When applications consume too much RAM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:36 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:17 AM
I also see your iTunes also gobbles up over 1gb. I've never understood this, how much ram do you need to play frikin audio files?
That screenshot was taken when an application had a massive memory leak (as described in the article). Normally it consumes far less memory.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:38 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:13 PM
It does have a potential slight improvement when it clears the disk cache - but this may or may not help performance - depending on the usage and what ended up in the disk cache.
It is better to look and see what is taking up ram... especially web browsers which cache aggressively so can easily chew up most of your available ram. A few hours of web browsing with multple windows and/or tabs can be 1 GB+. With most web browsers now supporting a resume where left off option - or easy restore last session from a menu, it is a great way to recover some ram - when it starts up again, it'll only be using as much ram as it needs for the current pages.
(Although personally I find that in addition to the web browsers, iTunes on my Mac Pro running 10.7.5 will frequently just start eating up piles of ram - I think it is related to WiFi sync with my iPhones & iPads. I have started just running iTunes at certain times then quitting it so it doesn't climb to over 2 GB out of my 6 GB of ram)
Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:05 PM
I personally wouldn't say obsessive, but if you run a variety of apps, this is very useful. I've used this in my dock for a few years now and it's helped a lot. I can't picture my dock(s) without it.