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OldManWithers52

Idle Ram Usage at 4 gigs?

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do you have a ton of programs running on start up? Almost any software you install runs at boot up and usually sits in your system tray. Right click your taskbar and go to Task manager. You have have to hit More Details in the left left corner to see the tabs. Navigate to the Start up tab and see how many programs are in there set to run on start up. 

 

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Nah, it's normal, atm my ram usage is at 4.2 GB, it depends on what is running in the background and your total amount of ram, but 4 GB is pretty normal for 16 GB


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9 minutes ago, OldManWithers52 said:

I have 16 gigs of ram and for some reason my system is always pegged around 4 gigs at idle which seems high, any ideas why?

What do you define as 'idle'? What programs do you have running, with how many processes? (i.e. how many webbrowser tabs, chats open, etc.)


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It will depend on whats running in the background.

Windows 10 will also cache things into memory in case you decide to access it again later. This is memory that is allocated but is made readily available for any application to use if you start getting low on memory. You can check this under the performance Tab.


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This isn't anything to be worried about.

 

Basically, the more RAM you have, the more RAM your operating system can use for things like caching and other optimizations, especially when you're not actively using all of that RAM. If you removed half your RAM, you'd probably find that the RAM usage would be lower. Modern operating systems have been doing this for years.

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