I am starting to regret 8GB now...

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  1. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Back when I purchased my laptop, 8GB was perfectly fine and now t doesn't look like it anymore since that's my average RAM usage nowadays.
     

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  2. Thunderboltedge macrumors regular

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    It is unusual to need more than 8GB, it all depends on your needs/usage but it should be fine, are you sure there is nothing in background requiring such a level or RAM?
     
  3. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Maybe its just because of the time right now. Its finals here and I've been needing access to files and emails and research etc and this RAM usage is making my laptop slow to a crawl.
     
  4. whodatrr macrumors 6502a

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    Can't see the thumbnail you posted clearly enough to see what the culprits are. But often, nowadays, i look to things like Java and Flash. They're somewhat badly behaved and have lots of memory leaks. Cutting down on that stuff seems to help.

    To put this into perspective, my iMac with 32GB has been slowed to a crawl by these bad actors a time or two.
     
  5. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's definitely not flash or Java. Its the immense amount of presentations, pages files and tabs I HAVE to keep running n top of iTunes while studying and sometimes firing up Photos for looking at pics of notes that I took.
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Whatever Vivaldi Helper is seems to be eating up the majority of your RAM
     
  7. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Vivaldi is a new browser that I'm currently using. Vastly prefer it to any other browser so I don't wanna switch away from it.
     
  8. TekGuy macrumors member

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    This ^

    Yeah but with all those Vivaldi Helpers as well as the browser itself it's adding up to around 5+GB from what i can see in that pic. Is it based off Chrome or something as Chrome is like that with loads of helpers although version 46 has major memory improvements etc to my knowledge.

    From that pic joeblow7777 is rite, it's eating your memory like Godzilla.
     
  9. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I think its Chrome based.
     
  10. TekGuy, Oct 10, 2015
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    Ah rite thought it maybe. I use Chrome with a few extensions to and my ram is around 1.2GB with a few tabs open, i'm using latest stable release (45.0.2454.101). It used to be much higher about 3GB+ but Chrome itself is getting much less memory hungry with each release lately and version 46 is suppose to be amazing. A while ago Chrome 46 was on the Canary channel but not sure if it's changed since. That browser though is Godzilla in the making. It's eaten allot of your available memory.
     
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Vivaldi is a nice browser but currently it's a massive resource hog. I would highly recommend going back to Safari and you'll see the memory pressure reduced massively.
     
  12. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I use Safari for work related stuff and I love having another browser for "play". Would you happen to know any alternatives while Vivaldi sorts itself out?
     
  13. Thunderboltedge macrumors regular

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    Chrome?
     
  14. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Doesn't chrome also wreck RAM?
     
  15. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. And it seems this Vivaldi browser has taken on all of Chrome's bad habits.
     
  16. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Quick update. Using Chrome beta 46. Wow its so much better...
     
  17. TekGuy macrumors member

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    Yeah i did say Chrome 46 has improved dramatically. I did not install it as it was on the Canary Channel at the time but if it's moved to the Beta channel now I think i'll give it a shot :)

    I only found out about it from various online news sources a few weeks ago. It seems the Chrome team is dedicating itself to improve RAM usage etc on OS X, i presume to compete with Safari which suppose to be excellent on Battery life and RAM usage, don't use Safari myself so wouldn't know about Safari.
     
  18. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yep Safari is still king.
     
  19. Thunderboltedge macrumors regular

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    I still have Chrome 45, and it says updated. boh
     
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    Vivaldi is in beta still and if Chrome/Chromium aren't good on OS X Vivaldi will make that worse.
     
  21. TekGuy macrumors member

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    You have to download the Chrome Beta. Your likely on the Stable Channel.

    Beta: https://www.google.co.uk/chrome/browser/beta.html

    I'm going to download the beta to get v46 just for the memory improvement although i always used the betas on Windows but ever since switching to MAC last December i stayed on the Stable channel myself.
     
  22. chabig macrumors 68040

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    I don't really see anything wrong with your memory use. I guess it would be better if the memory pressure were green, but hey, you're using the machine. If it's responsive then you're probably ok. If not, then get rid of Vivaldi and you'll be fine with 8GB. As someone else said, there isn't much need for more than that. If you had 16GB in the machine, a misbehaving app like Vivaldi would use it all anyway.
     
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    Seems like the thread title should be "I am starting to regret my poor choice in browsers now..."
     
  24. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Once Vivaldi has its backbone updated it'll be a bit easier on ram but for now I'll be sticking with Safari
     
  25. leman macrumors 604

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    I think that if OP stops using buggy, inefficient browsers, his or her RAM usage will dramatically improve ;)
     

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