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Windows 7: How much RAM for Windows 7?


23 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
How much RAM for Windows 7?

Hello,
I am running Wn 7 32 bit Ultimate. I am thinking of upgrading my RAM. Currently it is only one GB.
the motherboard is Intel D945GCNL. I hear that this board supports only a maximum of 2GB RAM. The question is, can I increase the RAM beyond this limit to, say, 3GB? Will it increase performance? Will there be any negative effects if we go beyond the manufacturer's recommendations? Or should I just stick to 2 GB? Can someone please help?

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23 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

You can try it but it looks like 2GB is the limit,
http://downloadmirror.intel.com/1511...chProdSpec.pdf
• Two 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
• Support for DDR2 667 or DDR2 533 MHz DIMMs
• Support for up to 2 GB of system memory
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23 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unless there is a BIOS update, I don't think your mobo will utilize any more than 2GB of RAM.
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24 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

32-bit OS won't support more than about 3GB. 2GB is more than enough.
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24 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Windows 7 specifies a minimum requirement of 1GB of RAM.

You should be fine with the 2GB you've got. If you feel you need more, it looks like you'll need to upgrade your motherboard.
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24 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

2GB is fine

Most of the time systems won't reach more then 1.5 Gb in actual use

Gaming or not you will run smooth
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24 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
2GB is fine

Most of the time systems won't reach more then 1.5 Gb in actual use
I find that the more RAM a system has, the more Windows will use.
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24 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CreepinJesus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
2GB is fine

Most of the time systems won't reach more then 1.5 Gb in actual use
I find that the more RAM a system has, the more Windows will use.
Correct

Windows 7 is designed to make use of unused ram for the storage of system code and predicted user code. this improves the system responsiveness, but should the system need this used memory for user programs it is instantly released.
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24 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You will see a difference between 1 GB and 2 GB, but if the board only supports 2 GB, it won't see, and possibly won't boot with anything more installed.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
32-bit OS won't support more than about 3GB. 2GB is more than enough.
It will support up to just about 4 GB, minus some reserved for hardware usage and some reserved for video card memory as well, depending on the card. You will see a little over 3 GB with x86, but that isn't a concern of the OP considering the board tops at at 2 GB, so our discussion is going somewhat off-topic.
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