Most use Battlefield 2 as the prime example to justify the need for 2GB, since it is a very memory intensive game, and the difference between 1GB and 2GB seems to be very obvious. I do play Battlefield 2, but not that much, so it’s not such a big factor to me.
I’ve just bought a 1GB kit off ebay to add to my existing 1GB. Its set to arrive in the next few days, I’ll give an update of how much difference there really is when I’ve installed it.
Update: Well, and I’ve been using 2GB of RAM for about 4 days now.
The biggest benefit can be seen with Battlefield 2. Previously, if I had to ALT+TAB out of Battlefield 2 on to the desktop, it would take at least 30 seconds of pagefiling for the system to return to a usable state. Now, the switch is almost instant. As soon as I ALT+TAB, I’m back on the desktop and can readily launch applications.
However, Windows otherwise does not show any significant differences with the extra RAM. Bootup speed is unchanged, and neither does applications load any faster.
Even though it might not be as benefitial as it sounds, its still benefitial. I look forward to how Vista will perhaps better handle memory and maybe even make full use of the extra RAM available.