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post #11 of 15
Could always make a ramdisk, just for fun. biggrin.gif

IMO, 12GB is the sweet spot right now. I had 12GB in my main desktop, then had to take out 4GB, and have noticed a difference. And I'm just a regular gamer guy - I don't use things like photoshop, and video editing is fairly rare too.

Looking at "used" ram is pretty much useless. Windows will automatically unload ram to the pagefile as it deems necessary (and it becomes more "necessary" as you get closer and closer to having all your ram used). Unless you have an extreme use of ram (such as very large files in photoshop), it doesn't ever look like you are using a lot of it. But, where you notice that pagefile usage is in task switching. More ram allows Windows to keep more applications in active memory, which maintains your instant task switching between, say, a full-screen game and the desktop.

When I had 12GB, EVERY task switch was instant. Alt-tab between a game and the desktop, or between a game and another game, and it would pop right up every time. But with 8 GB, every once in a while, I'll have to wait a bit on pagefile reads from the HDD.

Especially with ram prices as cheap as they are, I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade to 12GB. Well, but I guess I am hesitating, since I don't have 12GB. I have no money either though. tongue.gif So... depends on your budget, but there IS a difference! At least in my case there was!
post #12 of 15
I have 12 GB. One day Frys had a weird sale and a 16gb set was cheaper than 12gb and a little more than 6gb so I went with it. I put 3 4gb sticks in my sig rig and one stick in the other rig I had at the time (it used the same memory).

I never get close to 12gb of actual used memory. I game, use Photoshop and run multiple VM's frequently. Occasionally I do video editing and 3d rendering for fun. The highest memory usage I have seen is 7gb. In normal use I usually don't go above 3-5gb.

Triple channel is kind of a pain because 8gb would probably be perfect but there is no way to get there with three sticks and 6gb is cutting it close.
Edited by cavallino - 12/12/11 at 11:16am
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post #13 of 15
Not really. I have 12GB, 4 of which goes to a linux VM.

Even with the 8GB remaining I have a hard time going over 3GB usage, and that's with every conceivable kind of disk cache disabled to boost memory usage. That leaves me 5GB for any games I might want to run, and since the per process memory limit is 4GB that leaves me just the right amount of memory.
    
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Getting a 16GeeBee set, and just found another 4GB lying about so might just chuck that in the rig and take it up to 20GeeBee. That way I can give the newfound 4GeeBee to linux and not have to dip in to the 16GeeBees thumb.gif
post #15 of 15
I often max my 8gb RAM... I admit normally 7gb is cache, but it can be done. I will be getting 16gb eventually as i will be going into RAM heavy apps, but 8gb is what i would normally recomend.
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