Which OS does better for 6GB RAM? XP or Vista?

By chase24 ยท 12 replies
Dec 23, 2008
  1. i've heard that vista maximizes the usage of ram by distributing it evenly. so if you have lots of ram is it better to use vista 64 bit sp1 than xp?

    i bought a new computer and it uses vista 64 bit sp1 but now i had it reprogram to xp it's in the shop now i still have the time to cancel if i change my mind not to downgrade to xp.

    i use my pc for gaming, for my career which is multimedia arts, i do editing, photoshop, 3d modeling,animation..

    is it worth downgrading back to xp since there are lots of issues and bugs in vista and xp is faster in games?

    is it wise to go xp for me for better results? i've read that 64 bit sp1 goes better with 64bit processors does it mean that it goes better with my phenom since it's pre bundled? should i stick to the original pre bundled os?

    here's my specs

    processor: amd phenom X4
    ram: 6gb ddr2
    hd: 750 gb
    vgu: 9800gt
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Answer: Vista 64 bit is better :grinthumb
  3. chase24

    chase24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    explain why?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Xp cannot use over 2 Gig on any single process
    Xp can register 3.2Gig max, even with any amount above 3.5Gig installed
    Xp can only use DirectX9 (far inferior to DirectX10)

    Vista can be optimized
    64Bit is going to be the standard for all computers one day (soon)

    Actually there are just too many advantages, and disadvantages to go through

    Vista 64Bit is way better for gaming than Xp will ever be
  5. chase24

    chase24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    okay thanks i stay with vista then. :D
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Vista also manages RAM differently from XP. Unfortunately this change wasn't/isn't effectively communicated to a normal user, so when they take a look at their RAM usage in Vista vs XP they freak out. Once its understood its no longer a concern.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Kimsland: Can you describe your experiences with vista 64bit for gaming? I'm interested in hearing your opinion. It would seem to me most games are written for 32bit.
  8. chase24

    chase24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    tedster why is that? im playing fallout 3 in 64 bit and high settings it lags a bit with my specs. does it means my specs is not good enough for that game? or it's because of the os?
  9. pedenski

    pedenski TS Rookie Posts: 19

    try upgrading your video card, it might help.. or update the drivers
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Games are written with 32-bit OSes in mind because they are more prevalent. Newer games come with 64-bit support so as to use the extra RAM recognized by the OS.

    As for 64-bit Vista, it has far better drivers and support than XP x64, and is also more stable.
  11. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    And XP-64 ceased being developed some years ago. There will be security patches for a while though. You would already be lucky to find any drivers for XP-64 for new kit.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    In response to no xp64 drivers, this may not help much, but Windows Server 2003 and XP64 use the same drivers. So in the rare chance you find Server 2003 drivers you could use those.
  13. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Posts: 154

    Definitely Vista x64 :)
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