Chrome vs. Safari 16' MB

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  1. accentaudio macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone else noticed that the Chrome browser is considerably "jerkier" when rendering pages on the 16' MB m5? I have compared the exact same page on Chrome vs. Safari and Safari is way smoother. One site that is pretty bad is Facebook. This stinks. Tells me the GPU in these MB computers might still be just too weak for a lot of everyday real world use, even websites. Bummed.
     
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    I've had the 2015 rMB and now the 2016 rMB. Chrome is always consistently worse in both battery time and page rendering--just doesn't feel as smooth. I still use it for my gmail, but generally use Safari for everything else. It may be that Apple codes it better for the MacBook since they own/manufacture both products and it's limited to only having to function well on (compared to the windows world) few different kinds of Macs out there and Chrome must be optimized for just about all devices in the tech universe.
     
  4. accentaudio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can see that being a possibility for sure, but it doesn't happen on any of the other Mac computers I own, so I think it is a combo of both, poorly coded Chrome and weak GPU in MB.
     
  5. LostAggie macrumors 6502

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    I keep chrome on my computer only for if Safari doesn't work. But I feel Safari performs well on almost all the sites I use.
     
  6. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    Well if Safari loads it butter smooth (my 2015 model does) it's not really the computers fault is it? If Chrome is coded with need of much more powerful machines than the rMB to load and show Facebook satisfying it's pretty bad
     
  7. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    I agree that chrome has issues as well as the Freesmug version and i've grown tired of these issues that are killing me daily. Moving over to Firefox/Safari as Vivaldi is a mess right now.
     
  8. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    Powering a 16' display might be the issue here. ;)

    In all seriousness, it sounds like Chrome is poorly coded, especially considering that you mention that the same sites run well in Safari.
     
  9. izzyfanto macrumors regular

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    I had issues with Chrome even on my MBA. Chrome is the issue.
    yeah Chrome is just a Flash browser to me since I refuse to install Flash natively yet many archaic sites still use it.
     
  10. ofarlig macrumors member

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    Chrome is horrible on all platforms when it comes to resource usage, especially on OS X. They used to be good from a resource standpoint on Windows but they now lost that.
     
  11. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Chrome is hopeless on OSX - as soon as you've got couple of tabs open, the fans are roaring and the tempter is up - I use Safari as a result.. .also for the privacy and connivence of integration with mobile safari.

    Chrome on a Windows Machine is a LOT better.
     
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    I use firefox as well for my flash-needs but it sucks really (don't know if it's flash or firefox or the combination) but it's really laggy in full screen video after 10-15 seconds, if I hit ESC and exit the full screen, the lag stops and I can enter full screen again - pretty weird, so I'm tempted to only use my Safari, but hate hate hate FLASH!
     
  14. MrNomNoms macrumors 65816

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    If Safari can perform well on a MacBook then the problem is more about the design of Chrome - lots of articles have already been written about Chrome's hacked up multi-process model which leans itself to being horribly inefficient. The inefficiency is the result of Google deciding to have a multi-process model that was simple to implement but in reality it is horrible when it comes to battery life and efficiency where as Apple did a lot of work to get theirs up and running resulting in a much more light weight design. What Google needs to do is focus on fixing up the structure of Chrome but it is doubtful that they'll do it because it is 'good enough' thus you have what you have today.
     
  15. izzyfanto macrumors regular

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    Yep, my MBA would get super hot and the fans would be screaming. I also like iOS Safari and OS X Safari integration and sync.
     
  16. kazmac macrumors 601

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    I was hoping this wouldn't still be the case with Chrome as I need it for flash based content and sites my university insists on keeping. Guess, I have to think twice about an rMB for school and just deal with my present situation (iMac and PC at work).
     
  17. where is it macrumors 6502

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    Weirdly I use Chrome. Prefer it over Safari.

    But then I don't use Facebook or anything like that.

    Haven't encountered any of the above issues.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    Yeah, Chrome is a pig on OS X. I avoid that as much as possible
     
  19. Queen6, Jun 10, 2016
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    Chrome & Mac`s are just "oil & water" right now, if you really need Chrome try Chrome Canary as it`s far better optimised for OS X

    Q-6
     
  20. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Chrome is a bloated mess on OS X and Windows

    Chrome is not better on Windows.

    When using Chrome, the laptop runs hot and the battery life is awful.
     

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