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Opera 12.15 for Windows a memory hog

  • I have been using Opera for quite sometime now, but since I updated the web browser to 12.15 about a month ago, have noticed that the browser seems to have become a memory hog, a la Firefox (which made me use Opera, to start with). I have 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 installed on my Acer notebook, and have only one add-on - AdBlock - installed in the 32-bit version of Opera installed on my system. Had removed other add-ons after having a harrowing time in one of the previous versions recently, when having more than 2-3 add-ons would crash the browser (which Opera later rectified in 12.14 I think).

    Does anyone face similar issues of memory of over 300 Mb being used by Opera even if only one tab in one window is open ? Also, when is Opera likely to release the next version of the browser ?

  • Even with one tab? No. But with 4 add-ons and a long period of continius usage(2 hours) and a lot of pages browsed with several tabs opened then if i close every tab the memory is about 225-250MB. Then i close opera to clean up and i reopen it and then it is using again about120MB.

    Windows 8 pro 64bit

  • Originally posted by rameshi1:

    Does anyone face similar issues of memory of over 300 Mb being used by Opera even if only one tab in one window is open ? Also, when is Opera likely to release the next version of the browser ?

    I don't, but even one tab could use a lot of memory if you kept it open all day, and visited hundreds of sites using that one tab. However, I am using Opera 11.64 32-bit on Windows XP with only 1 Gbyte RAM. Memory use with about five tabs open is usually around 200 Mbytes.

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  • I find the same problem.. Opera 12.15 is a lot unstable.. 10,11 was a lot better

  • Well, I have not noticed such a humongous usage of memory in previous versions of Opera desktop browser hence my concern. Doesn't help if people write their responses in older / other versions. With 12.15 Opera has become worse than Firefox was at its worst. Hope developers at Opera note such feedback and resolve it in later versions to be released.

  • It doesn't help if people write their memory use without stating their total installed memory, and without saying what they were doing in that single tab, and for how long.

    If you try an Advanced Search for "memory" you will find no end of threads about this, and barely 1/100 gives sufficient information to identify if a problem exists, or if the amount of RAM being used is to be expected. AdBlock may well be the culprit — try disabling it, and see if the memory use goes down.

    In general, using more memory is good, not bad. It means that applications can execute tasks faster. Where it becomes a problem is when a large proportion of the free RAM is occupied, and is not released when other applications request it, resulting in paging data to disk and reduced performance.

    :idea: If you put your OS and other details in your forum signature, it saves us asking, and saves you repeating yourself.

  • @Pesala, if you had read earlier posts (original one by me) you would have got all necessary info on system config. Sage advise from you on including system specs in one's profile signature, but how about following your own advise first ?

    Anyway, am not here to troll. Would help if expert folks can give inputs on why / how memory usage is so high in Opera 12.15 (32-bit). Have been using Opera for a long time, as a secondary browser of course, but haven't faced such acute memory issues in earlier versions, esp. 11.x

  • Originally posted by rameshi1:

    if you had read earlier posts (original one by me) you would have got all necessary info on system config

    You did not state your installed RAM in the first post, nor have you yet told us what you're doing in that single tab.

    I have followed my own advice — my system specs have been in my signature for ages.

    300 Mbytes out of 4000 is about 13% — which is not a problem at all, let alone "humongous" memory usage.

    Did you try the search yet? Not much is worth repeating for the twentieth time.

    Best response ever on this topic is in this post.

  • I have the same problem. Always have, for over two years of various Opera versions (currently I'm on 12.14). It even made me switch to Chrome for 6 months out of frustration (until Google got a little too big brothery for my likes).

