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Windows 7: What is the normal RAM usage?

08 Jun 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Not only that but Windows 7 also has the ablity to flush out old Ram memory to be used for things that require more memory like video editing and rendering. You can test this out by running an instance of Memtest for Windows. If you run a couple instances and stop them you will see that the memory has been purged down to a much lower percentage than before.

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08 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Because even though theres only 1460MB in use in that screen, the rest is still being used ( 0 free space) only its marked as standby.

In Use is just what it says, whats activley being used right at this moment.
Standby is everything you used earlier, or 7 thinks you will use soon loaded into memory. (just not currently active)

So when you call on a program in standby mode,it is already loaded into memory. It instantly changes to In Use status.

So you truly are using 100% of available RAM at all times, although it doesnt look like if you just look at whats currently in use.

I hope this was what you were meaning as to why its a good thing.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Wishmaster gave the right explanation of my logic. Anything that is in RAM is instantly available. If it has to be fetched from disk, it takes a few thousand times longer. Just compare the HDD (or even SSD) access times to RAM access times. And that is not a "little" slower.

Thanks for the explanation.
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