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1-11-2012 @ 1:33PM
there is a common misconception about the 32-bit wow being stuck at 2 gigs though. That was true up until 3.3.5 but no further, i'm sure some remember always crashing from out of memory errors in 3.x at end of expansion when you got a good enough computer to crank it up to ultra then hit some highly detailed zones or fightswow 4.0.1 and higher enabled the memory flag for wow to use 3.5 gigs of ram however. I've seen my 32 bit wow use as much as 2.41gigs on just High settings with very minimal mods (lua memory only 8megs), this isn't even ultra.You also have to realize that 32 bit apps on a 64 bit OS have to load additional resources for compatability. You lose minor performance going through those compatability apis instead of a true native 64 bit app on the 64 bit system. That is where we see the gain really. The extra memory we are gaining with 64 bit client at the moment isn't all that relevent, sine i've yet to see a wow to date reach 3.5 gigs anyways. That will no doubt change in MoP though which is probably what incited this change. Any system running only 4 gigs of physical ram needs to update though cause they have been too low even for 32 bit wow since 4.x. Considering wow can easily use 2.5gigs by itself, and OS uses a sizable chunk add in things like itunes or twitter or aim in background, and you've been hitting Virtual memory for quite some time now. I strongly recommend anyone on 4 gigs of ram to go at least 8. 8 is almost a standard minimum these days for a gamer, people in professional production, even more.
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