Re: Optimum amount of RAM for WinXP?

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Mike Brannigan [MSFT]

KWA said:
Question: Is there a Maximum or an Optimal amount of DDR RAM that XP can
handle?

I realize that the old "more is better" rule applies, but I want to know if
there is a point of diminishing or negative returns.

Maximum performance is achieved with the maximum amount of addressable
memory installed.
This is 4Gb for the 32-bit Windows XP. (subject to hardware limits on your
mother board)
The "more is better" rule applies to Windows XP

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Li'l ol' me

I have 512mb and was able to turn the swap file off 4 months ago with no
problems at all. I'd feel more comfortable with a little more just in case,
but I REALLY hate swap files!

I even tried 256mb without the swap file but I couldn't quite load the
Unreal Tournament 2003 demo! And I think 3d mark 2001 got about half-way
before bailing out.

128mb? I couldn't even load the control panel, which makes me wonder how XP
loaded at all!

That's all on XP Pro BTW.
 
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JK

Not really, as unused ram in of no benefit, and just wasted money.
For many people, 512 meg is fine. If you work with large data,
or have many applications opened at once, you might want
to get a gig of ram. Above a gig and a half of ram(3 512 meg sticks)
additional ram gets very expensive(1 gig sticks of ram are now around
four times the price of 512 meg sticks), and the extra ram doesn't
even benefit the vast majority of users. For a budget system I usually
recommend 512 meg of ram, and for a higher end system (or if
you plan to run Photoshop with large images), I recommend a
gig of ram.
 
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John Smith

I have 512, use alot of graphic packages and find I often have 200 MB free.
I just built a couple of PCs for friends and they wanted 1GB in the System
but Task Manager often shows 800MB free...

In normal use I think 512 is enough. If you are doing really, really
intensive stuff like digital editing, loads of Photoshop or animation work
then you will see a benefit in having more but... depends on what you are
doing really.


J.
 
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Li'l ol' me said:
I have 512mb and was able to turn the swap file off 4 months ago with no
problems at all. I'd feel more comfortable with a little more just in case,
but I REALLY hate swap files!

I even tried 256mb without the swap file but I couldn't quite load the
Unreal Tournament 2003 demo! And I think 3d mark 2001 got about half-way
before bailing out.

128mb? I couldn't even load the control panel, which makes me wonder how XP
loaded at all!

That's all on XP Pro BTW.

I also have 512mb and no swap file. Mainly surf, and play games.
I think the optimal amount is enough to run the applications you use AND turn
off the swap file.
The system will be quicker all around. XP Home here.
 
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Stacey

John said:
I have 512, use alot of graphic packages and find I often have 200 MB
free. I just built a couple of PCs for friends and they wanted 1GB in the
System but Task Manager often shows 800MB free...

In normal use I think 512 is enough. If you are doing really, really
intensive stuff like digital editing, loads of Photoshop or animation work
then you will see a benefit in having more but... depends on what you are
doing really.

Even doing digital video editing 512 seems to be plenty. I too wonder why
people want 1 gig of ram other than to say they have it?
 

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