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 • 14 978

  • mister.nimoe
    mister.nimoe  7 hours back

    Somebody likes Vulfpeck judging by the tabs

    • uwu manko
      uwu manko  23 hours back

      im running only 32gb of ram thats it man my graphics card only has 8gb of ram. :(

      • hydrodonut73 _
        hydrodonut73 _  1 days back

        6GB RAM user here

        • Hue
          Hue  1 days back

          I love how I still have 4gb of ram in 2020

          • Drew Howden Tech
            Drew Howden Tech  3 days back

            How much RAM do you need?
            Short answer: I edit 1080p video, and do virtualization on only 8GB of RAM (not at the same time, BUT STILL)!

            • Gato Landia
              Gato Landia  3 days back

              Imagine having to use 16GB just for a browser

              This comment was made by the firefox gang

              • Deoxir Blunderbuss
                Deoxir Blunderbuss  3 days back

                Who else came here from the 1.5TB RAM video

                • Ronnie
                  Ronnie  3 days back

                  32GB gang 😎

                  • Murt
                    Murt  4 days back

                    "is 8gb ram enough in 2018"

                    Me: Cries with 2048mb ram

                    • ModernMozartMC
                      ModernMozartMC  4 days back

                      Easy solution. Use Linux or Mac with a faster browser

                      • da priyambodo
                        da priyambodo  5 days back

                        you dont need it
                        until you try it.
                        time is gold,
                        gold paid by gold.

                        • da priyambodo
                          da priyambodo  5 days back

                          ez, i just work with adobe illustrator, using iMac 2011 with 16GB and its way more faster than when i work with i7 3770K with 8GB. maybe 2x-3x faster. so i need more Gigs ram to get more quality time with my wife.

                          • Riley Kitchenka
                            Riley Kitchenka  5 days back

                            So, use Linux and Firefox, right? (actually, Linux even caches some files in ram when it is unused, depending on distro, so more memory CAN MAYBE increase program load performance)

                            • GoldenPigeon
                              GoldenPigeon  5 days back

                              I play Rust and It's recommended 10gb+ And I have 8. I have a core i5 and a gtx 1050ti. I suffer from panic attacks(not literal panic attacks lol) in fights cuz I get lag spikes that stay there for a minute down to 11 fps, which can be bad when you are in a fight with someone.

                              • J D
                                J D  6 days back

                                Thought I was a god among mortals back in the day with 16 gb of memory. Then I went over to my friends house and his dad had a PC with 64 gb.

                                • Tan Panther
                                  Tan Panther  6 days back

                                  8 gigs for granpa and laptop as a second pc
                                  16 gigs for the avrege user/streaming a game
                                  32 gigs power user-editor

                                  • INAKOTE HD
                                    INAKOTE HD  6 days back

                                    For the third World yes

                                    • tushar rathore
                                      tushar rathore  7 days back

                                      I just got an ad featuring linus before linus video 🤣 PULSEWAY

                                      • The Orange Blueberry
                                        The Orange Blueberry  1 weeks back

                                        I don't play tomb raider so I'm good

                                        • Cory Hames
                                          Cory Hames  1 weeks back

                                          Upgrading my laptop ram to 16gb while watching this without knowing how the video ends yet! 😄😄

                                          • GG Gamer
                                            GG Gamer  1 weeks back


                                          • Clcudy
                                            Clcudy  1 weeks back

                                            I can only remember 8GB of memory

                                            • unapproved species
                                              unapproved species  1 weeks back

                                              got a pulseway ad featuring linus at the beginning. great.

                                              • Steven Torrey
                                                Steven Torrey  1 weeks back

                                                Really, two tabs at the most. You should be able to run a YouTube Video & open a Yahoo web page at the same time with 8Gb RAM.

                                                • Justin Maddox
                                                  Justin Maddox  1 weeks back

                                                  LTT 2020 update?

