Activity Monitor interpretation question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by theprizerevealed, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. theprizerevealed macrumors member

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    When you view the memory section in the activity monitor there is a section that shows physical memory, memory used, and cached files. I have 8 GB of physical memory but as an example my activity monitor says that 3 GB of memory used and 3 GB of cached files. Does that mean that actually 6 GB of the physical RAM memory is being used? thanks for your help
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    #2
    Cached files would normally be recently opened applications still in memory. If you open a new application that needs to use that RAM, those inactive applications will be purged.

    So only 3GB of your RAM is being used. :)
     

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