    Right now, I have 4 tabs open. Ebay, Gmail, a forum, and this Opera website. Opera is using 785,111K memory. That's a little bit ridiculous, right? When I shut down Opera (which takes 5 minutes, I might add, before the process finally disappears) and restart it, memory use is better but after an hour or so it's right back at hogging 1GB of memory. I have 4GB memory, a quad core and am using Windows 7 64-bit. The only other applications I run are a ten year old version of Winamp, an explorer window (not IE, just explorer), truecrypt and notepad. Of those, Winamp uses 3 MB of memory, Notepad 1 MB, Truecrypt 2MB, and explorer 37 MB. Yet somehow Opera just uses 800 MB and if I open more tabs it uses even more... note I have zero add-ons or plug ins. Just a regular version of Opera.

  • Welcome to the club @mkivtt !!! Though many people thought Firefox was the original memory hog, Opera beats it hollow. Just yesterday I noticed that I had just one tab open in Opera 12.15 and that too the simple Google search page, and Task Manager showed Opera was using 500+ Mb memory. At this rate, will have to install one more 4Gb RAM module in my notebook, if I hope to use Opera (and Chrome, may I add).

    I wonder if Opera browser folks have abandoned us in favour of the more juicy mobile browser folks. Everybody seems to be focusing on the mobile devices these days, not realizing that the PC users still remain a huge majority, and many would give the mobile version a try only if they are satisfied with the PC version of the App.

  • I delayed upgrading from 11.64 to 12.15 due to many complaints of excess RAM or CPU usage. But I bit the bullet when setting up my new Sony Vaio laptop (Core i5), and have found Opera 12.15 working just fine. I have 12G RAM, with Opera using just 1.1G for 16 tabs.

    Another 2.5G RAM in use by Win7 & other apps, including Chrome, which is using about 300MB for 4 tabs. Opera has been open for about 24 hours. It might be as simple as a clean install on a new system, with latest Flash, etc.

    Just for grins, I just opened Quicken, Excel, Powerpoint and Word to see how they consume the remaining RAM. RAM consumption only increased from 3.6 to 3.85 gigabytes. I still show 8.3G free RAM. (Paging file is disabled = 0 MB) Go figure~!

    Thus far, I also have not experienced the runaway CPU cycles that were sometimes a problem with ver 11.64. I'm pretty sure that was a result of ill-behaving Flash panels in one or more tabs.

    Sorry, but I cannot confirm any RAM or CPU problems with Opera 12 ... happy camper~!

  • Originally posted by Pesala:

    AdBlock may well be the culprit — try disabling it, and see if the memory use goes down.

    Have you tried this suggestion? Many of the reviews for the extension cite high memory usage and that was my experience as well. I uninstalled it and went in a different direction and have no issues with excessive memory consumption whatsoever.

  • Well, only Adblock was installed as an add-on in my 32-bit Opera 12.15 which I uninstalled and it seems to have made hardly any difference. Now, with just one tab open, and having accessed few popular sites (GMail, Yahoo) in it for the past 15-20 minutes, noticed that Opera's memory usage jumped from 146 Mb when I just opened it, to 290 Mb now. Thankfully, Opera doesn't run a Bank, else customers would wonder where all their money disappears between morning and noon 😉

  • feedback: I too have a similar problem in recent versions of Opera (this is why I came back here to check if there is a solution). I have installed no add-ons. I can tell that Facebook is a RAM killer for Opera. Other sites that accept Facebook comments as well immediately reduce Opera performance by taking up my PC's limited RAM (2 gigs). I had set Memory Cache to "Automatic" but now I have allocated 60 megs only (although no visible difference). Besides, I don't recommend using an old version (due to security issues in previous ones).

    Gladly the "Opera restart" trick did reduce RAM usage back to about 200 megabytes.

    These tweaks and this Firefox addon can also help in reducing RAM usage and improving the performance.

  • Originally posted by rameshi1:

    Well, only Adblock was installed as an add-on in my 32-bit Opera 12.15 which I uninstalled and it seems to have made hardly any difference. Now, with just one tab open, and having accessed few popular sites (GMail, Yahoo) in it for the past 15-20 minutes, noticed that Opera's memory usage jumped from 146 Mb when I just opened it, to 290 Mb now. Thankfully, Opera doesn't run a Bank, else customers would wonder where all their money disappears between morning and noon 😉

    What money disappearing has to do with RAM usage?
    It's long known Opera <= 12.x doesn't free up all the RAM used by pages after you close their tabs, and I think it allows it to restore closed tabs and reopen pages from that site faster than other browsers. But whatever, I don't baby sit the process manager while I'm using my PC.

