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  1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 252
    windows 7
       29 Oct 2014 #1

    WHY is Chrome such a pig these days?


    I'm posting this in 'general' because I see no evidence that what I've been assessing is 10-specific.
    The current edition of Google chrome is a PIG on the very thing you would think it would be top-ranked at: YouTube....

    I first noticed this in passing on my everyday driver, the humble but awesome X120E. it has always been amazingly competent with video content even if I were sloppy about leaving things laying around to interfere. Then one day - several days actually - I noticed it really suffering - hitting the ceiling on CPU usage.
    To cut to the chase, Chrome, tested by me on several different machines/configs, windows 7, 8.1, and 10, is the loser when it comes to video efficiency using flash, YouTube.

    For Windows 10, my 10-tester is quite humble - an older HP G4-1117dx with 4GB and a 68gb Crucial SSD , its powered by AMD A4-3300m. Keeping everything equivalent, I picked a test-dummy vid that displays a lot of frame content at 720p, and ran the performance mon with it, tracking cpu mostly, also watching memory usage. I have the up-to-date versions of Firefox, Chrome, IE11 embedded with 10.

    Using the IE11 embedded currently with the 10 preview [its up to date], IE11 surprised me as being the MOST efficient of the bunch.
    IE11 = ~20-28% CPU utilization
    FFox 33 = ~27-38%
    Chrome = ~40-70%! [spikes for unknown reasons as high as 78%]

    Chrome apparently dropped Pepperflash, so it only uses some version of Flash now - I don't know the particulars due to the way it embeds the applet. Further, if the Chrome install gets a lot of use, it apparently gets worse as time goes on. there are a lot of threads on that topic, with the typical suggestion being to nuke or set aside the old default user account profile/database [the folder, basically] and force chrome to create a new one. however, on the test machine it was almost as bad though it has barely been used [I have been using firefox for most tasks] and has virtually nothing accumulated.

    anyone else notice this?
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  2.    03 Nov 2014 #2

    I use chrome daily it works for my needs. While I haven't gotten around to testing it in Windows 10 yet, it seems fine in 8.1
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 252
    windows 7
       03 Nov 2014 #3

    swarfega said: View Post
    I use chrome daily it works for my needs. While I haven't gotten around to testing it in Windows 10 yet, it seems fine in 8.1
    check it in perfmon whilst driving 1080p video at significant framerates
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  4. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       03 Nov 2014 #4

    I just abandoned Chrome last week because of the youtube issue. Plus there's too much customisation being added to it I can't catch up and I am losing control of it.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 252
    windows 7
       03 Nov 2014 #5

    that's where i am at this point. and on ios & droids I love dolphin... wish they had a windows port but they're too smart for that!!

    i must say the current [think its 33] ffox is very stable and pretty quick on 10... that is, quick for firefox [slow on initial load, quick afterward]
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  6. Joined : Dec 2013
    Cheshire, England
    Posts : 1,422
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       05 Nov 2014 #6

    I myself don't have any issues with Chrome and never have done with any version of windows (Mainly 7, 8, 8.1 and now 10TP)

    It also comes out highly ranked here - https://www.tenforums.com/browsers-ma...benchmark.html
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  7.    05 Nov 2014 #7

    I have Chrome installed as my standby browser. I haven't experience any problems with it. BUT, no add ons
    Last edited by davehc; 07 Nov 2014 at 06:11.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 252
    windows 7
       05 Nov 2014 #8

    Unless you're attentive, you won't know what's affecting performance.
    Also, if only used for text lookups, the issue has little effect
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  9.    12 Nov 2014 #9

    My regular browser is Chrome, or Firefox, I haven't used IE for years.
    I'm running the Tech Preview as my main OS, since it became available, and it's been great so far. Chrome, as you know, is a whole ecosystem in itself. When I signed into my Google account, all my previous add-ons, my speed dial, everything, just re-installed itself.
    It's been behaving itself for weeks, everything is behaving as expected. The browser functioned exactly as it used to on Windows 7.
    After the latest updates today, it's not playing a lot of websites. Forums, and social networks, seem to have an input problem.
    I type a post in a box on Facebook, and my words just disappear, and then reappear, halfway through a sentence. Very strange, it's unusable.
    Google Plus is glitchy, taking ages to load, or post a photograph.
    I also have Firefox installed, so I resorted to that. Firefox won't let me log in to Gmail, telling me that I can't because I'm blocking cookies.
    I've had a brief check, but I have no adware, or security setting, preventing cookies.

    I'm not complaining, because W10 has been immaculate, so far, but I'm having browser issues at the moment. I may have to break the habit of a lifetime, and resort to IE ;-)
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  10. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 252
    windows 7
       13 Nov 2014 #10

    strange world.... now FFox is in the ditch. the latest update 33.1 has produced a storm of criticism. it may be the worst firefox performance I've ever seen, or can recall. pile-on is occurring over in Mozilla support forums. just horrid. I seriously was thinking maybe my brand new ssd had bugs - its that ugly.

    so, back to good 'ole IE11 for the moment. its pretty fast in 10, and not too shabby in 7 if one works on it a bit.

    sheesh....

    johnwillyums said: View Post
    My regular browser is Chrome, or Firefox, I haven't used IE for years.
    I'm running the Tech Preview as my main OS, since it became available, and it's been great so far. Chrome, as you know, is a whole ecosystem in itself. When I signed into my Google account, all my previous add-ons, my speed dial, everything, just re-installed itself.
    It's been behaving itself for weeks, everything is behaving as expected. The browser functioned exactly as it used to on Windows 7.
    After the latest updates today, it's not playing a lot of websites. Forums, and social networks, seem to have an input problem.
    I type a post in a box on Facebook, and my words just disappear, and then reappear, halfway through a sentence. Very strange, it's unusable.
    Google Plus is glitchy, taking ages to load, or post a photograph.
    I also have Firefox installed, so I resorted to that. Firefox won't let me log in to Gmail, telling me that I can't because I'm blocking cookies.
    I've had a brief check, but I have no adware, or security setting, preventing cookies.

    I'm not complaining, because W10 has been immaculate, so far, but I'm having browser issues at the moment. I may have to break the habit of a lifetime, and resort to IE ;-)
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