Ode to RAM

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by quidire, May 19, 2006.

  1. quidire macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2004
    Washington DC (in Kalorama Triangle)
    As a part of our (my gf and I) latest round of Mac buying :D I just added 2GB to our PowerMac (for a total of 4 GB).

    0 Page outs after 24 hours. Life is good.

    The computer is much snappier, no beachballs, it really makes a huge difference for only $200 (in a 2.5K machine, really not that much money). This is the best price/performance upgrade anyone can make.

    None of this is news to anyone, just felt like sharing the thrill.
  2. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    Congrats. Macs love RAM. You might even consider 6 gigs, but that would only be if you did very heavy stuff. Little RAM for a Mac is no good. I saw a quad w. 512 MB RAM hacking on a 1080p video...:(
  3. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    I too just upgraded my ram in my MBP 1st from 512 to 1.5, then from 1.5 to 2... each time it gets smoother and smoother...

    Although I am quite jealous of your page in/out chart

    I am currently at:


    Time for a restart? Or is that normal?
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    That's a bit heavy on pageouts

    Remember that 2 Gb is good, but if you then go ahead and open 3 Gb worth of programs and data, you are right back to doing pageouts again.
  5. indigoflowAS macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    If someone could give me a quick briefing on page ins and page outs

    ...and maybe the difference between the blue "inactive" ram and the "free" ram.

    Thanks friends:)
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Searching the forums is your friend.

    Inactive RAM is RAM that has been used by a program, but is no longer needed. If some other program needs it, it can go ahead an use it. But if it's not needed, it still retains the old data, enabling you to launch things more quickly if you come back to it. Consider both "inactive" and "free" RAM as free RAM...the rest is all behind-the-scenes management that isn't important.

    Page ins are instructions that are loaded into RAM...completely normal operations. Page outs are instructions that RAM is unable to handle to due to limited memory, and so the instructions are passed off to the hard drive. This is inefficient (due to the much slower speed of hard drive memory), and an indication that more RAM might be needed.

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