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#1 Derek Ellis

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:45 PM

I just bought a USB expansion card for my PC.

I notice it has an internal USB port.

Now i was wondering, Since i know that the Vitrual Memory in Windows Vista and 7 is now know as Ready Boost.

Would it be a wise idea to put a USB thumb drive in that interal port, and configure the Ready Boost settings to for that drive?

I have a Dell Inpiron 530s with the slim form factor case. I did a test fit with an angled adaptor from Cables to Go, it fit fine. Sticking the drive straight into the port would not have enough room.

What size should i use? My system can hold up to 4GB RAM, i currently have 2GB installed.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 08:27 AM

ReadyBoost is not actually related to virtual memory as such, the flash drive is used as a cache to reduce the demands on hard drive access. Frequently accessed but non-essential files used by SuperFetch are loaded onto the ReadyBoost drive so when these files are called for, no hard drive access is required. Non-critical files are specified so that if the drive is unexpectedly removed, there will be no adverse effect on the operation of Windows.

ReadyBoost will have the most benefit in systems with barely enough RAM, or slow hard drives. It's hard to say whether you will gain much in a system with 2GB of RAM.

"For memory configurations 1GB or higher, ReadyBoost does not improve system performance, at least not enough for you to notice it."

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?art...2160&page=6

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 11:59 PM

So basically maxing out my RAM would be a better idea?

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 08:51 AM

I think so, RAM is much faster than a flash drive, so is more likely to give a noticeable boost to performance.

Remember if your typical application usage doesn't require more than 2GB (ie unless you notice some lags from Windows using the page file), you won't get a lot of benefit from extra RAM either. If you're running large programs or multitasking, and getting hard drive churning, then more RAM will be a real benefit.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 06:56 PM

Right now I am running 1.01GB (from the task manager). I have the following icons in the taskbar:

Internet Explorer
Weather Bug
Yahoo Messenger
MSN Messenger
AOL Messenger
Avira
Microsoft Security Essentials (the new code name "morro”, formerly Windows Live OneCare)
APC Powershoot Manager (UPS)
Ad-aware

Most of these I run 24/7.


Should I just get more RAM as I get more stuff over time, or get it now?

My system is quite fast, and I don’t think I have ever used my full RAM capacity yet.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:51 AM

nah i dont think you would benifit from anymore RAM.
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 08:12 AM

At this point I think andrewww is probably right. You likely won't feel a benefit from extra RAM.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 08:44 AM

it would be a different point if you felt the PC was running to slow with the apps you use running.
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:04 PM

So..if my system is running just fine with 2GB, should i put off getting more RAM? Is it best to get RAM as i need it, or to max it out now so i dont have to worry about it in the future?

I do plan on getting a TV tuner soon.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:40 AM

that explain all tnx.... :huh:

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:54 AM

Do you have a 64bit OS?

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:45 PM

yes i have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

edit: back when i first made this post i was running Windows Xp Home.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 01:25 AM

Then i would get more RAM for your 64bit OS.




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