Microsoft introduces 'resource controls' to set how much RAM Edge can use

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Key notes

  • Microsoft Edge Beta 125 introduces resource controls for users to set RAM usage limits.
  • This may improve system performance, especially when multitasking or gaming.
  • Lower RAM limits could lead to more frequent page reloads and discarded tabs.

Microsoft Edge just received a new feature in Beta version 125 that gives users even more control over the amount of memory the browser uses.

Building on the existing efficiency mode that reduces resource consumption during gameplay, “resource controls” allow users to set a specific RAM limit for Edge. This can be useful not just for gaming but also for managing overall system performance.

Here’s how it works:

  • Update to Microsoft Edge Beta 125 (or later).
  • Navigate to Settings > System and performance.
  • Under “Manage your performance,” enable the toggle for resource controls.

By default, resource controls only activate during PC games. But you can choose to apply the RAM limit all the time by selecting “Always.”

Keep in mind: Setting a lower RAM limit might lead to increased page reloads and discarded tabs as Edge tries to stay within the limit.

To monitor your RAM usage, you can use the Browser Essentials sidebar. This sidebar also lets you toggle efficiency mode and see memory usage related to sleeping tabs.

For those users who are concerned about exceeding the limit momentarily, Microsoft assures that Edge will do its best to stay below the set value. There might be instances of temporary spikes, though.

If you’re a Microsoft Edge user, especially one who games on their PC, this new resource control feature is definitely worth checking out. You can try it out in the Beta version.

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