Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    what is normal kernel_task memory usage?

    Member Since
    Oct 14, 2007
    Posts
    273
    what is normal kernel_task memory usage?
    I've been noticing that lately kernel_task has consistently been taking up more more than 200mb of memory on my computer. I don't recall it doing this consistently before, although it's entirely possible it was and I wasn't noticing it.

    Is it normal for it to be at that level, not going down, while I'm using my computer? The only apps open are Chrome, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word. itunes, Self-Control, Finder, and Activity monitor.

    I've looked at other threads in this forum about kernel_task but I have no sense for what's considered OK and what's considered a warning sign for a larger problem.

    thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    what is normal kernel_task memory usage?
    BrianLachoreVPI's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 24, 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,733
    Specs:
    March 2011 15" MBP 2.3GHz i7 Quad Core 8GB Ram | Mid 2011 27" iMac 3.4 GHz i7 16 GB RAM 2 TB HDD
    Here's an interesting read Kernel_task process taking up an inordinate amount of CPU | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews At least I thought it was interesting - but there's so much I don't know under the hood of OS X. There are quite a few interesting reads on kernel_task - but you almost have to provide a complete listing of not just what you're actively using - but everything installed - for others to start guessing at what could be causing an increase in the size of this process - assuming that's abnormal. That number seems low compared to many. I'm not on my Mac right now so I can't look.

  3. #3
    what is normal kernel_task memory usage?
    northrnchimp's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2010
    Location
    England
    Posts
    217
    Specs:
    rMBP 13 2.5GHz 121GB SSD
    kernel_task is at 267MB for me, sounds about normal for an OS I would have thought.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. 'kernel_task' Why does it consume so much memory ?
    By Doug b in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-10-2010, 11:28 AM
  2. Kernel_task memory draw
    By mazibuko in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-28-2009, 05:40 PM
  3. Active memory usage, is this normal?
    By dyinginavan in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-26-2008, 09:59 AM
  4. Memory usage.
    By syncor4 in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-30-2006, 10:29 AM
  5. Is this RAM usage normal?
    By hollerz1 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-11-2004, 12:52 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •