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Firefox easily outperforms Chrome with many tabs open

When you start to scale that performance Chrome apparently falls flat on its face. What we are talking about here is having multiple tabs open, which is a very common practice today due to the amount of content we like to look at.

Chrome is great for general usage up to a certain point, but when you start opening a lot of tabs it can’t cope. It’s closest rival–Firefox, can though, and in fact excels at coping with hundreds of tabs.

To do this he used a script that opens 150 of the most popular websites in a browser instance automatically. One page is opened in a new tab every 1.5 seconds. On the latest Firefox nightly build that process takes roughly 6 minutes and 14 seconds. On Chrome, it’s a totally different story with the time escalating to 28 minutes and 55 seconds. That’s well over 4x slower than Firefox.



In fact, Wagner found that once you get past 70 tabs Chrome really starts to struggle. The reason seems to be down to the different way in which each browser handles data and tabs. Chrome uses a multi-process model where a new process is started on a per tab basis. Firefox takes a different route and has a single process running that handles all tab data.

It seems that either through a bug or design issue Chrome doesn’t end up handling every new tab as a new process. Instead some processes can end up having to cope with multiple tabs and it’s also handled unevenly e.g. one process has 2 sites where as another has 20 sites.

At 150 tabs open this leads Chrome to stop responding and max out memory use at 5GB. Firefox on the other hand only used 2GB of memory and continued to work under the same conditions.
http://www.geek.com/articles/news/fi...-open-2011083/


With Fasterfox in turbo-mode+Link Prefetching and Speed DNS FF is actually much faster then Chrome.
FF8 is even 20% faster than FF5 and faster at javascript & 2D then even Chrome dev build.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 8/13/11 at 5:54pm
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inb4 browser fan boys.
but i have always found FF to do well with multiple tabs, unlike chrome.
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Well there you have it, if you want to look at 150 pages at once Firefox is the way to go.
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Well there you have it, if you want to look at 150 pages at once Firefox is the way to go.
Lol, exactly.

I still like Chrome more.
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70 tabs? Really? That's a palpably unrealistic situation....

My experience with FireFox is that it consumes MASSIVE amounts of RAM in everyday use, which is rather annoying. I'm not talking 300MB mind you. More like 2.3GIGAbytes. Now with 8GB in the tank, it's not a problem. It just irks me to have a web browser use that much....
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Chrome is also more stable if a single tab crashes, it doesn't bring down the whole program with it. And as others have said, who cares about 70+ tabs? From my experience I rarely get near 15 tabs.

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My experience with FireFox is that it consumes MASSIVE amounts of RAM in everyday use, which is rather annoying. I'm not talking 300MB mind you. More like 2.3GIGAbytes. Now with 8GB in the tank, it's not a problem. It just irks me to have a web browser use that much....
That was a bug with Firefox 4, I believe that is fixed in Firefox 5 or greater.
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Doesn't even mention other browsers at all?

Also, I'm curious how chorme would perform in the other process settings (there's 3, forced per tab, per-site (default), and one-process). Granted, I'm not sure why you'd ever want to run chrome in one process, that's like giving up the biggest feature. ;p
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Well there you have it, if you want to look at 150 pages at once Firefox is the way to go.
And here I was wondering why my Chrome would keep crashing after I spent 10 minutes opening tabs to all of my 50 favorite websites before I can begin to actually browse said websites.

It's a well done test, but it's set at unrealistic proportions that it really has little to no impact... to, well, anyone. No one needs to open that many tabs at once, let alone try and work with that many tabs. It would actually become inefficient to work with that many tabs that the whole point of a faster browser would actually just become moot. Oh well.
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Having used both I can't tell a major difference in my daily use. I apparently am not a heavy browser user as I have never had more than probably 20 tabs up at the same time, much less 150. In most of the day to day functions of my work I never eclipse more than probably 5 tabs. I have avoided IE completely since version 5. Given that this is OCN I can appreciate the need for speed, for my use though, a few seconds is not going to change my day. I would love to see someone using 150 tabbed browser page thought, that would be interesting.
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May I ask who in the living hell needs more than 10 tabs at any one point in time?

This is useless info just to pull users back to FF.
     
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