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January 7, 2015 at 11:29 pm #1137
I am using a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P motherboard and am having some trouble finding where I can increase my dedicated RAM. Either I’m not in the proper BIOS menu to change it, or I have no idea where to find any information on my GPU from my BIOS.
In either case, I was wondering if anyone could guide me on where I would go to increase my dedicated video RAM?
January 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm #1138
What video card do you have? Here is a guide I created that will show you how to lookup this info really fast without having to download anything: http://www.cleartechinfo.com/how-to-quickly-find-windows-system-information-cpu-ram-graphics-card
The reason I want to know about your video card is because the one on your computer may have dedicated VRAM on it and does not share any RAM with your system. An example is the computer I am using right now, I built it with a dedicated video card. The video card I built it with has its own VRAM built in and does not share any system RAM. If you have a dedicated video card that option is either grayed out or not available since it does not apply.
- This reply was modified 8 years, 2 months ago by Joey.
January 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm #1140
I’m using an AMD Radeon R9 285A video card. I’ll be honest, I’m sorta new to the whole ‘PC scene’. I built my computer only a few weeks ago. So when I asked what a good GPU would be for it, a friend recommended that one to me. Was he wrong in doing so?
January 9, 2015 at 1:19 am #1141
Your friend knows what he is talking about. Currently that is one of the best graphic cards for the money. The video card you have is what the techies call a “dedicated video/graphics card”. It does not share any memory with Windows since it has its own memory built in. This is a good thing. Dedicated graphic cards are better than the ones that are built-in and share memory with Windows. If you play PC games you really want a dedicated graphics card like yours, it will outrun any shared memory graphics card.
So this solves your problem, it’s not that you were not looking correctly in the BIOS it is that the option with that graphics card does not exist.
If you want to look at how much VRAM you AMD Radeon R9 285 has you can look it up the same way you did the model number, use the “dxdiag” command I showed you in the tutorial linked above. The option will be under the “Display 1” tab categorized as “Approx. Total Memory”. I am guessing the R9 285 has about 2 GB of RAM which will be listed around 2048 MB.
Btw, if you want to make your games go faster there might be a way you can “overclock” your graphics card GPU and VRAM. But please think twice before you do this because if you overclock too high you can kill your graphics card and you will have to buy another one. Ask the friend that recommended the graphics card to come by your home and do this for you, he can teach you how to overclock safely with software.
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