OSX 10.12 using 3GB swap when 9GB/16GB RAM is used

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tommedema, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. tommedema macrumors newbie


    Jul 19, 2017
    As you can see from the attached screen shot, my Macbook Pro (2015) with OSX 10.12 is using 3GB SWAP when only 9GB RAM out of 16GB is being used.

    This is causing my system to become pretty much unusable. The SWAP memory is too slow and the system becomes unresponsive.

    Is this common behavior? Any particular reason on why this is happening or ideas on how I can resolve it?

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  2. Rockadile macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Did you have a program using a lot of RAM before screenshot?

    When was the last time you reset your laptop?

    Try quitting Firefox for a fresh slate. Seems bloated judging by the RAM used.
  3. tommedema thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 19, 2017
    It's certainly not Firefox. When I use Chrome, it uses more RAM (about 5-6GB). I actually started to use Firefox after getting this issue, not before.

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