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    Opinions : What is enough RAM?

    I'm about to buy a new DIMM for my EPIA M10000 (my old RAM from my EPIA800 doesn't fit ).

    What are people's opinions on how much I should need? I was originally thinking 512Mb, since there's only one DIMM slot on the board so I might aswell put a decent chunk in. But then my wallet started acheing a bit, so I've been wondering if 256 will be enough.

    The PC will be running MediaEngine to run Mp3, DivX, DVD and probably Navigation in the future... do people think it'll be worth spending the extra for the 512 or just saving a bit of cash and going for 256 instead?

    I remember vividly paying extra to have my P100 with 16Mb instead of the standard 8Mb
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    I'm running 256MB on my M1000, it's enough for me and does everything you are talking about. I'm not a performance/benchmark junkie like some people though.

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    Neither am I, to be honest. I'm just looking for enough to satisfy my needs (i.e. never come up lacking) and hopefully satisfy my wallet a bit.

    I'm not the sort of guy to sit in my car and run benchmarks against another Carputer :P
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    If your running XP I think you will see a noticible difference between 256mb and 512mb. If it was me I would definitly go 512mb.

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    hmm, yes, I am running XP.
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    I'm not sure how noticeable you are talking about. I might suggest that the noticeable part would be around boot and shutdown but that playback of media isn't going to be all that different. Although, I could be wrong, I'm runing an M1000 with 256 and playback is just fine, shutdown lags a little... strange.

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    A 256MB should be enough for car PC.

    Adding too much memory doesnt necessarily speed up your PC unless you are running something thats memory hungry in the car such as video editing software. The memory is there but theres no CPU power.

    Beside I dont think the EPIA M1000 is powerfull enough to deseve 512MB-1GB...but thats up to you.

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    Not gonna be running anything that demanding... just XP and I guess DVD/DivX will be the most intensive.

    Looks like 256 has it at the moment..
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    XP (tuned to run the needed services) boots with "only" 70MB of ram used. Even with copilot and mediacar I am only at 140MB. I don't use a swap file and have only 256MB or ram.
    Speed based on memory will only be noticeable if the computer is using a swap file. Windows is trying to use the swap file even if it doesn't have too (has enough memory left) the best thing to do is disable the swap file not add more memory. If you are planning on using hibernation the more memory you have the longer boot-up and shutdown time will be.

    Quote Originally Posted by god_of_cpu
    If your running XP I think you will see a noticible difference between 256mb and 512mb. If it was me I would definitly go 512mb.

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    I say 256 is awesome for balance of performance/price. If you need more later, its not like you will be suffering in the meantime... XP expects to find 128mb, so giving it 256 should let you do just about everything you want to, at the speed you expect to do it.
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