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Windows 7: Memory Assessment Speed


26 Mar 2012   #1
bej

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 
Memory Assessment Speed

Just a curious question;

I ran winsat mem a couple of weeks ago and got a 13600+ read.

Ran it today and got 15985 read.

Only system change was adding a Radeon 6670 Video card.

Does memory speed change this much ? What might cause the disparity ?


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27 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I assume prior to the HD 6670 you were using the onboard video, if so that would be where the difference comes from. The onboard video shares/gets it memory from the system memory (up to 512 MB), and it got freed up when you added the video card.

I got the same thing if I enabled the onboard video on my old computer (used for a third monitor). The WEI memory score was/is higher when the onboard is enabled and lower with it disabled.
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27 Mar 2012   #3
bej

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

I understand the AMOUNT of memory increased, but the memory is the same whether it's being used by the onboard video or windows explorer. I thought winsat mem tested the SPEED of the memory regardless of the amount involved.
Oh well, another mystery of the computer age.
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27 Mar 2012   #4

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Next question is, if you remove the Radeon card does the score go back up?
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27 Mar 2012   #5
bej

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

It's the other way around. ADDING the card increased the memory speed.
So, if I took out the card, I would guess the speed would go back down to
the 13600+ area ? I see no difference, in real world applications, of the speed increase anyway. Oh, it's always been stock timings, etc.
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