The processing power
stored in the CPU of a PC is extremely important when running games, movie
players, compression products and graphics software. However, when analysing
overall system performance, CPU speed comes second to having sufficient
physical memory (RAM) to run these complex applications.
While many of today's
computers have enough RAM to store a small library, modern software and
media files do require a lot of memory consuming resources. Memory-related
problems can cause delays and glitches that can drastically hamper the
software being used with, for example, noticeable slowing down of movies
(or delays in playback) and games.
By optimizing all
your system settings and by monitoring resource usage more carefully,
these problems can be avoided, resulting in a smoother and more stable
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Paging Files and Performance
In comparison to the minute integrated circuitry of a RAM Chip, a mechanical
hard drive is not very fast. The read/write speed of the hard drive is
slower than RAM and the technology of the former is not designed toward
accessing small pieces of data at a time. When your computer runs out
of physical memory, Windows will use your hard drive to store the information
that it cannot place in RAM. It will indiscriminately create what is called
virtual memory or a paging file (or a swap file) that stores data from
RAM that hasn't been used recently to load up and manage the more recent
applications. This slows down your hard drive and eventually may lead
to a system crash. The greater the number of (or the more power-hungry)
applications running, the more RAM is required and the larger the paging
files may be.
The easiest solution
to this problem and perhaps the most expensive is to upgrade your RAM.
There are, however, less expensive solutions that will greatly enhance
your PC memory.
Ideally, you would
want to avoid using the paging file (hence your hard drive) directly for
complicated operations by making sure that there is always enough RAM
to execute these programs. On the other hand, a large sound file containing
30 minutes of audio data might not have to be stored in RAM all the time.
By moving less important data to the hard drive, making the physical memory
available to the applications that really need it, you can improve both
performance and stability considerably.
Windows is indiscriminate when it moves data from RAM to virtual memory.
Windows will also use leave a lot of unused information in RAM until this
information is explicitly removed by the application that created it or
until the RAM is needed by other applications. In addition, the operating
system does not know which applications are more important or whether
you are going to start a memory-demanding application.
By using SpeedUpMyPC
to monitor your RAM usage in real time, you can easily find out if there
is enough RAM to run your favourite applications.
SpeedUpMyPC also lets
you free up RAM at any time with a single click. This can be very useful
if you running a game or play a DivX movie. By freeing up memory before
starting a demanding application, you won't have to experience pauses
or skipped frames while the application is running.
SpeedUpMyPC can also
free up memory automatically whenever your memory usage exceeds a certain
limit. This can help you avoid running out of resources when running multiple
applications, and will also prevent resources-related crashes.
Apart from monitoring
RAM usage, SpeedUpMyPC can also monitor your page file usage or virtual
memory usage in real time. As soon as your page file usage reaches a critical
level, SpeedUpMyPC will inform you about the situation, giving you enough
time to terminate some applications before the computer crashes or stops