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22 Nov 2009   #11

Win7 ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZeuZ View Post
Im going to try it with no paging file on either partition and see how it goes. I think I understand now how it works to some point more or less. I would assume that a page file would be better if you are playing games that loads in alot of data? Like World of Warcraft for example, some of the world zones are pretty big, wouldn't a page file be more useful in something like that?
A page file is vital when there is not enough physical memory to service the program(s), and is unnecessary otherwise. Since some programs do not work without it, many advise that you not turn it off. I have run for years without a paging file and have never suffered any negative effects. Not a gamer however.

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23 Nov 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZeuZ View Post
I pretty much only use my pc for gaming (world of warcraft, fps games) and my question is, how should I handle the virtual memory aspect for better gaming? Currently the virtual memory is set to "Automatically manage paging file for all drives". Now is there a better or more precise setup to handle that for better performance for my gaming rig?

My setup:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHZ
Asus P5KC Mobo
Patriot PC2-6400 800mhz 4gigs
Western Digital SATA150 16mb 10,000rpm
GeForce 8800GT 512MB
Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Also on my hdd, I have 2 partitions, 1 solely for the os, and 1 for games, movies, mp3, etc. My partition is 20gigs and has 7gigs free and my gaming partition has about 50gigs free. For the paging file option should I leave that to automatic with what I have or is there a better option for optimal performance for gaming? Or what about setting 1 for both partitions? Sorry for the noobieness, just seeking some info and insight.
Read the article by Mark Russinovich about Virtual Memory in Windows OS on his blog:
Mark's Blog : Pushing the Limits of Windows: Virtual Memory

This should answer your question.
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23 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Oh definitely a nice read. I've read pretty much the same thing on differernt threads about having a page file on a separate hdd. My question would be if you did put the page file on the 2nd hdd, that 2nd hdd would have to be the same speed as your main hdd? I guess no sense putting the page file on a slower hdd or would that even matter? My main hdd is a sata 10,000rpm and the one I might test out for a page file hdd is only 7200 rpm, or would that even matter?
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23 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Had another hdd with same specs as my main but smaller, and set the pagefile to 8gig-12gig on it and going to see how that goes.
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02 Dec 2009   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate

The absolute best place for the paging file would be on an SSD (as long as the SSD is on a fast channel).

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