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Windows 7: Usable Ram and game performence

29 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 x32
 
 
Usable Ram and game performence

another Question in the long ling of questions regarding usable ram in windows 7 32, i have 4 gig ram and of course the usable ram is 2.99 my graphics card is 1 gig i was wondering will the computer still perform at 4 gig even though 1 gig of ram is dedicated elsewhere? the computer is pretty high performence core i7 geforce 230 1 GB, its just that a game ive ordered has reccomended 4GB will it run as well (napoleon total war)


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29 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

If the card has shared memory, it will use some of your RAM. That will be unavailable for the OS. In effect, you will have that much less RAM.

That's the beauty of a GFX card with onboard memory; it doesn't use the OS's memory.

If you're interested: Shared Memory Architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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29 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 x32
 
 

over all does the computer seem to have decent specs and do you think is will run the game well
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29 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have never played the game, so I don't know how demanding it is, but I see the game does recommend 4GB RAM. You only have 3.

You can take a gamble and hope the game runs on 3GB or RAM, but you do not have the minimum recommended specs.
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29 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
I have never played the game, so I don't know how demanding it is, but I see the game does recommend 4GB RAM. You only have 3.

You can take a gamble and hope the game runs on 3GB or RAM, but you do not have the minimum recommended specs.
If he has the GT230 then he has a dedicated card with 1GB of onboard memory.
He exceeds minimum specs though,
  • Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows Vista®/XP®/Windows® 7
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz CPU with SSE2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP), 2 GB RAM (Vista®/Windows® 7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c shader model 2b compatible GPU
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 21 GB free space
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29 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

There is difference between minimum and recommended specs:
the first is required for the game to run, the second is for playing without issues (speed problems, often).
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30 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 x32
 
 

will the dedicated ram on the GPU make up for the 1 gig reserved ram
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30 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sithlord1012 View Post
will the dedicated ram on the GPU make up for the 1 gig reserved ram
No, it will not. For all the game knows, you have 3GB of RAM.
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