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Different values for Video memory

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    Different values for Video memory


    Hi,
    I have 64MB for video memory reported in BIOS but my Adapter shows only 32MB, could someone please tell me it's normal and I am looking at two different things or something isn't right, I have the latest Intel HD4000 drivers installed. Thanks.
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    My guess is there is 32 MB dedicated video memory. The 64 MB should indicate the video has borrowed 32 MB from the shared system memory to give a total in use of 64 MB by the video hw. I had an HP machine with only 1 GB ram and a similar setup. I limited the total video ram to 64 MB so that the video would not borrow a bunch of system ram. It would not improve the video performance by much and was better used by the system. 64 MB was just enough so I could drag windows around without jitter and use 32 bit color settings.
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    Thanks MilesAhead, I don't mind the 32MB as I have no problems but my daughter's Acer Aspire 5750 with HD3000 showing 128MB in BIOS and under Adapter, I couldn't understand why HD4000 has fewer video RAM than HD3000 and showing two different amounts
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    Yeah it's really confusing. I think part of it is they don't want to emphasize the small amount of dedicated ram. In fact I think my HP with the Intel graphics only had 8 MB on the chip. Just by trial and error I let it have more shared ram until the jitter disappeared. But now when I buy a machine I look out for huge numbers. If I see something about 1.5 or 2 GB then I know it's stealing system memory. If I see a number like 384 - 640 MB I feel better as that's usually dedicated.
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    It seems like it's a OS version problem as others have noticed, when they were running Windows 7 Video memory was 128MB, after upgrading to Windows 8.1 it showed 32MB only.
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    How about something like Speccy? What does it show
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    I couldn't find any details in Speccy.
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    The screen shot is chopped above the memory info.
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    Sorry, I was looking under Graphics, here's the snip of Memory:
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    EDIT: Memory management is done by Windows 8.1 and not by the Intel drivers.
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    Last edited by brummyfan; 25 Mar 2014 at 14:16. Reason: Additional info.
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    Hello brummyfan,

    Now, since I regard you as one of our top contributors here, I decided to do a compare with my desktop. However, I do understand we are not comparing apples-to-apples but here goes anyway. I am running Win 8.1 x64, using Intel HD 2500 graphics, and I have 8GBs of RAM installed:

    My BIOS settings at auto:
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    Changing my settings in my BIOS:
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    The results after changing do match my BIOS settings:
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    My motherboard is listed as being compatible with Windows 8.1. My uneducated guess is that your minimum OS allocation should match your BIOS; however, I'm not sure that really means anything unless you are a gamer... and I'm not sure if that even matters. Also, that 32mb of memory should also be considered a "minimum" amount, so if you look at it from that perspective it may not matter at all. However, if it really bugs you, I can only confirm that mine is working as designed and you may have to go back to ACER for more answers. Here's an interesting read on this subject as well:

    How to Increase Intel HD Graphics Dedicated Video Memory


    Good luck and best regards,

    my2cents
    Last edited by my2cents; 28 Mar 2014 at 06:46.
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