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Windows 7: Win 7 12 GB verses 24 GB x64 bit

12 Sep 2011   #1

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Win 7 12 GB verses 24 GB x64 bit

Has anyone went from say 12 GB to 24 GB in Windows 7 x64 bit? Was there any difference? What did you notice? I understanf at this point Windows 7 x64 will only use 16 GB. Would you do it again after doing it?

Any help and comments are appreciated! Thanks.

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12 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 has a limit of 16GB of RAM.

Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise will take up to 192 GB of RAM.

Memory Limits for Windows Releases (Windows)
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12 Sep 2011   #3

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What do you think the benefits might be from cramming all that ram into your machine?
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12 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Unless you're running a ton of VMs, or doing some pretty intensive video editing, I don't think there's much noticeable difference going from 12 to 24 GB in a desktop machine.
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13 Sep 2011   #5

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Unless it's doing heavy disk I/O, which will increase the amount of RAM that can be allocated to disk cache if/when it backs up on the HDD. If there's an SSD in there, however, even that becomes a moot point.
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13 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not unless you are running VM's. It's the only thing that I would use that could possibly make use of that kind of RAM. For nearly everybody 4GB is fine, 8GB for those who run VM's. Anything more than that, really needs to be quite specialized. I run VMWare servers with 32GB, 64GB, and 96GB of RAM...but those are used to run 20-50 simultaneous VM's.
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13 Sep 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

The amount of RAM really depends on the application you are using. In my job, I use a specialist bit of software that does a very specialist job - this is certainly not the usual run-of-the-mill stuff. In this case, the software appears to handle as much RAM as I can throw at it. Essentially, I am opening up several instances of the software, and running them in parallel/similtaneously.

Currently, my normal PC's have 24GB, and I have one PC that I have tested 48GB on RAM on, and also 72GB of RAM - Windows 7 Professional x64 handles all of this very nicely.

You can find more details here incl. some screen capture images of the RAM in use: Problems with RAM?

Regards,
Golden
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15 Sep 2011   #8

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Thanks, really thanks alot. Thanks fir sharing. I think I am closing this with all this information. Make sure that you all have a great year1 The Audio Analyst
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02 Nov 2011   #9

windows 7
 
 

Hello all and many thanks for all your response. Yes, after I saw the memory price drop I added another 12 Gig for a total of 24 Gig. No, absolutely no it was not a night and day difference but I do see an improvement in boot time and in some processing. It was 75 for 12 Gig and now I have everything matching so I feel that it was worth it rather than do it later and not have matching Ram. Again, thanks for all your input.

TheAudioAnalyst
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02 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Pleased to hear you made a decision that was the right one for you and thanks for the update.
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