Google Chrome 55 uses about 30% less RAM than Chrome 54

Google has released a new stable version of the Chrome browser 55, the main innovation of which was a reduced consumption of RAM. The developers claim that Chrome 55 requires about a third less RAM than previous versions.

The average saving in the total volume consumed by the browser RAM compared to the version of Chrome 53 reaches 35%. It was achieved due to the transition to a new improved version of the engine V8 JavaScript Engine (version 5.6) with a variety of appropriate optimizations.

In some situations, the gain can reach 50%. For example, a site with the weather forecast in the browser it takes 340 and 250 MB of memory.

Tests Chrome 55, held, creating snapshots of the state of the page and change tracking Manager is done with an interval of 30 seconds. In almost all scenarios, the tab remained active, and all extensions, except uBlock has been disconnected. For testing we used a laptop 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display running OS X Yosemite.

In addition to the serious optimization in the area of RAM in the new web browser has blocking Flash Player by default. Thus, 55 Chrome loads HTML5 version of the site in the first place.

In addition, from the Chrome menu 55 removed the option to manually select text encoding, which allows to change the encoding selected for an open page automatically. Users, the lack of automatic encoding selection, it is proposed to use a third-party extension.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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