Web browsers eating RAM and degrading performance

Comparing Web Browsers that eats up laptop, tablet or mobile smartphone RAM and degrade processing performance for long life.

Few days ago, I was experimenting with different web browsers available in my Laptop to check which browser uses more CPU processing and which nasty browsers blocks more RAM usage of my Laptop.

In my Laptop Dell Vostro 3446, I have 4GB of RAM and Core i3 processor which is more than enough for me to work on websites and other blogs. Currently there are three web browsers in my device, built-in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (never used and never will), Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Google Chrome is my all time favorite browser due to its many in-built functions, easy to use and faster performance of browsing webpages. Seconds favorite, Firefox browser which has similar function like Chrome web browsers but I don’t feel like using it much as compare to Google Chrome.

Now about my experimentation with Chrome and Firefox browsers, I tested the performance of my laptop using in-built Windows Task Manager (Alt+Crtl+Delete or Ctrl+Shift+Esc keyboard). I though of gradually adding new browser sessions and checking the performance based on addition of new programs.

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Initially with ZERO application opened and also Chrome closed from system tray icon, then Laptop RAM usage was about 600 to 700MB out of 4GB and CPU process was almost ZERO all time.

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RAM usage without any Browsers

RAM usage without any Browsers

After then I started Google Chrome Browser and kept on adding 10 new sessions after definite interval of time to check the performance. Adding 10 new sessions drastically elevated the physical usage (RAM) graph as below.

RAM Usage after Google Chrome Browser

RAM Usage after Google Chrome Browser

After adding only 30 new sessions (10 + 10 + 10 ), RAM usage crossed more than 90%. If I would have added 10 more session, then Windows Explorer would have been crashed for sure.

Now even after closing all the session from windows explorer, I was still able to see that RAM was still being used by Chrome. Because, Chrome Web Browser has a feature to work in background which continuously blocks and eats physical memory.

RAM Usage after Google Chrome Browser closing

RAM Usage after Google Chrome Browser closing

Now on other hand, on experimentation with Mozilla Firefox, I found very surprising that Mozilla Firefox hardly uses 25 to 30% of Chrome usage for same action. In Firefox, I opened more than 80 new sessions, but still physical memory usage of Firefox didn’t even crossed 80% of total physical memory usage.

RAM Usage after Mozilla Firefox Browser

RAM Usage after Mozilla Firefox Browser

With these performance experimentation, I can clearly state that Mozilla Firefox is far better than Google Chrome in performance and physical memory usage. But when it is compare on basis of browsing, Chrome is better and safer compared to Firefox.

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Note and Conclusion:

If you are not a web freak and wanted to keep your gadget (laptop, mobile, tablet) performance good of long, better switch to Mozilla Firefox.

One interesting fact, Google Chrome create more than 15 Processes to get it started working while Mozilla Firefox creates only one process instance in Task Manager to work.

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2 Responses

  1. Gulshan Kumar says:

    Hi Kushal,
    As we know very well that Performance is directly proportional to Memory usages. The main feature of Google Chrome which I like most to easily handle JavaScript more efficiently as comparison to Firefox. I think, here Google Chrome is in Win-Win situation :) as per as it’s Security and Performance. So, it’s is highly recommended by all Top Sites.

    • Kushal Azza says:

      I 100% agree that Google Chrome is best and fast in terms of browsing as compare to other browsers, but the effect of Google chrome on Laptop or computer machine is very bad. This high continuous usage of RAM will degrade the overall RAM and processing performance on system in long run.

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