Posted 01 February 2009 - 05:10 AM
Vista SP1 allows the system to act like the BIOS or CPU-Z in that it can see any and all installed RAM, even if it cant address it.
Anyways, no I havent swapped out the card. I just got it because my old PC (Win2k3, C2D, CF X1950XTX, 2GB DDR2, etc) burned out mid January. Totally ruined, had to start all over. This is my first Nvidia card and also my first Vista (I knew about the memory wall since before XP).
More so, knowing that the card isnt whats lowering my RAM, the only other culprit that comes to mind is the integrated system devices on the mobo. Even though I have 2 onboard NICs, 10 USBs, and 4 Firewire ports, I have disabled most of those (except one NIC and 6 USBs). I cant think of where that RAM is going, if Vista can address 3.5GB, where am I getting cut from? The system at boot uses like 400mb of the max 2038mb, so I'm short about a gig that isnt accounted for. I have seen (via googling) Vista systems that have memory amounts close to 3.5gb-4gb. Whats wrong in my system?
The PC specs:
Intel Core i7 965 EE
EVGA GTX 285 SSC
GSkill 3x1GB DDR3-2000
250GB Seagate 7200.1 SATAII
750w Thermaltake Toughpower