Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ivnj, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. ivnj macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2006
    I have mac mini mid 2011 i5 2gb ram. I added one 8gb stick and took out the original 2gb. So 8 is plenty now.

    But after fresh install of 10.9 on separate partition I use little under 3gb of ram and almost up to 4 now after all processes finish loading. And 4.26gb now with safari open and only 1 tab.

    They say on apple website minimum 2gb ram. How can that be if I use almost 3gb after f rest install and no apps open except activity monitor just to check. 2gb is clearly not enough. Or is there something I can disable that's using a lot.

    Other than the memory I've had no issues with it. I just noticed now by accidentally opening activity monitor. I thought this was strange and woud of never thought to check.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You are fine. OS X is designed to use whatever memory is available. Since you installed more, it is taking advantage of that by using it.

    Give this article a read for more on how memory management works in Mavericks.

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