System: CPU: AMD FX 4100 @ 4.2 Ghz (prime 12 hour stable)
Mobo: Crosshair V AMD 990FX
Ram: 8 gigs Mushkin @ 2133 mhz (not overclocked but beyond 1866 supported by CPU still stable)
Graphics Card(s): 3 Radeon 7970's Windforce OC which are at 1 Ghz factory clock
(2 cards get disabled in XP but Motherboard System Resources still locate memory to the cards; don't worry I use them in win 7)
OS: Windows XP 32-bit Home SP3
Software: Super Speed RamDisk Plus 11.7.971.0
Benchmark: FarCry Benchmark All settings Maxed 1080p 4x msaa
I did some benchmarks today
I loaded FarCry 2 benchmark. The way i am figuring out how long it takes to load is by actually videoing the loading screen with my cell-phone. Cell phone is only accurate to the exact second with recording.
With Pagefile on Ramdisk Size of ramdisk 3950
From click start to actual benching start
It took 34 seconds load
Here are Results from running the benchmark
With page-file on OS drive.
Loaded in 35 seconds (within err. of possible difference due to random stuff) so pretty much the same loading time as with Pagefile on Ramdrive
Results of benchmark
I fear that there is no real world improvement.(By initial benches of FarCry)So before I tell people how to do any of this I will try to find-out if its actually faster to do this...
The only reason I am Paging on a Ram Drive is because I had an interest in it and the 4 gig of ram limitation in XP left me with 4 gigs of unusable ram(i have 8 total). Not all freeware programs unlock the 4 gig barrier and allow the access of the ram that the system is not allocating by default nor do they support pagefile on the ram. (if you know of a free program that does I couldn't find it) So i purchased Super Speed Ram Disk.
I feel it is not useful in Windows XP for a gamer unless you have more than 4 gigabytes of ram and some spare money.
What I found was the more I added video cards added to my computer the more my physical ram available shrinked. With one Radeon 7970 My Physical Ram was sitting at 3.2 gigs. This was the same amount as with one Radeon 4870. With 2 Radeons it went to 2.9ish with three Radeons I am at 2.71 gigs. This is seen in the My Computers Properties. More ram was allocated to Hard-drives as it would make sense with more hardware added.
My next benchmark tonight is 3dmark06... old but fun to do.
I will try to think of other programs that take a long time to load or use lots of ram that cause lots of paging. If you know of any possible benchmarks I can use I'll be interested to see if there is a change.
I have alot of games I can see myself testing Mass Effect 1/2 with the High Resolution Pack for Characters that seems to take forever to load. I think COD series has long loading bars. Those are just on the top of my head.