Originally Posted by SpikeOtacon
Yeah I've got 6 group chats open that have been open for days, the main window up and a game downloading and i'm at 146MB being used. I'd say the problem is more your computer than steam, especially if 200MB of RAM missing is causing a problem.
And that's kind of its purpose - to be a full fledged service both inside of games and out.
I have 8GB of RAM, so 200MB isn't causing an issue, but the software engineer in me (that's actually what I do) finds it sloppy. Aside from my gripes with DRM in general, requiring a 3rd party application that provides no essential functions drives me crazy. If Steam were an additional application that layered community features and messaging, I wouldn't have a problem.
My guess is that the high memory usage was WebKit not releasing memory for whatever reason. After all, the Steam client is basically just a crippled web browser.Chrome threads get a little out of control sometimes too.