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Gerard
RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 6, 2002 at 6:56:14 pm

Is there someone who can please tell me what is more important given an option:

slightly more RAM at a slightly slower speed or slightly less amount of RAM at a slightly higher speed? Thank you.


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Mitch_Videoguys
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 7, 2002 at 7:15:01 pm

I would go with More RAM!!

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John Q
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 8, 2002 at 5:55:09 am

More RAM is better ... to a point. I believe Premiere will use a maximum of 1.5 GB. At least that's the number I heard about version 5. It may have changed in version 6.


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Gerard
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 8, 2002 at 3:19:15 pm

Thank you Mitch and John. That is what I tended to suspect, but really did not know. Now, please forgive my follow-up, but is there any advantage to using Windows XP Pro over the Home Edition? See, I heard that with 98SE, any one application is automatically limited to the use of only up to 128 MB, so any extra ram is almost a waste for truly intensive applications. But that XP Pro allows for more. Does Home Edition do likewise? I'm finally getting ready to upgrade my OS at least. Shame in a way-- it took me several months to work out all the bugs in my computer, and now it is one mean machine. I bet people would find it hard to believe that I only have a Coppermine processor in it. And it don't skip a beat. Thanks.


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John Q
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 9, 2002 at 2:17:05 am

Both XP Home and Pro offer NTFS drive formatting, which eliminates the 2/4 GB filesize limits, which is really important when you start authoring DVD's. It also make it easy to edit large DV files, which use 13 GB/hour.

XP Pro adds networking and encryption features that are left out of Home. For example, an XP Home machine cannot join a domain. Most home users wouldn't care, but I use a server to manage my network and share the internet connection.

XP Pro supports dual processors. Home doesn't. Until XP Pro, I wouldn't recommend dual processors for anything other than a server. I'd just seen too many applications not know how to deal with the duals on NT Workstation and actually run slower than a single cpu machine. I'm using XP Pro with a dual Athlon and an RT.X100 for my video editing and am very happy with its speed. Cool

So either one will work for DV editing.


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Gerard
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 9, 2002 at 3:04:24 am

John, you are most kind to answer, thank you. It sounds like in my case I do not necessarily need the Pro version. But if I may, please tell me: is there anything I ought to know about openning up my RAM with either XP to feed the hungry tiger of video editing? Or is this an automatic kind of thing?


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John Q
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 9, 2002 at 10:43:51 pm

Motherboard bios automatically detect and test memory on boot-up. Make sure the memory you buy is compatible with your existing memory and motherboard. One good source is http://www.crucial.com, which can tell you exactly what type of memory your computer uses and sells it at competitive prices.


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Gerard
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 9, 2002 at 11:43:12 pm

Thank you, John. That is assuring. I'm sorry; what I meant is do I have to adjust any settings to allow an application to use as much RAM above 128 MB as I care to give it? Or will the XP's (HE and Pro) automatically give an application totally free access to all the RAM it wants?


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John Q
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 11, 2002 at 5:27:07 am

XP's memory management is automatic. You shouldn't need to adjust anything. In fact, changing the default settings is usually risky.


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Gerard
Re: RAM: faster or more better?
on Nov 11, 2002 at 11:46:55 pm

Thank you, John; you have shown me a lot.


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