During the few past years, the price of DRAM has droppped significantly... well, not in 2017.
Here is the example of the price of a DDR4 2400MHz stick from February 2017 to January 2018. With a lot at $27 in May 2017, it is now at $97. It's around a 3.5 folds increase.
Following that memory abundance available on computers, more and more desktop applications have been developed using technologies such as Electron, NW.js. To give you an example, here is a list of popular applications relying on those technologies:
- Slack (Electron)
- Atom (Electron)
- Visual Studio Code (Electron)
- Spotify (Electron)
- WhatsApp desktop (Electron)
- Discord (Electron)
- Popcorntime (NW.js)
- Open Atom, I open my projet... 460MB of ram used
- Same with Sublime Text... 41MB used
It's an 11 times increase, with apps eating RAM like that, 8GB are really not enough, this has to stop.