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Windows 7: Most Windows 7 PCs max out memory.


17 Feb 2010   #11
BWK

 

My physical mem is running roughly 36% with a 1% cpu right now resource monitor/network/tcp connections firefox has got it going on.

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17 Feb 2010   #12

 

I suppose if the article was published, it must be happening to somebody. I think tomorrow I'll try a little experiment if I'm not too busy. I'll check memory usage 15 minutes after startup with 2, 4, 6, then 8 GB of memory on the system in my specs using default settings. It may be that the article is referring to factory configured systems with minimum required memory
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17 Feb 2010   #13

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I don't think I have ever gone over 50% RAM usage with my 4GB. I have done things to max the CPU, but never broke 50% on the RAM, I don't think....if so, only for a matter of moments.

Very interesting!
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17 Feb 2010   #14

 
 

Not sitting in front of mine right now, but I do remember thinking it was rather high when I first installed (3 weeks ago)

It had I think 1.7gb used of my 4gb, directly after bootup. No other apps running (well...AVG sitting idle..)
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17 Feb 2010   #15

 

I would rather have more of the memory utilized, as it would mean fewer read/writes on the HDD, making my laptop less likely to freeze when it's bumped or moved.
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18 Feb 2010   #16
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What a crock. This paragraph here pretty much sums up just how much,

Quote:
Barth acknowledged that XPnet's data couldn't determine whether the memory usage was by the operating system itself, or an increased number of applications, but said that Devil Mountain would start working on finding which is the dominant factor in increased memory use.
Sounds like their "software" can't determine the difference between something that is actively using ram and something that is cached.
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18 Feb 2010   #17

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Sounds like their "software" can't determine the difference between something that is actively using ram and something that is cached.
thats exactly what Im thinking too, More likely, their software has a memory leak...

The cached ram doesnt cause bottlenecks, when an Application requests memory, Windows gives it the address used by a cached address and the application simply over-writes whatever was located at that cached address. it doesn't do any deallocation or realloction or paging for that address and whatever was stored there.

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18 Feb 2010   #18

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote:
"I think this is something that everyone in their gut knew, but now we have data," said Barth. "The metrics don't lie."

Users who want to compare their computers to the current WCPI numbers can do so by registering with XPnet and then installing the DMS Clarity Tracker Agent from Devil Mountain's site.
Metrics don't lie, but people do. Somehow the name of this organization just doesn't inspire me to believe them. If this were true, I would expect to see warnings from the OS about low memory, and I have not seen one, even on the rig that I only have 2GBs running x64 on.
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18 Feb 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

Yeah, in my system, i have 6gb and never see windows go over 2gb, i think i average out about 1.8 mb used, even in games i never even hit the maximum.
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18 Feb 2010   #20

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

I do despair at times over the memory myths that are spread about

I bought my memory, (all 2GB of it LOL), to be used, not to sit idle, just in-case something may need it a week next Thursday

The memory management in Windows 7 works and it works well, using the default cache settings. If the cache settings were actually set to use more available unused RAM it would not cause me any issues. Un-used RAM is wasted RAM.
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