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November 30, 2013 1:34:09 PM

hi i was wondering

Does using the onboard graphics to display the screen make the graphics card allocate more memory to Games?

i ask this because i have a 2GB graphics card but whenever i play games it says i only have 998MB for memory allocation

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November 30, 2013 1:37:46 PM

Using the on board graphics completely by passes the graphics card. So it wont be doing anything but making heat.
If you have a graphics card use that, not on board.
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November 30, 2013 1:41:31 PM

Your GPU will take whatever the game needs. For example older games will take up less memory in the VRAM than newer ones when you crank up Texture/ Resolution especially.

Memory on a GPU has pretty much nothing to do with performance. It's basically it's own dedicated RAM for the GPU.. Just like RAM is too your whole system. Your OS for example will take like 1-2GB because that's what it needs (given that you have a large pool for it to freely take up that much) Google chrome will take what it needs and so on.. Games will only allocate data to the GPU which it comply needs to be processed to be displayed, while the rest is dumpd in the RAM for other tasks. The GPU simply holds data in the VRAM so it can process information extremely quickly, especially compared to a HDD.. It's lightening.

Simply put. No it won't allow your GPU to allocate more data to it's own memory because it simply doesn't need to, besides your onboard will just take care of the external display when your monitor is connected directly to the motherboard. Your GPU will just be eating power and shovelling heat!

Hope this helps sorry it's long :p 
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November 30, 2013 1:50:09 PM

DRAGONFABLE517 said:
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It's alright buddy :D 
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