I\'ve recently aquired a PIII 600MHz that is maxed out at 256MB of RAM. I\'d like to use this as a dedicated Giga computer but I\'m wondering if I\'ll run into problems with it\'s RAM limitation? I\'d have to add a second HD and a new sound card if I go ahead and make it a Giga only machine so I\'d like to get a pretty good idea how it would work before I spend the dough.
Maxed out? Put more RAM in!
I\'d definately suggest a lot more than just 256MB RAM Go for a full GB. You\'ll be REALLY glad you have the extra headroom. RAM is so cheap now you might aswell get lots.
I have 512MB and I frequently hit the ceiling only using 32 of GS\'s 64 possible MIDI channels.
It has two slots which only hold up to 128MB DIMMs. 256 DIMMs are not compatible.
I\'m new here, and I don\'t mean to be rude, but please read the post before you blindingly tell me I need more RAM.
I\'m aware that ram is cheap and I should have a lot of it. I just want to know if Giga will work decently with only 256MB. I don\'t need the full 160 note polyphony and 64 channels. Apparently this must be a crazy idea because no one can handle the idea of having only 256MBs!!
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I\'m using a PIII 667 with 256MB. I\'m part of the hated minority that is able to run Gigastudio 160, multitrack audio and sequencer on this one humble machine with no snaps, crackles or pops. I keep all my libraries on a smoking 60GB disc.
Now here\'s the catch. You can get decent polyphony with 256MB. What you can\'t do is load a whack of different instrument files. So if you plan to play lots of notes on a small number of instruments, you might be ok with 256MB. If you plan to play a small number of notes on lots of instruments, you\'re probably out of luck. A lot of the people here use GS for big orchestral scores and 256MB is pretty much out of the question.
Actually my older machine was a P3 450 with 128Mb and I could get a very decent amount of voices out of it ( I don\'t remember choking the machine). I wasn\'t doing any orchestral stuff though. So yeah, I think you should be OK.