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Page file. System managed or Custom. Which is better

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February 17, 2012 3:40:15 PM

Hi there something I wish to know is what is more effective with page file usage.
Custom or system manage ?
I use my PC for gaming and that is it. No downloading or video editing just gaming.

AMD 955 BE Procceser
6GB ram @1066
m4a78lt-m Motherboard
xfx core edition 850Watt PSU
250 GB HDD not sure what the write speed is.
Thanks in advance
a b $ Windows 7
February 17, 2012 4:54:19 PM

I personally leave the page file at default(system managed). But from what i know most system aren't going to use it much since most machines have enough memory. So you could set it to a custom size if you'd like (the lowest you can go is 16MB).


February 17, 2012 5:02:17 PM

by setting it to a custom size ...( i use the system recommended size since i have plenty of disk space ) you will save a nano second or 2 ( lol ) since the system doesn't need to 'poll' the possibility of adjusting the page size because the size is static.
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February 17, 2012 5:04:48 PM

you might also want to look into free-ware page file defraggers....even though you probablly don't page that often over time the pagefile can get fragmented
a b $ Windows 7
February 17, 2012 5:12:04 PM

XP seems to take less ram then Windows 7 and 6G is a bit low for ram on 7 and no paging file. You might hit the paging file if you have a number of things open or a game that takes 4G ram (IE Skyrim).
February 17, 2012 7:38:49 PM

ahnilated said:
XP seems to take less ram then Windows 7 and 6G is a bit low for ram on 7 and no paging file. You might hit the paging file if you have a number of things open or a game that takes 4G ram (IE Skyrim).

I play BF3 at HIGH 18x and HBAO with no issues. 6GB low really! I am upgrading to 8 GB @ 1600. Plus I have heard that anything over 8 you wont notice the difference in gaming
February 17, 2012 7:39:08 PM

bigkid said:
you might also want to look into free-ware page file defraggers....even though you probablly don't page that often over time the pagefile can get fragmented

will check this out thanks
February 17, 2012 7:41:26 PM

CDdude55 said:
I personally leave the page file at default(system managed). But from what i know most system aren't going to use it much since most machines have enough memory. So you could set it to a custom size if you'd like (the lowest you can go is 16MB).

thanks for the info just wanted to know if either one has a performance gain over the other. I think Ill do a little benchmarking with it set at recommend and system manged and see if any FPS increase or loading times. Thanks again
a b $ Windows 7
February 17, 2012 7:43:13 PM

user_account_ said:
I play BF3 at HIGH 18x and HBAO with no issues. 6GB low really! I am upgrading to 8 GB @ 1600. Plus I have heard that anything over 8 you wont notice the difference in gaming


The only thing you have to worry about in Windows is when you run out of physical ram it tries to hit the paging file. If that is not there Windows normally BSOD's, if you are lucky it will warn you that you are getting low on system resources before BSOD'n.
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