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Firefox easily outperforms Chrome with many tabs open

Aug 04, 2011, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

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.

Gregor Wagner, a PhD student at the University of California, is a part-time contributor to the Firefox browser. He decided to do some performance tests on Chrome compared to Firefox with particular focus on having lots of tabs open and how that is handled in memory.

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.

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