2017 MB (base model) usage question

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  1. retailacc macrumors member

    retailacc

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    Hello guys,

    So I use my 2017 MB everyday as my primary machine (I have a desktop for gaming but I hate windows) and I noticed that while it's been able to keep up just fine, the usage (specially memory) seems to be pretty high at all times. However, since I recognize I am not an expert, I'm sharing screenshots from the activity monitor and iStats so that someone with more knowledge can tell me if this is normal OS memory management, or truly high usage.

    This is what my workflow looks like, about 10 safari tabs open and a private instance, some chrome tabs, mail, WhatsApp desktop, and some other productivity app (like Word). I also do some programming (which I try to quit other apps for) and I do some video editing on Final Cut Pro (but since I use Proxy Media (which I do have to wait quite a bit for) the timeline ends up being pretty decent in terms of lag) - However, the screenshots reflect my most common work day.

    I am asking because I am still within my return period, and should this workflow overwhelm the little MacBook in the near future, I might just return it and buy something else. Otherwise, I am keeping it because this is an amazing device.

    Thank you in advance!

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  2. iPlodder macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I think this is normal for macOS memory management. As I understand it the OS will allocate memory to an application and once the application finishes with it the OS kinda says "you keep hold of that memory for now and I'll take it back off you if I need it later". This is done so that the app doesn't have to keep going back to the OS when it needs memory, which aids performance.

    This is the difference between the "active", the application is currently using the memory, and "wired", the application isn't using it at the moment but has first dibs on it if it needs it again, and "free", no app is using the memory at the moment.

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I've misunderstood how this works.
     
  3. retailacc thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot for the explanation. Unless someone else has something to add, I'm going to assume that I'm good to go with this sort of usage (or even slightly more) for at least another year! I guess 16GB of RAM can wait a little bit more!
     
  4. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    That is a really good workflow and for the MacBook to be keeping up with it is brilliant, even i don't have that sort of workflow, a couple of Safari tabs open at most, Pages and or Word for writing and the odd bit of Final Cut video editing (videos's usually around 5 minutes at 1080) and if your using only 8GB or Ram that's great. Personally tho i've always been told to get the most Ram you can, if i was buying the MacBook i would get the 16GB as more of a future proof but if your happy with 8GB and the specs you have then go for it :)
     
  5. retailacc thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I am impressed! Although just to clarify, I don't do any coding and video editing at the same time. When I do either of those, I try to close as much as possible - although I am not sure if this even helping.
     
  6. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    I wouldn't expect you to be able to do both at the same time, the fact that you can even video edit on the 12" MacBook is impressive considering the specs. For a while some people have been saying how under-powered the 12" MacBook is but this just goes to prove them wrong. Just out of curiosity how do you find the screen estate? does it seem too small to be able to multitask ie have Word or Pages open and a web browser?
     
  7. retailacc, Mar 19, 2018
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    retailacc thread starter macrumors member

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    It's fine, honestly. No different than a 13.3" screen. I should say that I use an external monitor at home. Also, I have the 2017 base model which, from what i've seen on benchmarks, is considerably snappier than the 2016 base model. I also use Proxy files for video editing (which take some time at first but reduce timeline lag considerably).
     
  8. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    Interesting to know, thank you for the reply :)
     

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