Page outs, is it too high?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mobius 1, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Mobius 1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
    I've read somewhere that having page-outs is bad and you have to get a new machine.

    Page ins: 528.8MB
    Page outs: 824KB
    Swap: 15.3MB

    Running off 8GB

    Is it time to get a new machine?
  2. dukebound85, Jun 28, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2011

    dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level

    Usually, I would wait until the ratio is 10:1 of page in : page out to get more ram. Your ratio is 642:1 to give a comparision

    A new machine would still be limited by 8 gig of ram on an economical budget (assuming laptop as in mbp forum) and would exhibit the same pageouts

    Keep in mind that your current machine will be able to support more ram as the higher density sticks are made IIRC

    Page outs are merely when the hdd needs to be accessed when ram is full. The effect can be mitigated somewhat with a SSD drive due to it being much faster than a traditional hdd (though still slower than ram)
  3. Mobius 1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
    okay, i don't need more than 8GB of ram anyways

    wait i tought when ram is overflowed it's a "swap" ?
  4. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    @Mobius 1 - my guess is that you had run one of the ms office apps since you last restarted. I have 8GB, but every time I launch word or powerpoint the system pages in ~500MB and out ~1MB. I don't think it indicates a lack of memory, but simply the way some apps work.

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