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Swap memory, a good or bad thing?

I've been researching this a lot lately but have been seeing lot's of mixed opinions.

So to all the apple pros out there, is swap memory bad and deteriorating your Macs ssd

or is it good?


Posted on Dec 21, 2020 11:49 PM

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Posted on Dec 22, 2020 2:46 PM

Swap memory is not detrimental. It may mean a bit slower performance with Safari. As long as the memory graph stays in the green there's nothing to worry about.

You want to strive for zero swap if possible for optimal system performance but it's not detrimental to your M1.

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Dec 22, 2020 2:23 PM in response to jeffreythefrog

Tricky, because the m1 Macs have unified RAM so that's not viable for me. Not to mention the fact that MacOS tends to use all the RAM available, so even though I have 16gb of RAM I will tend to get swap memory just browsing the web with 10 tabs open. Which is why I'm curious about swap memory and its negative effects, if there are any to be concerned about.

Swap memory, a good or bad thing?

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