Firefox vs. Safari

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  1. Nostradamus1389 macrumors newbie

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    Is it just me or does Firefox eat up more of the battery faster than Safari?

    I noticed on the battery-left-timer that there was a huge difference between the two. Hmm.
     
  2. asdf542 macrumors 6502

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    Firefox uses more battery because it forces the discrete card to activate. You can override this with a utility called gfxCardStatus.
     
  3. awer25, Jun 4, 2011
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    Safari will use the integrated GPU and only switch to the dedicated one when needed. Firefox will only use the dedicated GPU.

    Get gfxcardstatus to force one or the other.

    EDIT: Sorry for the double answer - I was typing this when asdf posted :D
     
  4. Nostradamus1389 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to the both of you. Really appreciate it.

    The difference was ridiculous though. I was getting 4-6 hours max with Firefox and about 7-9 with Safari haha
     
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  6. asdf542 macrumors 6502

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    No, only machines with both an integrated and discrete GPU as well as automatic switching. Which would be the 2010 15"/17" and 2011 15"/17".
     
  7. MBP13 macrumors 6502

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    Speaking of Firefox, is anyone else having horrible luck with Firefox 4? I've had to downgrade to Firefox 3.16 because I would constantly have to force quit the browser because I wouldn't be able to click another tab.

    I'm having much more luck with Firefox 3.16!
     
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  9. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    I'm having a ton of problems regarding Flash, but I haven't had to force-quit yet.
     
  10. OneUp macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't chrome force discrete graphics as well?
     
  11. mbp17xxx macrumors regular

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    Yes, also activates discrete card.

    I would choose safari over firefox, firefox getting slower lately and crashes
     
  12. Locodice macrumors regular

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    It's a shame Safari is so damn bad in comparison to Chrome.

    I hope the new Safari in Lion is better.
     
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  14. Wafflausages macrumors 6502

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    i switched to chrome from ff cause ff4 has some issues |:
     
  15. chipz macrumors member

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    Firefox vs. Safari

    I have used Firefox in the past and liked it. That ended with the newest version of Firefox. Firefox 4 is so buggy that I just gave up and went with Chrome. Chrome is my favorite right now, although I still use Safari at times. Firefox has lost me as a user.
     

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