Safari is a RAM hogger on 2010 MBP 13"

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  1. ohla313 macrumors 6502a

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    Recently, when I use Safari for awhile RAM usage is used up. I have 4 gigs of RAM and have only 200 MB left. What is wrong with Safari? Should I get more RAM or is there a way to fix this?
     
  2. kyle1320 macrumors regular

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    Use Chrome. :)
     
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  4. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    but this just happened recently. I don't understand why. Does Firefox use less RAM than Safari/Chrome?
     
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  6. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well when I use Chrome sometimes,my fans kick up real high..
     
  7. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    i have a 2010 13'' mbp as well and safari uses around 90mb here. that's just with a couple of tabs though.
     
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  9. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so this RAM hogging is normal for everyone else who uses Safari?? Safari uses around 1 gig normally for me.
     
  10. CFoss macrumors 6502

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    Safari is a RAM hog. Also keep in mind that flash is also a hog with everything on Mac.

    As with everyone else on this thread, I suggest Chrome. The only problem with Chrome is that it uses the AMD chip to accelerate some minor video features within the browser, which kills the battery life (or at least, this used to be a problem). I believe there's an application that controls what GPU to use, and I suggest using that to control chrome.
     
  11. SAVAGE5 macrumors member

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    +1
     
  12. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Ugh, this topics are rather silly because it shows people don't really understand memory management.

    Having a bunch of free RAM is bad because it means it's not being used. A program is only a "RAM hog" if it's holding onto a bunch of RAM and isn't doing anything with it. The last part is important, because web browsers will cache previously loaded data so in order to make your web browser seem to run faster. Remember you may load hundreds of web pages which are stored in cache so Safari doesn't download those images each and every time.

    The problem isn't programs using a lot of RAM, but not freeing it up for other program to use when it's closed (a memory leak).

    Also, keep in mind that there's also "inactive" memory, which is data stored in memory from a closed program which can be quickly reused again if the program were to be re-opened.
     
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  14. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    ^^ What dagamer34 said.
    As long as your computer runs normally and doesn't crash apps, everything is fine.
    Using ClickToFlash can bring a great improvement too.
     
  15. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    what do i do to stop the fans from kicking in all the time?
     
  16. CFoss macrumors 6502

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    While I prefer Chrome, I have to admit that most of Safari's problems could probably be tied to Flash... same for Chrome actually.

    I think in the end, it comes down to preference. That, and I think we're all in agreement that Flash sucks.
     
  17. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    Use ClickToFlash for Safari (just google it).
     

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