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Windows 7: more than 8GB RAM?

23 Feb 2019   #1
Bob246

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
more than 8GB RAM?

Hi, running an 8GB laptop with SSD, tbh it's not bad (it was pretty terrible with a regular 2.5" HDD), I'm considering upping to 16GB ram.

I have some folders with over 5,000 images (up to 20,000) in them (all sorts of jpg's), sometimes the computer is slow (10 seconds) to index/thumbnail display them all, and also slightly annoying and occasionally (and inconsistently?), saving new images to these folders can take a few seconds to bring up the 'save as' dialogue box. would increasing to 16GB make this indexing any faster? or is that a cpu thing (an i5). reducing the number of files per dir isn't a preferable solution. The intel HD3000 graphics takes up 1.7GB, so that is effectively 6GB of ram. I don't "power use" but I often have 30+ tabs open in chrome, and firefox open at the same time, plus word and excel.

many thanks


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23 Feb 2019   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Hi Bob246,
Welcome to SevenForums!
Would you please update your system specs, we have an automated tool for this purpose here:
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23 Feb 2019   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I don't think you will ever use more than 8G. How many memory sticks you have (2x4 or 1x8)?
To find out how much you're using install open_hardware_monitor


Download openhardwaremonitor-v0.8.0
Extract the folder under C:\Program Files (x86)
Open C:\Program Files (x86)\Openhardwaremonitor\OpenHardwareMonitor.exe
Under options set to Run on Windows Start.
My configuration file is attached - hardwaremonitor.config
Rename to OpenHardwareMonitor.config and replace the original one.
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23 Feb 2019   #4
Bob246

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hi, thanks

right now I have this

Number Of SPD Modules 2
Slot #1
Type DDR3
Size 4096 MBytes
Manufacturer Crucial Technology
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700H (667 MHz)
Slot #2
Type DDR3
Size 4096 MBytes
Manufacturer Samsung
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)

Task manager brings up that I'm regularly using approx 7-7.8GB out of 8GB

right now under "low-medium" use (actually 45 tabs), I'm using 7.3GB. I've got an extension called 'the great suspender' installed for chrome, which blanks out tabs that haven't been active for a while, so probably actually 25 tabs active
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23 Feb 2019   #5
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I have 16GB of RAM in my system and the only way I've found to utilize more than 8GB is by running multiple Virtual Machines simultaneously.
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23 Feb 2019   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

To install 16G you'll have to replace your existing memory.

Open task manager on processes tab and, with the snipping tool take a snapshot and save the image file to your disk.
Click on the paper clip on the answer window - browse to the saved the image file - upload.
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23 Feb 2019   #7
Bob246

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hi thanks

yeah there is 16GB (2x 8GB) of samsung memory on ebay for around 50, which is a reasonable price

my memory usage now is at 7.6GB, cpu usage at about 5-10% although spikes occasionally


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23 Feb 2019   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Your CPU usage is also high.

I asked for task manager processes tab image, not performance tab.
Sort by memory usage.
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23 Feb 2019   #9
Bob246

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

task manager processes looks like-


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23 Feb 2019   #10
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

RAM may not make much of a difference in the speed it takes to open images. But since you're close to the limit in the RAM department, more RAM wouldn't hurt.

I think the biggest factor on the images is the CPU capability. Then again, Windows handles images in like the most asinine way. My mom stuffs a lot of images on her computer and it also takes a few seconds to load them all. I even upgraded the RAM, but that didn't do much.
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