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Do I need to bother changing my page file with 8gb of RAM?

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Pardon any ignorance on my part guys, but I really do not know much about page file size. My question comes because I have read that in BF3, if your graphics card's VRAM is being maxed, increasing the page file may help. However, from eHow's definition: "When any program requires more memory than is available in computer RAM, Windows uses a paging file to access virtual (temporary) memory"
it makes it sound as if this is only beneficial if your computer does not have enough physical RAM. I am running 8gigs of Gskill 1600 and from what I've read, BF barely even pushes 6gigs, so I would think I have plenty of RAM. Would increasing the page file size show any signs of improvement?

P.S. not sure if this is the right forum or not. Sorry if it isn't
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Increasing the page file would not give you ANY gains in BF3.

Since the page file is on your hard drive it is slow, so if BF3 was using it, then your game would probably run slow.

And 8 gigs is definitely enough for BF3, or any game for that matter.
Edited by icehotshot - 2/8/12 at 12:27pm
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Really? I read that on a forum on here somewhere about possible fixes and low FPS for crossfire setups.

From inspecting the page file settings, it is defaulted to auto. However at the bottom it lists the minimum, recommended, and current size. The current size is 8162mb (my RAM) but the recommended is like 12300 or something. If it has always been on auto, why would Windows set the size to something other than what it recommends.
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The page file is there so that if you happened to open up too many programs at the same time or exceed the amount of physical ram you have (i.e 8gb) then the computer won't crash and will still have some "virtual" ram to work with.

It is basically not even needed today as it was for meant for older systems with less ram.

IMO you should just set it to 1024mb and call it a day, you definitely don't need more than that with 8gb ram. Windows doesn't need it, but it could cause minor problems with windows being dumb if you turn it completely off because it is also there to record error's if/when you computer crashes.

To sum it up, I would either leave it at whatever it is currently at, or lower it if you want to free up some hard drive space.
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Keep in mind that while Windows allocates ALL physical system memory (system RAM, VRAM, sound card memory, etc.), the page file only extends to system RAM (not VRAM, etc.). If it's the case that your system is maxing out your system RAM while playing BF3, then extending the page file limit might help. But IIRC, BF3 only consumes about 2GB of system RAM MAX--you'd need to be doing things in the background that take up the other 6GB of your system RAM to notice an impact.

It shouldn't affect VRAM--and I don't quite see why if your card's VRAM is being maxed how the page file will play a part in alleviating that strain.

IIRC, a lot of computers these days with 8GB of RAM won't need to rely on the page file much (if at all).
    
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No. Increasing your page file would give you no benefit for BF3. 8GB is far enough, you'd never touch your page file.

My suggestion is to not even worry about adjusting the page file... leave it set to default.
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