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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?

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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.

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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

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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

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RE: TabMemFree
by jonquilmcd / May 18, 2012 11:22 AM PDT
In reply to: cnet video not working
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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.

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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.

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

you can try other browsers.

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Use One TAB
by Paul_Anderson123 / May 25, 2015 11:48 AM PDT
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