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What's the point of having over 4GB of RAM?

post #1 of 20
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You guys probably think I am really stupid for asking, but I am not very experienced with PC's so I wouldn't know.

I have 4GB of RAM but I have never even used more than 3GB, even when having a huge amount of applications open. Is there a certain task people do which requires like 16+ GB of RAM?

Hell, Apple's Server Mac Pro's can be shipped with 64GB Ram if you want. Isn't that just overkill?
post #2 of 20
Mostly editing software, things with a lot of layers.
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Editing, hosting, producing; pretty much any program with Adobe in its name.
    
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Running virtual machines eats up ram pretty quickly. Photo/video editing/rendering can be intensive as well.

Mine's got 12GB for trajectory simulations purposes.
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post #5 of 20
people use media editing software, those types of programs can utilize more than 4gb's of ram.
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folding, boincing, encoding hd movies they can easy use 3-4 gigs alone.
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post #7 of 20
everything listed above. 4gb is good for everything else including almost all games.
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post #8 of 20
Also you'll never use all 4 of 4 gigs. System won't let you.
post #9 of 20
Memory is good, but I think some people go way overkill on it.
4GB does plenty of things for me (HD video editing and encoding, gaming, encoding while gaming, multi-tasking, etc]. I can see maybe 8 or 12 if heavy processing is common-place.

The only way I can realistically see unholy amounts of memory being used is in multicore heavy usage servers.
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post #10 of 20
Distributed Computing (F@H, WCG, BOINC, etc) can chew up RAM. My sig rig routinely gets up to 3.6gb+ RAM used, and gets worse if I have an extended instance of FireFox going
 
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