I know that this has been discussed before but I could still use a clear
answer as it relates to GPO/Kontact (& Sonar).
I plan to get a new computer in the near future. If it get 4gb, will GPO
and Kontact benefit from having 4gb of RAM?
Here is a Sonar Forum comment about the issue:
"If you have 4 gig memory then you are using 4 gig memory. It is used as 2GB for the OS and 2GB for applications. The 4GB window limit is due to 32 bit processing.
You can trick it with a /3G switch to use 3GB for Apps and 1GB for the kernel but it's pretty pointless as your application has to be large address aware to take advantage of this tweak. Most apps are designed to coordinate with the 2GB limit."
Later, someone else says that Sonar 6 is "large address aware", but is GPO
What is the maximum amount of memory that GPO and Kontact (and Sonar) can actually use?
I don't know this, but I am also thinking of buying another "state of the art" computer with as much memory as I can get. Why? When I manage to find a small driver to make a "virtual disk" in RAM, I can copy Garritan...dll to that virtual disk and ..... it will fetch the samples at the speed of light. Now the speed of the HD's are (sometimes) the bottleneck.
The 3 GB switch isn't really going to help you with GPO. The whole GPO Library is only 2.5 GB in size. You should have no problem loading up a full symphony orchestra including piano with just 2 GB without using DFD. Kontakt can only use 2 GB so you won't pickup much with the 3 GB switch. I've heard in other threads that most only pickup maybe 200 MB more of memory.
I'm using Windows XP 32-bit version. I can load about 1.7 GB of samples on my 2 GB machine. Windows uses about 150 MB and Sonar and Kontakt (8 instances) use another 150 MB. I try to run my OS as clean as possible with just music apps and not other items like virus scanners, firewalls, etc in memory. I've heard of people getting 1.9 GB of samples loaded with 3 GB in the machine using the 3 GB switch.