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Virtual Memory - Optimum settings?

by luciobar1980 / November 9, 2006 9:30 AM PST

Hi guys, I was wondering if someone could help me with determining my optimum Virtual Memory settings. I have:

1.5g Physical RAM
160gb Hard Drive w/ plenty of free space

I do a good amount of gaming, movie watching, and MP3 playing. thanks for any help!

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Just let Windows do it
by jackson dougless / November 9, 2006 10:14 AM PST

The swap file will grow and shrink based on need that way. And there's really not much you can do to improve swap file performance. Disk access is dreadfully slow compared to RAM, end of story. More RAM means less need for swapping, and 1.5GB should be pretty good at keeping swapping to a minimum.

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Manually setting swapfile
by JonathanCase / November 9, 2006 10:29 AM PST
In reply to: Just let Windows do it

If you want to set it yourself, advice I've received/read is to set it at 1.5x the amount of RAM. So, about 2.25G. Manually setting it in my system works fine, but to be honest I can't say if it's made a positive diff. Certainly hasn't slowed anything down, though.

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