View Full Version : Microsoft XP virtual memory settings

03 March 2003, 05:31 PM
just bought myself some more RAM today, now i'm packed with 1024mb ddr ram 333 MHZ...

Which settings for my virtual memory in xp would be best to make use of those 1024mb?
Note: I also do some rendering on this rig

03 March 2003, 03:50 AM
id give your hard drive a 2 gig partition and use that partition as the virtual memory.

03 March 2003, 04:52 AM
Set the minimum and the maximum to the same setting.

Setting your partion to a seperate drive doesn't do much but prevent secondary fragmentation...which shouldn't be too bad anyway if your defraggin at least once a month.

Here's an article on the subject where everyone fights over whats best.

You'll note most of the experts recommend AGAINST putting a pagefile on a seperate actually increases (slower) access times.

03 March 2003, 05:11 AM
I wish somebody on 2cpu would mention some kind of benchmark one could judge the performance by.

One interesting bit (and one I don't 100% understand) is this: "You might be much better off using the other drive for, say, your user profiles (which will thereby include your per-user registry hives, "my documents", and temp directories)." How do you do it, just move the profile and change the path for each user? And again, how do you mesure the performance impact of it?

03 March 2003, 12:26 PM

I've tried testing differences in cg apps, but I haven't ever seen any. The main performance impact of the pagefile seems to occur when your ram amount starts dropping...and then of course any performance advantage of any particular pagefile arrangement is instantly destroyed by the lack of physical ram.

(We all know the deadly term "paging")

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