Ah, that /3GB switch again?


 

As Evan already mentioned on his blog, Raymond Chen has a great series on /3GB switch on his blog. What is really cool is that Raymond takes on some myths about the /3GB switch and  the fact that he makes great analogies to explain them is just a bonus. Seems like Raymond’s /3GB switch series is done now… A must read for any serious /3GB switcher – or if you ever wondered what /3GB does! =)

 

He discussed the following:

 

The oft-misunderstood /3GB switch

 

Kernel address space consequences of the /3GB switch

 

Myth: Without /3GB the total amount of memory that can be allocated across all programs is 2GB

 

Myth: Without /3GB a single program can’t allocate more than 2GB of virtual memory

 

Myth: You need /3GB if you have more than 2GB of physical memory

 

Myth: The /3GB switch expands the user-mode address space of all programs

 

Why does Exchange recommend /3GB if you have more than 1GB of physical memory?

 

Myth: The /3GB switch lets me map one giant 3GB block of memory

 

Why is the virtual address space 4GB anyway?

 

Myth: PAE increases the virtual address space beyond 4GB

 

Myth: In order to use AWE, you must enable PAE

 

Nino Bilic


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