RAM on XP system?
I have an XPS 720 System. ...Running Windows XP Multi Media Edition.... What is the most amount of RAM that in can utilize again? I think I've read nore more than 3 or 4 GB? Correct? I have 3GB right now and am thinking of upgrading/adding more.........Though don't want to if it won't be useful or usable by my system.
I have an XPS 720 System. ...Running Windows XP Multi Media Edition.... What is the most amount of RAM that in can utilize again? I think I've read nore more than 3 or 4 GB? Correct? I have 3GB right now and am thinking of upgrading/adding more.........Though don't want to if it won't be useful or usable by my system.

#1
Posted 06/18/2010 07:00 PM   
I'm fairly certain 3GB is the max on XP..


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#2
Posted 06/18/2010 07:15 PM   
a 32bit operating system will only be able to address 4Gb maximum RAM for the whole system, ie if you have 4Gb of RAM then not all of the RAM will be used as the system will allocate some of the memory addresses for things like your graphics card RAM etc so if you were to put in 4Gb of RAM chances are that your system will only show about 3Gb of useable RAM anyway! to get more RAM in your system you'd need to upgrade to a 64bit operating system, XP 64bit is a bit buggy so either Vista 64bit or Windows 7 64bit ( windows 7 would be my choice!) and you can use as much RAM as your hardware allows!
a 32bit operating system will only be able to address 4Gb maximum RAM for the whole system, ie if you have 4Gb of RAM then not all of the RAM will be used as the system will allocate some of the memory addresses for things like your graphics card RAM etc so if you were to put in 4Gb of RAM chances are that your system will only show about 3Gb of useable RAM anyway! to get more RAM in your system you'd need to upgrade to a 64bit operating system, XP 64bit is a bit buggy so either Vista 64bit or Windows 7 64bit ( windows 7 would be my choice!) and you can use as much RAM as your hardware allows!

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#3
Posted 06/19/2010 09:34 AM   
are you actually running out of RAM? check the task manager when you are doing lots of stuff and see, but i dont think unless you are editing HD video that you will be running out... my PC has 3gig of RAM in it and i can play pretty much any game out at the moment and its fine.
are you actually running out of RAM? check the task manager when you are doing lots of stuff and see, but i dont think unless you are editing HD video that you will be running out... my PC has 3gig of RAM in it and i can play pretty much any game out at the moment and its fine.

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#4
Posted 06/19/2010 10:55 AM   
+1 Qazax! I have 8Gb of RAM and I've rarely seen it going up to 4Gb to be honest! it's there if I need it but rarely does my system get anywhere close! 3Gb is good for 99% of Systems I'd say!
+1 Qazax! I have 8Gb of RAM and I've rarely seen it going up to 4Gb to be honest! it's there if I need it but rarely does my system get anywhere close! 3Gb is good for 99% of Systems I'd say!

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#5
Posted 06/19/2010 01:39 PM   
Snow I gotta disagree with your assessment of xp 64. I am running it and it has been by far the most stable of all of the windows OS's I have used including vista.

You can put 4 gig into a 32 bit system but windows will show it as 3.5g
Snow I gotta disagree with your assessment of xp 64. I am running it and it has been by far the most stable of all of the windows OS's I have used including vista.



You can put 4 gig into a 32 bit system but windows will show it as 3.5g

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#6
Posted 06/20/2010 07:14 PM   
Alot of people don't like XP 64, but if it works well for you then cool! a 32bit OS will show 3.5Gb if the system only uses 512Mb for hardware etc such as 512Mb graphics card, others have reported 3Gb and even seen it showing as less, each case is different as hardware requirements vary so much and therefore the RAM useage changes! If I was to install XP 32bit with my system and only use 4Gb of RAM my graphics card would knock off around 2Gb straight away from useable RAM! so there's no way that a 32bit OS can use 3.5Gb of RAM with a 1.8Gb RAM graphics card installed for example as it can only address a maximum of 4Gb of RAM for the whole system.

you'll also note that I said "your system will only show [b]about[/b] 3Gb of useable RAM"

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Alot of people don't like XP 64, but if it works well for you then cool! a 32bit OS will show 3.5Gb if the system only uses 512Mb for hardware etc such as 512Mb graphics card, others have reported 3Gb and even seen it showing as less, each case is different as hardware requirements vary so much and therefore the RAM useage changes! If I was to install XP 32bit with my system and only use 4Gb of RAM my graphics card would knock off around 2Gb straight away from useable RAM! so there's no way that a 32bit OS can use 3.5Gb of RAM with a 1.8Gb RAM graphics card installed for example as it can only address a maximum of 4Gb of RAM for the whole system.



you'll also note that I said "your system will only show about 3Gb of useable RAM"



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#7
Posted 06/20/2010 07:35 PM   
I would strongly recommend sticking with no more than 2GB for a 32-bit operating system. Graphics cards and other devices are consoming more and more addressable memory space and therefore you may encounter instability if you are using more than 2GB, especially if you enable the /3GB switch.
I would strongly recommend sticking with no more than 2GB for a 32-bit operating system. Graphics cards and other devices are consoming more and more addressable memory space and therefore you may encounter instability if you are using more than 2GB, especially if you enable the /3GB switch.

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#8
Posted 06/23/2010 12:06 AM   
As stated 4GB Addressable.(including the memory of all addon cards - VIDEO being the most common)

Best performance should be gotten with 2GB Dual Channel.

After you get above the 3GB mark tho, XP and VISTA will actually take part of it for addressing its needs 0 prior to that it uses the HD.

That is why if 4GB is installed, the OS will only show between 3.125-3.250 in most cases.
As stated 4GB Addressable.(including the memory of all addon cards - VIDEO being the most common)



Best performance should be gotten with 2GB Dual Channel.



After you get above the 3GB mark tho, XP and VISTA will actually take part of it for addressing its needs 0 prior to that it uses the HD.



That is why if 4GB is installed, the OS will only show between 3.125-3.250 in most cases.

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#9
Posted 06/23/2010 11:43 AM   
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