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Google Addresses Chrome's Memory Woes With Native 'Tab Discarding'

Browsers have become one of the most memory-intensive applications you can run and while vendors such as Google and Firefox have gone to great lengths to keep things under control, for some users, it’s still not good enough. In fact, Chrome will introduce a rather drastic measure in an upcoming version — tab “discarding” — to help alleviate the issue.


Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM

Chrome may be the best browser around, but it eats up your PC’s RAM like prawns at Christmas. If you’ve ever looked at your task manager, you’ve probably flipped out at the sheer number of Chrome processes and the memory they hog. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM, and how to curb its gluttony.


ImDisk Creates Dynamically Resizing RAM Disks

Windows: We’ve previously looked at reasons why you might want to create a RAM disk to boost your PCs performance. ImDisk can accomplish this same task without using up more RAM than necessary.


Why Upgrading Your RAM Is No Longer A Silver Bullet [Video]

Once upon a time, upgrading your PC’s RAM was a sure-fire way to increase its performance. These days, this is not always the case; especially if you already have 4GB or memory on board. Techquickie host Linus Sebastian explains why you might be better off plumping for a solid-state drive, and how to know whether a RAM upgrade will actually speed up your PC.


RAM At The Speed Of Light?

Scientists in Singapore have created a new type of random-access memory that uses light for reading out information. The prototype RAM, which is based on ferroelectrics, boasts significantly faster write/read speeds, better longevity and low energy consumption compared to current technologies. The resultant FeRAM is being billed as a possible “universal memory” contender to displace flash.


Check Runtime Broker If You're Running Out Of RAM On Windows 8

Windows 8’s new ‘don’t-call-them-Metro’ apps use a process called Runtime Broker to manage permissions. Under normal circumstances it should use only a few megabytes of data. However, in some cases, a memory leak may cause it to balloon up to a gigabyte or more.


Know The Difference Between Good And Bad High RAM Usage

People often panic when their computer’s resources seem to be maxed out. While CPUs and hard disks may suffer from high usage, a low amount of RAM doesn’t necessarily slow down your computer .


DIY Repairs, Upgrades To Save Your Laptop: Upgrading RAM

Too many laptops are cast aside for singular broken parts, for “running too slow”, or other problems that shouldn’t require a rent-sized new purchase. All this week, we’ll detail fixes and upgrades that save otherwise functional laptops. Today, we’re installing new memory.


What Are The Rules On Mixing Two Different Types Of RAM?

Dear Lifehacker,

I’ve got some old RAM lying around that I’m looking to use. What are the rules on mixing RAM? As long as they’re the same modules (DDR, DDR2, etc), should I experience any performance issues?


Turn A USB Flash Drive Into Extra Virtual RAM

It’s not hard to turn an extra USB stick lying around that’s collecting dust into extra memory for your computer, allowing it to run speedier and manage more applications better.


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