The processor and the RAM They are two of the most important elements when determining the proper functioning of our computer or mobile phone. A good balance between both components ensures that the performance may be optimal. But sometimes neither one element nor the other is used completely in our equipment. With the intention of getting the most out of it, here we will learn what we must do to use all RAM and processor cores in Windows 10. In this way, we will know how to make the most of them and the performance of our computer will increase.
In the case of processors, we see how each day they are including more number of cores. By default, each of these cores is usually entrusted to a specific task. If the number of cores is greater, logic tells us that this processor is more powerful. This does not admit of any kind of doubt. However, this does not always ensure maximum returns.
There are other factors that must also be included in this operation. Not all programs are capable of making the most of a processor, nor are they capable of making use of all its cores to perform tasks. For example, if we install an application that is only capable of pulling one core, a two-core processor will be more effective than a quad-core processor at a lower speed.
On the other hand, when the program can make simultaneous use of several cores, there will be no doubt. In this case, the application will finish its tasks with the quad-core processor faster, even if they are slower.
Should all processor cores be activated?
Therefore, it is clear that, if we are on equal terms, the most advisable thing is have all the cores of our processor activated. And is that the least we can do if we have a good CPU, is to make the most of all the power it offers us.
Currently, operating systems like Windows have all processor cores enabled by default. Without the need for us to configure anything and install one processor or another, Windows 10 will detect all the cores and use them. In older versions like Windows 7 Y Windows 8, the trend was to automatically disable some of these cores if they were not being used.
But we must take something else into account. Although the case that we have described in the previous paragraph is given, it is possible that Windows 10 deactivates or reorganizes the cores depending on their performance needs. Although it is not common, sometimes we can notice a drop in performance on our computer. This may be because one of the cores is disabled.
In fact, as we have previously pointed out, the performance of the processor also depends on the configuration of an application itself, which may not be capable of multicore technology.
And what about RAM?
In the case of RAM something similar happens. This element loads and stores all the commands that the CPU executes. That is, it allows programs and applications to perform their tasks within it, so to speak.
It is possible that RAM may have its dedication limited because it is configured this way by default when installing Windows 10. Another possible reason why all RAM is not used to the maximum is because the system dedicates a part to a Graphic card. This is usually the most common reason. However, the graphics do not usually take extreme resources (between 8 and 128 megabytes). In case we have a very limited RAM, such as 2GB or less, if we could notice it when executing certain tasks. However, if our RAM is 4, 6, 8 or 16 GB, this should not be a major problem.
Here, the conflict could come with the operating system. If we have installed the version of 32-bit Windows 10, it will not be able to use more than 4 GB. Therefore, if our RAM is 6 or 8 GB, we will have a part of the wasted memory. This does not happen with the version of 64 bit, which tolerates more RAM resources.
This is very easy to check. We will only have to resort to the specifications of our operating system. We can do it in several ways. One of them is by typing in the Windows search bar Control Panel. Then we will go to the section Security system. Finally, we will opt for the option System.
Here we can see the capacity of our installed RAM and which part is usable.
Steps to use all RAM and cores
After having laid the foundations on the problems that can arise with the dedication of the nuclei of the processor and the RAMLet’s see what steps we must follow to solve this. Thus, we will be able to get the maximum performance.
Use system settings
The tool System configuration It will allow us to give you a solution
- To do this, we will have to start the frame first Run. We do it through the key Windows + R. Similarly, if we write Execute in the Windows start bar we can get to the same place.
- Now, in the bar we will have to write msconfig and we give to To accept or Enter. Then the corresponding panel will open.
- Once inside the System Configuration window we will find several tabs. We will click on the start.
- Now, under the central square we are presented with the button Advanced Options. We click on it.
In this new window is where you will find neither more nor less the crux of the matter. Both the configuration of the cores and the RAM memory are in this same section.
In the first case, if we want all the cores to activate, we must keep the Number of processors box unchecked. Likewise, this option is valid if at a certain moment we want to activate a certain number of cores and not all of them. In this case, we must check the box and on the drop-down, choose which processor cores to activate.
When we have done it, now we go to the right. The same thing happens as in the previous case. If the box remains unchecked, we will be ordering the system to dedicate to the corresponding tasks the all of RAM.
If you check the Maximum amount of memory box, you can manually configure the number yourself. Therefore, if you see that the RAM is not dedicated to the maximum, type the total amount of MB that your system supports.
We give you a practical example like the one in the image below. If you have a computer with 6 GB RAM memory, you must multiply this figure by 1,024 (6 x 1,024 = 6,144). This is the highest number you can enter in the box. You can also do it with the arrows.
Once you have established all the parameters, click on To accept and you will have finished the process.
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