The benchmarkWhat better way to test a browser’s memory use than to let them load a series of websites. All plugins, extensions and toolbars have been disabled for the test to avoid a distortion of the test results.
Memory usage itself was tested in Google Chrome’s About Memory page (chrome://memory-redirect/) and Windows Task Manager to make sure the results matched up.
A sample of ten popular websites has been opened in all browsers before the memory use of each browser was analyzed.
- Websites used in the test: Youtube, Leo.org, Mozilla, Google, Userscripts, Armorgames, Ghacks, Lifehacker, Reddit and Softpedia
- Browsers: Google Chrome Canary 22, Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 16 Nightly, Opera 12.00
- System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, 8GB RAM
|Google Chrome 22 Canary||341,444||16,475||357,919||453,72||182,972|
|Internet Explorer 9||270,764||27,742||298,506||399,788||236,828|
|Mozilla Firefox 16 Nightly||216,604||35,816||252,42||215,972||103,352|
- Opera is the most memory efficient browser, followed by Firefox
- Opera needs 150 MB less of memory than Chrome for the ten websites
- Firefox needs 100 MB less of memory than Chrome to display the ten sample websites
- When it comes to virtual memory, both browsers use only half of what Chrome needs.