    But hey, now Opera 15 is out this discussion is very outdated, specially in a time where PCs ship with 4 GB of RAM perhaps it's time to stop looking at the process manager anyway and start actually enjoying the web...?

    My opera.exe never came close to 2 GB of RAM usage. I bet the slowdowns in pages have nothing to do with it and you're just talking about the dying Presto of 12.x.
    Some cases related here aren't even realistic and seem to be related to plug-in usage...

  • Originally posted by victorxstc2:

    I can tell that Facebook is a RAM killer for Opera. Other sites that accept Facebook comments as well immediately reduce Opera performance by taking up my PC's limited RAM (2 gigs).

    Facebook is a "hog", agreed. But it can be blocked.

  • Originally posted by j7n:

    Originally posted by victorxstc2:

    I can tell that Facebook is a RAM killer for Opera. Other sites that accept Facebook comments as well immediately reduce Opera performance by taking up my PC's limited RAM (2 gigs).

    Facebook is a "hog", agreed. But it can be blocked[/url" target="_blank">http://my.opera.com/community/forums/search.dml?term=block+facebook&username=&exactusername=Y&mode=forum&datemodifier=newer&limitdate=180&disp=thread&submit=+Search+]blocked[/url].

    Yes but most of the time, I am surfing it. So blocking is not so practical for me.

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    Anyways, I tested my Opera performance (Windows XP SP3. I have 3 gigs of RAM [I was incorrect the previous time about 2 gigs]):

    My pagefile (disk RAM emulator) is always disabled. My Opera's RAM cache is set at 60 megs. I closed all other programs except some necessary ones. The baseline RAM usage for Opera with about 10 original tabs was 210 megabytes, and the baseline for the whole system was about 500 megs.

    I opened about 50 lolzbook.com websites. Each page of this site has some small memes and sometimes larger gif files, a Facebook commenting panel, and some flash ads. After opening about 50 tabs of lolzbook, I faced "Out of Virtual Memory" error and with opening some more tabs Opera crashed. So by opening 50 silly pages, about a huge amount of 2.5 gigabytes was wasted by Opera. This is just ridiculous as each page accounted for 50 megs of RAM, while the content of each page barley reached 1 or 2 megs.

    Interestingly, when I re-opened the crashed Opera and all the previous pages were fully loaded, only 1.5 gigs of RAM were allocated (Opera was using about 1 gigabyte). This raises 2 questions: Is there a bug causing this? If Opera can handle the same set of tabs with 1 gigabyte, why it first used 2.5 gigs? Second question is that why Opera uses 800 megs (as the best option) to 2.3 gigs (as the first experience) for 50 silly meme sites? It should use about 200 megs top for such amount of tabs full of simple content, not 800 megs, not 2.5 gigs.

    I think Opera should fix this. Or give the user some optimization options. For example, a user should be able to define performance mode. He/she should be able to choose between a super-fast but RAM WASTING Opera, but another super-fast and RAM-friendly Opera. I called both "super-fast" as I notice no difference between the current version (12.15) and the older versions in terms of loading speed. The older ones were better. They used to render Facebook or other heavy websites much smoother and faster, compared to this buggy version.

    I am sure Opera guys would do something about this bug.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Originally posted by victorxstc2:

    I am sure Opera guys would do something about this bug.

    You shouldn't expect this, Opera 12.x won't be developed further, you're already testing an outdated version. Opera 15 and up is the reality.

  • I didn't mean in Opera 12, but in future versions. It is strange that v 15 is rolled out. I relied on my automatic updater. It didn't install the new Opera. Lets download the newest one then!

  • It's Chromium-based and lack many functionalities right now so they decided to not push through auto-update, but it installs alongside 12.x so don't worry.

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