What is the normal RAM usage for Mint 17.1 MATE???

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What is the normal RAM usage for Mint 17.1 MATE???

Post by Doruletz » Sat May 30, 2015 2:29 pm

Here's my huge dilemma:
What is the normal RAM usage for Mint 17.1 MATE???


When running Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca MATE 64-bit from Live CD/USB I get 350-500MB idle RAM usage. I even have a Live USB stick with persistence (separate casper-rw partition) and all updates installed that never gets over 6-700MB of RAM.
After I install to SSD/HDD and do all updates, upgrades, install nVidia drivers, as well as other soft/apps, update to latest Linux kernel (been using kernel 3.16.0-37 and lately 3.19.0-18) my idle RAM usage jumps to between 1.6 to 1.9GB of RAM, which in my opinion is a lot.
Needles to say that when browsing the web with Firefox and having multiple browser tabs and/or windows open the RAM usage can get as high as 2.5-3.5GB or more...
I mean this is Linux we're talking about here, not the resource/power hog Window$...
So, can you please suggest what causes this jump in idle RAM usage, and maybe list your idle RAM usage for comparison?
I even decreased my swapiness from the default "60" down to 10, yet still same high RAM usage...

See snapshots bellow:

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High RAM Usage:
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System Details:
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My beautiful Desktop:
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Also, here's an "inxi -F" output for my system:

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$ inxi -F
System: Host: THOR-PC-Z97X-Gaming-7 Kernel: 3.19.0-18-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca
Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z97X-Gaming 7 version: x.x Bios: American Megatrends version: F6 date: 05/30/2014
CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-4790K CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx)
Clock Speeds: 1: 4400.00 MHz 2: 4400.156 MHz 3: 4400.00 MHz 4: 4400.00 MHz 5: 4400.00 MHz 6: 3140.625 MHz 7: 4400.00 MHz 8: 4400.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA Device 1401 X.Org: 1.15.1 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: GeForce GTX 960/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 352.09
Audio: Card-1: NVIDIA Device 0fba driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: k3.19.0-18-generic
Card-2: Intel Device 8ca0 driver: snd_hda_intel
Card-3: Logitech driver: USB Audio
Network: Card: Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: alx
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 74:d4:35:ed:48:6e
Drives: HDD Total Size: 14304.9GB (24.0% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: OCZ size: 60.0GB
2: id: /dev/sdb model: ST2000DM001 size: 2000.4GB 3: id: /dev/sdc model: MKNSSDEC240GB size: 240.1GB
4: id: /dev/sdd model: ST6000DX000 size: 6001.2GB 5: id: /dev/sde model: ST4000DM000 size: 4000.8GB
6: id: /dev/sdf model: Hitachi_HDS72302 size: 2000.4GB 7: USB id: /dev/sdg model: TRAVELDRIVE_005B size: 2.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 55G used: 16G (30%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 1.8T used: 38G (3%) fs: ext4
ID: swap-1 size: 2.06GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C gpu: 44C
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 243 Uptime: 1:02 Memory: 1615.5/32056.7MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4


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MY HARDWARE SETUP:

NO OVERCLOCKING
PC Case: Black Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: 750W Thermaltake Modular
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 - Bios: American Megatrends version: F6 date: 05/30/2014
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.0GHZ - quad core (shows as eight cores with hyper-threading in System Monitor)
CPU COOLER: Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro Closed-Loop All In One Liquid CPU Cooler Dual 120mm PWM Fans 120x49mm Radiator CLW0216
RAM: Total of 32GB - (4 x 8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz
GPU: 2GB GDDR5 EVGA SuperSuperClocked (SSC) GTX 960 with ACX 2.0+ cooling, driver GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 352.09
SSD/HDD/USB Drives:
For Linux Mint 17.1LTS Rebecca MATE 64-bit OS:
Linux OS Boot SSD: 60GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD, SATA III (6.0Gb/s) - mounted as "/" - root
Home Folder Drive: 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH164, SATA III (6.0Gb/s) with 64MB Cache, 7200rpm - mounted as "/home"
Linux File Storage Drives:
6TB Seagate ST6000DX000-1H217Z, SATA III (6.0Gb/s) with 128MB Cache, 7200rpm - mounted as "/media/6TB-LinuxStorage"
4TB Seagate ST4000DM000-1F2168, SATA III (6.0Gb/s) with 64MB Cache, 5900rpm - mounted as "/media/4TB-LinuxStorage"
My SWAP is on a USB Thumb Drive, mounted internally, on an "inside the box" 5th USB port of a Legacy PCI to USB card
2GB Memorex TRAVELDRIVE 005B
WINDOWS DRIVES:
NOTE: Windows is not installed on my PC yet, but I plan to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, just for minor stuff that Linux doesn't do (some games, video editing with Pinnacle Studio, etc)
240GB SSD Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDEC240GB - for Windows 7 OS install system files
2TB Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 SATA III (6.0Gb/s), 64MB Cache, 7200rpm - for Windows NTFS File Storage
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Re: What is the normal RAM usage for Mint 17.1 MATE???

Post by MartyMint » Sat May 30, 2015 2:36 pm

Just as a reference, my Ubuntu Studio 14.04 w/MATE desktop hovers around 1GB at idle (with a few processes running, which are constantly running in the background like DropBox...etc...)

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Re: What is the normal RAM usage for Mint 17.1 MATE???

Post by Doruletz » Sat May 30, 2015 2:51 pm

MartyMint wrote:Just as a reference, my Ubuntu Studio 14.04 w/MATE desktop hovers around 1GB at idle (with a few processes running, which are constantly running in the background like DropBox...etc...)
Thanks for the post, Marty,
Up to or around 1GB I can live with, sounds close to normal. Especially when you overlap MATE on top of that piece of crap Unity...
Unity is the one and only reason why I'll NEVER, EVER use Ubuntu again.
I HATE IT!!!
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Re: What is the normal RAM usage for Mint 17.1 MATE???

Post by herbie643 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:10 pm

I know I am a bit late in the discussion but I am running Antergos w/Cinnamon and my ram usage at idle is about 350mb. With Chrome running with 1 tab open it is about 700mb.
For Mate at idle to be using 1gb seems a bit high to me. When I ran Xfce on Antergos my memory was at about 250mb.
When i ran Manjaro w/OpenRC my memory was about 220mb at idle.
Not saying you should run either of the 2 I mentioned, just showing you a comparison.
I read on many sites that Cinnamon is heavy. Well from what I have seen, currently on my system, that isn't true as you can see by my statistics. Sure, it's a bit heavier, but not what I would call over burdensome.
Just my opinion. YMMV.

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