Video RAM or VRAM is an additional amount of RAM dedicated to the video and graphics performance of your system. It is important to have VRAM on your PC as it holds the info that is needed to be processed and dedicated by the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) of your PC.
The more the VRAM, the faster and more processing of your video data like lightning effects, game textures, etc. VRAM is possessed by the GPU of your system and can be checked by you anytime you want. Checking the VRAM of your PC is a good practice to keep an eye on the road that is being put on your PC.
It also helps in cases where you are getting unusually low framerates in-game, etc. So here is how you can check the Video RAM on Windows 11 and 10.
How to check Video RAM (VRAM) on Windows
There are a number of ways by which you can check the Video RAM of your PC and also its live usage. Here are those ways.
Method 1: Check VRAM using Settings
The first way to check the VRAM of your Windows System is by using the Windows Settings app. Here’s how:
On Windows 11
1. Search and open Settings on your PC. You can also press Win + I on your keyboard to open settings.
2. Once the settings window is open, go to System and select Display.
3. This will open the Display settings windows. Scroll down to the Related settings section and click on the Advanced display option.
4. Now on the Advanced display settings window, scroll down to the Display information section and click on the Display adapter properties for Display 1 option.
5. A new popup window of Display adapter properties will appear. Switch to the Adapter tab of that window and your Video RAM or VRAM capacity will be mentioned there by the option Dedicated Video Memory.
On Windows 10
1. Open Windows Settings by pressing Win + I on the keyboard.
2. Go to System > Display.
3. Now, scroll down to the Multiple displays section and click on Advanced display settings option.
4. On the Advanced display settings window, scroll down and go to Display adapter properties for Display 1.
5. This will open a new display adapter properties window where your Video Memory will be listed by the name Dedicated Video Memory.
Method 2: Using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (DXDIAG)
Next, you can use the built-in DirectX Diagnostic Tool on your Windows PC to check the Video RAM. Here’s how you can do it via the DXDIAG tool.
1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Win + R on your PC.
2. Now type-in dxdiag in the Run dialog box and click on OK.
2. This will open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool on your PC. Now in the tools window, switch to the Display tab.
3. Here under the Display tab, look for Display Memory (VRAM) option under the Device section. Whatever amount mentioned next to that option is your Video Memory.
Method 3: Using a 3rd-party app
Lastly, you can use any reliable 3rd-party app like CPU-Z. I personally use this app as it is free, reliable, and gets regular updates. Not just the Video RAM, but CPU-Z can tell you anything that you want to know about your PC hardware.
1. First, go and download CPU-Z from here.
2. Once downloaded, install the app as any other normal 3rd-party app on your PC.
3. After installation is done, open the CPU-Z app on the PC and switch to the Graphics tab.
4. Under the graphics tab, your Video Memory size will be listed there under the Memory category next to the Size option. If your PC is using an integrated GPU, then there will mostly be nothing mentioned there.
So, these were the way that you can use to check the video RAM of your Windows System. Checking the VRAM on Windows 10 or 11 is not much different and it is easy too.
I have mentioned 3 different ways to check the Video Memory and you can use any of those at your convenience. If you are aware of your PC and know that there is an integrated GPU in your PC, it is good to use either the 1st or 2nd method as applications like CPU-Z may not be capable of showing the shared VRAM that is being used by your integrated GPU.
However, if you have a dedicated GPU in your system, any of the methods will work for you.