How much performance difference 1 gig ram vs 4 gig ram?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by James, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. James

    James Guest

    Just scored a computer with a Soyo SY-P4I865PE Dragon 2 V1.0 mobo, which
    holds up to 4 gigs of DDR 400 ram. Primarily play to use it for video
    capture/DVD rendering. How much of a performance difference am I going to
    see with say 1 gig ram vs the full 4 gigs? I imagine where the main point
    of concern would be in rendering.

    Any thoughts/opinions on this mobo?

    James, Jul 10, 2006
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    John Doe Guest

    That's correct, it just depends on the applications. Have you tried
    looking in Windows Task Manager to see how much memory your
    applications use? You can also run System Monitor. If you use System
    Monitor, notice that your saved MSC file will work with a new
    Windows installation only if the Computer Name is the same.

    If I wanted to know about specific applications memory requirements,
    I would go to discussion groups dedicated to those applications and
    ask there. I think there are some active DVD groups.

    Good luck.
    John Doe, Jul 10, 2006
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  3. James

    bullshark Guest

    None. As long as you don't get into swapping to disc, and you won't just for
    capturing and rendering, there won't be one iota difference in performance
    going to 4 GB from 1 GB. Not to mention going over 2 GB on a WindowXP
    machine is a bitch to setup, so save your money to get the fastest CPU you
    can for that mobo.
    bullshark, Jul 10, 2006
  4. James

    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    I do not personally work with Windows much so I'm not as familiar with
    how memory is allocated and whether you would need to go as high as
    4GB; that being said, rendering is generally very processor and RAM
    intensive and with the cost of RAM today, unless you are on a tight
    budget I would think that going to at least 2GB would make a
    substantial difference and looking forward, more might be better still.
    I can't quantify that but I wouldn't try to run anything video related
    with less than a gig and a half.

    Mr. Tapeguy, Jul 10, 2006
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    Scubajam Guest

    Get at least 2 gigs RAM. Must get more than 1 gig, but from 2 to 4
    benefits are diminishing. Also make sure your Virtual Memory or Page
    File is optimized. Google to do this. This is very important. Then,
    if you have the $$, go to 4 gigs. However, better to add another hard
    drive and be at 2 gigs, and optimize Virtual Memory. I have 5 hard
    drives, 2 gigs RAM and AMD dual core 2800, and I can edit, render, and
    multi-task at the same time. I also work in Hi Def, but with Ulead
    which creates a Proxy File in SD, so when I'm editing it's working
    Standard Def, then renders final in HD. Last night I finished a 54
    minute HD project, which I rendered to SD mpg, took 4.5 hours, so I let
    it run overnight. Then this am I burned a DVD from the mpg file. The
    54 minute DVD only took 9 minutes to burn with menu creation, etc.
    Smart Render is a wonderful thing!

    Jim McGauhey
    Washington State
    Scubajam, Jul 10, 2006
  6. James

    James Guest

    Hmm. Seems to be a lack of concensus here. Perhaps the thing to do is set up
    a rendering project and time it with different amounts of ram. If I don't
    see any difference, I can always eBay some ram.
    There's more to it than simply plugging it in? This is all I've done with
    any computer I've used to date, though the most ram my current machine holds
    is 512.
    James, Jul 11, 2006
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    bullshark Guest

    No need to time anything, just open the task manager before pressing the
    render button and watch ram useage. I just rendered a project to mpeg2, ram
    use never went above 410 MB on my 2 GB equipped machine. More ram is usefull
    if your editing software can do dynamic ram previewing or if, like me, you
    make music using large samples libraries, but it won't speed your rendering
    time by one second.
    if you go above 2 GB, like installing 4 GB, yes; Window will divide that 4
    GB into two 2 GB space, with 2 GB for the kernel and 2 GB for application
    which is of very limited benefit; if you want it otherwise, that's where it
    gets complicated.
    bullshark, Jul 11, 2006
  8. Not counting the 'tricks', processes are always divided up in (up to) 2GB
    kernel and 2GB program virtual memory space. That's the per process memory

    Physical memory is then allocated to the various processes based on what
    they need out of the 'up to' 2gb they could use.

