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    Default How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    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?

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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    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 !


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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    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:
    Should the pagefile be placed on SSDs?

    Yes. Most pagefile operations are small random reads or larger sequential writes, both of which are types of operations that SSDs handle well.
    In looking at telemetry data from thousands of traces and focusing on pagefile reads and writes, we find that

  4. Pagefile.sys reads outnumber pagefile.sys writes by about 40 to 1,

  5. Pagefile.sys read sizes are typically quite small, with 67% less than or equal to 4 KB, and 88% less than 16 KB.

  6. Pagefile.sys writes are relatively large, with 62% greater than or equal to 128 KB and 45% being exactly 1 MB in size.

  7. In fact, given typical pagefile reference patterns and the favorable performance characteristics SSDs have on those patterns, there are few files better than the pagefile to place on an SSD.
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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    I'd get rid of it completely.
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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    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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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    Quote Originally Posted by atbnet View Post
    I'd get rid of it completely.
    some apps don't like this, i keep one just for those.
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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hungry Man View Post
    I have 4GB of RAM... running without a pagefile. No need for it, I've never had an Out Of Memory popup or anything.
    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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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    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?

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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    Quote Originally Posted by spacelordz View Post
    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?
    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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    Default Re: How much pagefile for 8GB of ram?

    Quote Originally Posted by JOSEA View Post
    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?
    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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