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Lucas Curious

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I have the base 16.2 inch MBP. I have 9 basic apps open in 9 spaces, 8 safari tabs and 2 Chrome tabs. I noticed that the ram fills over the days and a week in I'll have 7gb swapped. maybe 2 weeks in ill have 15gb swapped and the computer starts lagging. A restart and all app reopen drops it back to 0 swap and several GB free ram. Everything seems to run smooth with maybe 4gb swap but as it fills more swap, I do notice a little lag at some points until 15gb swap makes it a bad experience. I dont know how having all this open and working on some video or art project will affect performance but I get the feeling it may be better to get 32 gb Ram if you don't want to restart this thing.

What's your experience Mac people? Does running this on 16gb mean I'll have to close all my apps if ill be working on some big project?
 
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hmorneau

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The memory is leaking, but that the computer starts lagging goes against the argument the "swap is so good and fast that you don't need more ram" or that "unify memory is like a magic unicorn". If it was really the case the computer would stay snappy even with a serious memory leak, it would just get moved to the SSD, right? But the truth is, it doesn't.
 
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wilberforce

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Getting more RAM to address a memory leak is like getting a bigger bucket to fix the leak in your roof. A $400 bucket.

I suggest look at activity monitor to see what is taking more memory. If it is things like control center it is the memory leak.
 

Lucas Curious

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Getting more RAM to address a memory leak is like getting a bigger bucket to fix the leak in your roof. A $400 bucket.

I suggest look at activity monitor to see what is taking more memory. If it is things like control center it is the memory leak.
Actually it was Chrome. 10 gb used ouch
 

JPIndustrie

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I had this issue too on my '21 16" , someone recommended doing a clean install. I did that and now the memory leaks have been less.
 
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