Question Is it time for more RAM?

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I just discovered this morning that Windows 10 compresses memory. At the points at which my system (which has an i5 and a SSD) gets poky, which it was doing at the time of this screenshot, should I attribute this to the RAM?

 
I suspect your problem lies elsewhere.
Windows manages ram quite well.
I assume you have not changed any windows default settings or disabled the page file.
It always leaves some ram available for instant use if needed. Above, I see 4.1gb available.
Old code and contents are kept in ram on speculation that it might get reused .
That is a good thing.
If you are having a ram shortage problem, it should show up in task manager as a high hard page fault rate.
Anything like 1 per second indicates a ram shortage.

Can you provide a link to this compression of memory? I would like to read up on that.

What are you doing that gets "poky"?
Also, post the make/model of your cpu/mobo/graphics card/psu case/cooler.
That might be a clue to your problem.
 

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Can you explain with a bit more detail?
I'm the guy that has a lot of Chrome tabs open, sometimes the systems slows down or freezes up if too many are open. Or also if I am downloading a large file at maximum speed (14 Mb/s, I think it is, I'm on wifi connection) the system halts for a little, exactly like it would when it doesn't have enough RAM. I assume that's because the cache is being flooded, but I would figure, as was said, it's not going to 100%, so why would it halter?
 

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I suspect your problem lies elsewhere.
Windows manages ram quite well.
I assume you have not changed any windows default settings or disabled the page file.
It always leaves some ram available for instant use if needed. Above, I see 4.1gb available.
Old code and contents are kept in ram on speculation that it might get reused .
That is a good thing.
If you are having a ram shortage problem, it should show up in task manager as a high hard page fault rate.
Anything like 1 per second indicates a ram shortage.

Can you provide a link to this compression of memory? I would like to read up on that.

What are you doing that gets "poky"?
Also, post the make/model of your cpu/mobo/graphics card/psu case/cooler.
That might be a clue to your problem.
I'm thinking that trying to download a large file at top speed is flooding the RAM, but that doesn't seem to be the case. However, if Windows 10 sees a need to compress some memory, I'm thinking, well, maybe I could use some more.

I haven't made any changes to the default settings as far as I know. I built the desktop myself in 2015. With SSD, there doesn't seem any need to tweak such settings anymore than there is to defrag.



EVGA Supernova 850W Gold is the PSU

Cryorig H7 is the cooler



This is the article I was reading this morning before I posted the thread:

https://www.howtogeek.com/319933/what-is-memory-compression-in-windows-10/
 
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What is your ssd that you are using?
It seems to indicate a samsung QVO unit which is a lower performing version, particularly for writes.
When you overwhelm a ssd with writes, it can take a while for it to catch up.
Some units are better than other at that.

I read the compression article. New things to learn every day.
As I read it, compression is good and it something to not worry about.
 
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(Sorry, I didn't see the reply until today)

Yes, it is a Samsung 860 QVO

I had considered that maybe was the case, because the 850 EVO didn't have that problem.

But the other consideration is the download client. I'm running utorrent 2.2.1, which is 32 bit and circa 2011, and I'm thinking that maybe the software just can't handle the difference in average consumer download bandwidth a decade makes, or RAM management, or however these things work. Or even perhaps only a few years difference. I deliberately downloaded a competing client that was circa 2014, and everything runs smooth like butter, no stalling of anything.

What is your ssd that you are using?
It seems to indicate a samsung QVO unit which is a lower performing version, particularly for writes.
When you overwhelm a ssd with writes, it can take a while for it to catch up.
Some units are better than other at that.
 

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Could another factor be that the RAM is running lower than it could or should?

I have a motherboard that is supposed to be XMP, but the BIOS doesn't appear to give me the option to do that (present but greyed out), only to apply a preset for certain RAM manufacturers like Gskill or Corsair.

 
It looks like you have successfully overclocked your ram to 1866.
That is about as good as you can expect and better than what the XMP settings could do.
No problem there.
Your 32 bit app should run ok, a 64 bit windows handles that well.

The most important thing about ram is to be sure that you have enough.
With many active tasks, you might not have enough.
Look at task manager/memory tab / resource monitor.
Look at your hard fault/second rate. If it is anything above 0, you can use more ram.
 
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