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blueExcess
Aug 1, 2011, 04:16 AM
Got 8GB in a late-2010 15" MBP; I just checked my iStat widget and I've got 2,500 page outs and 1.15 GB wired. I don't recall ever having page outs in Snow when only basic programs are used (Safari, iTunes, Mail, Word, etc). Anyone else noticed lion munching up their RAM?

That aside, Lion is top notch.



Icy1007
Aug 1, 2011, 04:28 AM
I believe there are some apps that use the swap regardless of how much RAM is free.

Typswif2fingers
Aug 1, 2011, 04:31 AM
Not sure what SL had under Wired memory, but in Lion mine is not going under 800MB.

wpotere
Aug 1, 2011, 04:35 AM
I've noticed this as well. Lion does seem to eat memory compared to SL.

Icy1007
Aug 1, 2011, 04:39 AM
It may seem that Lion is using more memory than SL did, but Lion actually has much better memory management than before.

walkie
Aug 1, 2011, 05:27 AM
Lion uses a bit more memory than SL, but the high memory consumption is due to Safari which has a memory leak under Lion, I stopped using Safari for now and I'm using Chrome and the memory consumption went down a lot!

iThinkergoiMac
Aug 1, 2011, 06:08 AM
Lion uses a bit more memory than SL, but the high memory consumption is due to Safari which has a memory leak under Lion, I stopped using Safari for now and I'm using Chrome and the memory consumption went down a lot!

That's not the whole answer as I don't use Safari for anything (other than Netflix) and memory usage is still significantly higher than SL.

seong
Aug 1, 2011, 06:25 AM
Weird.....
At the moment, I have 74,875 page ins, and 500MB Wired.
6.12GB free.

wpotere
Aug 1, 2011, 06:44 AM
I'd say it is more than a "bit"...

For me it is more of the kernel that is taking up a big hunk of memory. It may also be all the features like launch pad (which I wish I could simply turn off as it is useless) and the new mission control. Either way I am contemplating a switch back to SL because of it. I like to have some ram available for my VM when needed and this doesn't leave much left of my 4 GB