Windows 10: Can Virtual Memory be used for lack of RAM in gaming?

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  1. JOSHSKORN Win User

    Can Virtual Memory be used for lack of RAM in gaming?


    I have a 16 GB RAM machine, and a couple of weeks ago, I bought the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. It has been known so far to utilize up to 24GB of available RAM in PCs that have that much RAM installed.

    Is it possible to double, triple, or even quadruple my RAM using Virtual Memory? I actually just tried doing it and I couldn't get it to work, I figure it was due to my lack of knowledge about the process, as I did not see any extra RAM on my Afterburner relay. I would be using my M.2 NVMe hard drive to allocate RAM, not my HDD.

    If someone can please explain how it works, to me or show me an article online about it that tells me, much appreciated. Thanks!

    :)
     
    JOSHSKORN, Sep 6, 2020
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  2. JOSHSKORN Win User

    Can Virtual Memory be used for lack of RAM in gaming?

    I have a 16 GB RAM machine, and a couple of weeks ago, I bought the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. It has been known so far to utilize up to 24GB of available RAM in PCs that have that much RAM installed.

    Is it possible to double, triple, or even quadruple my RAM using Virtual Memory? I actually just tried doing it and I couldn't get it to work, I figure it was due to my lack of knowledge about the process, as I did not see any extra RAM on my Afterburner relay. I would be using my M.2 NVMe hard drive to allocate RAM, not my HDD.

    If someone can please explain how it works, to me or show me an article online about it that tells me, much appreciated. Thanks!
     
    JOSHSKORN, Sep 6, 2020
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  3. jimbo45 Win User
    Can Virtual Memory be used for lack of RAM in gaming?

    Hi there
    you need to manually set the size and location (Disk) for the pagefile's -- Windows has a default if you don't adjust it yourself.

    Can be done in control panel (yes it's still there) -- can't show screenshot currently as I'm messing about on a test Linux system where I don't have any Windows Virtual Machines installed.

    I don't think though it will buy you anything unless the game has parameters to adjust --e.g temporary file area etc. (like photoshop edit scratch areas etc).

    RAM is (relatively) cheap these days so if it's possible why not simply up the RAM in computer.
    If it's a flight simulator type of thing the chances are it's the graphics area where the program probably is being hobbled -- you could try fitting an appropriate graphics card. The actual CPU load on this type of application won't be that high if most of the processing can be off loaded to the GPU (i.e the graphics card).

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Sep 6, 2020
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  4. Can Virtual Memory be used for lack of RAM in gaming?

    Can Virtual Memory be used for lack of RAM in gaming?

    Virtual memory, also known as the swap file, uses part of your hard drive to effectively expand your RAM, allowing you to run more programs than it could otherwise handle. But a hard drive is much slower than RAM, so it can really hurt performance.
     
    FreeBooter, Sep 6, 2020
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