[Novalug] Can someone please settle this?
larkoc at iges.org
Tue Jun 17 11:38:30 EDT 2008
Jim Swanson wrote:
> I hope this goes through. Anyway, performance wise, which is faster,
> having a dedicated swap partition or swap partition and a swap file on
> another partition? Thanks.
From my limited understanding the swap partition and swap file are on
disk. This will only be accessed when the memory resident on the
computer is fully in-use. Having a swap partition/swap file will
prevent a system crash from running out of memory, but disk just is not
inherently as fast as memory. So--- to answer your question,
performance-wise, put more, better, faster memory into your motherboard
in as far is the mb will support it. Along with that I usually have a
swap partition to catch the "overflow". If I can, I have the swap
partition on a 10,000 rpm disk.
Most of the systems at my office have the OS on a 10,000 rpm disk and a
swap partition of 1Gb to 2Gb is a part of that. The Tyan motherboards
we use usually have 16 to 32Gb of memory on them. Yes, we've run out.
We have folks who are trying to run jobs requiring up to 64Gb RAM.
The one mb we bought said that it could do that with an asterisk meaning
that it had not been tested. When we actually loaded the mb that far
it could not run that amount of RAM. So a word to the wise and do you
hw research carefully.
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