Requirements and a curious fact I noticed

I had to format and made a clean instalation on my laptop. (specs below). I tried Zorin Litle 16.1 which I like a lot and noticed that USBlive consumed 1.3 gb memory ram (Without any other program opened). I couldn't believe it. But I know distros behaviour could be different in each computer.
Then I checked with LinuxMint 19.3 USBlive, it only consumed 470 Mb Ram (more or less).
I would like to learn how this could be , has the Dock panel something to do?

zfan@zfan-MOV:~$ inxi -Fnz
System:
  Host: zfan-MOV Kernel: 5.0.0-32-generic x86_64 bits: 64 
  Desktop: Xfce 4.14.1 Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: BANGHO product: MOV v: MODEL_EQUIP serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: BANGHO model: MOV v: D02A serial: <filter> BIOS: American Megatrends 
  v: 1.01.15RPCD1 date: 07/11/2012 
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 46.9 Wh condition: 46.9/48.8 Wh (96%) 
CPU:
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-2450M bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
  Speed: 995 MHz min/max: 800/3100 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 825 2: 822 
  3: 815 4: 852 
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics 
  driver: i915 v: kernel 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
  resolution: 1360x768~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 3000 (SNB GT2) 
  v: 3.3 Mesa 20.0.8 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio 
  driver: snd_hda_intel 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.0.0-32-generic 
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter driver: rtl8192ce 
  IF: wlp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: JMicron JMC250 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet driver: jme 
  IF: enp3s0f0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 713.09 GiB used: 350.83 GiB (49.2%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Crucial model: CT500MX500SSD1 size: 465.76 GiB 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Western Digital model: WD2500BMVU-11A04S0 
  size: 232.89 GiB 
  ID-3: /dev/sdc type: USB vendor: Kingston model: DataTraveler 3.0 
  size: 14.44 GiB 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 27.44 GiB used: 9.81 GiB (35.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 
  ID-2: /home size: 430.39 GiB used: 341.02 GiB (79.2%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/sda4 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0 C mobo: N/A 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:
  Processes: 213 Uptime: 1h 03m Memory: 7.69 GiB used: 2.05 GiB (26.7%) 
  Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.32 
zfan@zfan-MOV:~$ 

How much RAM is being consumed at any given moment can vary a lot, depending on what processes are running in the background. For thoroughness in testing, I learned the hard way when distro hopping to try the LiveUSB of each distro multiple times in order to gauge RAM.

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Ahh RAM. If I paid for 32gb's of RAM you best bet imma use all 32GB's of ram.

It's there to be used. Once it's being capped is when you gotta start asking questions.

Should I get more ram? The answer is yes, always yes