Fastest browser?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by GoldenChild, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. GoldenChild macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2014
    What browser do you think is fastest on Yosemite? I've been switching between Safari, Chrome, Opera, and Firefox.

    To be honest, Firefox seems the fastest but the major flaw is the CPU % it uses. It runs around 500mb and that isn't acceptable. Because of this, I use Safari for casual web browsing at a fast speed and Chrome if I need to do multimedia stuff.

    What are you using and think is the fastest browser?
  2. GoldenChild thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2014
  3. Shawzborne macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2013
    Eventually Safari in theory should be the most efficient but there are still many bugs atm might be better closer to GM or after
  4. w0lf, Aug 11, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014

    w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013

    You say CPU % but then you list ram useage... Which is it?

    All of them... any browser these days should have load time differences that aren't even humanly noticeable (eg like .1 - .2 seconds maybe).

    All browsers will also use relatively similar ram numbers (+/- 50MB which is mainly irrelevant in modern computing) as they're all moving to individual processes per tab like Chrome.

    Honestly it's really just user preference and what suits your needs more but if you really must go by the numbers why not run the standard test on each browser and see which wins out for you?
  5. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    In my opinion Firefox is the fastest right now... except it uses significantly more RAM than all of the others, I'm using 1.5gb right now vs Opera using 600mb or so

    I liked Safari on 10.10 but the limitations on Adblock was a deal breaker. (safari api doesn't allow certain things)


    Maybe in a perfect world they should. Also if you're just loading a google search they will be the same.

    The true test is loading a forum page that has 100 posts that are all embedded youtube videos, which I do daily. That is where you see what browser is best coded to work in line with flash/html5 etc.

    Simple tests are all similar, but for heavy browsing you seem noticeable differences. Safari was beyond bad in 10.9. Very much improved in 10.10 for what I mentioned.
  6. JoelBaka macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2014
    Just started googling a bit on it, and it looks nice. I've been using Chrome for a couple of years and right now Safari seems to be catching up. But at this moment it's still a bit buggy and it doesn't remember when I zoom in on pages. (I like to have my pages big and Chrome remembers what size I have on what sites, in Safari i have to manually zoom in every time I visit the website)

    But what's the big difference between Canary and standard? I see that it's a developers/early-adaptors version, that's okay. And it has frequent updates. But are there any special feature's? Or is is faster/works better with mac?

    Thanks :)
  7. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Isn't it supposed to be 64-bit or something? The canary build?
  8. w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
    Basically Chrome has 4 stages.

    Canary > Dev > Beta > Stable

    Canary : The latest and greatest, often updates every day or close to it. Many things added to Canary never make it to stable. Potentially unstable and prone to breaking. Has a lot of flags that can be changed in chrome://flags

    Dev : The next step after Canary, most things added here are intended to make it to Stable eventually. Fairly stable but still not really meant necessarily for regular use. Semi-frequent updates.

    Beta : The step before stable, everything here will be going to the stable channel eventually. Some updates.

    Stable : What normal people use. Not likely to have any major issues. Updated about every 6 weeks.

    Dev, Beta and Stable all get most of their updates announced on the on chrome releases blog

    Canary and Dev are currently getting 64 bit releases while Beta and Stable remain 32 bit.

    Stable will probably be 64 bit sometime later this year.
  9. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    I don't think they have to be in that order, they cover different things, the only one is Beta before Stable.

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