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Best setting for swap file?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Gadgetman, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Gadgetman

    Gadgetman

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    My puter has a 250 GB HD and 1.5 MB of Dual channel DDR ram.
    There are different views on how to set up the swap file. I could set it to let windows select the setting or I have heard you should set it to 3 times the amount of ram you have which in my case would be 4500 MB. Then I heard you should set it the initial setting and the maximum setting both to 3 times the amount of ram you have.
    Is there any downsides to setting the swap file this large?
    Will my games still play fine? When I play AA online will I still get the same performance from my puter?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks
     
  2. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    you have ONE hard drive, likely unpartititoned, right?

    then set your swap file to 2 gigs (2048 mgs) for BOTH (start/end) ..

    and fuggedaboudit.

    Windows needs more in swap than ram. past THAT, extra just makes it a bit faster.

    Up to 2 gigs, 2x or 2.5x or 3x RAM is ok, for that small increase in speed.

    At 2 gigs, quit.

    Run XenTweak, CAREFULLY.. and turn off everything optional you can live without. that'll help stability and gaming some.
     

  3. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    Swap files seem to work best for me when they are on a seperate hard drive than my main.

    I also do as mitch stated with min and max both set to 2048. You will see noticable improvements in memory intensive games such as Star Wars Galaxies.