Upgrading Ram Causes OSX To Use More Ram

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by tylerhink, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. tylerhink macrumors newbie

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    I recently upgraded the ram on my Early-2011 Mac from 4 GB to 8 GB. Prior to the upgrade, my idle ram usage was about 3 GB. Now, My idle ram usage is about 4 GB. First off, is this normal for OS X Yosemite to be using this much ram? Second, when looking at my activity monitor, it looks like there are a lot of processes running. Does all of this look normal? Here are my current processes for activity monitor. Sorry for the way the list works. Let me know if you'd rather me attach images of it.

    • kernel_task 561.0 MB 0 bytes 102 0 0 root
    • http://forums.macrumors.com 211.4 MB 0 bytes 24 282 387 tylerhink
    • https://www.tumblr.com 165.8 MB 0 bytes 24 269 556 tylerhink
    • Safari 98.0 MB 0 bytes 10 423 333 tylerhink
    • Activity Monitor 71.6 MB 0 bytes 14 313 617 tylerhink
    • WindowServer 67.0 MB 0 bytes 4 400 156 _windowserver
    • Image Capture Extension 66.7 MB 0 bytes 5 141 566 tylerhink
    • https://www.google.com 56.5 MB 0 bytes 12 228 610 tylerhink
    • mds_stores 51.0 MB 0 bytes 6 57 158 root
    • Finder 34.5 MB 0 bytes 5 249 199 tylerhink
    • Safari Networking 32.6 MB 0 bytes 6 129 337 tylerhink
    • mds 28.0MB 0bytes 8 185 32 root
    • Dock 25.1 MB 0 bytes 6 236 196 tylerhink
    • Flash Player (Safari Internet plu... 25.1 MB 0 bytes 11 250 482 tylerhink
    • Memory Clean 24.0 MB 0 bytes 5 174 416 tylerhink
    • CVMCompiler 23.0 MB 0 bytes 2 34 338 tylerhink
    • softwareupdated 22.1 MB 0 bytes 2 54 151 _softwareupdat
    • nsurlstoraged 17.2 MB 0 bytes 2 106 267 tylerhink
    • kextd 16.3MB 0bytes 2 57 19 root
    • Notification Center 15.1 MB 0 bytes 3 184 236 tylerhink
    • soagent 14.6 MB 0 bytes 2 92 258 tylerhink
    • CalendarAgent 14.0 MB 0 bytes 4 156 202 tylerhink
    • callservicesd 13.1 MB 0 bytes 2 174 283 tylerhink
    • cloudd 12.8 MB 0 bytes 5 95 288 tylerhink
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    • iconservicesagent 11.5 MB 0 bytes 2 53 241 tylerhink
    • discoveryd 11.5 MB 0 bytes 19 104 49 _mdnsresponde
    • launchd 11.0 MB 0 bytes 6 2,991 1 root
    • Spotlight 11.0 MB 0 bytes 6 175 221 tylerhink
    • sandboxd 10.9 MB 0 bytes 3 48 284 root
    • SystemUIServer 10.5 MB 0 bytes 3 291 198 tylerhink
    • loginwindow 10.0 MB 0 bytes 5 387 65 tylerhink
    • com.apple.internetaccounts 9.2 MB 0 bytes 3 185 271 tylerhink
    • iCloud Photos 9.0 MB 0 bytes 7 182 245 tylerhink
    • CalNCService 8.1 MB 0 bytes 2 62 214 tylerhink
    • syncdefaultsd 8.0 MB 0 bytes 4 92 531 tylerhink
    • SpotlightNetHelper 8.0 MB 0 bytes 5 102 290 tylerhink
    • com.apple.dock.extra 7.3 MB 0 bytes 3 150 264 tylerhink
    • CoreServicesUIAgent 7.1 MB 0 bytes 3 148 275 tylerhink
    • fseventsd 7.0 MB 0 bytes 8 185 20 root
    • sharingd 6.7 MB 0 bytes 5 177 219 tylerhink
    • opendirectoryd 6.6 MB 0 bytes 9 637 46 root
    • fontd 6.5 MB 0 bytes 2 80 222 tylerhink
    • identityservicesd 6.3 MB 0 bytes 3 169 239 tylerhink
    • AppleSpell 5.9 MB 0 bytes 2 53 425 tylerhink
    • imagent 5.7 MB 0 bytes 2 97 248 tylerhink
    • coreduetd 5.5MB 0bytes 2 62 41 root
    • coreservicesd 5.2 MB 0 bytes 4 199 96 root
    • UserEventAgent 5.1 MB 0 bytes 5 282 16 root
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    • storeaccountd 4.9 MB 0 bytes 4 75 278 tylerhink
    • Wi-Fi 4.9 MB 0 bytes 4 149 252 tylerhink
