Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I just bought a Samsung Series 7 laptop but I have no idea how much VRAM the graphics card has. This is an NVIDIA OPTIMUS card. I am using Windows 7 and will upgrade to 8 within the hour.

I switched from Mac to PC. So its not familiar to me. I am sorry that you guys know where to look and think this question is very trivial. Someone is selling me his laptop and claims it has 1GB VRAM. The stock # says it should have 512MB and I wanted to verify these details.

share|improve this question

migrated from gaming.stackexchange.com Oct 29 '12 at 16:37

This question came from our site for passionate videogamers on all platforms.

    
Have you run dxdiag in the Run command ? –  Warface Oct 28 '12 at 5:01
    
Its only showing the Intel card. How do I get it to show the Nvidia card? –  Cocoa Dev Oct 28 '12 at 5:15
    
I downloaded the tool. Where do I look for the VRAM? –  Cocoa Dev Oct 28 '12 at 5:21
    
Added the path in AIDA64 to help you find the memory utilization –  Warface Oct 28 '12 at 5:33
add comment

3 Answers

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Since you have an Nvidia card, you should be able to get that information from the Nvidia control panel.

  1. Right-click on the desktop and choose NVIDIA Control Panel to bring it up (or go into the start menu).
  2. Go to the Help -> System Information menu.
  3. Look at the Dedicated video memory in the Display tab under the Details list.

enter image description here


Alternatively if for whatever reason you don't have that available to you, you can look at the system information to get the numbers.

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog and enter: msinfo32.
  2. Then view the System Summary -> Components -> Display view and look for the Adapter RAM. You'll find the ram size there.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
    
MSINFO32 shows Intel HD 4000. I updated to Windows 8 so I am reinstalling the NVidia drivers –  Cocoa Dev Oct 28 '12 at 6:27
    
NVidia Control panel is showing 4GB. I know that thats not possible because the unit can have 512GB or 1GB VRAM. –  Cocoa Dev Oct 28 '12 at 7:06
    
I don't know how the Optimus actually works or how it affects the readings but it could be possible that the card could be using system memory as well or something along those lines. Do all the other memory readings read similarly? –  Jeff Mercado Oct 28 '12 at 7:11
add comment

You should run

dxdiag 

in the search right on top of the start menu (Run input field) . Or you can install somethin like AIDA64 (Everest) that will scan the hardware and give you detailled information about every component on your PC. You can find the video card utilisation under

Display -> GPU

You'll be able to see on your right complete information about your video card and even see the current utilization. Just start a game to see how much memories it takes to run it live.

share|improve this answer
add comment

GPU-Z should also be able to help:

1 2

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.