Windows 10 is constantly changing and developing, the modern Settings app obtains new and new sections that serve to substitute the old Control Panel applets. And in this article we provide a step-by-step guide to find out the amount of video memory of your external or internal graphics card because the steps have changed a bit since the early builds of Windows 10. Besides 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 memory your graphics card has on board. If you have an internal graphics card, it will cut the memory out of your RAM. Besides that, you should know that you can assign the amount of memory in your UEFI BIOS. Usually such settings are located in Integrated peripherals section.
Check VRAM Using Windows 10 Built-in Tools
Here is how to find out how much video memory your graphics card has on Windows 10 without third-party software.
Option 1 (The Simplest One): View VRAM Size in Video Adapter Properties
This option allows you to check the amount of video memory without third-party programs. 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
and Shared System Memory: One more example:
That’s it. As you might notice. Total available memory equals Dedicated plus Shared.
Option 2: DxDiag
This is yet another Windows tool – DirectX Diagnostic utility. 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 Size of Video Memory 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.
First, you need to download, install and launch the utility. Then, follow the steps:
- Go to Display.
- Select Windows Video.
- Select the Graphics card.
- 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:
Which method do you prefer to check the VRAM of your video adapter on Windows 10 and why? I noticed that some utilities show wrong information about the memory size of some cards, especially this concerns Intel Graphics integrated video adapters. Have you faced the same problem? Tell us in the comments! Good luck!