An app developer came to a frightening result in a browser comparison between Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari on a Mac: In a stress test, each tab in the Google browser took up 24 times as much memory.
Most users should know from reports and their own experience that Google Chrome devours a lot of resources when using it. Not infrequently, with many open tabs, this means that the PC quickly breaks a sweat and the fans have to work particularly hard to keep the hardware cool.
This is exactly what happened to the developer of the Flotato app, Morten Just: When listening to a podcast, the fans of his MacBook were so loud that he said he could barely understand the content. After he closed the tabs in Chrome, the whole thing calmed down and he could enjoy the podcast unheard again.
As a result, he decided to do a test to see whether the Chrome tabs really use that much resources, or whether it was just a coincidence.
Stress tests show: Google Chrome uses significantly more memory
The test with just two tabs already showed that the differences between Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari browser are glaring: Chrome required ten times the memory when scrolling on Twitter and simultaneously opened Gmail tab – 730 MB compared to Safaris 73 MB.
The Google browser consequently required 24 times the amount of data.
If you care about your hardware, you would be better off using Apple’s Safari. At the same time, however, it is also possible that the high data usage is an indication that Chrome is doing everything to ensure that surfing under the tabs runs as smoothly and quickly as possible, as Just emphasizes.
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