Originally posted by gaara
Furthermore, memory bandwidth is a much larger role in performance than physical memory size...
I agree with most of what you say, but I'm going to have to disagree with you on that one. I would agree however, that it is indeed very important and could be crippling. Just to prove my point, let's set up this hypothetical:
Let's say you have an otherwise average rig, with 256mb ram, running xp pro, anti-virus, firewall, aim. Now lets say that your 256mb ram has a bandwith of five times typical DDR400 ram. Trying to play BF2 or FEAR is not going to be very enjoyable with so little ram, no matter how fast it is. The bottom line is that if you only have 256mb ram, you can only store that much. If you want to put more data in ram, you're going to have to write some to the hdd, then access the new data. As we all know, hdd are slow as hell. So... memory bandwidth didn't save you where 4x more capacity at 5x less speed would have.