Is 8GB of RAM Enough In 2018?

  • Published: 05 February 2018
  • The commonly held wisdom is that you can get by with 8GB of RAM, but with how much Chrome and Windows 10 use does this still hold up in 2018?

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Comments • 14 570

  • FortniteHighlights
    FortniteHighlights  13 hours back

    No not enough. 16 is enough

    • Tommy Salami
      Tommy Salami  16 hours back

      I use firefox on my ~15 year old HP Elitebook running ubuntu linux... I've had 400+ tabs open on two windows no problem.

      • Jesper Karlsson
        Jesper Karlsson  21 hours back

        16 was standard now more adays 32 3666mz

        • Khajiit Thundercat
          Khajiit Thundercat  1 days back

          "I don't need 16gb of RAM."

          Then I ran Kenshi

          • Nome Sev
            Nome Sev  1 days back

            More gamers today also Stream their games, what would you recommend for that? @Linus Tech Tips

            • AutOdometer
              AutOdometer  2 days back

              Thank you thank you. So I’m thinking 8GB would be ok to have 5-10 tabs open and a Camtasia video rendering in 1080p.

              • Black cat photography
                Black cat photography  2 days back

                I haven't used Chrome for a long time. I can't stand it à simple task becomes a complicated task. I use duckduckgo why simplicity and I like it

                • MogelBoom
                  MogelBoom  2 days back

                  uhm, me as a software dev I'm using a t470p by lenovo with 8gb ram on the go and ryzen 5 2600 with 16gb ddr4 but 8gb is more than enough for Softwaredevelopment tbh.

                  • iiElysium x
                    iiElysium x  2 days back

                    "ChRomE UsEs tOo MucH MeMorY" just close the god damm tabs!

                    • Azer Waiser
                      Azer Waiser  2 days back

                      Lmao. Idle 8GB of ram uses page file (fresh Windows installation, latest update today.) Idle with more than 20% ram usage and page file. + Standby memory full after some time.

                      • Muhammad Fatur Rachman

                        me laughing while crying at this at 2gb ram

                        • Muhammad Fatur Rachman
                          Muhammad Fatur Rachman  2 days back

                          @Muhammed Enam Ahmed 170041036 sometimes it fill with rage when I am trying to simultaneously switching between chrome and microsoft word, cause my laptop often freeze and I can't do anything on that and just wait until I can kill between those two apps with force close the app

                        • Muhammed Enam Ahmed 170041036
                          Muhammed Enam Ahmed 170041036  2 days back

                          how do you live your life?

                      • Zycklacon
                        Zycklacon  3 days back

                        I have 16

                        • berea lui cosminelsen
                          berea lui cosminelsen  3 days back

                          Yes if you have 2 of them

                          • Ethan D
                            Ethan D  4 days back

                            4 is honestly enough maybe not a good deal and not worth it but enough

                            • JakeFox
                              JakeFox  4 days back

                              Why am I here because I use a raspberry pi with 512MB everyday

                              • Ass Hunter63
                                Ass Hunter63  4 days back

                                My lap only have 4g
                                Insert sad kitten face

                                • CovertBrony
                                  CovertBrony  3 days back

                                  I will have my laptop to be upgraded to 8GB of RAM soon.

                              • Arnab Ghosh
                                Arnab Ghosh  4 days back

                                just download more

                                • Greg Deocampo
                                  Greg Deocampo  5 days back

                                  I started the after effects project and lo these many years later still get a kick out of seeing some random uber nerd like linus use it.

                                  • TemplarClip
                                    TemplarClip  5 days back

                                    Really his engineering excel spreadsheets wont open with 8 gb of ram when engineering work has been done in excel since 10+ years with 4 gb of ram being more than enough? Hard to believe really

                                    • Ryan Lim
                                      Ryan Lim  5 days back

                                      hehe my surface laptop only has 4gb ram... hlp plz

                                      • CovertBrony
                                        CovertBrony  2 days back

                                        @Muhammed Enam Ahmed 170041036 Ah, nice then. But I will upgrade my laptOP RAM soon.

                                      • Muhammed Enam Ahmed 170041036
                                        Muhammed Enam Ahmed 170041036  2 days back

                                        @CovertBrony Not true, I upgraded from 4 to 8 GB RAM.

                                      • CovertBrony
                                        CovertBrony  3 days back

                                        Rip. They don't let you upgrade your RAM.

                                    • StiligamingYT
                                      StiligamingYT  5 days back

                                      I have only 4 gigs of ram...

                                      I feel poor

                                    • Micro Green
                                      Micro Green  5 days back

                                      The thumbnail
                                      Linus had 9 rams but not 8 rams

                                      • Ohaiderepeeps
                                        Ohaiderepeeps  5 days back

                                        6:34 I bought a 16GB rgb corsair ram for 95$ just to play roblox on newly built pc. Bec my 10+yr old pc needed to be played on minimized screen and low resolution to play. Overkill?

                                        • Kal0en
                                          Kal0en  4 days back

                                          Overkill and unnecessary. Ram wont help you. Get a decent gpu and cpu.

