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What happens when I use more vram then I have?


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#1 xPRDGY

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 08:14 AM

Hi, I was running Batman Arkham Knight at a stable fps with little to no stutter and such. I went to play around with the settings and I saw that I was using a lot more vram then what I had. What does this mean? Is it okay to continue? If so any long term damage?

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 10:22 AM

It should mean that your virtual memory is working.  The virtul memory is taken from hard drives and used to augment physical RAM installed.

 

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 10:22 AM

No long term damage, just game runs slower.



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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:53 AM

The virtual memory comes into play when the physical memory (RAM) use is high.  It basically compensates for a lack of RAM.

 

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 10:20 AM

vram = video card memory in this case IMO.



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Posted 08 July 2016 - 10:34 AM

Wiki Says:  "Through the 1990s, many graphic subsystems used VRAM, with the number of megabits touted as a selling point. In the late 1990s, synchronous DRAM technologies gradually became affordable, dense, and fast enough to displace VRAM, even though it is only single-ported and more overhead is required. Nevertheless, many of the VRAM concepts of internal, on-chip buffering and organization have been used and improved in modern graphics adapters."

 

If the OP supplies the data requested by dc3...we can better understand just what the question intended to convey.

 

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 11:21 AM

Wiki Says:  "Through the 1990s, many graphic subsystems used VRAM, with the number of megabits touted as a selling point. In the late 1990s, synchronous DRAM technologies gradually became affordable, dense, and fast enough to displace VRAM, even though it is only single-ported and more overhead is required. Nevertheless, many of the VRAM concepts of internal, on-chip buffering and organization have been used and improved in modern graphics adapters."

 

If the OP supplies the data requested by dc3...we can better understand just what the question intended to convey.

 

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From first post, he was playing around Arkham Knight settings that also show vram usage like that:

 

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Not dangerous as already stated. And if game runs OK, no problems. That game was even withdrawn from sale because it was too buggy so no wonder VRAM usage tends to be very high.



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Posted 08 July 2016 - 06:42 PM

Wiki Says:  "Through the 1990s, many graphic subsystems used VRAM, with the number of megabits touted as a selling point. In the late 1990s, synchronous DRAM technologies gradually became affordable, dense, and fast enough to displace VRAM, even though it is only single-ported and more overhead is required. Nevertheless, many of the VRAM concepts of internal, on-chip buffering and organization have been used and improved in modern graphics adapters."

 

If the OP supplies the data requested by dc3...we can better understand just what the question intended to convey.

 

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VRAM (Video RAM) is different from that VRAM hamluis. Most of the GPUs use a special type of RAMs like GDDR4, GDDR5, GDDR5X, or HBM1

 

@xPRDGY you shouldn't need to worry. If you have less VRAM, it starts swapping to the system RAM. If your game is running fine and has 60 FPS, then you don't need to worry. Otherwise dial down on resolution to reduce the size of textures, or lower the quality

 

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