Originally Posted by Deanjo
Load an application such as Maya, blender, matlab etc that actually tries to address more then the 32-bit limit and that is where the penalty kicks in.
Sorry, what you are saying doesn't make sense. Under 32bit Linux no application can access more than 3GB of RAM. More importantly I have no applications which use more than 1,5GB of RAM, so PAE induced penalties just don't apply to me (and to most average Joes).