An extra 1 gig of memory works wonders…

I had previously installed Vista on my home machine, which had 1 GB. Vista was neat, and Civ 4 continued to work, so all was well. However, some operations, such as switching users, launching applications cold, and alt+tabbing out of a full screen game, were really slow.  I recently put in another gig (bringing my total to 2 GB), and it made a night and day difference. Even though the machine is 2+ years old, it’s now flying.

Moral of the story:
1) page faults really are slow.
2) extra memory may be the best bang-for-the-buck to speed up your computer.

Comments (2)

  1. Miha Markic says:

    Indeed, 2GB is a minimum for anything serious with Vista. It is a shame because x64 isn’t there yet for a normal use (read: drivers). I feel uncomfortable even in 4GB memory space…

    And memory is cheap.

  2. TraumaPony says:

    Aye, there’s something special about running Visual Studio and Call of Duty 4 at the same time, with a GB of memory to spare 😀