Originally Posted by u3b3rg33k
I run 8GB ram. My experience:
I can't game with 2GB (it's PAINFUL)
The jump from 2GB to 4GB is extremely obvious.
The jump from 4GB to 6GB is not very obvious, but I do notice a lack of hiccuping.
The jump from 6GB to 8GB is not noticeable at all.
Okay, I think I'm being misunderstood.
When I am talking about removing the page file, that is not something that automatically happens when you stick 8 GB of memory in. You have to go into the advanced properties and change the system setting so that there is no page file. For the reasons I described, the difference will be noticeable (boot time) and it will also free hard disk space and close a security loop hole.
If you are using a solid state drive as your primary drive, then you probably don't have much more than 80 to 120 GB of total space on that drive. That 8 GB of space that would be your virtual page is freed for other uses.
Also, you can game on 2 GB of memory if you have no applications or update processes running in the background and if you have disabled the following services via computer management:
Using this technique I can get about 25 to 30 FPS for Crysis on 1280x1024 (DX9 mode, no motion blur, no AA). This is on a system with an Athlon X2 4200 and an 9600 GSO and only 2 GB of generic RAM. It also worked on a system with a Pentium D 945 and a 9600 GT. Without these services disabled Crysis was virtually unplayable at these settings with only 2 GB. With the services disabled it played much faster.
2 GB is not ideal for gaming, but if you are forced to, there are ways to do it.Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 6/4/11 at 11:28pm