Mac Mini RAM Question/problem/issue

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kcaruso, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. kcaruso macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2013
    i recently purchased a mac mini about a month ago. 2.5ghz intel core i5 that came with 4GB of DDR3 RAM at 1600 mhz. i've been ripping blurays with make mkv and transcoding with handbrake. i had noticed that my page outs was absurdly high...around 50GB. so i went and purchased a RAM upgrade to 16GB of DDR3 RAM at 1333 mhz. the page outs were instantly down to zero, but now over the past 2 days, its back up to about 5GB and slowly increasing. my page ins are at around 3GB too. swap is at just under 12mb. ive also noticed that my used memory is like 15.9GB sometimes until i use the "purge" command in terminal to temporarily free up the inactive memory. anyone think this is weird or normal or whatever? any input would be greatly appreciated.
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    The Page Outs will keep increasing until you reboot. It's cumulative. So it is expected to rise.
    You do not need to use the Purge command. InActive Memory is there for a reason -- it is not an error that needs fixing.

    Unless you actually have an observable problem -- spinning beachballs, lengthy waits, etc, etc -- assume that OS is handling memory fine and does not need your help.

    A reboot is perhaps your best "maintenance" task. Or just quit some apps.

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