TECH is there a way of testing RAM usage?

bender

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Jan 26, 2001
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just finish a new i7 2600K build with 8 GBs of RAM. just starting to OC it and running prime 95. during the test, task manager is showing a total of 8172 MB but memory usage is only at 3.12 GBs and 4972 MB available. is there a way of testing to see if I have the BIOS set up properly and not wasting 4 GBs of RAM?

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deusexaethera

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Jan 27, 2005
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Half of the RAM that Prime95 is using has been paged to the pagefile because it's not actively being used. Windows controls this; that's its job.
 

skinjob

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Jan 6, 2001
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If windows tells you that your system has 8GB, then your hardware is setup properly. Are you running a custom prime95 test where you specify how much ram to use? The standard test presets don't use up a lot of ram.
 

Graham

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Jun 8, 2008
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If windows tells you that your system has 8GB, then your hardware is setup properly. Are you running a custom prime95 test where you specify how much ram to use? The standard test presets don't use up a lot of ram.
I guess that makes sense. It's not a ram test per se, but a stability test.
 

crontab

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there are other benchmark tests out there that can use up all of the ram. i don't remember any off the top of my head, but you should be able to find them on other forum posts with prime96, et al.
 

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