I have an Athlon XP 1500+ on ASUS A7V266 DDR with ASUS GF4Ti 4400 Deluxe and... 256 MB of 2100 DDR RAM. (Samsung, non CL-2) Is it worth moving to 512 MB? My everyday tasks are: WinXP, MatLab, Linux, Quake 3, 3DS MAX 5.0 etc.
Depends on what you're using it for, and what OS you're running. For typical office applications (word, excel, e-mail and web surfing) then 256 is plenty. If you play alot of games on win XP or 2000 then get 512. If you play alot of games on win 98 then it is debatable.
If you do video editing or other heavy apps, then get at least 512.
If you're running win 98 then don't get over 512 megs.
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I got another 256 MB, so I have 512 now, but I don't see any obvious performance increase - 3d mark shows almost the same (+100 points), quake 3 hasn't changed a bit, windows xp only uses more ram, and page file grew bigger. 3D Max 5.0 and GTK Radiant seem to run faster though. UT 2003 runs the same way.
2 Questions here:
1 - Why did the page file usage increase if I doubled the RAM?
2 - Are there any games around that run differently with 256 and 512 mb?
WinXP doesn't let me to change the actual PF size. I mean, I change it in the System Properties -> Advanced -> Performance -> Page File size, but it totally ignores my limitations! If forbid PF usage at all, it uses it at 766 MB. If I set the limits 2-256 - still uses. Even 2-2 is neglected... still PF's. [Rebooting won't help, neither does logging on as an Administrator]