Maximum amount of RAM?

Gigabyte Ga-p35c-ds3r motherboard
June 28, 2010 at 20:18:36
Specs: Windows Vista
I am looking to upgrade the RAM in my computer. The motherboard manual states:

"2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 4 GB of system memory"

So I was wondering, does this mean the motherboard will support a maximum of 4 GB (as in 2 x 2GB sticks) or will it support a maxium of 8 GB (as in 2 x 4 GB sticks)?

There is also a note in the manual about 32-bit operating systems not displaying the proper amount of memory when 4 GB is reached in Windows XP. Does this problem persist with Windows Vista?

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June 28, 2010 at 20:21:45
each OS has a max amount of mem it will read

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June 28, 2010 at 20:57:20
4 Gb.

Audares Juvo

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June 28, 2010 at 20:57:57
"So I was wondering, does this mean the motherboard will support a maximum of 4 GB (as in 2 x 2GB sticks) or will it support a maxium of 8 GB (as in 2 x 4 GB sticks)?"


"Keep in mind that you cannot use DDR2 and DDR3 memories at the same time; you need to choose between one of the two. The maximum memory capacity for DDR2 is 8 GB and the maximum capacity for DDR3 is 4 GB. Intel P35 chipset supports dual channel technology and in order to enable it you just need to install your memory modules on sockets with the same color."

...which seems to just confuse the matter.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 28, 2010 at 22:14:12
Any computer has 2 limits on physical memory:

1. The amount that can physically be installed.
2. The amount that can be addressed by the OS.

The amount that you can actually use will be the lesser of the two.

All client versions of Windows support a maximum 4GB physical address space. This limit is imposed by both technical and licensing issues.

It would be nice if all of this address space could be used for RAM. But this cannot be. For performance reasons a substantial portion of this space must be used for memory mapped hardware devices. Since you can't have both RAM and hardware at the same address you cannot address a full 4GB of RAM in a client OS.

This is a hardware limitation, not a problem with Windows. It is there for XP and older, Vista, and Windows 7. If there is a 32 bit successor to Windows 7, don't expect it to be any different.

There is a technique supported with server systems that can avoid this problem. However, many popular hardware devices, those commonly used with a client OS, do not behave well in such an environment. For this reason this feature is not supported on client systems.

If you want to use 4GB or more RAM you must use a 64 bit OS.

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June 28, 2010 at 23:25:09
This should clear it up...what T-R-A quoted is correct.

Audares Juvo

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