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Windows 7: How Much Ram For Editing Video?

15 Jan 2012   #11
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you're curious, start performance monitor (perfmon), add the Available MBytes memory counter, and watch what happens to your system's RAM (consumed, not consumed, etc) when you edit video. If it drops down under 1GB, you need more RAM. If not, you should be fine. Yes, this is a very basic performance test, but it's good enough for "should I add more RAM or not?" type questions.

I will say that the more RAM you give Windows 7, the more efficient superfetch becomes - so if you can afford 8 or 16GB of RAM, regardless of whether you need it for video editing, it is a worthwhile investment.


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15 Jan 2012   #12
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Let me begin by admitting that I don't do video editing.

A question: do you have 64 bit editing software? I believe that 32 bit software can't use more than 2GB of RAM (3GB if it's large memory aware). That's true whether you're on a 32 or 64 bit version of Windows. If you want more, then you need a 64 bit application.

Also: I don't know how important it is for anything other than benchmarks, but I suggest using a memory configuration that maintains the dual channel path. That means installing RAM in same-sized pairs. (I'm slightly surprised that the 6GB config was how the Pavilion p6795a shipped from HP.) Mixing RAM from different makers is dicey, but you may be able to do it. It can be helpful to set the memory frequency, timings, and voltage manually (if your HP BIOS permits that).
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15 Jan 2012   #13
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I was doing a test to show that all cores get used when rendering in Premiere CS5 and also noticed that almost all of my ram was in use.
This was just a 4 minute SD clip with a few effects on it as well.
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15 Jan 2012   #14
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Go for a 8GB stick and add your existing 4GB stick for 12GB total. This should be just over 8GB (slowly becoming standard on x64 systems) and just under 16GB max overkill.

Make sure the newer 8GB stick is the same speed and timings as your existing 4GB (brand doesn't really matter). 12GB of ram should plenty for editing 720p videos and multitasking with other applications.

Don't not I repeat do NOT turn off/delete the pagefile/swap, let Windows manage the pagefile/swap size (leave it at default).

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15 Jan 2012   #15
AussieGuy92

 
 

first off yes i do use a 64bit editing program cyberlink powerdirector 10 (64 bit version) and got it set to take advantage of the system it edits the video with ease i might just wait until i get the money and max out the ram to 16GBS i think. i can say that a quad core proccessor is sweet for editing!!
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17 Jan 2012   #16
AussieGuy92

 
 

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17 Jan 2012   #17
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Let me begin by admitting that I don't do video editing.

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Also: I don't know how important it is for anything other than benchmarks, but I suggest using a memory configuration that maintains the dual channel path. That means installing RAM in same-sized pairs. (I'm slightly surprised that the 6GB config was how the Pavilion p6795a shipped from HP.) Mixing RAM from different makers is dicey, but you may be able to do it. It can be helpful to set the memory frequency, timings, and voltage manually (if your HP BIOS permits that).
Very good advice.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AussieGuy92 View Post
You will avoid possible RAM issues if you install the same size and brand, timings, frequencies, in your computer.
Be sure to get 1.5v RAM for your i5 CPU.

The Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24, 1.5v RAM kit will do nicely
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17 Jan 2012   #18
AussieGuy92

 
 

thanks i think i am going to get this though i think it will work better:

G.Skill 16GB (4 x 4GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24 (F3-10666CL9Q-16GBXL) | Techbuy Australia

it matches all the specs for the motherboard and computer.
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17 Jan 2012   #19
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

That will also work just fine.

But, I would go for the 1600MHz RAM, it will easily run at 1333MHz and you will have lots of headroom if you ever want to overclock your RAM or CPU.
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18 Jan 2012   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you will be wasting your money. You have plenty of RAM. When your editing program runs, look into Resource Monitor > Memory tab. You will probably find that that even your 6GBs are not fully used.

What you need most for fast video editing is a CPU with mucle and a program that uses all cores.
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