RAM Usage Norms

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nickgwyn, May 28, 2007.

  1. nickgwyn macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2006
    Is it normal for my stats to be like this?

    I am focusing on the Virtual Memory section.

    FYI, it is a Mac Pro.

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Virtual Memory numbers are virtually (pun intended) meaningless. They're an indication of how much VM all of your apps could possibly use in total if they all maxed out at once. The actual amount being used is almost certainly much, much, much lower.
  4. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    It's not meaningless, per se. But it's not a valid performance indicator, when determining if you have too little RAM, and require an upgrade.

    Nick, you're in the green.
  5. nickgwyn thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2006
    I am a student, and am planning on capitalizing on the cheap PixelCorps membership this summer. I have FCP1, and I'm thinking of upping my RAM. When I render my machine tends to chug, and I can only imagine that is due to the limited RAM.

    FYI (pt. 2)
    :apple: Pro 2.66
    1 gig RAM
    ATI 1900XT

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