> System becomes Irresponsive
> Chrome is taking RAM
> Closes two windows with 60+ tabs
> Leaves 1 tab open
> Still taking RAM
> taskkill /f /t /im chrome.exe
> RAM is not being held as hostage by Chrome

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    I genuinely don't get how people can have Windows with more than like 10+ tabs. It drives me nuts and often they're unorganized. But that's just me lol
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    @jhh2450 There's this extension called "Session Buddy" which helps like a bazillion times more than Chrome's own tab manger
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    The graph clearly shows that you used about 63% of your 20gb (wtf?!) ram, so you still had 7.4gb unused. Why should the system not respond when there's plenty of space left to store data? (Free ram = no swapping needed = no extra io load)
    You close the tabs. Fine. Why should you unload all that data, if you maybe could use it later, at no additional cost? You still have space for new data. Shouldn't that be the case, unused data should automatically be discarded or swapped (if still needed). Something else hugged up the system. But not chrome. (Or maybe it did, 'cause the CPU was busy handling your shitload of tabs)
    -12/10, would rant about rant again
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    I've got a shortcut on my desktop for that task kill command!
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    Use tab suspender extension. RAM usage is directly proportional to number of opened tabs!
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    @jhh2450 I'm usually around 150 in my heavily customized Firefox, and they all are things that I started one day and that I would like to finish soon (but I never find the time to do it).
    I am starting to move a lot of these 'never finished' tabs to bookmarks though, because my Firefox is getting a *little* laggy sometimes ^^'
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    killall -9 google-chrome

    # *laughs in gnu utils*
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    The reason chrome is pretty snappy is because it caches and preloads a lot of stuff into memory. Unused memory is wasted memory.
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    If your system is becoming unresponsive with that much free memory available you've got other problems than chrome.

    Also why 20gb? A quick bit of pre-coffee napkin maths (accuracy may vary in places) says that you've completely lost any benefit to dual/triple/quad channel memory (whatever your board supports) at that capacity which would have probably made more of a difference than just throwing more memory at it.
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    @maltedMilk My Chrome can use 3-4GB even without tabs open though :l
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    @Scrumplex process is called chrome only actually ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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    @Kimmax Hey, +1'd your rant abut my rant 😂, but a couple of notes:

    1) 20.0 GBs of RAM is two 8GB sticks plus one 4GB stick, as shown in the bottom three out of four DIMM slots are used.

    2) That ~63% you mentioned, was AFTER I closed my 3 windows. So the graph is like this actually:
    a) ~99%: with 60+ tabs open
    b) ~63%: with just one open
    c) ~58%: with no chrome processes open

    Which means tab leaving 1 tab open in Chrome was taking ~1.5GBs of RAM, which is unacceptable. Which is the subject iof my rant, as noted in the description, if you read it.

    So in conclusion, I noticed that having that much tabs open was making the system unresponsive, so I closed that tabs (which could be due to tabs taking CPU cycles, I know).

    But I'm complaining about why Chrome STILL takes so much RAM, even when only 1 tab is open. (Chrome's task manager doesn't say much, only GPU Processes, which is weired; and the extensions used totally about ~100MBs of RAM which fine. Mainly Adblock Plus.)
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    @DLMousey My work PC was assembled in 2014 and had 16GBs of 1600MHz dual RAM.

    I needed more RAM but couldn't afford to spend money for the PC which belonged to my company, so I bought a 4GB 1600MHz stick, and put it on the mainboard.

    That extra amount helped a lot when I needed it.

    I know it's not the BEST configuration, but it's BETTER than not having that 4GBs of RAM.

    It won't hurt the performance to have that 4GB stick in there, would it?

    I ask because until you mentioed it I thought it wouldn't.
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    This is what I EXPECT chrome to do when I terminate it

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    @DRSDavidSoft chrome doesn't release memory when it's not needed. Taking 1.5GB for one tab when you have a bunch more available is fine, so it keeps it for optimization. If there's memory pressure it releases a bunch of RAM, although I guess it couldn't release enough when you had hundreds of tabs open.
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