Someone once told me that too much ram will slow a system down because it reads all the ram when doing read/write operations to such. So my question is for any of those box builders out there " What is the optimal amount of ram for a 200 mghz (oh so fast) with win98 installed.

Posted on 2002-05-02 10:37:40 by titan
The problem with slowdowns with too much ram has to do with
caching stuff. Some motherboards don't cache above some ram
amount (usually 128 or 256). So for an old system (200mhz CPU
sounds like "an old system" :)), I wouldn't go above 128. For win98
this should be quite sufficient (depending of course on what you
do - but with a 200mhz box... :)). Hell, 64megs would probably
be sufficient, it's what I had in my old 200mhz box back in the olde days.
Posted on 2002-05-02 10:43:50 by f0dder
I'm using a Pentium I 233 Mhz with MXX ... and 64 MB of EDO (OMG!!!) ram ... and I'm running Windows 98 SE ...

I must say, that my system is old, but handles the tasks I ask it do well ... like for example, I do graphics design with Photo Shopt 5, Assmebler programming with MASM32, play Quake 2 with erasor bots, play Half-Life, Unreal Tournamant.

BTW, I also have a Voodoo 3 2000 PCI graphics card (*crys*), and everything works fine for me :) ...
Posted on 2002-05-02 10:48:54 by Dracton
Oh, and btw our "belowed" Microsoft series Win9X seems to fail to manage more than 512 MB of RAM on a single module or on 2 modules (tested by me. Windows crashed every half an hour or so :rolleyes: ).
Though this problem is fixed on Win2k (which is no surprise, as Win2k is the successor of WinNT).
Posted on 2002-05-02 16:52:46 by ViperV`