                                      • Mr.Firefox
                                        Mr.Firefox  5 days back

                                        Use Firefox?

                                        • Avi YT
                                          Avi YT  5 days back

                                          the browser eat ram

                                          • Avi YT
                                            Avi YT  5 days back

                                            16gb min.

                                            • charles ryan
                                              charles ryan  6 days back

                                              Unless you like rust, rust pretty much demands 16, or even on lower settings

                                              • Jaynéé
                                                Jaynéé  6 days back

                                                My 6 year old 300€ laptop has 8 gigs lol!

                                                • Roman Shulgan
                                                  Roman Shulgan  6 days back

                                                  when playing games I've noticed in task manager "100%" of my memory is being used. Would physically putting better ram into my computer make games run smoother?

                                                  • CovertBrony
                                                    CovertBrony  3 days back

                                                    Yes. Even if you use a graphics card with more vram.

                                                • Ivan Rodriguez
                                                  Ivan Rodriguez  6 days back

                                                  32GB is enough to run the Adobe suite.

                                                  • Eat your Vegetables
                                                    Eat your Vegetables  7 days back

                                                    Linus: 8gb actually isnt enough for the average person
                                                    Also linus: to prove that, our video editing workstations use 20gb

                                                    • Brandon Ortiz
                                                      Brandon Ortiz  1 weeks back

                                                      My iPad Pro 3rd Generation only has 4 gigs of RAM, so what gives??? Why am I am able to do amazing things with this tablet on a FRACTION of the RAM you suggest??? I can watch 4k videos just fine. I can play the newest bleeding edge games just fine. I can even do 4k video editing just fine. Honestly, 4gigs of RAM is plenty. 16 gigs of ram is waaaaaaay overkill.

                                                      • Ryan Lau
                                                        Ryan Lau  1 weeks back

                                                        Now, if I want to play a huge minecraft modpack (maybe over 300 mods), it aint gonna run unless i allocate it 8 GB of RAM. Yep, we in this modern minecrafting era need 16 GB of RAM.

                                                        • The Bat-Tester
                                                          The Bat-Tester  1 weeks back

                                                          Few games start to need at least 12GB. In Batman Arkham Knight you get stutters and loadings every 5 seconds when driving around town in the Batmobile. It is unplayable with 8GB.

                                                          • GoklasM
                                                            GoklasM  1 weeks back

                                                            Isn't 640kb enough for everyone?

                                                            • Nicholas Chlorox
                                                              Nicholas Chlorox  1 weeks back

                                                              meanwhile here i am, rocking 4gb of ddr3 in 2019

                                                              • SamTheCar
                                                                SamTheCar  1 weeks back

                                                                16gb is essential for gaming, Forza Horizon 4 uses 10gb!

                                                                • cadyen
                                                                  cadyen  1 weeks back

                                                                  There's 9 RAM modules in the thumbnail how could you

                                                                  • ItsMoses
                                                                    ItsMoses  1 weeks back

                                                                    Now 8GB RAM is kind of a standard on smartphones🤔

                                                                    • InfiniteVegetables
                                                                      InfiniteVegetables  1 weeks back

                                                                      16 gig gang?

                                                                      • Matthew
                                                                        Matthew  1 weeks back

                                                                        I managed to open 70 tabs all with YouTube videos playing on my new i5 laptop with no sign of issue....Just realised this video is from Feb 2018 so maybe Chrome is more efficient now?

                                                                        • SH4RKZ
                                                                          SH4RKZ  1 weeks back

                                                                          Human eye can only see 15.99GB! 16GB is an overkill!

                                                                          • DGEmpire 34
                                                                            DGEmpire 34  1 weeks back

                                                                            Imagine 1tb worth of ram

                                                                            • DGEmpire 34
                                                                              DGEmpire 34  1 weeks back

                                                                              What runs better with a amd 3200g with integrated graphics, 2x4 ram or just 1 8gb ram stick?

                                                                            • Mahesh M V U
                                                                              Mahesh M V U  1 weeks back

                                                                              Lenovo Ideapad 310 user with i3-6100U 2.3 GHz and 4 GB RAM here. I have had this for over 3 years for web browsing and my business, and am pretty happy with it. Yes it is not as fast as it used to be, but I plan to keep this for another year. Hopefully, i9 laptops will have become a bit ‘mainstream ‘ and a lot cheaper by then. I have my eye on the Thinkpad ... 😍

                                                                              • laveenr
                                                                                laveenr  11 hours back

                                                                                Patato pc😉

                                                                            • Anh Tuấn
                                                                              Anh Tuấn  1 weeks back

                                                                              Duh no one needs to open 180 chrome tabs at once lol

                                                                              • Anh Tuấn
                                                                                Anh Tuấn  1 weeks back

                                                                                I have a pc with 2gb ddr2 ram and an intel core 2 duo e8400 but still handle win 10 pro easily and adobe cs6 and several chrome tabs

                                                                                • FixIt!
                                                                                  FixIt!  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Of course it fucking is.