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Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Well, my work computer uses Windows XP, and has 1GB ram with the Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache. It's used mostly for for CAD.

btw, they could've probably gotten more ram had they not gotten a 80+ cert. bronze psu, but what do i know.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Yes.
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Yep.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

For cad? Definitely yes. Minimum order for my clients (architects & engineers) now is 4gb, the firms that use revit/3d/bim more are 12-16 now. Usually order from 3rd party places, dell nails you on accessory pricing (memory, ssd's, things like that)
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

If you install 4GB of RAM on a PC running XP, XP won't "see" all of the 4GB, and depending on your set up, it'll see 3 GB to maybe 3.4 GB of RAM (I think the difference comes from different video card configurations, and whether it can use some system RAM for its video RAM, but I could be grasping for an explanation on the differences that XP will see when 4 GB of RAM is installed).

My 7+ year old PC that runs XP only has 1GB. I'd like more RAM, but never did go looking for that old RAM that my motherboard needs.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

1gb? ack
yes, definitly will see a difference (if you are using it, which cad would)
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Depends on whether it's waiting for you or you're waiting for it.
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Whoops, I accidentally clicked on Tech Talk 2002.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

1GB? Good lord, man. My watch has more RAM.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
Well, my work computer uses Windows XP, and has 1GB ram with the Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache. It's used mostly for for CAD.
This might be fine for AutoCad, if its Solidworks, I find even 3.5gig isn't enough.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Uh...your company realizes that windows XP no longer has mainstream support? Also XP only allows applications to use 2GB of memory...so more memory will only allow multiple open programs to run better. Time to get off an ancient OS.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

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Whoops, I accidentally clicked on Tech Talk 2002.

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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

I run 4g of ram on my Win XP box
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Originally Posted by palebluedot View Post
Uh...your company realizes that windows XP no longer has mainstream support? Also XP only allows applications to use 2GB of memory...so more memory will only allow multiple open programs to run better. Time to get off an ancient OS.
yes, my company knows XP is on it's way out. the computer originally came with vista, they installed XP on it.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
yes, my company knows XP is on it's way out. the computer originally came with vista, they installed XP on it.
Same thing my company does...but they don't hold us to it so I put Windows 7 on.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Originally Posted by palebluedot View Post
Uh...your company realizes that windows XP no longer has mainstream support? Also XP only allows applications to use 2GB of memory...so more memory will only allow multiple open programs to run better. Time to get off an ancient OS.

Not mainstream, but XP SP3 is still supported under Extended Support with MS.

And while I'd say they should definitely go to Windows 7, its not that unusual for a company to be on XP right now, as most balked at doing anything with Vista. You just don't want to be on XP SP2, as without a custom support agreement with MS, there are no security patches released to the general public for SP2 any longer.

And to the OP, yes more memory should make a difference. I'm running 3 GB in my 32 bit XP desktop, and it definitely made a difference when I increased it from 1. I'd definitely think it would improve CAD performance.

I'd think going up to a Windows 7 computer, running a 64 bit OS, with even more memory would be better for CAD.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

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Not mainstream, but XP SP3 is still supported under Extended Support with MS.

And while I'd say they should definitely go to Windows 7, its not that unusual for a company to be on XP right now, as most balked at doing anything with Vista. You just don't want to be on XP SP2, as without a custom support agreement with MS, there are no security patches released to the general public for SP2 any longer.

And to the OP, yes more memory should make a difference. I'm running 3 GB in my 32 bit XP desktop, and it definitely made a difference when I increased it from 1. I'd definitely think it would improve CAD performance.

I'd think going up to a Windows 7 computer, running a 64 bit OS, with even more memory would be better for CAD.



and add more ram, it's cheap and it helps
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

Heh, RAM is no longer "cheap" like it was 18 months ago when 4 GB of DD2 could be bought for $40. Now, DDR3 is cheaper than DDR2, but still > $100 for 4 GB. I think the days of cheap RAM are gone.

Also, some XP programs, including AutoCAD can access 3 GB in a single process with the /3GB switch enabled in the boot.ini.
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Re: Would there be a substantial advantage to having more than 1GB ram in Windows XP?

if you wait for a sale and don't mind rebates, 4gb ram can be had easily for

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