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Dell/Alienware Memory Usage?

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After watching the review videos of the Alienware and seeing the 4 gigs memory usage while idle, I wanted to ask if anyone figured out why that is? I have a Dell Gaming laptop with the same issue. I only have 8 gigs and it doesn't seem to cause any problems while gaming etc, but I was curious if anyone figured out what was going on?

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No its there even if you re-format, if you watch the Linus review videos you'll see what I'm talking about with the Alienware.

 

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It's the bloatware Dell puts on. They have all this help center, Dell disk management, software center, and a dashboard. If you disable and uninstall everything except the proprietary driver updater it will cut back a ton. Also by gutting windows 10 you can save around a gig

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They are many factors.

  • Drivers software that are loaded, but probably not needed.
  • Extra software from the manufacture (usually, most of them, are done on the cheap, outsourced, and optimization is completely missing).
  • Windows. Under modern versions of Windows, the more memory you have, the more the OS will consume. SuperFetch feature will consume more RAM to preload parts of programs before you do for faster startups (note: it does not reserve memory space, it will free it if needed dynamically), and Windows will load more things in RAM to deliver a fast and responsive experience.
  • The reviewer might have other programs that he/she installed and runs on the back (web browser?)
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I'm going to take a wild guess.

 

Dell puts Killer NICs on their Alienware laptops. Killer NICs are notorious for having leaky drivers. And while I'm not sure if whoever makes Killer NICs have actually solved anything, a leaky driver will make it seem like RAM is being consumed but when you try to add it up, you get nothing close to it. If at any point they show the Memory page on the Performance tab in Task Manager and "Non-paged pool" is more than a say 300MB, then it's very likely a leaky driver and I'm going to point to the network ones first.

 

Actually now that I think about it, a lot of things I've seen with network related tasks are ripe with being leaky. I fixed a bug one time because the software had a memory leak and it was related to continuously creating requests without freeing them up. And Linux has in network code some goto statements to a cleanup routine to avoid leaking memory.

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  • 2 weeks later...

so let me clarify: 
Linus recently reviewed multiple manufacturers on their PC buying process. When he got the Alienware, it showed High memory usage even though Task Manager didn't show any programs using that much memory. My 8GB laptop says it only has 4GB available, even if I disable and turn off everything. What's even odder is that I don't have memory issues when I game, so It seems like I am getting the full 8GB even though it says there's only 4. 

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