In this article we provide a step-by-step guide to find out the VRAM capacity of your external or internal graphics card because the steps have changed a bit since the early builds of Windows 10.
On top of that, you will learn about a few more methods to check the RAM size of your video adapter (a.k.a. VRAM) using third-party utilities.
There are several types on video memory: system, dedicated, shared, etc. In most cases, the dedicated video memory (VRAM) is of interest.
It means how much VRAM your graphics card has onboard. If you have an internal graphics card, it will cut the memory out of your RAM.
Besides that, you should know that you can allocate the amount of memory in your UEFI (BIOS). Usually such settings are located in the Integrated peripherals section or similar.
Check VRAM Size Using Windows 10 Built-in Tools
Here is how to find out how much VRAM your graphics card has on Windows 10 without using any third-party software.
Option 1 (The Simplest One): View VRAM Size in Video Adapter Properties
This options is the easiest one for beginners because it allows you to check the video memory capacity without searching for and installing third-party apps.
Just follow the steps:
- Right-click the empty area of your desktop.
- Select Display Settings:
- Scroll down to the bottom and click on the Advanced display settings link at the very bottom of the page:
- Click on Display adapter properties on Display 1 (display 2, etc):
- In the following window you will be able to find the information about:
Total Available Graphics Memory
Dedicated Video Memory
System Video Memory
Shared System Memory
One more example:
That’s it. As you might notice. Total available memory = Dedicated + Shared.
Option 2: DxDiag
This is yet another Windows tool – DirectX Diagnostic utility. With its help you can easily check the VRAM size for any video adapter.
Follow the steps:
- Press the Win button on your keyboard
- Type dxdiag.
- Hit Enter.
- Wait until the utility fully loads.
- Go to the Display tab.
- Find the information about Display Memory (VRAM):
How to Check the Video Memory Size Using Third-Party Utilities
You can also find the information about how much VRAM your video adapter has using various third-party apps and utilities for Windows 10.
AIDA 64 is a great tool to learn everything about the components installed in your system. First, you need to download, install and launch the utility. Then, follow the steps:
- Go to Display.
- Select Windows Video.
- In the list of devices select the Graphics card you want to learn the information about. There can be one or more devices. It depends upon your Windows 10 PC configuration.
- Find the Memory Size field and check its value:
Again, download, install and run the program. Then do the following to check the dedicated VRAM of your graphics card. In the main program’s window:
- Go to the Video Adapter section.
- Click on your graphics card name.
- In the right part of the window find the Video Memory feature and check the corresponding description to the right:
CPU-Z is one of my favorite utilities to find the information about CPU and RAM modules. But it is also capable of detecting specs of graphics cards. Here’s what you do to see the amount of dedicated video memory (VRAM):
- Launch the program.
- Go to the Graphics tab.
- Find the Memory section where the Size field should tell you the amount of your dedicated video memory:
In this guide you learned about numerous ways to check the VRAM size in Windows 10. I hope now you have the favorite one method for this.
Actually. you can find even more apps that are able to display the comprehensive information about your video card(-s). But I don’t think they are all worth mentioning.
Tell us in the comments: which method do you prefer to check the VRAM size of your video adapter on Windows 10 and why?
I noticed that some utilities show wrong information about the memory capacity of specific graphics cards, especially this concerns Intel Graphics integrated video adapters.
Have you faced the same problem? Tell us in the comments! Have a great day!