For context, I recently purchased an Acer Nitro 5 laptop from this deal. I got the AN515-57-54ZA model for $1,297 (with Thunderbolt 4). The laptop has 8GB RAM by default (I have ordered more online to upgrade to 16GB).
Whilst idle, the RAM usage seems to hover around the 50% mark. However, when looking at task manager, the programs don't seem to add up to 4GB usage.
- Is this normal?
This causes an error message to pop up whilst trying to launch Age of Empires IV, saying "your system only has 1.5/7.8GB free." Again, doesn't add up when there should be 50% free? (Steam in offline mode does take up another ~6% or so, though)
This will of course be fixed once upgrading to 16GB RAM, just wondering if others have high idle RAM usage with their Acer Nitro 5 laptops, or any laptops/PCs in general really, if there's something to be worried about.
Some googling has suggested that perhaps:
- Windows reserves ~3GB of RAM that doesn't show up in task manager
- Task manager is showing RAM reserved, not necessarily in use
- Having all of your RAM in use is actually a good thing, the more you have, the more your computer/apps will utilise it even if they can get by with less
(Note: not 100% sure on the accuracy of these claims.)
Screenshots of task manager.
Tags: Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, Intel i5-11400H CPU