PC memory question...

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  1. abyssinianson

    abyssinianson New Member

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    i've read fragments of this concept somewhere but is it true that XP cannot efficiently use more than 3GB of RAM installed in a system? If so, why? How can this roadblock in a system be removed?

    The reason I am asking this is because I am in the process of planning a new PC system in anticipation of Intel's Conroe stuff coming out. Its been a while since I upgraded so I really don't know if the 3GB bottleneck applies to 975xx based systems at all. The mobo I am considering is an Asus P5WD2-E Premium and I was looking to load it with 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM. Now, the mobo specs note that it supports up to 8GB but I just need to make sure all the RAM I install can be used by the system. Reading an instance of a 3GB bottleneck in XP got me thinking because, if if it does indeed exist, I want to know before I purchase the PC components.

    Thanks.
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    ugh. First of all, Intel > Asus... Get a genuine board.

    Secondly, 3GB is the limitation with 32-bit windows.
     
  3. JaJae

    JaJae New Member

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    Depending on what you're gonna be doing 4GB may actually slow you down. If all you're gonna be doing is gaming, get 2GB.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Hell, with 2GB you can run a machine with no swapfile and never run out of memory. That's what I do.
     

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