Mortal Kombat 1 is a soft reboot of the franchise and has been received pretty well by critics. The game runs really well on all platforms as the 60 FPS is the target on all platforms. However, PC users are experiencing the “Out of video memory trying to allocate a rendering resource” error while playing the game, which ruins the experience. In this Mortal Kombat 1 guide, I will list fixes that will help players fix the out of video memory error. Also, see our Mortal Kombat 1 Crash fixes.


Mortal Kombat 1 Out Of Video Memory Error Fixes You Can Try

Out Of Video Memory error is a GPU-related issue and there are multiple reasons why Mortal Kombat 1 is crashing with this error like virtual memory is not enough, GPU is factory overclocked, corrupt or damaged DirectX Shader cache, and more. The following are the fixes that will help Mortal Kombat 1 players to fix the out of video memory error.

Set Custom Virtual Memory Size

Windows has a feature called Paging File or Virtual Memory which can help in rendering tasks that require a lot of memory. The reason why you are experiencing the out-of-video memory error with Mortal Kombat 1 is that Windows isn’t allocating enough virtual memory for the game to use. You can set a custom Virtual Memory size to fix the Out of Video memory error.

  • Open Windows Settings go to About > Advanced system settings
  • Click “Settings” under the Advanced tab
  • Click “Change” under Virtual Memory
  • Uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”
  • Select a drive that has available space
  • Check “Custom Size”, and input the Initial size and Maximum size in MBs
  • Press OK and restart your PC
  • Launch Mortal Kombat 1 and the Out of video memory error is fixed

Note: You have to calculate the Initial size and Maximum size values yourself depending on your RAM size. Set Virtual memory between 1.5x or 3x of your installed RAM size. If you have 2GB of RAM, you can set a maximum of 6,144 MB. Calculate your value in MB and input it in both Initial size and Maximum size.

Open Windows Settings and click the highlighted option.
Click on Advanced System settings,
Click the highlighted option.
Click the highlighted option.
Make the highlighted changes.

Increase Shader Cache Size

Increasing the Shader Caceh size is another fix for the Mortal Kombat 1 Out of video memory error. The default size for the cache is not enough for the GPU which is causing Mortal Kombat 1 to crash with the out of video memory error. Open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Global Settings > scroll down to Shader Cache > select 10 GB and apply the changes. Launch Mortal Kombat 1 and it won’t crash anymore.

Delete DirectX Shader Cache

The DirectX shader cache might be damaged or corrupt which is causing the Mortal Kombat 1 out of video memory error. Deleting the DirectX cache will force the game to create a new one, which will fix the out of video memory error. Open disk cleanup > select C drive and press OK> select DirectX Shader Cache > press OK, and Windows will delete the DirectX Shader cache. Launch Mortak Kombat 1 and it’ll automatically create a new shader cache, fixing the out of video memory error.

Enable Debug Mode

PC users report that even an RTX 4090 is experiencing the Out of video memory error when playing Mortal Kombat 1. RTX 4090 has 24 GB of VRAM which makes it unlikely to be running out of memory. The issue is the GPU clocks that are causing the game to crash. Most GPUs are factory overclocked or run at higher clocks compared to Nvidia’s recommended GPU clocks. Enabling Debug mode through the Nvidia Control Panel forces the GPU to use Nvidia’s recommended clocks which fixes the out of video memory error. Open Nvidia Control Panel > Help > Debug mode.

Update/Reinstall GPU Driver

Updating or reinstalling your GPU driver is another fix for the out of video memory error. Ensure that you do a clean installation so that settings from the previous install won’t interfere with the new one.

Download the driver and launch the setup.
Agree to terms of and conditions.
Select custom and click next.
Check ‘Perform a clean installation’ and click next to install.

That is all for our Mortal Kombat 1 fixes for the Out of Video Memory error. Also, see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes if you are experiencing errors with other PC video games or PCs.