Memory usage is quite excessive - am I doing something wrong?

  • Hi all,

    I am running Opera 19 on Win XP SP3 with 2GB ram.

    When I run Opera (with only 1 tab open), Task Manager shows no less than 8 instances of Opera and 1 Opera crash reporter.

    These together use some 650 mb of RAM.

    Is this normal for Opera?

    I have a few extensions such as DuckDuckGo, a bookmark manager, history eraser and a print thing.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    Dave

  • Originally posted by zzdave:

    When I run Opera (with only 1 tab open), Task Manager shows no less than 8 instances of Opera and 1 Opera crash reporter.

    This is normal.

    Originally posted by zzdave:

    These together use some 650 mb of RAM.

    This would depend on the page, plugins, extensions and so on.

  • Webkit/Blink/Chrom-ish rendering engines (upon which Opera >15 is based) use one process ("instance") for itself, one for each opened tab, and one for each extension... so 8 processes is not a surprising number. The intent of that particular engine design is that a crash in one process will not take down all the others, unlike a single-process browser where a crash in a tab or extension will probably take down the whole browser. Just because there are multiple processes running does not inherently mean the combined memory usage must be very high . That depends on what's going on in each process. Some content in a tab or some extensions when running take a lot more memory than others.

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