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Total RAM and available RAM not the same?

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This might sound horribly newby but I was messing around in bios earlier today and then I checked task manager just a few minutes ago and noticed my available ram is not the same as total.. is this because windows reserves a chunk of the memory to run of the OS off of? I am only concerned because I could swear that it wasn't like that before but maybe it's just my mind playing tricks on me. Anyways I just want to make sure there isn't a problem of some kind! I did install a sound card earlier today in my PCI-e X1 slot and then messed with some bios stuff, (disabling onboard audio and HTPE)

Does this look normal?

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post #2 of 5
It's a feature of Windows called Paging File. It's normal, but you can disable it. It isn't recommended though.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2007/12/14/what-is-the-page-file-for-anyway.aspx
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This is an article you should read on how to read your memory usage in Windows.

In summary, here are the formula:

Total – Available = Physical memory in use (including modified cache pages).

Total – (Cached + Free) = Physical memory in use (excluding all cache data).
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Thread Starter 
Ok good, just wanted to make sure nothing was wrong.. thanks, I was worried for a moment
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post #5 of 5
The thing that strikes me here is that if available and total were the same, why would they show them both.... smile.gif
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