Use Chrome To Quickly Compare Browser Memory Use

Use Chrome To Quickly Compare Browser Memory Use

Chrome: Everyone talks about the speed of Google Chrome, but how can you be sure you’re really running light and nimble when task manager divides up Chrome’s memory usage into individual processes? Use this simple trick to compare browsers.

Over at How-To Geek they highlight a clever use of the about:memory function. Not only does it show you how much memory Chrome is sucking down but all the other browsers on your system too. Type about:memory in the address bar of Chrome to see not just the memory usage for various Chrome tabs but also how much memory Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers are using.

In our screenshot above the test machine had three five separate Chrome windows open with a total of 38 tabs, Firefox had two separate windows with 14 total tabs open. Chrome definitely comes out on top with only about 20 per cent more memory usage for 270 per cent more tabs.

Check out How-To Geek for more browser tricks, or sound off in the comments with a trick or two of your own.

Stupid Geek Tricks: Compare Your Browser’s Memory Usage with Google Chrome [How-To Geek]


  • Well, i used Chromium for the test, as follows:

    4 Tabs, (Google maps, techweb, lifehacker, youtube)

    Used Firefox 3.6.3 in safe mode, to ensure no biasing from any add-ons or so.

    Chromium, straight from download.

    The results were far from impressive:

    Firefox: 138,267K
    Chromium: 153,128K.

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