Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Sex Machine, Oct 15, 2009.
Would put 4GB 1066 (PC2-8500) or 8GB 800 (PC2-6400)?
Im using 8 gigs just so I wont have to add any more in the foreseeable future. The whole article is good, I just linked you to the conclusion.
On multiple occasions I've bought less RAM because it was "faster," and each time I've regretted it down the line.
Get the 8 gigs.
Which OS and do you do anything that's memory intensive?
I was going to note that there is no performance increase above 6GB (as of yet).
I remember when people said the same thing about 4GB... it wasn't even that long ago
Or you can buy smaller, faster RAM, and then buy more smaller, faster RAM later.
Anyway, for XP you really don't need more than 2GB. I think Vista needs 3GB to run well, not sure how much is the most that's useful. Probably 6GB.
My rule of thumb is buy as much quantity-wise as you can afford. For the majority of situations quantity > speed, because using RAM is far better and faster than trying to rely on VMM/swap. (I run a lot of virtual machines and do server-type tasks, so that is almost always true in my case. I run 64-bit Server 2008 on my box, even as a workstation OS).
Also remember if it's 32-bit XP/Vista there is a kernel limitation as far as the quantity it will be able to use.
Yes, but I'd hope nobody's buying a 32-bit OS anymore, unless it's XP and they need it for compatibility reasons.
In which case I'd tell them to run it in a VM atop their 64-bit OS (XP 64-bit never was very good, and still isn't). Especially since such a feature is built into Win7 now.
The biggest problem in terms of 32-bit vs. 64-bit distribution is all about OEM integration. As far as I've noticed, most manufacturers are still bundling 32-bit OSes with new machines. Whether or not that will change with Win7, we'll have to wait a week or so and see.
Funny I was reading this forum about memory addressing and physical addressing while doing some research on using a page file or not yesterday. Longest argument but mature bickering that I've ever read lol
When I bought my system it came with only 3 gigs of ram and it is a 64 bit. Best thing I ever done was upgraded the ram to 8 gigs. Its 5400 unfortunatly but works great. I can't complain at all. I expected there to be problems becase of a 64 bit platform but I have not run into one single problem. I use it just the same as I did when I was using a 32 bit. I watch hd videos on it, use photoshop and cs4 a lot, vmware workstation, play call of duty and wolfenstein on it, and other general uses. I now dual boot it with Windows 7
Sorry I forgot to mention I'm running Windows 7 64-bit
Definitely get the 8GB then.
I always told myself that, but I never did it. By the time I'm ready to buy more ram, I end up just upgrading the entire core of the machine (mobo, cpu, ram).