Exponential RAM Increase

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Infrared, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Minimum RAM Officially Required:

    Panther: 128 MB
    Tiger: 256 MB
    Leopard: 512 MB
    Snow Leopard: 1024 MB
    Lion: 2048 MB ?


    Why?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    8 GB of RAM is dirt cheap but then again that is in DIMMs.
     
  3. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    Technology develops at a very rapid rate?

    Take processing power and Moore's Law.
     
  4. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

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    because RAM is so cheap these days that developers don't have to optimize every bit and byte of their software anymore, resulting in us having to buy more memory. Also we do more now with our 8gb RAM then back in the days of the commodore 64.

    apart from that lion has some memory issues it seems in the sense that it needs lots of it, my feeling is that it is a safari 5.1 memory leak.
     
  5. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I can understand Moore's Law. But why is the OS expanding
    to fill the space? Just because it can? :)
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have had 4 GB since Leopard. Then I have 12 GB in my desktop.

    Also...processes, processes everywhere!
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Lion has lots of things such as Resume that takes lots of RAM. Things are constantly becoming more RAM hungry which isn't a surprise, it's super-fast compared to your HD or SSD. More RAM = better performance, especially when multitasking.
     
  8. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

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    For sure, went from a 1.8 duo 2GB ram Air to a 2.3 i5 with 4GB and this thing blazes through multitasking.

    Makes the Air feel slow in some ways.
     
  9. AcesOverKings macrumors newbie

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    Thost RAM requirements are increasing in a linear (and predictable) fashion, not exponentially.

    Just sayin'. :)
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I think OP meant exponentially literally, not as a adjective of huge increase.

    128 = 2^7
    256 = 2^8
    512 = 2^9
    1024 = 2^10
    2048 = 2^11
    4096 = 2^12

    And so on.
     
  11. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

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    lol
    I'll just leave this here.

    Kinda of math and science related plus thought you guys might like it.

    What do you think? (Also i edited out the obscenity with my professional photoshop skills)

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's more suprising than Lion's RAM requirements!
     
  13. brijazz macrumors 6502

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  14. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm agreeing with Hellhammer and my former maths teachers here :)
     
  15. Cinder6 macrumors 6502

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    A single doubling operation is not exponential growth, no, but 2^x increases exponentially (follows form cb^x).
     
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  17. TheGdog macrumors 6502

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    So I guess Mountain Lion will need 4Gb of Ram. :D
     
  18. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Are you kidding ... no modern ENTRY LEVEL computer ships with less than 2Gb of RAM ... and to upgrade its $35 shipped ... even 8Gb shipped is only $80.
     
  19. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You do not specifiy a model. For some macs 8GB costs several hundred dollars.
     
  20. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    I have it on good authority that the next revision of OSX will in fact be called Space Lion.
     
  21. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

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    well for my 2010 mbp 15" i picked up a set of 2x4gb crucial SODIMMS for EUR 68. not as cheap as in the US but still very doable.
     
  22. Cinder6 macrumors 6502

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    I'm still hoping for Sea Lion...
     
  23. WeegieMac Guest

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    The RAM usage in Lion is unbelievable ... it's a hungry beast all right.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. PaulWog Suspended

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    Sounds about right.

    The recommended requirements tend to be double the minimum, too. So in a couple years, I presume we're looking at 8GB recommended and 4GB minimum. ^_^

    I use 8GB personally. I find it's a comfortable amount for what I do. I could get by with 4 just fine though.
     
  25. sanke1 macrumors 65816

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    8 GB RAM here. Check this stuff out. Memory leak somewhere?

    [​IMG]
     

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