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Dan Smith

Whats the standard amount of RAM?

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I seem to see posts of this type all the time... I''ve been having a argument with some people about the standard amount of RAM people have... So I decided I''d see what you guys have: 1. How much RAM do you have? 2. When did you purchase your system? (Year, Quarter) 3. Are you a Home User, Professional Developer, Artist. 4. What operating system are you running? (Linux, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95) -Dan Smith dans@3dgamedev.com
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I''m running Win 98 with 32 megs of ram. You can expect most computers to have atleast 16 megs, but many have at least 32. Also, I program for Win 95 since that includes 98.

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Hey people,

The new computers instantly have 64,
The olds ones have 32,

C''mon.. that makes 64 standard... and 32.. below.. HAHAHA

i bought this hunk of crap 3 yeras ago.. it''s a bloody P166, 32 Megs Of Ram, 2 GIG HARDDRIVE..

GOD! That''s fricken slow,
and people are telling me that 32 is standard?
well it''s not!

Ryan Ward,
(K|NgGh0sT)
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256MB
Q2 ''99
Home Professional Artist and developer ;-)
Windows 2000 Pro & Advanced Server (RC3), also Windows 98SE Beta 2
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128PC133, never purchased (ongoing process since like 1900), I''m professional Home User. Win98SE..
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I have 32 megs, bought 4 months ago.
Windows 95/Linux

Funny, how linux runs faster and better with less...

the only reason anyone would need more than 32 is if you're running a professional server, a 3d workstation, or you get an ultra-bloated operating system (COUGH*win2k*COUGH). Just because Microsoft says 64 megs is standard, and because it's top of the line operating system requires that much, doesnt make it the standard.

Maybe you people with all the 128 MB and higher don't know anyone else, but I know a lot of people, and no-one that i know personally has more than 64. 64 is high end for normal people.

here's a survey:

Mean RAM: 40.6 MB

06 * 64
06 * 48
10 * 32
01 * 24
02 * 16
01 * 08

now as you can see, the most people have 32 megs. Now, maybe people who's parents buy everything for them don't realise this, so I'll enunciate: RAM IS EXPENSIVE.

get that? I'll say it again for the hearing/logic impaired.
RAM IS EXPENSIVE.

only people who have everything catered to them can think that 32 megs is only for poor people who buy budget only 'clunkers'

remember, the only reason they clunk is because you people insist on using Operating systems that are so full of bloat and crap that does nothing except force you to spend more money on something you don't really need.

Im am REALLY sick of littlie kiddies comming in the chatroom and bragging that they have 128 megs of ram, 4 different computers, the most expensive video cards, and other expensive things that your mommies and daddies bought for you. its ANNOYING.

Go out in the real world, and earn a living for christ sake.
Then you'll learn the real value of money.

Edited by - Mithrandir on 1/28/00 3:53:54 PM
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By the way, those numbers i posted above, I polled all of my personal friends here at college and back at home.

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."
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all i can say; dont rely on these results you get here! of course people on here have 128+ ram (well, i have 64), PII 300+ and nvidias latest 3D accels...but dammit these guys are developers, professional or not. the common home user usually dont have as well equiqed computers as developers do. i''d say 32 mb ram is "standard" for most "older" computers and 64 for the new ones bought today.
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Hm maybe RAM is cheaper here, but I know at least 4 home user with 128mb, and at least 3 with 256.
Also a couple with 64. And upgrading from 32 to 64 will give you a lot more speed in windows. Believe me I have seen it
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128MB RAM (although I really want 256MB -- It runs much faster )
Q4 99
Developer
Windows98

--TheGoop
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If you''re planning to aim your product towards the mainstream its a good thing not requiring more than 16 or 32 mb RAM for good perfomance. Yes many people have more, but far from all.
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192 MB, purchased Q2 1998, win98.

I''d consider 32 standard now, 64 standard by xmas.

Mason McCuskey
Spin Studios - home of Quaternion, 2000 GDC Indie Games Fest Finalist!
www.spin-studios.com
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256M/99,Q2/Professional/NT4,Linux -- This being one of my personal computers I frequent the most at home.

I do have a real job, last time I checked I was giving my Mommy and Daddy money to help them, and yes I do realize the value of money. ( And yes, Linux seems to only need an 1/8 of that compared to that *other* OS ) As for Win2K, I don''t think the Professional version, forget Enterprise for this example, will run very well at all on 64M even when it''s stripped down, so Bill and Intel have managed once again to get your money for new hardware and a brand new "subscription" of software once again... for developers anyways.

-- facing eminent antiquation,
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Mithrandir, just so you know there are a lot of people out there who work very hard for their money and don''t rely on their parents. Although I admit that back when I wasn''t old enough to work yet that I surely bragged about the extra 4MB of ram I got for xmas. But doubleing your amount of RAM was an exciting experience!


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Recently the price of ram has gone up quite considerablly. The standered not so long ago was 128 megabytes of ram, but now it is 64 meg of ram.

I myself have Pentium111 500mmx, with 64 meg of ram.

Hope that helped.


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Home system: 96MB, Q3''97, Win 98
Work: 256MB, Q2''99, Win 95/NT

And I''m a professional developer.
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i just would like to say that if you cant afford atleast 64 megs of ram then you need a new dam job.
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Thats a fairly limited world view, AnonP. There are tons of people (and I''m talking specifically about Americans here) that can''t afford 64 megs of ram, even with two people working. I suspect that "extra ram" is pretty low on the pyramid of needs hierarchy. Its a luxury, in the grand scheme of things. I know a family of 3 bringing home around 65,000 (2 adults working), they have trouble making ends meet, and the last thing on there minds is more memory.

And 65k is hardly chump change.

Notwen
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128Mb PC100 ECC, ''00-Q1, Home, Win98SE - well if I could ever get it running. [Install w/PCI card, reinstall 3 times, finally run, change to AGP card, corruption, start all over...] Guess a Dual proc. MB wasn''t such a great idea.
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