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I have no pagefile set on my samsung 830 SSD and every game I play It closes and says low memory. How is that possible if I have 8gb of RAM?
post #2 of 19
8 gigs of ram is not really all that much, although it should be more than adequate for most games. Obviously, if you are getting those errors, something is looking for a page file.

So why not just set a small page file on the SSD... or let windows manage it. Some programs won't run without a pagefile, because they expect it to be there. And you won't see a decrease in performance... (not noticeable anyway)... and you won't get the errors.

I have 32gb of ram, and still run a small page file... because I have gotten errors when I disabled it. And in testing... see no impact on performance.

quote from link: http://www.howtogeek.com/126430/htg-explains-what-is-the-windows-page-file-and-should-you-disable-it/

Myth: Disabling the Page File Improves Performance

Some people will tell you that you should disable the page file to speed up your computer. The thinking goes like this: the page file is slower than RAM, and if you have enough RAM, Windows will use the page file when it should be using RAM, slowing down your computer.

This isn’t really true. People have tested this theory and found that, while Windows can run without a page file if you have a large amount of RAM, there’s no performance benefit to disabling the page file.

However, disabling the page file can result in some bad things. If programs start to use up all your available memory, they’ll start crashing instead of being swapped out of the RAM into your page file. This can also cause problems when running software that requires a large amount of memory, such as virtual machines. Some programs may even refuse to run.

In summary, there’s no good reason to disable the page file – you’ll get some hard drive space back, but the potential system instability won’t be worth it.


A quick google will find a lot of arguments about it.. but most agree not to disable the page file unless you have at least 16 gigabytes of ram or more. Even then... it doesn't impact performance, so leave a small one setup for the programs that need it. If you are concerned about excessive writes to your SSD... if you maxed out writes 24/7/365... you would not see an impact for several years on most SSD's. Do the math....

http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4178/10/hardwareinfo-tests-lifespan-of-samsung-ssd-840-250gb-tlc-ssd-updated-with-final-conclusion-final-update-20-6-2013#comments
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post #3 of 19
Just set the page file to 1024 in both fields, it's not that much space.... I too have 8GB's of ram and a 1024mb page file has been plenty for me.....
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Originally Posted by XAslanX View Post

Just set the page file to 1024 in both fields, it's not that much space.... I too have 8GB's of ram and a 1024mb page file has been plenty for me.....

Agreed... one GB is plenty if you are not using programs that need more (like games!) And it will prevent the errors OP is seeing!
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post #5 of 19
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Just set the page file to 1024 in both fields, it's not that much space.... I too have 8GB's of ram and a 1024mb page file has been plenty for me.....

I've tried that but for some reason I get the same problems. I have to set the range from 500mb to 8gb for it to stop crashing a lot of things.
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I've tried that but for some reason I get the same problems. I have to set the range from 500mb to 8gb for it to stop crashing a lot of things.

Increase it to 2048mb then, also it's not good to have a variable pagefile as things get fragmented and overlap so a set page file is best.
post #7 of 19
Just set it to automatic and be done with it. Disabling pagefile only gives problems and i never noticed a difference.
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With 16GB RAM I have set my pagefile at 4GB but thinking of reducing it to 2GB because according to AIDA I've never used more than 1GB however, as has been said disabling the pagefile is a really bad idea as some programs need it and will create it regardless of whether you want them or not.
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I don't think that disabling the pagefile causes any issues. I have been running my PC with pagefile disabled for several months now, and I have yet to come upon any issue. I had much better performance too on my Haswell system after switching off my pagefile too.

However, where switching off the pagefile made a whole world of difference in performance was on my Intel 845PE/Pentium 4 Socket m478PGA laptop. My laptop used to lag with an HDD pagefile and all that lag is gone after I switched it off.

Ofc, I installed 2GB DDR1 memory on my WinXp 32bit laptop to be able to switch off the pagefile without any issues.

Notwithstanding what the posters above say, I recommend that you switch off your pagefile for a noticeable increase in system performance (less lag, faster response).
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I don't think that disabling the pagefile causes any issues. I have been running my PC with pagefile disabled for several months now, and I have yet to come upon any issue. I had much better performance too on my Haswell system after switching off my pagefile too.

However, where switching off the pagefile made a whole world of difference in performance was on my Intel 845PE/Pentium 4 Socket m478PGA laptop. My laptop used to lag with an HDD pagefile and all that lag is gone after I switched it off.

Ofc, I installed 2GB DDR1 memory on my WinXp 32bit laptop to be able to switch off the pagefile without any issues.

Notwithstanding what the posters above say, I recommend that you switch off your pagefile for a noticeable increase in system performance (less lag, faster response).

Yea but switching off paging file causes games and other programs to crash.
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