Browsers, E-mail, & Web Apps forum

Rant

Why is Chrome such a RAM hog?

by Sunsetlover / May 11, 2012 8:25 PM PDT

Notice I didn't say CPU-hog, IE is probably worse in that respect.

I'm regularly watching in my task manager my Memory Usage. 3-4 tabs in Chrome (Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Calendar, CNET) are 6-7 processes (Chrome.exe) and about 600-700 MB of memory. More tabs, more memory...the sky's the limit, when it comes to Chrome.

By comparison, the very same tabs in IE7 would be about 200-250 MB.

Any thoughts?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Why is Chrome such a RAM hog?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Why is Chrome such a RAM hog?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Because RAM is cheap and fast.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2012 8:01 AM PDT

If RAM usage bothers you I suggest using other browsers.
Bob

Collapse -
As to why...
by Poultrygeist / May 18, 2012 2:01 AM PDT

like Proffitt said, RAM is cheap now, there is an assumption made by devs that if you want more, you can probably go out and buy some, the develop software for the future of PC's, and Chrome's dev team is more forward-thinking and fast moving than most

Collapse -
cnet video not working
by ronc2 / May 18, 2012 11:09 AM PDT
In reply to: As to why...

I tried to access the cnet video recommended by Poultrygeist, but the video is not working. A drop-down describes the video (how to free up memory in Chrome...) but nothing happens when I click the "play video" button. In fact, none of the buttons do anything, just the drop-down description(s). Sad

Collapse -
RE: TabMemFree
by jonquilmcd / May 18, 2012 11:22 AM PDT
In reply to: cnet video not working
Collapse -
Yes, but...
by Sunsetlover / May 19, 2012 2:29 PM PDT
In reply to: As to why...

Why do they assume everyone has 4-8 GB of RAM? What about if I'm using a netbook? And it's not just Google, every developer makes that assumption now. I mean, if you have a Ferrari engine you'll try to fit it into a Ferrari chassis or similar, not a Chevy.

Thanks for posting this though.

Collapse -
Even I don't cater to old machines UNLESS
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2012 5:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes, but...

Unless there's money in it. An old system I fielded in 2000 did not run on Windows 95 but they had some old machines on 95. We met about it and determined the price to get it working and then they compared that to what the new machines cost.

I won't reveal the result but for now, those that have less could stick with less leading edge apps.
Bob

Collapse -
other browsers are recommended
by datarecovery2012 / May 20, 2012 1:45 PM PDT

you can try other browsers.

Collapse -
Use One TAB
by Paul_Anderson123 / May 25, 2015 11:48 AM PDT
Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?