Resolved RAM Usage

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by tweek1, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. tweek1, Sep 10, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2014

    tweek1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2014
    Can someone let me know if my RAM usage is okay? I have nearly 7GB of RAM taken up with only Safari, Mail, and Activity Monitor running. This seems excessive to me.

    Screenshot of Activity Monitor:

    I have a 2014 MBA w/ 8GB RAM and the i5 processor. I am running Yosemite Public Beta 2.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    You want to watch the swap. Yours seems pretty low so I'd say there's not a big problem here.
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    It looks perfectly fine. Your system is currently around 5GB RAM (because it can) and the memory pressure is green, which means that there is no starving for RAM. The memory pressure is the most important indicator. As long as its green, nothing else matters.
  4. tweek1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2014
    So it isn't like if I only had 4gb RAM I wouldn't be able to run all of this stuff, but that since I have extra RAM the system uses it?
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Exactly right.
    If you give your OS X system more RAM, it will use it.

    It's just something that you don't need to be concerned about - unless:
    your memory pressure goes from yellow into red, or
    you see a lot a swapping going on, or
    you experience dramatic drops in performance.
    Those three items might all likely happen together.

    Otherwise - use your Mac, be happy… :D
  6. tweek1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2014
    Awesome, thank you!
  7. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Well, it would be interesting to test this out ;) I suspect that the RAM usage will be lower on a 4GB machine, maybe at a expense of a very slight reduction in responsivity.

    If you are curious about the details, try running the command vm_stat in the Terminal. OS X RAM management (which is inherited from FreeBSD) is insanely complicated.

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