RAM Usage is Off the Charts, Why?

I’m finding that Brave is chewing up 15 to 20 GBs of RAM, and that’s without anything streaming. And the biggest culprits are:
GPU Process at 5.6 GBs & 42% CPU
Browser at GBs @ 22% CPU

So that means the browser alone & the GPU process are eating nearly 8GBs of RAM, without any pages open using video or anything much. Why is this so very, very high? By the way, I do have Hardware Acceleration turned off, as well.
Is 8 Gigs supposed to be the base level of Brave? I thought Brave is supposed to use LESS RAM than most other browsers. What am I missing here?
I’m using the latest version 1.14. 84
On a Mac with 40 GBs of RAm


Hey @StevenCee

Have you tried to turn off your hardware acceleration? brave://settings/system

Guess you overlooked it, but I mentioned I have it off.

Yes i did. :blush: I had to reread :blush:

I’ve been wondering the same.

I’m not seeing RAM usage on that scale, but it doesn’t take long before BRAVE goes from circa 300MB (following a Mac OS restart) to 1 GB of RAM. At that point, things are getting very slow. Like molasses.

BRAVE Release / Mac OS Mojave

Yeah, it’s weird, as some sites take forever to open, or not open at all!
It makes me wonder if my WiFi just cut off, or dropped way down. But when I test my speed, it’s up at like 80mbps! So it’s not my WiFi it’s this browser…

Even I have the same problem, but it’s on windows, it’s takes upto 15GB of RAM in 16GB of RAM, nearly 96% of RAM and even eats 50-60% of CPU also.

But it happens only at night, so I thought it might be trying to update itself. I even asked the same question but none have replied

Maybe this is an issue that @Mattches can say something to!

One thing you can try is to go to Brave’s Task Manager: Top-Right options > More Tools > Task Manager (or just press the Shortcut Key Shift + ESC)

That may help you identify which tab and which extension is consuming resources, and determine if it’s Brave related.

Yesterday, I was writing my calendar with my google calendar while I had 2 youtube videos on the other tabs. My laptop just crashed Lol. It never happened before. Today, it occurred again. I don’t know why it is so frequently crashing when I used google chrome even when I had more than 10 youtube tabs it never crashed like that before. I assume if it is using that much RAM or GPU as you say, then I expect this browser to run much more smoother than right now.

I don’t have any other extension set up other than Brave shield and reward wallet. It had Adobe acrobat set up in default but I removed it. When I opened my brave task manager, it shows highest memory usage occurs with Brave Logo, then blue puzzle things are in the below. It doesn’t really say what that lion logo does. I’m not that good with computer but I use Brave because I thought this was first browser to really recognize the value of consumer’s attention and value their privacy. I thought that is brilliant. If that memory consumption occurs due to Brave shield, then I think that is kinda worth it?

If you right click inside the open Brave Taskmanager you can select a few more details which give you the chance to find out where the consuming comes from.

For anyone seeing this much active memory being used in Brave, please share the following:

  1. Close and quit any/all Brave applications entirely
  2. Open one new Brave Window, with only one tab open to the new tab page. Nothing else. Not your opening tabs, not Youtube or some site where you normally see high memory spikes – open one window, one tab, to the new tab page. Nothing else.
  3. Open the Brave task manager, then open your system task manager (or Activity Monitor for macOS users). Ensure that Brave is viewable in the list in both task managers, then share a screenshot of the usage here in this thread. Your screenshot should look similar to this:
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Thank you for the reply. It says that Brave Browser is using most of the memory. It is good thing to know that BAT rewards and Ad blocks aren’t taking that much Memory from my laptop.

Well, I tried opening in a new profile, but everytime I opened the Task Manager it showed the total for me, and the new profile. And at this moment GPU Process is up to 6.8 GBs and the Browser at 2.2 GB, together alone using 50 to 60% of my CPU!!

This happens every time I open Brave, why is this GPU Process alway so high (never lower than 5.2, even with nothing at all streaming), as is the browser, not even counting each individual tab’s memory usage. And when I close Brave, my memory cleaner show about 20GBs free, once it’s closed!

I repeat:

To make everything normal. I just made my browser setting to default except allowing google login.

My laptop’s window is in Korean setting. So, idk if it helps but hopefully it helps.
For Brave task manager:
Top one is Browser
Second one just says new tap
Third one says extension program: Brave
4th one is GPU process
5th one is brave reward
6th one is Spare Render

I did. I misinterpreted so I posted with just brave task manager. I realized it was wrong so I posted again with system task manager. I think when I restarted my window and made my browser setting to the default made it alright.
It hasn’t crashed ever since and I don’t think the RAM consumption is sky rocketing like before.
I probably shouldn’t have opened multiple tabs opened including youtube?

I’m not sure how you fixed this, are you saying making Brave your default browser fixed it?

I’m not so sure… sorry. I’m not that bright at computer stuff like most guys in this forum. I just changed my browser setting to default, then restarted my window. I misread the text saying restart the browser as restart the window…lol. Maybe I didn’t have the same problem as OP. My main problem was the browser crashing frequently while it uses the RAM. When I took the screenshot it my RAM use wasn’t that high as I saw before. Last time when I saw OP’s post I just checked mine at that time my 6.9GB out 8GB of my laptop’s RAM was used by Brave browser. I got little freaked out since I didn’t have any other program running other than Brave browser. I usually just leave brave on so I could get BAT.

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