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How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by spacelordz, Jul 4, 2011.

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  1. spacelordz

    spacelordz Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have alienware m17x r2 with windows 7 pro. Will turning it off completly give me more fps in games? If I need to turn it on, how much do I need for 8GB of ram?
     
  2. katalin_2003

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    What do you run your OS from SSD or HDD?

    Some programs out there are written to utilize a certain amount of pagefile so if you run Windows off a HDD set a small value (turning it off won't make any difference) Windows will not access it if it doesn't need it.

    However, if you have a SSD turn it off !
     
  3. Pitabred

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    You won't hit the pagefile very often at all with 8GB of RAM. Maybe 1GB to account for crash logs and such.

    That said, if you have an SSD that's an even better drive for a swap file than spinning drives. But definitely cut down the size to 1-2GB or less no matter what.

    From the linked article:
     
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    I'd get rid of it completely.
     
  5. Hungry Man

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    I have 4GB of RAM... running without a pagefile. No need for it, I've never had an Out Of Memory popup or anything.
     
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    some apps don't like this, i keep one just for those.
     
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    It depends entirely on your use. I have 8GB on my desktop and I've run into low-memory situations when I have lots of things going on.
     
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    I have a 250 GB non ssd drive with win 7 pro 64 bit. Right now I put the pagefile at 512MB initial and 512MB max. Is this safe to use?
     
  9. JOSEA

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    I have read up a lot due to this thread, I think 512 is fine depending on how may programs you run at the same time. You can always make it bigger if you get any errors related to Virtual memory (AKA page file, AKA swapfile)
    I should have asked 1st, how much ram do you have?
     
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    I am the op. I have 8 GB of ram. Will games like gta iv get more fps if the pagefile is very low to 0 MB?
     
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