Solved How to use more of my available vram?

March 4, 2016 at 23:32:15
Specs: Windows 7
So im on an intel 3000 with 1696 mb of total available vram. I understand how the dedicated vram (64mb for me) is not all that is used, (1632mb of my 6GB of regular RAM is shared with it.) So, I should be able to see somewhere around 1500mb of vram being used when trying to play games, but the highest my vram monitor has ever gotten to was 300mb. Its not "automatically managing the amount it needs" to run games because I can see i still have available vram to use and my games arent running good. How do I make it use more of the shared ram?

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March 4, 2016 at 23:37:50
Any PC or laptop will only use as much as video RAM as it needs at any given time, even if more is available. So it's wrong to think that 1500MB should be used all the time, even when playing games.

Your problem is the Intel HD 3000 graphics chip. It's rubbish for games.

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March 4, 2016 at 23:43:56
Well, im positve that it needs to use more video RAM, because games on my work laptop with an intel hd 2500 with the same amount of vram allocation and 4GB of regular RAM play the same games just fine. My work computer must be doing something right to have a worse graphics chip, but still run games way better than my intel hd 3000

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March 5, 2016 at 05:02:09
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"Your problem is the Intel HD 3000 graphics chip. It's rubbish for games"

Exactly right. Your graphics are integrated & has no dedicated RAM. All memory is 100% shared. You may be able to allocate an amount in the BIOS (64MB?), but it's still shared RAM & it's slow compared to dedicated graphics RAM. The rest is dynamically shared on an as-needed basis. If you have a desktop, I suggest you buy a decent gaming card. If you have a laptop, there's nothing you can do other than lower your game settings & gaming resolution.

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