I wouldn't make the assumption. Don't forget Coverflow, and QuickView built in. THink of Preview App and FinderApp with part of iTunes running at the same time.I noticed finder using alot more than in Tiger, but overall I think the memory management is alot better than in Tiger.
well finder is taking 25MB for me, and adium uses 14MB. Safari however is using 115MB, and iTunes 90MB. Kernel_task is taking a good 135 though. If you have been in OSX for a long period of time, or had adium open for a long time, try restarting adium, or your whole computer, and see if they come down at all. It seems like most programs use more and more over time, so eventually you have to reset them by restarting...I just realized that Finder is using 92 MB of RAM, and Adium is using a whopping 146 MB. I'm not even using them right now! They're just open. Is this normal behavior?
Wait a minute, I noticed some new things... is the VM size usually that huge?Leopard looks normal to me.
This is right after I rebooted. My Finder jumps up to 35MB as I do my work, but Adium remains at 22MB. And don't mind my Firefox -- I have 12 tabs running so yeah..
You can largely ignore the "VM Size" value - it doesn't mean that much space has been allocated to anything (including the disk): It certainly isn't the same as Virtual Memory in Windows, which is more analogous to swap space. Leopard now shows swap used and on your screenshot it's zeroWait a minute, I noticed some new things... is the VM size usually that huge?
Mine on my MacBook Pro is 38.14GB. 2nd, I remember it used to be that it would show the actual number of page ins and outs, now it has the size of the page ins/outs.
Exactly. I don't know why everyone is so concerned with ram usage.I guess the real question is what happens to Safari's ram usage when you open more programs? What is wrong with Safari using 550mb of ram if nothing else is using it as long as it gives it back if another process needs it? Personally, I like to see the memory utilised as much as possible rather than being sat there unused...