RAM usage: inactive vs. free?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by QCassidy352, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

    QCassidy352

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    My free RAM as registered by Menu Meter is consistently about 400 MB greater than as registered by Activity Monitor. The difference is that Activity Monitor draws a distinction between "inactive" RAM and "free" RAM, whereas Menu Meter does not.

    So which is the true measure of how much RAM I'm using? What does it mean to say that RAM is "inactive" as opposed to "free?" thanks!
     
  2. QCassidy352 thread starter macrumors G3

    QCassidy352

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    thank you. I apologize for not doing a search first. :eek:
     

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