Activity Monitor interpretation question

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

  1. theprizerevealed macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2016
    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 G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    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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