Another 1GB Of RAM???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Drpepper99uk, May 3, 2007.

  1. Drpepper99uk macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2007

    I'm a recent Mac switcher and I'm quite alarmed how much RAM certain application's I use on a regular basis take up. On loading up the usual array of program I use(Skype, Itunes etc) and then checking out the activity monitor it came back with the following information:

    Wired: 114.36

    Active: 269.09

    Inactive: 440.40

    Used: 823.84

    Free: 200.16

    So by looking at the pie chart it seems that there's a large chunk of memory resources being consumed by these programs, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to think about upgrading to maybe another 1 GB of RAM? I currently have the 2x 512MB sticks already installed. I also tend to use iMovie quite a lot as well, and perform a fair degree of editing of my video's in there so would this be a worthwhile upgrade?

  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
    dont worry, the mac os will assign all the ram it can to open apps, it has much smarter memory allocation than windows, though like any system, more ram always makes the biggest change :)
  3. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    Your available free RAM is the 'free' + 'inactive' so in your example there's about 660gig free.

    'inactive' RAM is just caches, OS X will throw it away if the RAM is needed by an application.

    As the first reply said, don't worry about it.
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I recently upgraded to 2GB from 1GB in my iMac and it did make a difference, but mostely when I was switching between apps. Especially when I was using Rosetta (Photoshop elements and MS Office). I think iMovie doesn't use Rosetta, so you probably won't see as much of an improvement.

    But if you're running a lot (more than 5) of apps at once, then more memory probably will help.

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