    • Keychain Circle Notification 4.8 MB 0 bytes 3 130 233 tylerhink
    • IMDPersistenceAgent 4.8 MB 0 bytes 2 55 266 tylerhink
    • locationd 4.8 MB 0 bytes 8 99 55 _locationd
    • bird 4.8 MB 0 bytes 6 86 223 tylerhink
    • apsd 4.6MB 0bytes 4 129 50 root
    • airportd 4.4MB 0bytes 3 92 29 root
    • AirPlayUIAgent 4.4 MB 0 bytes 3 196 207 tylerhink
    • LaterAgent 4.4 MB 0 bytes 3 126 297 tylerhink
    • CIJScannerRegister 4.3 MB 0 bytes 7 137 567 tylerhink
    • com.apple.Safari.SearchHelper 4.2 MB 0 bytes 4 71 391 tylerhink
    • AppleIDAuthAgent 4.2 MB 0 bytes 6 82 242 tylerhink
    • QTKitServer-(387) Safari Web C... 4.1 MB 0 bytes 2 65 439 tylerhink
    • fmfd 4.0 MB 0 bytes 2 54 281 tylerhink
    • pkd 3.9MB 0bytes 5 58 220 tylerhink
    • coreaudiod 3.9 MB 0 bytes 3 307 200 _coreaudiod
    • launchservicesd 3.8 MB 0 bytes 4 237 51 root
    • accountsd 3.8 MB 0 bytes 6 63 268 tylerhink
    • storeassetd 3.7 MB 0 bytes 2 80 294 tylerhink
    • hidd 3.6MB 0bytes 5 88 69 root
    • SocialPushAgent 3.6 MB 0 bytes 4 84 231 tylerhink
    • UserEventAgent 3.5 MB 0 bytes 3 269 190 tylerhink
    • secinitd 3.5 MB 0 bytes 2 33 205 tylerhink
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    • findmydeviced 3.4 MB 0 bytes 4 84 140 root
    • distnoted 3.3 MB 0 bytes 11 150 192 tylerhink
    • configd 3.3 MB 0 bytes 8 373 25 root
    • CallHistorySyncHelper 3.2 MB 0 bytes 2 75 280 tylerhink
    • authd 3.2MB 0bytes 3 69 97 root
    • spindump 3.1MB 0bytes 2 34 519 root
    • CallHistoryPluginHelper 3.1 MB 0 bytes 2 55 301 tylerhink
    • mdworker 3.1 MB 0 bytes 3 50 319 tylerhink
    • taskgated 3.1MB 0bytes 4 23 71 root
    • diagnostics_agent 3.0 MB 0 bytes 2 54 253 tylerhink
    • usernoted 3.0 MB 0 bytes 2 91 201 tylerhink
    • secd 2.9 MB 0 bytes 2 57 261 tylerhink
    • cfprefsd 2.9 MB 0 bytes 6 189 194 tylerhink
    • mdworker 2.8 MB 0 bytes 3 53 320 tylerhink
    • mdworker 2.8 MB 0 bytes 3 53 321 tylerhink
    • com.apple.iCloudHelper 2.8 MB 0 bytes 2 46 269 tylerhink
    • networkd 2.8 MB 0 bytes 3 77 142 _networkd
    • cupsd 2.8MB 0bytes 3 41 622 root
    • mdworker 2.7 MB 0 bytes 3 50 313 tylerhink
    • warmd 2.7MB 0bytes 3 32 31 root
    • sysmond 2.7MB 0bytes 4 31 169 root
    • securityd 2.6 MB 0 bytes 6 129 53 root
    • cfprefsd 2.5 MB 0 bytes 2 260 98 root
    • amfid 2.5MB 0bytes 2 26 260 root
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    • tccd 2.5 MB 0 bytes 3 41 215 tylerhink
    • printtool 2.5 MB 0 bytes 6 60 621 tylerhink
    • mdworker 2.3 MB 0 bytes 3 50 322 tylerhink
    • mdworker 2.1 MB 0 bytes 3 53 536 tylerhink
    • blued 2.1MB 0bytes 2 91 58 root
    • TMCacheDelete 2.1 MB 0 bytes 4 34 216 root
    • pbs 2.1MB 0bytes 2 38 211 tylerhink
    • secinitd 2.0MB 0bytes 2 28 119 root
    • appleeventsd 2.0 MB 0 bytes 2 141 24 _appleevents
    • revisiond 2.0MB 0bytes 4 59 64 root
    • com.apple.InputMethodKit.Use... 1.8 MB 0 bytes 2 43 427 tylerhink
    • askpermissiond 1.8 MB 0 bytes 2 40 244 tylerhink
    • VDCAssistant 1.8 MB 0 bytes 3 71 165 root
    • awdd 1.8MB 0bytes 2 42 45 root
    • netbiosd 1.8 MB 0 bytes 4 43 328 _netbios
    • systemstatsd 1.8 MB 0 bytes 2 19 363 root
    • ScopedBookmarkAgent 1.8 MB 0 bytes 2 32 568 tylerhink
    • deleted 1.7MB 0bytes 5 45 213 root
    • syspolicyd 1.7 MB 0 bytes 2 23 580 root
    • suhelperd 1.7 MB 0 bytes 2 35 152 root
    • storedownloadd 1.7 MB 0 bytes 2 41 302 tylerhink
    • wirelessproxd 1.7 MB 0 bytes 2 47 47 root
    • tccd 1.7MB 0bytes 2 28 212 root
    • nehelper 1.7MB 0bytes 2 51 160 root
    • 
    • nsurlsessiond 1.6 MB 0 bytes 2 41 203 tylerhink
