Chrome's memory usage and some ways to check it.
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- I've been a Windows 7 Tech User for many years now running IE, Firefox, and now Chrome the last couple of years. Starting about 8-10 months ago, I started noticing I was getting more more frequent low memory warnings. I had 4GB physical RAM. So I upgraded to 6GB. Being a "Power User" I have done all the tips and tweaks to maximize Win 7 performance and minimize memory usage including disabling unnecessary "Bloat" Startup Programs and Services.
The additional 2GB of memory helped somewhat but now that four months have gone by, the low memory usage warnings seemed to have increased again. So I decided to do some research. One thing I found out is that there are many more processes running attributed to Chrome than there are tabs open. This is for all the extensions and plug-ins, which I believe I have an average amount.
The other thing is that Chrome is a multi-process browser, different than other browsers. You can read all about it here:
While each person's PC config and usage patterns are different, I believe I am seeing a pattern that is indicative of a larger spread issue. Considering 4GB is probably about average for your average (non Power) user, I think that there may be many Chrome users out there that are or are about to start experiencing issues with memory usage. This is evident from these many articles and posts just from the past 10 months:
Chrome uses way more memory than Firefox, Opera or Internet ...
Google Chrome's Ridiculous Memory Usage
Chrome memory hog
Google Chrome Running Too Many Processes
Chrome uses way more memory than Firefox
Chrome memory usage is horrible
Major Chrome Memory Leak
Google Chrome Memory Leak Discovered
Keeping en eye on Chrome's Memory Usage
It is not uncommon for me to see Chrome taking up a total of 2GB and at times 3GB. A recent session where Chrome was using 1.7GB broke down something like this:
13 extensions - 130MB.
GPU Process - 92MB
Flash Plugin - 115MB
LastPass Plugin - 92MB
Browser - 212MB
10 tabs - 640MB (this is lower than want I usually see for 10 tabs)
So I, like many others out there, are wondering what is REALLY going on here? I think there are several possibilities or a combination thereof:
a) The information written in the memory backgrounder article under "Helping The Operating System" is referring to functionality that never really worked well, or, in some recent versions of Chrome has become broken. A lot of times, half my tabs aren't used all day yet I see no memory usage decrease.
c) There's a bug in Chrome of some kind causing memory leaks.
We can all guess at the reason, but without some very detailed, careful testing, we may not know unless Google can confirm one way or the other.
For now, it seems the only solution is to a) keeps tabs open to a minimum, b) switch browsers, or c) buy more memoryOct 25, 2012
- Excellent comment!
I've disabled flash/java by default and haven't got issues with memory consumption. I have to admit though that when I have to use some flash-based tools, there are increase in memory usage. I've been linux user for all that time when I've used chrome, so I don't have experience with Windows and it.
Other thing I've noticed is that flash-based applications, tools and sites have increased during past few years. More and more I have to use some kind of crappy plug-in based on flash/java.Oct 25, 2012
- And by the way, you should post that comment as individual post, so others might also read it!Oct 26, 2012