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I currently have 12gb of ram installed, if I were to lower the windows page file size (which according to the windows website is set to ram size + 300mb) would more of my physical memory be used by programs and would performance drop or improve? system is an i7 920, at 4ghz with 1600 ram...
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Are you actually running out of ram now?
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no the opposite, utilization never goes above 4gb, yet virtual memory is always listed... so im wondering if i could drop the virtual memory usage by adjusting page file size and just use more real memory in the hopes it would make some things run faster.
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12 GB should be enough to turn off the page file and not have any low memory alerts (except in exceptionally high RAM usage scenarios). This may improve performance on a mechanical drive as you would not be using your disk as a virtual memory device (less concurrent access, etc).
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nvm
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Originally Posted by mymazda View Post
no the opposite, utilization never goes above 4gb, yet virtual memory is always listed... so im wondering if i could drop the virtual memory usage by adjusting page file size and just use more real memory in the hopes it would make some things run faster.
Virtual memory listing doesn't necessarily imply page file. You will see it even if page files are completely disabled.

Disabling the page file is not likely to make anything faster. Unless you are running out of memory, very little is actually paged, no matter how large your page file.

I keep page files enabled because there are a few programs that throw a fit if they don't find one, no matter how much physical memory the system has. Also, I feel it's better to face a slowdown than program crash or system lock should I actually require more than the physical memory I have.
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Virtual memory listing doesn't necessarily imply page file. You will see it even if page files are completely disabled.

Disabling the page file is not likely to make anything faster. Unless you are running out of memory, very little is actually paged, no matter how large your page file.
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post #8 of 8
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Thanks for the fast responses, one more piece to the puzzle that im not sure adds anything but hard drives were mentioned, I am actually booting off and have most programs installed on a 1st gen solid state drive (an OCZ vertex), now if im understanding correctly if i dont go above 12gb physical use the page file on the vertex will actually never be touched anyway so just leave it on?
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