I am starting to regret 8GB now...

Thunderboltedge

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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?
 

TechGod

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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?
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.
 

whodatrr

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

TekGuy

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Whatever Vivaldi Helper is seems to be eating up the majority of your RAM
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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.
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.
 

TechGod

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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.
I think its Chrome based.
 

TekGuy

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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.
 
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Gav2k

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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.
 
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TechGod

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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.
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?
 

TekGuy

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Quick update. Using Chrome beta 46. Wow its so much better...
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.
 

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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.
Yep Safari is still king.
 

chabig

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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.
 

Gav2k

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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
 

leman

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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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