Getting some extra ram worth it?

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alekst1923
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Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by alekst1923 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:53 pm

Hey all, I am currently using only 4gb of p67 ram. My cpu is an i7 2600k overclocked to 5 ghz.

I am about to purchase 16gb of
DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
Cas Latency 9
Timing 9-11-10-28

should I buy the new ram?

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by H20nly » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:59 pm

depends on your operating system. which is.... ?

32 or 64 bit?

some OS won't be able to use it.

and 16 is probably overkill. :|

why don't you start by adding 2 GB or 4??

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by alekst1923 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:02 pm

Im using 64 bit. Naw man go big or go home!

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by mholloway » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:44 pm

alekst1923 wrote:Im using 64 bit. Naw man go big or go home!
Then why are you asking??
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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by crumhorn » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:47 pm

They are virtually giving memory away at the moment - just do it.
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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by alekst1923 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:18 am

WELL THEN IT'S SETTLED ISN'T IT?

:-P

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by shuutobi » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:54 am

crumhorn wrote:They are virtually giving memory away at the moment - just do it.
Yo mamma's cheaper than DDR3 RAM. ;)

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by moonpie » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:37 am

Is there any benefit to using over 4gbs in ableton? My sets are pretty much all softsynths, I dont think my Ram is ever completely taxed - rather my cpu. €45 for 8gbs is pretty tempting - but thats crucial - is there any real diff to the brands now or could I find it for cheaper?

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by H20nly » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:14 am

^ Crucial make good RAM.

the only benefit to using more comes if you actually need more. :idea:

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by McQ714 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:15 am

alekst1923 wrote:Hey all, I am currently using only 4gb of p67 ram. My cpu is an i7 2600k overclocked to 5 ghz...

what the hell is p67 ram???

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by H20nly » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:29 am

PC 6700?

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by illsub1 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:02 pm

very important...

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by Cuica man » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:37 pm

Live can only acess 4gb of Ram. (Until it turns 64bit).

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Re: Getting some extra ram worth it?

Post by crumhorn » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:00 pm

The advantage of having more than 4GB is that Live can then have 4GB all to itself, without risk of competing for memory with various background processes.

Some background tasks can have large memory footprints and often wake several times a second to see if they need to do anything - particularly anti virus software.

This can create a kind of memory war with each program taking turns to evict the other and reload it's own stuff into RAM, causing massive amounts of reads and writes on the swap file.
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