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    Default Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    This is when running WinXP and the most system demanding video game on the market with a clean system. What exactly is the gain in 1gb over 2gbs of system ram if you have all the other hardware to handle the task? Does anyone know forsure without just guessing?

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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    It really depends on the game and the resolution. Provided you have the CPU and GPU to handle, certain games are greatly limited by having only 1GB of RAM. Battlefield 2 is the best example. At 1280x960 or a similar resolution, you won't be able to set all settings to High, regardless of what CPU and video card you have. It will also greatly decrease load times and increase framerates slightly if you have 2GB instead of 1GB.

    Although this applies to several other games, Battlefield 2 (and 2142) is probably the most RAM-intensive game out there.

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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    for winxp - stuff all difference after you get up to the 1G mark.
    for winXP64 - a big difference

    Vista would also benifit from extra ram

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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    The way Vista can suck ram if you let it will make 2GB almost a requirement.
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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    2GB at least for Vista and if you are a rich man, 4GB is better!

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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kheldar View Post
    for winxp - stuff all difference after you get up to the 1G mark.
    for winXP64 - a big difference

    Vista would also benifit from extra ram
    Keep in mind that only XP 64-bit can properly support over 2GB - as far as I know, XP only supports up 2GB?
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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    IIRC, XP will handle up to 16GB before it begins hacking up a hairball.
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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    it just doesn't do it any good

    btw winxp 64 is the most stable OS, I've ever had, I can't remember the last time I had to reinstall

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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion
    IIRC, XP will handle up to 16GB before it begins hacking up a hairball.
    That's true for 32-bit XP on an Intel XEON CPU/chipset powered workstation or server system because some embedded coding is at work to make up for the short comings of 32-bit XP (NT4 also I believe will also do this with the right hardware, Intel).
    In most cases (not all) those setups will work with up to that amount of system memory (depending on the mainboard manufacturer as to whether it's 4GB, 8GB or 16GB) but most home desktops will only recognise about 3-3.5GB (some systems report as low as 2.5GB while others may get to 3.75GB) of 4GB of installed system memory no matter whether the mainboard supports that or more (will work under 64-bit XP though) and it's a well documented limitation (a quick google will result in thousands of hits on the 32-bit XP memory limitation).

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    Default Re: Is there much of an advantage having 2GB of Ram over 1GB ram running Win XP?

    RAM limitations:

    32-bit: 4GB per processor, slightly less depending on the OS and motherboard (see above post)
    64-bit: 8TB per processor, depending on motherboard and OS
    NT kernel-based (XP, Server 2003, etc.): 2GB per process, 16GB+ total, depending on system and specific OS

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