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Posted · Original PosterOP

So i have 2x8gb of 3000mhz ram. I dont play anything that required more than 8g except Forza Horizon 4. I noticed that when i check my ram usage when im playing it doesnt go over 50%(8gb). It wasnt like that before, it could go up to 10 sometimes even more but that was okay. Now the ram wont go over 50% and i didnt know what to do. So i turned off the pc, took out the ram sticks and then put them back in, i also swapped their places(the left on on the right and vice versa). I boot up my pc after that, open up forza, and now the ram usage wont go over 44%(7gb). Im just baffled, now its locked to 7gb instead of 8, how? Does anyone have some similar experience?

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Huh? You use as much RAM as you need for the given tasks. Running at 50% doesn't mean half your RAM isn't working; the tasks currently running just don't need it all. Maxing out your RAM would actually be a problem, because that would mean you're starting to page to the much slower storage.

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If you haven’t noticed any changes in performance, I wouldn’t worry about it. There may have been an update in one of the programs you run that causes it to use less ram.


I am far from an expert in this so please correct me if I’m wrong.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
12 hours ago, Chris Pratt said:

Huh? You use as much RAM as you need for the given tasks. Running at 50% doesn't mean half your RAM isn't working; the tasks currently running just don't need it all. Maxing out your RAM would actually be a problem, because that would mean you're starting to page to the much slower storage.

But it wouldnt max out, like i said before it would go to 10g max, the problem is that when i alt tab everything except forza is running slowly, even google chrome is lagging because of it

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Posted · Original PosterOP
12 hours ago, zeusthemoose said:

If you haven’t noticed any changes in performance, I wouldn’t worry about it. There may have been an update in one of the programs you run that causes it to use less ram.

Well, guess theres nothing else i can do

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1 minute ago, Woofboy13 said:

But it wouldnt max out, like i said before it would go to 10g max, the problem is that when i alt tab everything except forza is running slowly, even google chrome is lagging because of it

RAM is just one factor of performance, and a pretty minimal one at that. It's pretty much just a "as long as you have enough" thing. Performance is only affected when you exceed your maximum RAM, and Windows starts paging. At 50%, that's not happening.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
9 hours ago, Chris Pratt said:

RAM is just one factor of performance, and a pretty minimal one at that. It's pretty much just a "as long as you have enough" thing. Performance is only affected when you exceed your maximum RAM, and Windows starts paging. At 50%, that's not happening.

You dont understand, its locked at 50%, it maxes out at 50 and wont ever go further even tho my pc starts to lag

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No, you don't understand. I'm telling you that that's not the cause of your lagging. If it's "maxing out" at 50%, that simply means that you don't need all the installed RAM for the tasks that are running. If some of your RAM wasn't working, you'd actually see something like you only have 8GB installed, rather than 16GB, as it should be, and then you *would* be a 100% utilization. If it says 50%, then the issue is *not* with your RAM.

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