Have you come across the abbreviation VRAM and would like to know what it is? Then, we’ll explain it to you.
Anyone who has ever looked more closely at their computer hardware may have stumbled across the abbreviation “VRAM”. This is a specific amount of memory in the computer. Find out precisely what VRAM means and what it’s suitable for in this article.
VRAM – a memory for graphics
More common than VRAM is the so-called RAM (Random Access Memory): your computer’s main memory. The VRAM is also a memory, is built into the graphics card and is, therefore, part of the hardware of a PC. The abbreviation VRAM stands for Video Random Access Memory. So it is a working memory for videos on which data can be written and which data can be readout.
The more capacity the video RAM has the more complex videos and graphics a PC can play and display. To do this, the graphics processor, also known as the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), accesses the VRAM. Similarly, the main processor uses the RAM, also known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit).
VRAM is essential for video games
The capacity of the graphics memory VRAM is essential for video games, for example. For a more complex game, the memory capacity must be correspondingly high. The technology behind VRAM is no longer used in modern graphics cards. Instead, there are technologies such as GDDR-RAM (Graphics Double Data Rate Random Access Memory). Even so, the graphics memory of a computer is still very often referred to as VRAM.
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