There are a number of well-known computer hardware manufacturers, one of them is AMD. Intel and AMD are two different hardware manufacturers and their products have certain pros and cons, but these two giants stand out in providing graphics-related hardware products. This article will particularly focus on how to increase VRAM on AMD computer. So, before you increase your VRAM, know how much VRAM do you need exactly.
If we talk about computer graphics, AMD GPU you can get more benefits from Nvidia or Intel GPU, because AMD releases software like AMD Graphic Overdrive that specifically makes it possible for you to overclocking to improve your computer’s GPU performance, but only if you use AMD GPU.
You probably don’t get the graphics quality that you need from your AMD, for example, you cannot run heavy games or professional graphics software due to the low capacity of VRAM you have recently. So, it’s time to find the most possible way for you to improve your computer’s graphics performance. Here we try to break down some possible ways for you to increase VRAM on AMD.
Read also: How to check VRAM.
1. Increase VRAM by Adding RAM Capacity
How to increase VRAM by adding another RAM or changing your old RAM with a high-capacity RAM. VRAM or Video Random Access Memory is a temporary storage for graphics or pixels data that will be processed by your GPU and then displays them on the monitor screen. So, when it comes to increasing VRAM or replacing it with a new one, make sure you use one of the monitor types that supports the graphics quality your GPU can provide. Suppose that you command a program to display an image on the screen. Then, the CPU will first process the image and it will be written in the VRAM and the Digital RAM converts the graphics data into an Analog Converter (RAMDAC). And the image then appears on your monitor’s screen.
Adding the RAM capacity of a computer will automatically increase the capacity of the computer’s VRAM. Suppose your RAM is 2 GB and your VRAM is 256 MB. If you double the RAM capacity to 4 GB, your VRAM will also be doubled to 512 MB. Or, if your RAM is 8 GB, then, the VRAM will be 1 GB, and so on.
A PC or Laptop that has 2 RAM ports, the graphics performance of your computer would be better if you use dual channel RAM rather than a single channel RAM. To find out how large your VRAM is, you can check it by going to the Menu: Control Panel → Personalization → Display → Change Display Setting → Advanced Setting. The size written under the Dedicated Video Memory information is your VGA VRAM capacity.
2. Increase VRAM Capacity with AMD Graphic Overdrive
As mentioned earlier, AMD users have their own benefits in terms of graphics, as AMD supports the users by providing the AMD Graphic Overdrive software that is capable of providing extra performance on the Radeon GPU for free. It’s also user-friendly, but it’s necessary to be careful when using it. Here are the steps of using AMD Graphic Overdrive:
- Right-click on the desktop, then select AMD Catalyst Control Center.
- Select the Performance → AMD OverDrive menu under the AMD Catalyst Control Center window that appears.
- Click Accept to approve the license agreement.
- Wait until the OverDrive menu appears.
- Click Configure Graphic OverDrive.
- Enable Graphic OverDrive.
- There are 3 options that you can change in the Graphic OverDrive:
- High-Performance GPU Clock Setting: to set the clock settings of the computer GPU.
- High-Performance Memory Clock Settings: to set your computer’s memory clock (VRAM).
- Enable Manual Fan Control: to set the fan manually.
- Slide the slider of the High-Performance Memory Clock Settings to improve your computer’s VRAM performance.
- You should also improve the GPU performance.
- Click Apply to run the changes
- Addendum: to find out the maximum clock you are using, do trial and error. Add a clock memory interval to 100Mhz, then, run any game or program. If there is a crash down on the memory clock interval, keep continuing until you find the maximum clock for your computer.
3. Increase VRAM by Adding Virtual Memory
By adding the Virtual Memory of your computer, the RAM capacity will be also increasing. So does your VRAM capacity. The Virtual Memory works by “borrowing” the memory capacity of your Hard Drive. The Data from the RAM is transferred to the memory space on the hard drive, so this way will slightly reduce the capacity of your computer hard drive.
Here are the steps to add Virtual Memory to increase RAM;
- Open the Start and right click on My Computer → select Properties
- Go to the Advanced System Settings menu → Settings
- Select the Change on the Tab Advance
- Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
- Select the drive you would like to use to create virtual memory. Preferably select drive C or a partition of the place of operating system files.
- Set the size of the virtual memory you would like to adjust the Custom Size option. In Initial size, I recommend filling with 1.5 times of the physical RAM capacity that is installed on your PC. While at maximum size, fill 3 times.
- Click Ok to save the settings you just made, then, restart your computer.
4. Increase VRAM Using 3D Analyzer
The 3D Analyzer works as a Virtual VGA by ‘borrowing’ some space of the RAM memory. So, this way will reduce the RAM capacity of your computer. If your RAM is mediocre, you should increase the capacity of your RAM by upgrading the RAM of your laptop or PC.
The 3D Analyze is a pixel shader emulator program. Game lovers often use this pixel shader emulator to help render the game environment that they play. With the help of this 3D Analyze program, the performance of the VGA when running heavy programs will be reduced. But unfortunately, 3D Analyze is only compatible with some types of GPUs. Unlike AMD Graphic OcerDrive software that is compatible with all AMD GPUs. Here’s how to use 3D Analyzer:
- Download and Install 3D Analyzer.
- Run the 3D Analyze Virtual VGA. You can have a program that will run in the Select field on the dialog box.
- You will find the panels under the right column of the dialog box. Customize those panels based on your needs. As a reference, you can see the graph of the VGA.
- Click Run after settings done.
Overall, to increase VRAM, you can upgrade the physical RAM capacity, clocking using AMD Graphic OverDrive software, using Virtual Memory or using 3D Analyzer. Hopefully, this article can guide you increase VRAM on your computer.