Am I asking too much of my Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thetruth1985, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. thetruth1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    I thought my Macbook Pro would be able to handle this load but apparently in can't. Right now, I have 4 safari windows open with a total of 28 tabs running, 3 Microsoft office documents open, and Safari mail open. This is all distributed through 4 spaces. The Mac seems to be stuttering and I get beach balls constantly. I have "click to flash" installed in safari although I only have 1 tab that is flash enabled (hulu). Even as I am typing this, the mac is taking 3 to 4 seconds to display what I am typing.

    My specs are the i5 2.53 17 inch model with 8gb DDR3 ram and a kingston 128gb SSD. Is there something I've mentioned that is slowing it down or can my Mac just not handle this workload? There is nothing in the activity monitor that stands our other than safari, which is at the top of the list.
  2. Brettla macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2004
    Do you really need 28 tabs open? I checked my ram usage, and with 6 tabs open I end up with 300 mb ram used just for the browser, and none of them had animations or video going, so I'm not supprised its moving slow.
  3. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    How much RAM does Safari demand according to Activity Monitor?
  4. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
  5. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    wow are you really browsing 28 tabs? Or are you just testing the limits of your MBP?
  6. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Have you checked activity monitor?
    I don`t know about Safari but Firefox can chew up a gig of ram easily with nowhere near that many tabs open.
  7. thetruth1985 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    Well I cut down on the amount of tabs and it seems that it's moving better. Activity monitor only says that safari was using 1.5 GBs of ram. I figured it wouldn't be a problem since I have 8gb. I guess I don't need 28 tabs open but I usually have at least 1 window open with all my things open like forums,sports, and news. I also like to keep a separate window open with all the sites/iillustrations open for my college work. It looks like I will just have to find a way to cut it down a little.
  8. whyzdom macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2011
  9. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    I missed the part about 8GB of ram and we are both using the same SSD.
    It`s a lot of tabs to have open but 8 GB should handle that especially if, as you say, safari is only using 1.5GB
    Anything else in activity monitor showing a big memory usage?
  10. jvmxtra macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2010
    umm seriously.. a simple question. What does Usage and Free memory read??

    It's not uncommon for me to open close to 20 tabs and I only have 4 gig of memory.

    Something is not adding up right here.
  11. Miss Terri macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2010
    US East Coast
    I have 20 tabs open in Firefox right now, plus two windows of Safari, and a couple of documents, and I'm on my old G3 600 mhz iBook which is maxed out at 640 mgs of RAM. I'm not boasting of blazing performance here, but still.... I would imagine you would be doing a lot better than me with your machine! (Unless the newer versions of the browsers are bigger "hogs" or something.)

    I'm just getting my new MBP 13" up and running and I would be a bit dissapointed if it couldnt handle what you are describing (it has 4 g RAM but I plan to upgrade to 8g --- I do love my tabs :D )

    Miss Terri

    2002 iBook 14" G3
    2010 MBP 13" 2.4
  12. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    question i gotta ask many of these browser tabs have Flash content running on them? more than a few will grind your laptop to a halt due to the sheer amount of CPU usage, regardless of how much RAM or if you have an SSD
  13. Shop macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    I don't think you should have to cut down. I regularly have 4 or 5 browsers open with 10-15 tabs each while I work. These are usually google search results and I'll discard them when the problem is solved, so the situation only lasts a few hours or a couple of days at most. If I saved bookmarks then I'd have thousands.

    Try something other than safari and see if it helps, like chrome or something.
  14. thetruth1985 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    Well I only have about 10 tabs open now and it's going fine so I will work my way up to my normal usage and see if it starts to slow down again. If it gets bad again, I may try firefox and see what happens. Thanks!
  15. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
  16. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    Safari is a memory hog. I'll have only one or two tabs open and it will take up 70% my available memory. I can't imagine 28 tabs.
  17. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
  18. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Worse than FF?
    Gives me even more reason to steer clear of Safari (not a big fan)
  19. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    In my experience Safari seems better than Firefox. I get more beachballing with Firefox than Safari (shoot, when I open up Firefox, once it actually opens, after a minute it beachballs for a few minutes. It's to the point that I know it is going to happen so try to open it up when I am doing other non computer stuff to pass the minute or two).

    (though I just counted the amount of tabs I have open on it and I'm worse than the OP!!!! And I have FF save my tabs when I close so it has to open them all when I start it).

    And honestly, I don't get beachballs constantly (I did on my Macbook though). It seems to be able to handle it ok (not great, but ok).

    So yeah, I'd say that is wierd (or Safari really is that bad but I thought FF was king of being piggy about RAM usage). Especially considering I just have a MBP 13" with core 2 duo processor and only 4GB of RAM.
  20. iFanboy Guest

    I regularly do this on my 2009 Macbook Pro Unibody 15" 2.53Ghz C2D 4GB Ram without any issues at all.

    Something is up with your machine.
  21. Treeman574 macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2011
    QLD, Australia
    I believe the newer versions of safari use much more ram than the previous versions.

    I have an early 2002 imac G4 (still works fine :p) with 128MB of ram and it works fine, not at all slow until more than 4 tabs are open.

    Compared to my newer 2008 imac with 1GB or ram which slows down with any more than 8 tabs open.

    Of course neither imac would run 28 tabs without delay.
  22. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    The question again is really why you have 28 tabs open in the first place...
  23. 2Turbo macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2011
    I'm not sure about Safari, but I'm sitting here running FF4 b12 (PC) with probably around 180 tabs total (within several groups). Only 6gb ram at about 42% mem use even with Chromium (15 tabs). Not much flash going on atm, but even with several flash tabs in Chrome, it still performs fine.

    I sure hope I don't regret getting a MBP if I can't do this in OSX. Working fine within W7.

    Looking forward to the MBP refresh! :)
  24. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Yeah....Like Ive said a million times over. Ive frequently run some pretty insane amounts of programs with like 30 tabs open. Never had the thing freeze on me once..and yes I have 4GB of RAM..
  25. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    Reading your top post, it kind of sounds to me like it may be SSD stuttering. What kind of kingston drive is it? Was it a cheaper model? Check that model number online, see if other people reported any issues. Maybe run some benchmarks see if random read/writes are consistent. When SSDs first appeared, the models with the cheaper flaky controller chips with stuttering issues. They would freeze up and beachball every once in a while. That's why I opted for a more expensive intel model.

    You've got 8GB and i5, I don't think any naturally occurring amount of tabs should ever slow you down.

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