If you’re a gamer or workstation user, it’s important to know how to check VRAM on Windows. If you want to play one of the best PC games or fire up some video editing software, for example, this should be your first port of call.
The obvious way to do this is to check the specs of your GPU online, which can be difficult if you don’t know what you have – it’s common if you can’t see it on your computer, don’t know if it’s a graphics card or if you have an integrated GPU, it’s less obvious than graphics cards. You can follow our guide on how to check the graphics card you have.
Whatever the reason, this article is here to show you how easy and easy it is to check how much VRAM you have on Windows using the built-in DirectX Diagnostics Tool.
Before we begin, though, A word in terminologyThe GPU acronym stands for Graphics Processing Unit, a processor that performs graphical functions. Video RAM, or VRAM, is the GPU’s dedicated memory that stores information to process graphical tasks. Nvidia, AMD and Intel are the main producers of consumer GPUs.
Some computers have GPUs built into a central processing unit or CPU, the same die as the computer’s main processing chip. These are called “integrated GPUs”, such as Intel HD / UHD graphics and AMD RX Vega graphics. These usually have very little dedicated VRAM, otherwise share the main system RAM. This makes them ideal for light use but is not particularly suited for intensive graphical tasks such as gaming and digital rendering.
Many gaming PCs and workstations have separate GPUs in the form of “graphics cards” or “dedicated GPUs”. These cards have a GPU and are attached to the computer’s motherboard. Unlike integrated GPUs, graphics cards usually have sufficient VRAM, which means they can handle more complex graphical functions and are therefore better suited for gaming and digital rendering. Examples of graphics cards are the Nvidia RTX 3090 or the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.
NOTE: The screenshots in this guide were taken on Windows 11, though the steps are the same for Windows 10.
How to check VRAM on Windows
1. First we need to open the DirectX Diagnostics Tool. To do this, Press Windows Key + R At the same time to open the run Tool, then Input “dxdiag” And Click OK Or Press Return / Enter.
2. You can see a prompt asking if you want to verify that your drivers are digitally signed. Click Yes If so continue, or Go to the next level Otherwise.
3. On the DirectX Diagnostics Tool System tab, you will see information about your PC’s hardware along with several other tabs.
If you have a discrete GPU or “graphics card” and an integrated GPU, you’ll see two display tabs called Display1 and Display2. Display 1 displays the information of your integrated GPU, while Display 2 displays the information of your discrete GPU.
If you only have one GPU, you’ll see the display Tab without number.
NOTE: Even if you have both integrated and discrete GPUs, you can still see only one display tab, because you can disable your integrated GPU in the BIOS. If so, the display displays information about your discrete GPU. Many high-end CPUs do not include integrated graphics, in which case you will see only one display tab.
4. To see how much VRAM you have, Click the GPU’s tab you want to check And you’ll see information on your GPU including its make and model. The amount of VRAM your card contains is displayed in the Display Memory (VRAM) field.
If you want to save all this relevant information in a text file for future reference, you can Click Save All Information At the bottom of the page.
Easy, hey? Now that you know how to check VRAM on Windows, make sure to check out some of our Windows guides, including how to change the Windows 11 Start menu to Windows 10, how to install Android apps on Windows 11, and how to enable clipboard history on Windows.