Having chrome and safari open with 3 tabs each is almost 1g?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by blow45, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    A word of warning guys...avoid 2gb ram, at all costs. I got the 4gb ram one, but I am rather taken aback by the actual requirements of some apps, browsers are poster childs for this...
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  3. blow45 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    no matter how many tabs you have on it? That can't happen.

    In any case with three tabs it's close to 400mb and so is chrome, safari a bit better with less tabs, but worse in returning memory after you close some of them.

    In any case 500mb max is something that just isn't the case, never.
  4. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    Chrome multiplies as you add the tabs - it keeps launching more processes, there is a cost to having its process isolation model.

    But aside from an occasional use machine, no one should bother with the 2GB models, and really Apple ought to ensure that no machine in this day and age ships with just 2GB. I guess they have to hit those magical price points though.
  5. MikeD23nu macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    Just picked up 2GB 13" MBA...

    Wanted to test out memory allocation so I ran a very unscientific test..I opened chorme with 7 windows all pointed to YouTube and played videos in every tab.

    I then opened Safari and ran multiple YouTube tabs as well.

    Then I opened every program in the bottom tray at the same time.

    Activity monitor still showed RAM available and every program responded quickly when I tried to use it.

    Frankly I was amazed by the performance and it blew away my 2010 MBP 13". It would have choked on this test.

    I do feel its cheap and petty for Apple to only give 2GB..but it is more than sufficient for my usage.

    To each his own though!
  6. caonimadebi macrumors regular

    May 7, 2009

    It's funny that you just dropped $1300 and still have to sweat over 1GB of RAM usage.
  7. MikeD23nu macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    To a certain extent I agree with you...but when you purchase an Air you are making certain concessions to size, weight, and aesthetics.

    For most people (normal everyday stuff, web, email, itunes) the Air works fine.

    If you need 8GB RAM you are a power user and the Air isn't an option for you with todays configurations.

    I am a very light user and so far (emphasize so far!) the Air has exceeded my expectations even with "only" 2GB of ram. I may come to regret the decision but I took a long hard look at what I actually do with my computer and the Air filled my needs perfectly.
  8. blow45 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    in an ironic kinda way.

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