                                                  • ZeR0's BuLLeT
                                                    ZeR0's BuLLeT  1 weeks back

                                                    I saw the clone trooper and was convinced he was your body guard

                                                    • Batman
                                                      Batman  1 weeks back

                                                      me with 4 gb: uhhhh yes it is enough

                                                      • Das Chaot
                                                        Das Chaot  2 weeks back

                                                        "For gaming 8gb of ram should be enough"
                                                        This isn't exactly how it works... enough isn't really enough.

                                                        • Ryan YT
                                                          Ryan YT  2 weeks back

                                                          Me with 4 gb of ram on my pc

                                                          • Crash Overide
                                                            Crash Overide  2 weeks back

                                                            What sucks up ram most are memory leaks... Stupid buggy software...

                                                            • Imperial Snowfall
                                                              Imperial Snowfall  2 weeks back

                                                              Fuck running a custom minecraft server and playing it on 8 gb of ram. And to hell with JC3 on 8gb

                                                              • Red Shutter Photography

                                                                This is the only pc I own that has 8gb of ram, my others have 1 or 2 gb but I never have more than 3 tabs open and I prefer Edge to Chrome, never had any real issues.

                                                                • APEX ALEX
                                                                  APEX ALEX  2 weeks back

                                                                  Bruh I’m over here with 8gb in 2020 and I’m watching videos to upgrade up to 24gb and it worked so lucky me ☺️ I’m not left out. :D

                                                                  • bosna janje
                                                                    bosna janje  2 weeks back

                                                                    use google

                                                                    • Mario'cu Patates
                                                                      Mario'cu Patates  2 weeks back

                                                                      8 GB Ram Bad?? I Still Use A Pentium D and 2 GB Ram PC

                                                                      • Sadik Hasan
                                                                        Sadik Hasan  2 weeks back

                                                                        Still using 512 mb 😋

                                                                        • Golden Pixel
                                                                          Golden Pixel  2 weeks back

                                                                          I use Firefox for web browsing because Chrome opens 1 process/tab (which means more memory and processor usage) while with firefox, it does'nt need that much processes so you can define the number of processes by yourself or let it define it automagically.

                                                                          • Devilman xd
                                                                            Devilman xd  2 weeks back

                                                                            Is 8gb Ram enough in 2020?

                                                                            • Logiq
                                                                              Logiq  2 weeks back

                                                                              im still using 8gb in 2020...

                                                                              • Nikhil Mhatre
                                                                                Nikhil Mhatre  2 weeks back

                                                                                Can i club 4 Gb 2133 ddr4 on-board laptop ram with 16 gb new ram

                                                                                • Pookie
                                                                                  Pookie  2 weeks back

                                                                                  8gb is doodoo

                                                                                  • Kevin Fejeran
                                                                                    Kevin Fejeran  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I saw a Vulfpeck video. LIKE.

                                                                                    • Boba Fett
                                                                                      Boba Fett  2 weeks back

                                                                                      the human hand can only smell 8GB of RAM

                                                                                      • Borko Frnjokul
                                                                                        Borko Frnjokul  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Everybody talking abot chrome taking a lot of RAM while there is minecraft with mods that you cant even run with 8gb of RAM.

                                                                                        • Jonas Kircher
                                                                                          Jonas Kircher  2 weeks back

                                                                                          I built my PC years ago and I've got room for a lot more RAM but never felt the need to have more than 8 GB. Also why would anyone use Chrome? It's not the most secure nor customizable browser and it's for sure not the fastest. I've yet to see my browser ever needing more than 2 GB of RAM and I routinely have about 40 to 50 tabs open when researching things. The only 2 things that would make me want more RAM is a program used for 3D models of proteins and strategy games that often get very, very demanding in the lategame.

                                                                                          • Jon cs
                                                                                            Jon cs  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Red dead online takes almost 11 gb of ram itself 😭

                                                                                            • Bluefong
                                                                                              Bluefong  2 weeks back

                                                                                              I make virtual machines that run virtual machines that run virtual machines which run computer viruses that spread around the virtual machines untill all virtual machines are destroyed

                                                                                              • Sweechie
                                                                                                Sweechie  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Start at 6:42 that's all you need to know.