While I was thinking of installing more RAM in my laptop I read that my processor (Intel i3 4010U) supports maximum of 16gb memory whereas the motherboard of my laptop supports just 8gb of ram. So out of curiosity I tried to search whether the graphics card that can be installed also depends on the processor or motherboard ? But I could find just few ambiguous answers on websites I don't trust.

  • It would be helpful if you elaborated with what research you've run into already. – jhaagsma Feb 1 '19 at 18:27

The amount of RAM your CPU supports is dependant on how your motherboard is designed.

Almost all CPUs support two channels of RAM, with each channel supporting two memory modules. The CPU also only supports memory modules of a certain size for each DIMM.

The problem with laptops is that manufacturers often only fit a single DIMM slot per channel. This effectively halves the amount of memory supported by the CPU.

What your graphics card supports depends on whether you have an integrated (built in to the CPU) graphics or dedicated graphics chip.

Integrated graphics uses the CPU memory to perform tasks and so it is limited by the same limits as your CPU. If you have dedicated graphics card then it will have it's own dedicated memory and will not be limited by motherboard memory.

  • Whenever I right click a program, I have two options one to use the Intel Integrated graphics and other to use the NVIDIA graphics card I have in my laptop. Is that because I have both integrated graphics as well as a dedicated graphic card? – baba Feb 1 '19 at 12:13
  • It would imply that you do have two graphics cards, yes. The Nvidia card is likely to be higher performance but use more power, while the Intel is lower power. – Mokubai Feb 1 '19 at 12:21
  • The Nvidia card will have it's own dedicated memory while the Intel card will be using the CPU memory. – Mokubai Feb 1 '19 at 12:25

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