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Windows 7: Ram upgrade

10 Feb 2011   #11
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Im simply saying, the best bet is matched sets, and 4GB is usually all the large majority of users need.


Mixing and matching sometimes works, but often causes more problems than its worth.

All the modules need to be the same Voltage, speed, and timings.
And also be aware, theres more to timings than the main 4 (4-4-4-12 for example)
There are also many subtimings that come into play to a lesser degree.

If anything is different, it usually defaults everything to the slowest of the bunch.
But, as I said, occasionally problems arise.


You might be OK with that set up. But depending on what you use your PC for, you may find it is not needed.
Then again, you may find it is not enough.

Only you can decide that, as you know what you use your PC for better than we do.


Me personally, I find 4GB is not quite enough. 8GB is plenty, but I could probably get by with a bit less.
But, I also use a few 64bit apps that take advantage of that extra memory quite often.

But, its also worth mentioning that this extra RAM only comes into play when using those specific applications.
For everything else, Gaming included, it has no benefit. In fact, I never exceed the 4GB mark.

So for my uses, its worth having, although this may not be the case for everyone.


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11 Feb 2011   #12
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
More is not always better.

6-8GB of RAM or more will not really help performance for the most part.
In fact, its really only helpful if you use applications that can make use of it.
But those applications need to be 64bit as well, to overcome the 32bit 2GB limitation.

Only you know if you fall into this category.



Generally, 4GB is plenty.


I would go with a matching kit though, and just do away with the cuurent. Like a 2x2GB kit.
That is not quite correct. 32 bit applications linked with the "large address aware" option can use 4GB of address space in a 64 bit system

32bit apps in 64bit Windows - memory available?''

and

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778.aspx

so 6GB or more of RAM could accommodate such a 32 bit program.

In addition, with more RAM you can have more programs open without swapping. Also, additional memory lets you cache more recently run programs and lets them start virtually instantaneously at a later time.

I would have to agree that Windows 7 x64 does use 4GB of RAM efficiently and that would probably be enough for most people.
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11 Feb 2011   #13
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes, I was aware of this, but they still need to be flagged, correct?

Also, the app itself is still a 32bit bit app. so would this really actually help anything overall?


I know with Games, flagging them never really seemed to help anything, but not sure about other apps. They still seemed to stay within thier confined space.


I must admit,however, I haven't experimented with this a whole lot.


We did have a discussion on this exact subject sometime back, but Ican not seem to find the post.
There was a lot of good info there too..
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11 Feb 2011   #14
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Yes, I was aware of this, but they still need to be flagged, correct?

Also, the app itself is still a 32bit bit app. so would this really actually help anything overall?
I don't know what you mean by flagged. Sure it will help - limited virtual address space is mainly what defines 32 bit. This can double it from 2 to 4.

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I know with Games, flagging them never really seemed to help anything, but not sure about other apps. They still seemed to stay within thier confined space.


I must admit,however, I haven't experimented with this a whole lot.
me neither

Quote:

We did have a discussion on this exact subject sometime back, but Ican not seem to find the post.
There was a lot of good info there too..
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