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Windows 7: shared video memory

13 Jan 2011   #1
bala2289

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 
shared video memory

I have Radeon 5670 1gb graphic card and the total video memory is 1754 as per windows info.. shared system memory is 730mb..

1.my problem is my system is limited(by me) to only 2gb of ddr3 ram that i've installed and i play games like crysis warhead at enthusiast mode(my resolution is only 1366*768).. does this shared system memory will be any use while gaming or should it be removed?

2. As it is shared will the memory cant be used by processes?

3.If yes how can i release the shared memory, via bios settings?

i use win7 ultimate 32bit..
thank you..


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13 Jan 2011   #2
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bala2289 View Post
I have Radeon 5670 1gb graphic card and the total video memory is 1754 as per windows info.. shared system memory is 730mb..

1.my problem is my system is limited(by me) to only 2gb of ddr3 ram that i've installed and i play games like crysis warhead at enthusiast mode(my resolution is only 1366*768).. does this shared system memory will be any use while gaming or should it be removed?

2. As it is shared will the memory cant be used by processes?

3.If yes how can i release the shared memory, via bios settings?

i use win7 ultimate 32bit..
thank you..

This means that when the video card is in use, especially in higher display modes, it will take some of the memory normally dedicated to other computing activities and use it for its own tasks. Thus the computer 'shares' its memory with the graphics card.
You cannot alter shared memory, it is system managed.
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14 Jan 2011   #3
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

If i were you i would add 2 more gigs atleast that will help some if any
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14 Jan 2011   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
This means that when the video card is in use, especially in higher display modes, it will take some of the memory normally dedicated to other computing activities and use it for its own tasks. Thus the computer 'shares' its memory with the graphics card.
You cannot alter shared memory, it is system managed.
And then it only gets used if the video card runs out of its own memory.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
If i were you i would add 2 more gigs atleast that will help some if any
Yes it would, but please don't come back asking why Windows can only see/use approximately 3.25 GB seeing as you are on 32 bit Windows. Also increasing ram will also increase that "shared" video memory number as it is based on an algorithm using total system memory and the memory on the video card.
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