memory you currently have.
Do note that these articles shouldn’t be followed if you have no idea what you are doing. Making wrong amendments can further worsen the case.
Checking how much Dedicated Memory your Intel is running on
- Press Windows + R to bring up the Run application. In the dialogue box, type “ms-settings:”. This will launch your computer’s settings application. If you are using Windows 7, right-click on your Desktop and select Screen Resolution. Once in the Screen Resolution, click on Advanced Settings. Head over to the Adapters tab present at the top. Once in the tab, you will a line which says “Dedicated Video Memory”. This will be your memory which Intel HD Graphics will be using.
- Once you have opened the Settings application, click on the first option which says System.
- When in the System window, navigate to the bottom of the screen. Here you will see an option which says “Display adapter properties”. Click it.
- Now another window will open. Click the tab of “Adapter” present at the top. Here your graphic details will be listed. You can search for Dedicated Video Memory. The number in front of it will be your current memory.
Increasing your Dedicated Graphics Memory
Follow the steps listed below to increase your dedicated graphics memory. We will change the memory allocation through the BIOS. If you are a laptop user, do note that your laptop may not have a setting where you can allocate memory yourself. Only “some” laptops have the privilege. For PC users, most of them will have the option available. For the users who don’t have the option available, you can follow the guide listed below on how you can increase the performance of your games without tampering with the virtual memory.
- In order to enter the BIOS, you have to enter <F2>, <F10> or <Del> right after your computer starts up.
- When you enter your BIOS, you should look for an option like Intel HD Graphics shared memory setting. It will be under a tab like “Advanced” or “Chipset configuration”. We cannot guide you exactly where it will be located because there are tons of different motherboards and all of their BIOS menu interfaces are different.
- Change the settings, press the save key (<F10> in most cases), and exit.
Note: You should be careful while allocating virtual memory to your graphics. You should set the memory according to your RAM. Like if you have 2GB of RAM, you shouldn’t set the virtual memory above 256MB. If you do so, the performance of your computer will suffer a lot. Refer to the table below.
|RAM||Recommended Video Memory|
|2 GB||256 MB|
|4 GB||512 MB|
|8GB or more||1024 MB or more|
Increasing Memory through Registry Editor
If the above method to increase the virtual memory doesn’t work, we will attempt at forcefully increasing the memory by making changes to your Registry through the Registry Editor. Make sure that you are logged in as an administrator before proceeding. You can always revert back the changes later on if needed.
- Press Windows + R, type “regedit” in the dialogue box, and press Enter.
- Once in the Registry Editor, press Ctrl + F to search for IncreaseFixedSegment.
- Once you find the key, set the value to 1.
- Save changes and exit. Restart your computer and see if the memory has been increased.