OS X through the years and RAM

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

  1. DockMac macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    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 G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    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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