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  • Hello,

    Could anyone help me with the terminology in Vista memory management?




    I have a total of 3GB DDR2 memory. In task manager I see:

    Physical memory (MB)

    Total       2812

    Cached    1458

    Free         117

    I am confused. What does "cached" mean? In the processor level, cache is a block of high-speed on-chip memory which is much faster than DDR2, and it is usually <=512 KB (L1, not sure of L2). But here the "cached" size is 1458MB, which obviously cannot be the processor cache.

    Then does it just mean "memory" and uses "cache" to make it more understandable for general users? What does "Free" mean then? Why the equation

    Total=Cache + Free

    does not hold here?

    Besides "cached" 1458 and "Free" 117, there are still 2812-1458-117=1237 MB. Although I see in

    Kernel Memory (MB)

    Total    294

    Paged   232

    Nonpaged 61


    These add up to 294+232+61=587 MB, still much smaller than the "remaining" (might be incorrect) 1237 MB above. Where are the 1237-587=650 MB?


    And what does "Paged" and "Nonpaged" mean here? Could anyone explain them to me?





    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:48 AM


  • Hi,

    I believe the following articals will give you the answer:

    See details about your computer's performance using Task Manager

    Task Manager

    Meanwhile, type system information from start menu, you will obtain more information.


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    Monday, December 20, 2010 12:33 PM