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Hello guys !!

Just a quick question.

In my first PC I used to have 4 gb memory. And it pretty much never went above that. In second PC that had 16 gb i was pretty much doing the same things as with the first but memory usage often went above 4gb.

Does a PC with more ram use more ram just because it has more, even for the same activities ?

Thanks !
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Hello guys !!

Just a quick question.

In my first PC I used to have 4 gb memory. And it pretty much never went above that. In second PC that had 16 gb i was pretty much doing the same things as with the first but memory usage often went above 4gb.

Does a PC with more ram use more ram just because it has more, even for the same activities ?

Thanks !

To put it simply, Windows uses RAM as a form of cache to make applications run faster. The more RAM you have, the more RAM will be used as cache.
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Originally Posted by gablain View Post

Hello guys !!

Just a quick question.

In my first PC I used to have 4 gb memory. And it pretty much never went above that. In second PC that had 16 gb i was pretty much doing the same things as with the first but memory usage often went above 4gb.

Does a PC with more ram use more ram just because it has more, even for the same activities ?

Thanks !

Pretty much, the more ram you have the more will be used. I think it uses it as a Cache...but you can set that if your running into problems, (which I doubt with 16 gigs)

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post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by gablain View Post

Hello guys !!

Just a quick question.

In my first PC I used to have 4 gb memory. And it pretty much never went above that. In second PC that had 16 gb i was pretty much doing the same things as with the first but memory usage often went above 4gb.

Does a PC with more ram use more ram just because it has more, even for the same activities ?

Thanks !

exactly the same OS and activities, it shouldnt be much difference. maybe you have some extra processes running on the second rig or as said caching is what is causing the usage to go above 4GB.

are th OS the same and both 64bit?
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post #5 of 8
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thx for the answers guys i guess its because of caching
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32 bit OS don't see more than 3. something Gb of RAM,while 64 bit OS see all the RAM available.
   
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^both system are 64 bit
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then caching it is. And services. Especially some scvhost services use much RAM (at least on my Rig). Cheers.
   
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