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Like everyone else, I’m excited to try Chrome, Google’s new browser. My MSI Wind netbook arrived about an hour before the beta browser, but I have it up and running already. My initial thoughts on Chrome: impressive in terms of rendering performance, but not glitzy or […]

Chromememory

Like everyone else, I’m excited to try Chrome, Google’s new browser. My MSI Wind netbook arrived about an hour before the beta browser, but I have it up and running already. My initial thoughts on Chrome: impressive in terms of rendering performance, but not glitzy or glamorous. That’s OK, I’ll take functional over fashionable every time.

I was nosing around in Chrome and found that if you type about:memory in the Omnibar, it will show you all of the running Chrome processes along with the memory usage of each. That includes a breakout for plug-ins like Flash, although I don’t have any showing here. Very handy, but that’s not all. If you’re running another browser, this page will show you the overall memory usage of it as well, making for a nice comparison tool. As you can see, I only have Internet Explorer 7 running alongside of Chrome. I won’t make a judgment on which browser uses memory better, but I did open up the same tabs in each browser for this example. Again, way too early too tell, but this is a good sign… especially for netbooks with limited memory. The Intel Atom CPU isn’t breaking a sweat either…

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  1. yup. just loaded it up on my wind and seems to run pretty nicely too!

    did you upgrade your wind or do you plan to? i threw an extra gb of ddr2 in and a nice ole 250gb hdd. :)

  2. I just ran my testing and I came up with a huge difference:
    Chrome:20MB
    IE 7:250MB

    http://www.parityodd.com/2008/09/chrome-memory-usage_8724.html

  3. Chrome is impressive but so is IE8[beta2] the memory footprints are quite similar – both have seperate sandboxes [procs] for tabs and ya the accelerator thing in IE is really usefull. Kevin if I were you I will surely throw IE 8 into the mix to see where is MS biggie going.

  4. Comparing Chrome with Opera 9.52 and having only a customized iGoogle page open on both, Opera uses 5MB less memory: 51MB vs 46MB.

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