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post #1 of 10
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So tomorrow i'm making the leap and ordering another set of what i've currently got.. Having gone from 2 to 4 w/ vista has anyone seen a performance difference?... I mean sure 2 to 4.. thats double.. But my vista's been zippy for the most part until i run WoW.. then about.... 80% of my rams gone.. Thanks in advance guys
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yes you'll notice a performance difference, windows is much more responsive.

when i was on 2gb, it was 30% ram usage on boot
when i am on 4gb, it was still 30% ram usage on boot. Vista is very smart about how to use the ram

i'd constantly maxout 2gb when playing games
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yes you'll notice a performance difference, windows is much more responsive.

when i was on 2gb, it was 30% ram usage on boot
when i am on 4gb, it was still 30% ram usage on boot. Vista is very smart about how to use the ram

i'd constantly maxout 2gb when playing games
awesome man.. thanks! i'm super psyched
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I use more then 2gb of RAM quite often in games. I really did get a very large boost especially in Supreme Commander from doubling my RAM.
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post #5 of 10
I didnt notice much of a boost, but then again i was just doing basic tasks, I am sure in games it would be much more responsive.

Be forewarned however... 4 sticks of ram in an AMD system isnt the most stable combination that exists... I removed two of my ram sticks and was able to achieve stability with my 5600+ at 3.4ghz per core instead of my current 3.2 (with 4 sticks).. right now even if I try 3.25 my system has a kanipshtt
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post #6 of 10
Probably none to very little performance gain FPS wise, but loading and ingame loading chops should be reduced, and windows should feel more responsive.
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I didnt notice much of a boost, but then again i was just doing basic tasks, I am sure in games it would be much more responsive.

Be forewarned however... 4 sticks of ram in an AMD system isnt the most stable combination that exists... I removed two of my ram sticks and was able to achieve stability with my 5600+ at 3.4ghz per core instead of my current 3.2 (with 4 sticks).. right now even if I try 3.25 my system has a kanipshtt
4 dimms of RAM on AMD machines are absolutely fine. You just need to change the RAM timing to T2 in the BIOS if i recall. Sometimes not even that, for me i just popped it in according to RAM population rules so that dual channel didn't effect 2 different brands of RAM (i use 2 1gb of Wintec and 2 1gb of Kingston.) Additionally with 4 dimms i can get 3ghz on stock volts, same as with two. Allot of it depends on the mobo and such, but i suggest under clocking the RAM and working it's way up.

In short : Few tweaks and your fine.
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post #8 of 10
2GB to 4GB i saw no difference myself. But it's nice to have an overhead just incase it's required.
 
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post #9 of 10
I would say if you have vista and play intense games then yea you will be a bit better! (depends what you do though)
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post #10 of 10
for vista 64, there's a difference from 2 to 4. after that not really but the comfort is there lol
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