kernel_task takes 0.5GB of RAM. Can I cut it back even further?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by moonman239, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. moonman239 macrumors 68000

    Mar 27, 2009
    My MacBook's running quite well, but I'm trying to eke out as much RAM as I can. The biggest offender on my list is kernel_task, which takes up half a gigabyte of memory. Can I make it go even lower than that, though?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


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    Jan 23, 2005
    Not likely... no. kernel_task does not really use memory for itself exactly, it is more like the memory traffic control for everything else. So the more apps and things you have running the more things kernel_task has to mange, so it shows more memory being used. kernel_task using 500MB is actually pretty low.

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