Photoshop CC 2018: Memory usage question

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How much memory should the latest release of PS be using on a clean, "no addons,"  use after resetting preferences. Am currently using about 2gb
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John Maguire

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Todd Shaner, Champion

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On my Windows 7 system PS 19.1 shows as using 529 MB when it is first launched with no document open, but I have numerous plugins installed.
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> be using on a clean, "no addons,">

How are you doing with presets — brushes, patterns, etc. Or are you calling them "addons?" They do get loaded into memory and many can be enormous memory hogs. On one computer with a fresh launch, no image loaded, I have over 5GB—but I have several large brush sets and patterns loaded, plus a lot of custom shapes loaded. I also have a good-size set of tool presets loaded.

By merely dropping most of the brush sets and patterns, I dropped to 2.02 GB on the next launch. I haven't removed all my presets, and I don't know how much memory plugins or extensions take up, but obviously, even on a very clean install, if you still have presets loaded, it can cost you.
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I have maybe 2 brushes added and they are basic, I even removed All but anything PS comes with. Just starting up it goes to 2,076.3 and I've seen other users post with 746.5mb. Just trying to figure it out.
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> Just trying to figure it out.>

I'm curious, too. I've really never tried to have nothing at all loaded<G>  I always have some presets, some extensions, some 3rd party filters. Maybe someone from Adobe can pop in and tell us what a bare bones install should cost in memory usage. 529 MB from the other poster seems very small, but 2GB with next to nothing sounds a bit high, so I wonder, too, what might make the difference.

I know they try to predict your needs when it's running, and your preferences under Performance no doubt makes a difference, but that's quite a big difference. I'm sure with my working methods I'll always run on the high end to start, but I do know where to go and what to dump if my system slows down too much with a particularly big document, and so far that (and patience with this old machine) hasn't let me down.