    So it is a misimpression that 4GB of physical memory gets divided up into 2
    GB for the kernel and 2 GB for application, unless you have only one
    process (a rare thing).
    David Maynard, Jul 11, 2006
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    John Miller Guest

    All other things being equal, not much.

    BUT - it can depend greatly on how you configure the 1GB vs the 4GB. e.g.,
    a single 1GB stick may give worse performance than 2 x 512MB or 4 x 256MB
    sticks. Check the mobo technical specs and read up on DDR configurations.

    FWIW, I have never needed more than the 1GB I have in my machines. That's a
    lot of RAM.

    I remember being amazed at having 8MB of RAM on a 486DX120 running Windows
    3.1. Even had Adobe Premiere 1.0 and a video capture card (a behemoth of an
    ISA card with another half-size card attached).

    Ah yes...those were the days. Hard drives that would decide to thermally
    calibrate when pumping video out to tape. Having a whopping 100MB hard
    drive to store your videos on....

    Of course, the Sinclair ZX80/1 top the lot with a magnificent 1KB of RAM
    which includes the display memory!

    John Miller, Jul 11, 2006
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    David McCall Guest

    Ah the Sinclair ZX80. You want one?? I think I still have it somewhere :-()

    My favorite was the Cosmac Elph (RCA 1802 chip)
    It came as a board and parts. It had 256 bytes on the motherboard,
    but I bought the 2K board later, but I don't think I ever populated it past

    David McCall, Jul 11, 2006
  11. James

    John Miller Guest

    Mine's still around somewhere.

    At school, we had a computer with ferrite core store for memory. We also
    had a TTY link to the local polytechnic via a real modem (complete with
    rubber cups for the telephone handset) - even a pink punched tape reader.
    We were very jealous of a nearby school that had a VDU! Oh, we had a
    Commodore PET, as well. I remember being told PEEK makes the aliens move up
    and down, POKE moves them left and right. Hmm.

    I recall discussing with a friend about how great it would be to have
    graphics with the same resolution as TV. We estimated it would cost about
    GBP3,000 just to hold one frame's worth. It will never happen, we said....

    I wonder what we'll be using in another 25 years or so?
    John Miller, Jul 12, 2006
  12. I've got one too, plus the 16K expansion module.

    And it's still as useful today as it was back then, as a cute paper weight.
    David Maynard, Jul 12, 2006
  13. James

    John Doe Guest

    Windows 2031
    John Doe, Jul 12, 2006
  14. I thought I would upgrade from 1 gb to 2, but the more I read, the
    less enthusiastic I get. You might boost benchmark scores, but for
    everyday workhorsing on a 32-bit system, going over 1 gb seems to
    invite problems. These I believe you can get around with ECC ram, but
    it's more expensive and not as fast.

    I'm doing ok with 1 gb and plan to stay there until I go beyond win2k,
    which won't be soon.

    Charlie Wilkes, Jul 12, 2006
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    H. Seldon Guest

    David Maynard wrote:
    Oh yeah, You think that's a "cute" paper weight? Well I still have a
    fully configured TI99-4A. So I have a combination paper weight *and*
    door stop. It was *always* the more versatile machine. :)
    H. Seldon, Jul 12, 2006
  16. James

    James Guest

    You bring up a point, which is I didn't clarify I'll be using XP Mediacenter
    when this other computer arrives. Don't know if it makes a difference.
    James, Jul 12, 2006
  17. Hehe

    Did you also get the Milton Bradley speech synthesis/recognition add on?

    My 'useful' computer was the Atari 800.
    David Maynard, Jul 12, 2006
  18. More like Windows 2024 :)
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 12, 2006
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    H. Seldon Guest

    Yes indeed. The speech unit was quite impressive for its time.

    I didn't have either useful computer. Texas Instruments locked the
    system up so tight it was virtually useless. great potential, lousy
    H. Seldon, Jul 12, 2006
  20. I agree.

    It was an interesting time because microprocessors were cheap enough to
    make some form of 'home computer' feasible but folks were still trying to
    answer the question of what the heck could you use one for? As well as the
    question of how to make the 'mystery box' usable by the average Jack and Jill.
    David Maynard, Jul 13, 2006
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