Some unusable RAM Win7 via Bootcamp on my iMac. Why is that?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by iSayuSay, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    Okay so I've just got my iMac .. it's hi end 27" + i7 + 6970M 2GB

    Now I've done installing Windows7 32bit via Bootcamp .... and I've just installed Sims3 for testing. And more games will coming, it's just a beginning

    Wow .. game looks smooth even on 1440p .. but sometimes there's a bit stutter. NOW I don't like that!! NOt on Sims 3, and not on a $2300 computer .. So I look into Task Manager and there it was... :mad:

    It reports my usable RAM is around 2.2GB while I have 4GB standard RAM installed. And I only have 5% of free RAM while Sims 3 was running!!

    I understand that Windows 7 32 bit has limitation for RAM, but certainly not 2.2GB, right ?!! It should be around 3.7GB or somethin?

    Now I have 4GB of RAM, running via Bootcamp. Why Windows can't use the remaining RAM? .. Task Manager reported there is around 1.7GB reserved for hardware (unusable). What hardware? 6970M has its own RAM, not shared or something, right?

    What have I done wrong? Does add some more RAM would help? I don't have 64bit copy of Windows7, so please help me how to get more usable RAM with 32 bit WIn7 on bootcamp?
  2. iSayuSay thread starter macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    Here is some screenshot. Hope it makes you easier to suggest things:

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  3. balamw Moderator


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    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  4. windowstomac macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    Just a it using that "hardware reserved" bit as graphics memory? I know you have a dedicated card but maybe it is nicking some system RAM too....

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