Question RAM Percentage Usage is Double my Actual Usage

Jan 13, 2020
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My PC was built for me by PC specialist with 8gb RAM. I have recently replaced my RAM for 2x8GB Corsair Vengance 3200mHz. I changed the RAM frequency to 3200mhZ in my BIOS. (The old RAM is not in use). See resource monitor and specs attached.
 

Ralston18

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The Memory column measurement is in % not GB.

32% of 16 GB = approx. 5.12 GB or 5,284 MB which is indicated by the green "in use" part of the horizontal bar.

However, where are you reading/getting the "actual usage"? I think you are referring to the physical amount of installed RAM; i.e., 16 GB.

Please correct my understanding as necessary.
 
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The Memory column measurement is in % not GB.

32% of 16 GB = approx. 5.12 GB or 5,284 MB which is indicated by the green "in use" part of the horizontal bar.

However, where are you reading/getting the "actual usage"? I think you are referring to the physical amount of installed RAM; i.e., 16 GB.

Please correct my understanding as necessary.
That's the thing, 5.12 GB is not in use, its 2.6GB in use. It's doubling. I have no idea why
 
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Okay: doubling from 2.6 GB to 5.12 GB.

How is the 2.6 GB being determined/established?

Source, basis?

I am missing something....
From adding up the usage in the task manager, it's roughly 2.6 in use. Not 5.12. When I played games on my pc with 8gb, roughly 85% was in use. When I play games with 16gb ram, it's still using 85% even though no settings have been changed in game. Makes no sense.
 

Ralston18

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Interesting: What did you use to find or calculate "85%"?

Software will use the memory that it needs and that does not necessarily mean that all memory will be maxed out. Remember there is RAM, Virtual, memory, and GPU RAM (Video Memory).

Slide the Resource Monitor window to one side of the screen or to a second monitor. Leave open.

Then, just watch for a few minutes. Then game as normal and continue to watch.,

I am not fully sure that totaling memory via Task Manager fully represents/presents what is going on. Plus that is a very long column to total....

Resource Monitor would be the "authority" that I would use.

Or perhaps "Get-Process" via Powershell. However, it may take some work to get the output results into acomprehensible and meaningful format. E.g., output to Excel for sorting and tallying.
 

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