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Are the days where we could "never have too much RAM" behind us?

#1KainReaver109Posted 7/3/2014 8:02:52 AM
What is your take on this article? Do we actually need less RAM than we think we need?

http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Feature/375815,how-to-how-much-ram-do--you-really-need.aspx
#2CELTEKKPosted 7/3/2014 8:18:09 AM
no.
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#3SinisterSlayPosted 7/3/2014 8:21:37 AM(edited)
It's makes the assumption that programs will never need more memory.

And I burn 8 gigs pretty easily at work.
Have 3 vs2010/2012 open, and 3 browsers for testing compatibility of pages. I'll hit 10-15 gigs pretty easily.
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#4EciDemonPosted 7/3/2014 8:24:16 AM
I'd rather have too much then too little. Besides, if you double the resolution of a texture in game it requires 4 times as much memory as it previously did.
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#5arleasPosted 7/3/2014 8:26:00 AM
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Of course he reportedly never said that, but it still makes people laugh. I remember back when I had a computer with 5MB of RAM and I wondered what I was going to use it all for. (There's a reason for the odd amount of RAM but it's a long story and you wouldn't care)

It depends on the person. If you're using windows XP then yeah, you can have too much RAM. I've got 16GB and while I barely use more than 5GB on a regular basis, I've got the extra overhead for a RAM disk, or whatever. I can probably find ways to use it if nobody else comes up with anything.
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#6dunkisPosted 7/3/2014 8:33:15 AM
Makes me wonder if RAM will even exist in the future if Virtual memory on SSDs or a similar technology will essentially become RAM.
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#7Orestes417Posted 7/3/2014 8:35:37 AM
dunkis posted...
Makes me wonder if RAM will even exist in the future if Virtual memory on SSDs or a similar technology will essentially become RAM.


Great way to trash a SSD in a few months
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#8MarikhenPosted 7/3/2014 8:40:45 AM
arleas posted...
It depends on the person. If you're using windows XP then yeah, you can have too much RAM. I've got 16GB and while I barely use more than 5GB on a regular basis, I've got the extra overhead for a RAM disk, or whatever. I can probably find ways to use it if nobody else comes up with anything.


And that is exactly why you can't have "too much RAM" for any OS much less Windows XP. You can only have "more RAM than the owner knows what to do with." :-D

dunkis posted...
Makes me wonder if RAM will even exist in the future if Virtual memory on SSDs or a similar technology will essentially become RAM.


It's possible, but it's not particularly plausible. Storage space and storage costs alone will see to it if nothing else does. In order for the memory used in SSDs to replace hard drives and system RAM they would need to be able to do both jobs as well as the specialized products do, and they would have to do so at a competitive price.
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#9TropicMoon10Posted 7/3/2014 8:48:07 AM
The recent spike in RAM prices has left a sour taste in my mouth. I used to believe in "Buy what you need and upgrade when you need more", but seeing as the cost of RAM has effectively doubled since late 2012, I'm not sure now. Maybe it's better to splurge a little and be set for a good long while.
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#10arleasPosted 7/3/2014 9:07:45 AM
Marikhen posted...
And that is exactly why you can't have "too much RAM" for any OS much less Windows XP. You can only have "more RAM than the owner knows what to do with." :-D


When I was thinking about XP, I was thinking about the majority of XP users being 32 bit, and 32 bit means if you have 4GB in your computer, you're only able to access 3GB of it. THAT is what I meant by too much... The OS can't even access all of it.
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