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integrated graphics, is there a way to increase performnce

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    integrated graphics, is there a way to increase performnce


    I have just put an additional 8gb of ram into my machine and am now sitting at 16gb ram but i did not notice any difference on my graphics during games. i have the AMD a6-5200 APU processor which has the integrated radeon hd 8400 graphics.

    I'm wondering if there are any settings adjustments i can do to make the graphics card run faster. I mean i have 16gb of ram, shouldnt that be a lot of shared ram for the graphics card?

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    Faster RAM and overclocking are only options baring adding a real video card. Having 16GB of RAM does not mean it's all used by GPU, probably no more than 1GB is used for it now. GPU in that processor would not benefit of more than that anyway.
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    Thats kind of the point - integrated graphics really sucks for gaming, because it has many bad things, like using ram for video ram is very bad idea, also more dependency on cpu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basher View Post
    Thats kind of the point - integrated graphics really sucks for gaming, because it has many bad things, like using ram for video ram is very bad idea, also more dependency on cpu.
    In an APU processor, GPU is integrated with it on the same die so it has to share RAM with the rest of the system. Many still good enough video cards use DDR3 which is not same as GDDR @100KHz or less. APUs can use memory @ 1866 MHz so that's not too bad. Problem is that GPU itself is weak and nowhere close to even same one on a discrete video card from same series. HD 5600 in this case is not good one for gaming anyway. Only way to get something more out of it is pretty radical OC of whole system. In this case, OCing processor, OCs GPU too and OCing RAM, OCes it for GPU too.
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    The system manufacturer determines how much memory is shared between the CPU and graphics. Increasing the available memory doesn't necessarily increase the amount of memory allocated to the graphics side of the house. They control the amount needed based on the hardware's requirement and to balance performance vs. heat, and other factors.

    I upgraded my Lenovo Yoga 13 I-5 from 4 to 8GB and the allocated graphics memory actually went down a bit. With a little research, I found out that there was no way to change it.

    Of course, it may be different for each manufacturer and system, but I believe it's not adjustable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuyGeek View Post
    The system manufacturer determines how much memory is shared between the CPU and graphics. Increasing the available memory doesn't necessarily increase the amount of memory allocated to the graphics side of the house. They control the amount needed based on the hardware's requirement and to balance performance vs. heat, and other factors.

    I upgraded my Lenovo Yoga 13 I-5 from 4 to 8GB and the allocated graphics memory actually went down a bit. With a little research, I found out that there was no way to change it.

    Of course, it may be different for each manufacturer and system, but I believe it's not adjustable.
    Yes, there's definite amount of memory a video card can use, above that is practically useless. More powerful cards need and can use more memory. Most lower grade ones wouldn't know what to do with more than 1 GB. If it's not adjustable in BIOS, it's not likely that it's set for more than one GB. Should be able to see that in memory management.
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    Okay thanks guys. I actually got the ram for free so no big let down. I guess I will just be okay with what i have now. I get 40 frames per second in highly populated areas in the game and 60-75 out in the open world, so I'm okay with that. Even though i have to have the graphics on the lowest setting. It did seem like I got a little boost after installing the ram but not enough to know for sure. I should have checked the numbers before I put the ram in and then checked them after to be sure. I think i was getting 25-30 in areas where i am getting 40 now, and 65 where i am getting around 75 now, but I can't be sure.

    thanks for the knowledge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by johngreen View Post
    Okay thanks guys. I actually got the ram for free so no big let down. I guess I will just be okay with what i have now. I get 40 frames per second in highly populated areas in the game and 60-75 out in the open world, so I'm okay with that. Even though i have to have the graphics on the lowest setting. It did seem like I got a little boost after installing the ram but not enough to know for sure. I should have checked the numbers before I put the ram in and then checked them after to be sure. I think i was getting 25-30 in areas where i am getting 40 now, and 65 where i am getting around 75 now, but I can't be sure.

    thanks for the knowledge!
    Can you tell me which RAM and at which frequency it's set to. That processor (and GPU) can use minimum of 1866 MHZ so if it's under that you may be loosing some mainly GPU performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johngreen View Post
    Okay thanks guys. I actually got the ram for free so no big let down. I guess I will just be okay with what i have now. I get 40 frames per second in highly populated areas in the game and 60-75 out in the open world, so I'm okay with that. Even though i have to have the graphics on the lowest setting. It did seem like I got a little boost after installing the ram but not enough to know for sure. I should have checked the numbers before I put the ram in and then checked them after to be sure. I think i was getting 25-30 in areas where i am getting 40 now, and 65 where i am getting around 75 now, but I can't be sure.

    thanks for the knowledge!
    Can you tell me which RAM and at which frequency it's set to. That processor (and GPU) can use minimum of 1866 MHZ so if it's under that you may be loosing some mainly GPU performance.
    how can i check the frequency that its set to?
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    Microprocessor 2.0GHz AMD Quad-Core A6-5200 Accelerated Processor
    Microprocessor Cache 2MB L2 Cache
    Memory 8GB DDR3L SDRAM (1 DIMM)
    Memory Slots 2 user accessible
    Video Graphics AMD Radeon HD 8400 graphics with up to 4077MB total graphics memory
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