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Hi there,

I'm currently using Windows Vista 32-bit with 4gb RAM and, as such, am limited in the amount of RAM my PC can recognise.

What I was wondering is: if I were to, for example, add another 4gb stick of RAM and use it as a RAMDisk would it help increase performance in games where I experience CPU bottlenecking?

E.g. I can run Planetside 2 at 40-60 fps (which is perfectly fine for me), but as soon as I enter a very large battle with lots of players my fps drops to around 18.

Would putting the Pagefile into the extra RAM on a RAMDisk increase my performance?

Can RAMDisks help reduce CPU bottlenecking at all?


The program I've been looking at is Superspeed RamDisk Plus (http://www.superspeed.com/desktop/ramdisk.php) which supposedly allows the PC to access RAM beyond the limitations of a 32-bit system.


Thanks.
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Unless your running out of ram then I'm not sure it will help that much. How much is free/used when your running Planetside2? Have you checked to see if the pagefile is being hit while your running it? What CPU and GPU do you have? From what I've seen a lot of people are seeing their framerates halve when they're in a massive fight.
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Simple answer = no

All a RAMDisk can help with is disk access speeds (mainly cache files, esp for browsers/windows temp files or working directories)
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What I was wondering is: if I were to, for example, add another 4gb stick of RAM and use it as a RAMDisk would it help increase performance in games where I experience CPU bottlenecking?
Nope

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Would putting the Pagefile into the extra RAM on a RAMDisk increase my performance?
Possibly, but, you can just enable PAE instead. Actually, you can just reinstall 64-bit Windows 7 and your key will still work, so you can take advantage of more than 4Gb of RAM.
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Can RAMDisks help reduce CPU bottlenecking at all?
Not that I know of.
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