We are going to be upgrading our engineering workstations with Win7x64.
The question I have is should I be looking at more RAM as well? I know that the 64bit will see all of the RAM (not just the 3 or 3.5 that x32 xp does currently)
if you have workstations that are the same, it would be an inexpensive experiment to load one with more RAM to see what difference it makes with the type of work you do. Take the same file and load into both machines to see what affect the extra RAM has.
You might find that your machines are like mine, had 3 Gig RAM (a 2 Gig RAM module and a 1 Gig RAM module), upgraded by swapping out the 1Gig for a 2 Gig for 40-50 bucks, at that price it wasn't worth it to spend any time wondering what the benefits were.
I have Win 7 64 on a Core2 Quad with 4G of ram and it runs really well. It also has a Quadro FX 3450/4000 SDI video card which is probably more of an advantage than more ram.
I recently upgraded to W7 x64 but I am still on SW2009. I have 8 GB RAM but I do not believe that it makes SW significantly faster, but it does make it much more stable. Adding another 4 GB of RAM can be very inexpensive if yoou have sufficient DRAM slots so that you can use 2 GB sticks. The 4 GB sticks are a little more $$.
I have to agree with David, all but 4 or our workstations (20) have been upgraded to W7 x64 with at least 8GB of ram, with 8GB we have founf SW and other programs to be more stable, less or non crashing with some programs.
Very hard hitting users that may be working on several SW sessions at a time for different projects may have 12GB, 16 for FEA users
In adding more ram, did you eliminate the pagefile per some previous forum comments? I'm wondering how big of a difference it makes setting the pagefile to zero when you have 8+ Gb of memory. When running Task Manager, the beginning of my session starts around 390 Mb of pagefile, then I notice SW gets sluggish after working a while and the PF is around 1.1~1.5 Gb while my system still shows better than 6 Gb free memory. I don't have admin rights on this machine to try it, just looking for quick input before bringing in the IT folk.
When I built the system around Vista x64 I set the page file to 0 and had no problems. When I recently upgraded to W7 x64 I also upgraded my SSD from 32 GB to 80 GB. In this process I recall it was recommended that the minimum page file should be 500 MB, so that is where it is at now. But no problems with it. I may set it back to 0 at some point in the future, though.
Rob, I'd recommend more RAM (like 8GB). I'm running the same OS and one of my 4GB (of two) memory sticks died unexpectedly (Corsair, too--only lasted two weeks!), leaving me with 4GB of memory. SolidWorks would crash the system with a decent-sized assembly open, since I ran out of memory. Since this system idles at fairly high memory usage (~1.5GB), you might want a bit more headroom than you're used to having with 32-bit systems.
We are crashing now with some of our larger assemblies so that wouldn't be any different...
I haven't looked, but I'm pretty sure we are buying our laptops with 2x2gb DIMMS. I don't know if the M6500 have 4 DIMMS.
I'd *highly* recommend a minimum of 8 Gb. I know it might be more expensive, but so is reboot time...
If you already have your laptop slots full, just the upgrade to x64 will help tremendously. Adding more RAM will probably also help, but now you are comparing money to performance.
How much does 2x4GB laptop memory cost?
Crucial has a 8gb kit for about $500 (depends if it's 1066 or 1333)
Or, I could by 1 4gb for aout $250 and have 6gb total.
laptop memory takes a big jump from 2G to 4G, at least the places I am familiar with
2G can be had for 50 bucks in DDR2 or DDR3, 4G is $140 DDR2 or $160 DDR3
so I think it comes down to do you really need the extra memory since you are paying a premium for it
I hadn't experienced a crash with 3G RAM, and have not yet with 4G, I am running W7 Ultimate X64
my workstation has 8G running XP x64, very seldom crash & burns
looks like for desktop memory it is even more of a premium, DDR2 2G is $40 DDR3 $50, for 4G it is $210
It really depends on what type of data you use daily, but it sounds like the 6 Gb could be the ticket for you for quite a while. I've dealt with automotive stuff with "curvy" things coming from the Big Three (Two? One? Take your pick...), and you can get into a quick bind working on a project with large imported data files. If you haven't had too many issues with the lower ram systems until now, 6 might do it for you.
Pretty soon the cost to upgrade the DRAM and the OS would make a better offset to the price of a new laptop with significantly better processor and graphics card.
One of the key features of having 12 GB of ram is that
you can solve a Floworks´ analysis and at the same time
you can be editing a drawing in another window,
If you use routing it will make your work easier,
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