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Do we really need virtual memory anymore?

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January 16, 2012 6:18:02 AM

with 16gb-32gb of RAM and 64 bit operating systems, is there any reason to even allocate virtual memory?

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January 16, 2012 8:21:47 AM

Imagine youself in the middle of the quarterly report on Excel. You're about to finish it up and the power goes out. Watcha gonna' do, Frizzo?
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January 16, 2012 5:54:55 PM

ever heard of a cache? asking a question because i want an answer, not your sarcasm. whenever i've looked at the official information, it's always presented as a little helper for RAM.
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January 16, 2012 6:05:44 PM

I disable my Virtual Memory. I don't know if it's a placebo or not, but my computer feels a lot faster
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January 16, 2012 6:13:19 PM

If you have that much RAM then turn down the page file to a small size like 256MB-512MB. Do this for compatibility reasons as opposed to completely turning it off.

To more directly answer your question though, in that range of memory availability, no you do not really need to use a page file. There are a lot of machines out there though that only have 2-4GB of RAM. It is far from standard to have more then 8GB of RAM.
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January 16, 2012 6:13:45 PM

Frizzo said:
with 16gb-32gb of RAM and 64 bit operating systems, is there any reason to even allocate virtual memory?

If u will run test with and without and with different sizes, u will see that u benefit from the speed, but only about 5% withe games...

Don't forget the Windows will recreate as needed. Even if it is disabled.
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January 16, 2012 6:43:10 PM

"Don't forget the Windows will recreate as needed. Even if it is disabled."

yeah, there is the real problem. the os recreates even after you turn it off. i remember many months ago trying to figure out how to completely disable it across the board, but i never found anything. just the advanced settings turn off page file...there has to be a lower level way to turn it off somewhere in the os, though it may just blue screen out because they don't want you doing it.
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January 16, 2012 6:48:30 PM

Bottom-Line, unfortunately you still 'do' need Virtual Memory, and the main reason is Developer's that write code 'looking' for it. I recommend that you manually reduce its' size to 2GB if you have >6GB of RAM. Further, you do have the 'option' to move it someplace else e.g. a HDD if using an SSD and really need the extra space or any attached 'drive.'
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