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View Poll Results: Greater than 512MB RAM provides no performance benefit with Intel P3 CPU
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Old 02-26-2003, 08:40 AM   #1
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Maximum RAM with Intel CPU

Local debate here that needs settled. Poll is for Redhat Linux.

Thanks for your vote.

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Old 02-26-2003, 09:03 AM   #2
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depends what you're doing with it.... there are plenty of programs that will use up all the ram avaiable for various reasons. if there's nothign inparticular running then the memory will be used as cache most likely, which is useful in theory, but not really that noticable...
Old 03-02-2003, 12:46 PM   #3
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For a server: usually it won't make the difference.
For editing video/large images: will be the difference.
For home/office/desktop use: no difference at all.
Old 03-02-2003, 01:30 PM   #4
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i got 256 mb of ram on my workstation where i done some coding and my memory never gone below 120 mb limit so i realy thing that doesnt make any diffrence
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That's the type of question that should
get the "How long is a piece of string?"
response :)

If you were setting up a online-commerce
solution with apache and a huge SQL
database on the box you'd be more than
happy to have even 2 GB of RAM...

If you have a workstation running Fluxbox
and do nothing but play tetris and have
Opera as your browser you might never
need more than 128MB and live *overly*
happy with 256MB.

I'm NOT going to put a vote on your
poll for the very reason that there's
no answer to it.

Old 03-02-2003, 04:48 PM   #6
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The ways I use a computer, RAM is one of those things that I never can have enough of. I can't say I have ever thought to myself "This computer just has too much RAM, thats why I am having this problem". Unless I was thinking about why I am broke again, that is...

The way linux manages cache, having a shitload of RAM is just like having all of your commonly used binaries preloaded for you. Everything stays fast. Open GiMP and create more images than you have memory for, and you lose that feeling somewhat.


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