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I love Chrome, but.
Hasn't it become bloated and excessively needy?!
penders




msg:4601814
 11:56 am on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Chrome is my default browser, it has been for many years, I think it's great, but it has become an increasing burden and is making me concerned.

I have an old development/test machine that runs WinXP with 3GB of usable memory. I used to be able to run Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera quite happily all at the same time with a whole bunch of tabs open in each. Now, I can only run Chrome (with a whole bunch of tabs) before I'm running out of memory and deep into the swap file (5GB+ is not uncommon). Needless to say, this quickly becomes unworkable.

I perhaps have a few more extensions than I used to, but these don't appear to be using that many resources - at least not as far as I can see in Chrome's Task Manager. And yes, web pages themselves have become increasingly bloated and resource intensive, but I'm talking GB's of memory here not just a few MB's.

Chrome is also the only browser (or application for that matter) that has crashed my machine in recent years, with the old BSOD. (See this thread: [webmasterworld.com...] ) - thankfully this has become a lot less frequent having reduced the number of tabs that open at startup.

Chrome is also the only browser that I've had to reinstall because it became wholly unusable after an update.

Chrome is also the only browser that corrupted all my extensions after a mandatory update and was forced to reinstall them all - losing data in some cases.

Chrome was once prized for its lightweight simplicity (like Gmail - but that's another rant); where has it gone?

Have others experienced this "bloat" as well? Or are you all testing on the latest tech that simply laughs in the face of resource hungry apps? Is this the future - in order to have increased functionality in the browser? (Unfortunately, I think deep down I know the answer to that last one.)

(Sorry to appear "ranting" - I'm not really - just been bugging me for a while.)

 

graeme_p




msg:4601815
 12:38 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Your default browser tends to use the most memory, and have the most problems simply because you use it more.

I have no problems running Chrome + FF + a lot else in 4GB but different OS and different usage are not comparable. What do you do that requires so much memory?

Chrome was never that light in terms of memory usage (especially on Windows, I think) because of its multiple processes.

There are lightweight browsers, but they do not have the availability of extensions etc. that Chrome and FF do. You could try something like Midori.

bhukkel




msg:4601832
 2:23 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes i have the same experience.

Specially after the integration of flash and pdf reader. A lot more crashes and tabs that need to be reloaded.

I have it with other Google products also. In the past there was a more minimal design. Now there are more and more toolbars and social buttons, not from programs, but from webpages. For example the Google Product Forums...

Kimkia




msg:4601932
 6:30 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'd love to use Chrome, but it's a memory hog that makes my computer unusable. So until that gets resolved, I'm back to Firefox.

penders




msg:4601940
 6:55 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

...default browser...


Yes, I would agree, I am more likely to notice problems with the default browser simply because it is used more. Other browsers could be exhibiting the same (or even worse) problems! However, I am not comparing Chrome with other browsers. My main comparison is really with how Chrome used to be.

What do you do that requires so much memory?


Well, nothing special really! I currently have about 40 tabs open across 2 windows. And I'm hitting 4.5GB in task manager. That might sound a lot of tabs (or maybe it doesn't?), but I find I can easily get up to that throughout the day. I used to operate with 100+ tabs in Firefox (which used to be my default browser years ago) - when the tabs would be restored at the start of each session - and I never had a problem with that - although it took a while to startup initially!

It should be noted, that if I leave the machine running for several days (very common) then memory usage will creep up and up.

A lot more crashes and tabs that need to be reloaded.


Yes! This happens quite frequently after the recent update(s). Even opening a new tab I can get the "snap" screen and must hit [Reload].

Fotiman




msg:4601961
 8:19 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've noticed display/rendering problems in Chrome since version 27. But should be noted, I updated Flash around the same time, and I suspect THAT'S actually the culprit.

penders




msg:4601994
 10:24 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Flash is always first to crash on me (in Chrome) when resources are tight.

bill




msg:4603516
 4:17 am on Aug 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

When FireFox 22 bested Chrome in performance tests [webmasterworld.com] I decided to give it another run as my default browser. I've been happy with the performance and reliability improvements so far. It's not perfect, but Chrome was becoming unusable.

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