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Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Graphics Memory on Windows® 10


Last Reviewed: 03-Oct-2017
Article ID: 000020962

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How much graphics memory does my computer have?
Intel® processor graphics hardware doesn't use a separate memory bank for graphics/video. Instead, the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) uses system memory. The Intel® graphics driver works with the operating system (OS) to make the best use of system memory across the Central Processing Units (CPUs) and GPU for a computer’s current workload.

The following steps may be used to view a Windows® 10 computer’s graphics memory configuration:

  1. Switch to the Windows* Desktop
  2. Right-click on a blank area of the desktop and select Screen Resolution.

    screen resolution
  3. Click Advanced display settings.

    advanced display settings
  4. Click Display adapter properties.

    display adapter properties
  5. The total available graphics memory is listed on the Adapter tab under Adapter Information.

    available graphics memory

Note The reported Shared System Memory is not an ongoing reservation of system memory. It's simply the limit of how much system memory the OS will allow graphics to use at a given time, on the given platform.

Note By default, the Intel graphics driver will report 128 MB of fictitious Dedicated Video Memory for compatibility with applications that don’t correctly comprehend a fully unified memory architecture. See Dedicated Memory Reporting for more information.

 
What is the maximum amount of graphics memory or video memory my computer can use? The table shows the maximum graphics limits supported by the Intel® HD Graphics Driver depending on your processor. The actual maximum graphics memory limit reported by Windows can vary. The memory limit is dependent on non-Intel-controlled factors—for example, available system memory, BIOS, or system settings. For more detail on how Windows handles memory management, see Microsoft documentation for Graphics Memory Reporting through WDDM.

Intel® Processor Maximum Graphics Memory1 on Windows® 10
Intel® UHD Graphics 620 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 580 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® Iris® Graphics 550/540 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® HD Graphics 530/520 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® HD Graphics 515 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® Iris® Graphics 6200/6100 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® HD Graphics 6000/5500 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® HD Graphics 5300 Limited by OS to one-half of System Memory
Intel® Iris® Pro Graphics 5200 Up to 2048 MB
Intel® Iris® Graphics 5100 Up to 2048 MB
Intel® HD Graphics 5000/4600/4400/4200 Up to 2048 MB
Intel® HD Graphics 4000/2500 Up to 1792 MB
Intel® Celeron® Processors 900/1000/G1000/2000/J1000/N2000/N3540/N2940/N2840/N2808/N3000/N3050/N3150 Series with
Intel® HD Graphics
Up to 1792 MB
Intel® Pentium® Processors 2000/G2000/G2100/3000/G3000/J2000/N3000/G3460/G3450T/G3250/G3250/G3250T/N3700 Series with
Intel® HD Graphics
Up to 1792 MB
Intel Atom® Processor Z2700/E3800/Z3700/N3000/N3050/N3150/N3700 Up to 748.5 MB

1The actual amount of maximum graphics memory on your computer can be less than the amounts listed in the table. The actual amounts greatly depend on your computer configuration. The best place for obtaining information about your computer configuration is from the computer manufacturer. Your computer manufacturer can alter features, incorporate customizations, or make other changes that limit or reduce the actual maximum graphics memory.  
Will adding more physical memory increase my graphics memory amount? Yes, for processor graphics on 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors and later. See the table from previous question above. But earlier generation hardware had architectural limits such that graphics memory would typically reach its ceiling with 4 GB of system memory.
Does upgrading to Windows® 10 increase the amount of graphics memory? It can in some cases, as can be seen by comparing the “Maximum Graphics Memory” table on this page, with the similar tables for older OS versions at the “Related Topic” links below. But this is dependent on your hardware and software configuration, which is set by your computer manufacturer. Check with your computer manufacturer for the actual maximum graphics memory supported by your computer with Windows 10.  
Can I control how much graphics memory is used by a single application? No. The amount of graphics memory in use is dynamically allocated to balance the needs of the operating system and all running applications.
 
Related topics
Graphics memory FAQ for Windows 8* and 8.1*
Graphics memory FAQ for Windows 7*/Vista*/XP*/2000*
Graphics memory FAQ for older Intel® Graphics products