A very strange problem with my graphics cards VRAM.

September 12, 2015 at 04:48:10
Specs: Windows 8.1
My computer would be pretty good i would upgrade my graphics card. But to the problem, sometime when i run a Check on CanYouRunIt.com or DxDiag (most of the time both sho the same), i see a VERY incorrect value on the VRAM part, because it sometime says 4 gigabytes (sometimes 2 gigs) while i only have 768 megabytes of VRAM. Is this a physical problem with card or the applications themselves?

I'm sorry if i posted this in the wrong section, i'm new here and i don't really know where it belongs! :)


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#1
September 12, 2015 at 06:20:58
"i only have 768 megabytes of VRAM"

There were some cards that had 768MB, but that was about 5 years ago. Here's an example:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gr...

Are you sure your system has an actual video card & not integrated graphics? Please post the make/model. Entire system specs may be helpful as well.


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#2
September 12, 2015 at 06:39:21
I'm using an APU, does that fall into Integrated Graphics? Also, i bought my computer early 2014 so i don't understand how it can be as powerful as a 5 year old card.

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#3
September 12, 2015 at 08:27:53
OK, I guess you don't want to list specs. Since you have an APU (CPU + GPU) & assuming you're using the APU graphics, it means you don't have a video card. Therefore the graphics has no dedicated memory of it's own so it can only 'borrow' system memory for it's needs. The amount will change based upon system load...it's called dynamic sharing.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-dyn...


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#4
September 12, 2015 at 08:52:05
Sorry, i didn't catch that you wanted me to list my specifications. I'll do it in a few minutes (i just sat down and starten eating). Meanwhile, is theres a way to force the APU to 'borrow' more memory? (I also ran another test on CYRI and DxDiag. They are still showing 2 gigs (although games run like crap).

EDIT: DxDiag Specifications:
Processor: AMD A8-6500 with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPU's), 3.5GHz
Memory: 12288MB RAM
CYRI Specifications: http://pastebin.com/FY8eqnbG

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#5
September 12, 2015 at 10:31:37
If you have desktop, it would be best to install an actual gaming graphics card. If you have a laptop, you're SOL. Try using a lower gaming resolution & lower the game settings.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Ra...


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#6
September 12, 2015 at 12:56:18
I am indeed on a desktop, i would gladly save up for a gaming card, although wouldn't i have to get a new processor too as the card is inside the APU?

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#7
September 12, 2015 at 14:37:18
No you wouldn't need a new processor. When you install the card in the pci-e slot, it should automatically override the built in graphics on the cpu. If it doesn't, you can manually disable it in the bios. Your power supply will be a major deciding factor as to which card you can use..

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#8
September 12, 2015 at 14:56:04
Then i would have to buy a new power supply (It's only 300W) and a new graphics card. Some part of me tells me it would be better to sell this piece of crap on eBay or something and build a new one. Well, my problem is solved! Many Thanks from me :)

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#9
September 12, 2015 at 16:49:53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Here's a good entry level card that will run most games.


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#10
September 12, 2015 at 17:49:10
Once again, thank you! I will buy it as soon as i am able to : D

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#11
September 13, 2015 at 05:48:15
Good Luck, glad to help.

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