I am brand new to Windows 7, having moved here from the Mac world, and I was wondering if there is a limit as to how much RAM the system will allow for each application, and if there’s a simple way to change this.
For instance, how do I know that Blender really is using all 4GBs of my RAM, and that it’s not limited to 2 or 3GBs?
So if you have a scene open, let’s say with a character and a rig. Then it won’t use all of that RAM, because it won’t need to. But if you are baking some heavy fluid simulations, or doing some very heavy rendering then it will use ALL of the RAM it can get.
The OS will probably keep 1 or 2GB back for itself, but all of the free RAM will be used by blender IF it needs it.
You are running 64-bit Windows and 64-bit Blender, so you are sorted
P.s. I’m running 6GB on Windows 7 64-bit and I haven’t ran out of RAM before, I’ve never even went over 3GB RAM usage.
ok… so if I use blender 32-bit, and I’m on 64-bit windows… blender won’t use all the ram available when needed?. I use blender 2.48-64bit 99% of the time, so most of the time it’s ok, but I can’t use yafaray on it so… some times I have to go to 2.49 which is only in 32-bit
Btw, this really isn’t an issue unless you’re seeing practical slow downs that are caused by memory bottlenecks – which is less common than a poor processor or GPU.
I understand wanting to ‘make sure everything is as it should be’, and that you’re ‘doing everything right’. Assume everything is going ok until something is obviously not. I’ve found that saves me a lot of time – time I can actually use to USE the software.