    • com.apple.wifi.proxy 1.6 MB 0 bytes 2 35 291 tylerhink
    • powerd 1.5MB 0bytes 2 93 26 root
    • storelegacy 1.5 MB 0 bytes 2 41 287 tylerhink
    • com.apple.audio.ComponentH... 1.5 MB 0 bytes 2 38 558 tylerhink
    • com.apple.BKAgentService 1.5 MB 0 bytes 2 40 563 tylerhink
    • com.apple.audio.ComponentH... 1.4 MB 0 bytes 2 38 441 tylerhink
    • nsurlsessiond 1.4 MB 0 bytes 2 37 159 _nsurlsessiond
    • iconservicesd 1.4 MB 0 bytes 2 58 36 _iconservices
    • CloudKeychainProxy 1.4 MB 0 bytes 2 50 270 tylerhink
    • diskarbitrationd 1.4 MB 0 bytes 2 118 38 root
    • usbmuxd 1.4 MB 0 bytes 3 38 52 _usbmuxd
    • filecoordinationd 1.4 MB 0 bytes 2 55 265 root
    • notifyd 1.4 MB 0 bytes 3 173 70 root
    • com.apple.audio.DriverHelper 1.3 MB 0 bytes 2 25 206 _coreaudiod
    • syslogd 1.3 MB 0 bytes 8 129 17 root
    • com.apple.AmbientDisplayAgent 1.3 MB 0 bytes 3 53 174 root
    • usbd 1.3MB 0bytes 2 50 161 root
    • com.apple.notificationcenterui.... 1.3 MB 0 bytes 2 31 292 tylerhink
    • distnoted 1.3 MB 0 bytes 2 74 73 _distnote
    • spindump_agent 1.3 MB 0 bytes 2 40 229 tylerhink
    • helpd 1.2 MB 0 bytes 2 34 250 tylerhink
    • com.apple.AccountPolicyHelper 1.2 MB 0 bytes 2 21 188 root
    • diagnosticd 1.2 MB 0 bytes 2 49 103 root
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    • wdhelper 1.2MB 0bytes 2 26 43 root
    • logind 1.2MB 0bytes 2 51 66 root
    • com.apple.audio.SandboxHelper 1.1 MB 0 bytes 2 19 557 tylerhink
    • iconservicesagent 1.1 MB 0 bytes 2 23 37 root
    • nsurlstoraged 1.1 MB 0 bytes 2 29 154 _nsurlstoraged
    • securityd_service 1.1 MB 0 bytes 2 28 189 root
    • com.apple.ctkpcscd 1.1 MB 0 bytes 2 30 115 root
    • ctkd 1.1MB 0bytes 2 25 118 root
    • com.apple.ifdreader 1.1 MB 0 bytes 2 23 163 root
    • com.apple.CodeSigningHelper 1.1 MB 0 bytes 3 17 182 root
    • autofsd 1.1MB 0bytes 2 24 59 root
    • com.apple.audio.SandboxHelper 1.0 MB 0 bytes 2 19 440 tylerhink
    • CrashReporterSupportHelper 1.0 MB 0 bytes 2 22 272 root
    • thermald 1.0MB 0bytes 2 29 22 root
    • coresymbolicationd 996 KB 0 bytes 2 19 289 root
    • commandInk 964 KB 0 bytes 1 15 650 tylerhink
    • CVMServer 960 KB 0 bytes 4 69 172 root
    • watchdogd 920 KB 0 bytes 3 29 125 root
    • stackshot 868KB 0bytes 3 33 63 root
    • ntpd 852KB 0bytes 2 29 162 root
    • com.apple.ColorSyncXPCAgent 816 KB 0 bytes 2 24 624 tylerhink
    • networkd_privileged 676 KB 0 bytes 2 25 144 root
    • discoveryd_helper 664 KB 0 bytes 2 23 141 root
    • pboard 656 KB 0 bytes 1 21 218 tylerhink
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    • KernelEventAgent 572 KB 0 bytes 3 25 67 root
    • mdflagwriter 556 KB 0 bytes 2 20 325 tylerhink
    

    Thanks!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    It is normal for Mac OS X to use memory that is there. It, like most UNIX based operating systems, follows the rule that free memory is wasted memory.
     
  3. tylerhink thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I've noticed that since Yosemite, I have a lot more processes running. Is that normal as well?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    At this level just be guided by the Memory Pressure Graph, if Green then all is well, no need to look any further.
     
  6. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    This is normal. My Mac can easily use all 32G of RAM in Yosemite, and nearly half of them is used as cache to speed up the system when the machine is not doing heavy duty.

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