OS X through the years and RAM

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DockMac, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. DockMac macrumors regular

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    The RAM requirements have gone from 128 MB in Cheetah to 2 GB in Lion.

    Imagine running Cheetah on a modern machine (assuming there is an x86 version), wouldn't it scream?

    Anyhow, what is it about OS X through that makes more RAM more necessary?

    If we strip away all the fancy graphics from Lion, would it be able to run on 128 MB?
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I Doubt It

    The demands of today's apps are the issue. I bought my iMac with 8GB but do a lot of intense video and photo work, so upgraded to 16GB this week. Even if Cheetah would run, you wouldn't be able to run anything else with it.
     

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