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Heightened RAM and GPU memory usage and crashes

  • I am a pretty heavy user and generally have 100+ tabs open at any time. Usually this posed no issue on any of my PCs, which have between 16GB and 32GB of RAM. On some occasions, I got individual page crashes, but when I reloaded the page, it would reduce the RAM usage elsewhere and properly load the page.

    However, recently, I think as of version 65 (but could have been earlier), Opera keeps crashing all the time with high RAM usage. I suspect it also has to do with the GPU memory, as it happens more often with GPU-intensive websites like video sites. However, what I see directly is just that heavier RAM usage causes crashes, and a general slowdown of the system. The frequency is about 2–3 crashes per hour.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

  • Not experiencing it, but there are a few things you can try.

    • Hit shift + esc in Opera ot open its task manager to see what it reveals is using up your ram. Test without extensions too just in case one is triggering the issue.

    • Make sure Opera's battery saver feature is off. It can cause low-memory warnings if enabled and active (like on a laptop running on battery).

    • Goto the URL opera://settings/system disable hardware acceleration and restart Opera. Try using Opera like that for a while to see if there's a difference. If so, it might indeed be GPU-related. You can launch Opera with the --disable-gpu command-line switch instead if that's easier.