05-12-2019 06:58 PM - last edited on 05-13-2019 07:01 PM by BiggAl
I have a ThinkCentre M81 with a Intel core i3 2120 which comes with intel HD 2000 I have 128mb of VRAM which is horrible I can’t even open games, it just says I need to get better graphics, how do I increase my vram, plz help
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05-12-2019 08:00 PM
You don't actually have any VRAM, the 128MB is a fictitious value set by Windows to fool very old games, and is ignored by newer games entirely. The integrated Intel Graphics shares system RAM, and with the Intel® HD Graphics 2000 the maximum shared system RAM that it can use is 1792 MB.
Your best bet if you want to play newer games would be to upgrade your video card. You don't mention what model (MTM) of the M81 you have, but some came with a 240W power supply (PSU) and the many of the towers had a 280W. The Intel core i3 2120's max power consumption is 65W, and the GTX 1050 max power usage is 75W, so that leaves 100 watts left to power the rest of the system with the 240W PSU, which should be enough to run the rest of the system. I can personally confirm that a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti will run just fine on the 280W PSU.
Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Graphics Memory on Windows® 10
Best of luck,
05-13-2019 04:45 AM - edited 05-13-2019 06:18 AM
This is a pretty good explaination: Does the Intel(R) HD Graphics 2000 automatically use more RAM as required?
Also, be aware that beyond adding a graphics card, some newer games require 8 GB of system memory. And while the FAQ link above are for Windows 10, this is not an endorsement for running Win 10 on this system, as the Intel 'Sandy Bridge' processor and Chipset are not supported for Win 10.
05-13-2019 01:59 PM - edited 05-13-2019 07:04 PM
Further, GPU-Z is a downloadable tool that can be used to monitor graphics processor and memory utilization. I ran it in the background all this morning while I did my usual web browsing (some videos), no gaming. I have Intel HD 4400 graphics, with the dedicated video memory set for 256 MB in the BIOS, and as you can see, it had dynamically allocated over 1 GB at somepoint (currently using 334 MB; I have 8 GB total system memory, so I have plenty available):